Clayton Morgareidge reads three articles on the national security state. The first by Gleen Greenwald appears in Common Dreams. The second, by Tom Dispatch, appears in Portside. The final one by Noam Chomsky appears in Salon. The collectively make the point that the national security state is an apparatus of class power that cannot be meaningfully reformed. Here is an excellent excerpt from Greenwald's analysis of Obama's recent promise to "reform" the NSA. 8:34 minutes (3.43 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Andrew Spencher of FairVote about the politics of how our elections actually happen. Bill starts by pointing out that democracy is much more than elections, but that they are still relevant. Andrew talks about what FairVote is and is trying to do, fair elections and the recent president commission report, and new systems of voting (like instant Run Off Voting).
LINKS to prepare for Wednesday's Docudrama Mo Is Shy, 6-8pm
("reading the affidavit is a bit like reading MadLibs"--Trevor Aaronson, Terror Factory talk at Columbia University on the day of Mohamed Mohamud's conviction)
KBOO's Joe Meyer speaks with Tung Yin, a professor at Lewis and Clark College, about last year's trial of Mohamed Mohamud, who was accused of plotting to bomb the Portland Christmas tree lighting celebration in Pioneer Square in 2010. Prof. Yin discusses the entrapment defense, reasons behind the delays in sentencing, and how FISA and the Snowden revelation play into the case. 15:52 minutes (14.52 MB)
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a report today that called for an end to the collection of phone call metadata--who called who, when, and for how long--by the National Security Agency, or NSA. Robin Ryan spoke to Zeke Johnson, Director of Amnesty International's Security and Human Rights Campaign, about the report, which he believes signals a shift in political will towards shutting down intrusive surveillance of American citizens. 6:41 minutes (6.11 MB)
The American Psychological Association has dropped a formal complaint against John Leso, a psychologist at the US's Guantanamo prison, who designed and oversaw torture techniques used against prisoners. KBOO's Jenka Soderberg spoke to Steven Reisner, a psychologist who is trying to hold Leso and the APA accountable for these abuses. 5:32 minutes (5.06 MB)