The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 changed the lives of many Americans. None more so than Muslim-Americans, who were subjected to a wave of hostility not seen since Japanese-Americans were targeted following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Have things improved seven years later?
On Presswatch, as part of KBOO's September 11 special, "The War on Liberty", host Theresa Mitchell inteviews Marjorie Cohn, president of the National Lawyers Guild, and author of Cowboy Republic and Rules of Disengagement.
Eric Lichtblau is the Justice Department beat writer for the New York Times newspaper. He and his partner in writing, Jim Risen were the recipients of the 2006 Pullitzer Prize fpr national reporting for their story that revealed the secret, warrantless wiretapping program of the National Security Agency. He talks about the Bush Administrations secret actions to rewrite or circumvent Civil Liberty protections most Americans consider the bedrock of our freedom.
His compelling and important book is Bush's Law; The Remaking of American Justice
Stephen Soldz is a psychoanalyst, psychologist and faculty member at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is a founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychlogy and organization leading the struggle to change the American Psychological Association policy on participation in abusive interrorgations. He discusses with host Linda Olson-Osterlund the role psychologists have played in the use of torture by the U.S. Military and Intelligence agencies and the current struggle inside the American Psychological Association to end this role.
You can visit his blog Psyche, Science, and Society and at the web site Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice
How do we restore our civil liberties?What would this country look like if habeas corpus was restored or if the FBI was restricted from spying on Americans?What does it mean to have a free press?We discussed this live on the air on September 11th for a special, call-in edition of We The People.
How do we restore our civil liberties? What would this country look like if habeas corpus was restored or if the FBI was restricted from spying on Americans? What does it mean to have a free press? We discussed this live on the air on September 11th for a special, call-in edition of We The People.
Andy Worthington the author of The Guantanamo Files; The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison hosted by Linda Olson-Osterlund gives an update on Guantanamo. Who's still there and what is happening to them now. They also talk about the important role of the prisoners, lawyers, civil liberty activists and independant media in bringing this story to light.
For more from Andy Worthington go to andyworthington.co.uk
Since late 2005, the federal government, through a number of agencies, has been engaged in a crackdown on environmental activists who engage in direct action. This crackdown has come to be known as the 'Green Scare', as a throwback to the 'Red Scare' of the 1950s and 60s, in which thousands of innocent people were accused by the Federal government of being communists, and persecuted for their alleged political beliefs.