Civil Liberties Ten Years After 9/11: Can We Be Safe and Free?
Ten years and two administrations after 9/11, the U.S. government continues to use torture, targeted killings, extraordinary rendition, military commissions, political surveillance and religious discrimination as policies to keep Americans "safe." Do such policies truly make us safe - and if the price is our civil liberties than safe from what?
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talk with National Lawyers Guild attorney Steven Goldberg, whose litigation successfully challenged the NSA warrantless surveillance program, and withBrandon Mayfield, a local Muslim attorney falsely accused and imprisoned on terrorism charges. Join us as we discuss the disturbing direction "national security" continues to take as we look at whether we can be safe AND free.
You can also join a larger discussion of this issue on Tuesday, Nov. 8th at "Civil Liberties 10 Years After 9/11: Can We Be Safe and Free," a forum sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild, ACLU of Oregon and other local civil rights organizations. The event, taking place at 7:30 pm at the Portland Building Auditorium will include in addition to Goldberg and Mayfield, Federal Public Defender Steven Wax who has represented Guantanamo detainees, Oregon ACLU's David Fidanque, and Center for Intercultural Organizing's Kayse Jama. Jo Ann will be presenting opening remarks and moderating the discussion.
Mark your calendar! If you enjoyed Jo Ann's conversation with Greg Palast last week, don't miss hearing him in person at a special KBOO fundraising event on Nov. 13at the Bagdad Theater. Greg will be launching the kick-off of the Vultures' Picnic book tour - and net proceeds from the event go to support KBOO 90.7 FM and the Portland Alliance. Tickets are on salenow!
Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years
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