As Edward Snowden’s father, Lon, arrives in Moscow to try to visit his son, we speak to American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero about Snowden and the significance of his leaks about the National Security Agency. "Edward Snowden has done this country a service," Romero says. "He has kick-started a debate that we didn’t have. This debate was anemic." Hossam Bahgat of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights adds, "We are all affected by the NSA program. We cannot do our work in Egypt, in Canada or Israel or Kenya when we cannot communicate, when we know our emails could be intercepted by the United States security apparatus."
In a major new report, the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations details a global crackdown on peaceful protests through excessive police force and the criminalization of dissent. The report, "Take Back the Streets: Repression and Criminalization of Protest Around the World," warns of a growing tendency to perceive individuals exercising a fundamental democratic right — the right to protest — as a threat requiring a forceful government response. The case studies detailed in this report show how governments have reacted to peaceful protests in the United States, Israel, Canada, Argentina, Egypt, Hungary, Kenya, South Africa and Britain. The report’s name comes from a police report filed in June 2010 when hundreds of thousands of Canadians took to the streets of Toronto to nonviolently protest the G-20 summit. A senior Toronto police commander responded to the protests by issuing an order to "take back the streets." Within a span of 36 hours, more than 1,000 people — peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights monitors and downtown residents — were arrested and placed in detention. We are joined by three guests: the report’s co-editor, Abby Deshman, a lawyer and program director with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association; Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union; and Hossam Bahgat, an Egyptian human rights activist and the founder and executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.
The White House has announced it will suspend some of its $1.5 billion in annual military aid to Egypt until the country ushers in a democratic government. Reuters reports that some of the items to be withheld include Abrams tanks, F-16 aircraft, Apache helicopters and Harpoon missiles. The United States has avoided the automatic suspension of all military aid to Egypt by refusing to deem Mohamed Morsi’s ouster a coup. Hundreds of Morsi supporters have been killed by state forces since his ouster in July. Egypt, meanwhile, has set a date of November 4 for Morsi to stand trial for inciting the murder of protesters. "We believe Morsi should be prosecuted. He should be held accountable for crimes that he authored during his one year in office," says Hossam Bahgat, founder and executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. "But the kinds of prosecutions we are seeing are completely selective and punitive. It makes no sense to see Morsi being prosecuted for having incited the killing of 10 protesters when 1,000 protesters were killed on August 14 and there isn’t even an investigation into it."
- Obama to Hold 1st Meeting with House GOP Since Shutdown
- Private Charity to Cover Military Death Benefit During Shutdown
- Syria On Pace to Meet Mid-2014 Target on Chemical Disarmament
- Libyan Prime Minister Freed After Brief Captivity
- U.S. Reduces Military Aid to Egypt
- Haitians Sue U.N. Over Cholera Outbreak
- Study: Global Temperatures Could Hit Unprecedented Levels by Mid-Century
- Russia to Bring Drug Charges Against Detained Greenpeace Activists
- Obama Unveils Yellen as Fed Nominee
- White House Climate Adviser Steps Down
- California Expands Abortion Access Through Nurse Practitioners, Midwives
- Family Says African American Slain by Georgia Police Was Unarmed
- Undercover Officer Arrested in New York Highway Incident Spied on OWS
Costa-Gavras joins us for the hour to discuss a nearly 50-year career that has earned him the reputation as one of the world’s greatest living political filmmakers. Born in Greece in 1933, the 80-year-old has won two Academy Awards for his films "Z" and "Missing." Other acclaimed films include "State of Siege," "Amen.," "Music Box," "The Confession," "Hanna K." and "Betrayed." For nearly five decades, Costa-Gavras has tackled some of the key political issues of the day. "Z" was a drama loosely based on the 1963 assassination of a Greek left-wing activist. "Missing," his 1982 film starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek, told the story of American journalist Charles Horman, who was abducted and killed after General Augusto Pinochet came to power in Chile in a U.S.-backed coup. In his film "State of Siege," Costa-Gavras looked at the controversial role of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Latin America. The film was based on the kidnapping and murder of a U.S. official named Dan Mitrione, who taught torture to Uruguayan officers. His latest film, "Capital," tells the story of a CEO of a large bank who lays off many of the employees and brokers a corrupt deal with the head of an American hedge fund.
- Obama Rejects GOP "Extortion" on Shutdown, Debt Ceiling
- Path to Short-Term Funding Deal Emerges; Dems Reject Supercommittee
- Debt Default Could Stall Social Security Benefits
- Obama Picks Yellen to Head Federal Reserve
- Supreme Court Weighs Limits on Individual Campaign Donations
- 8 Lawmakers Among 200 Arrested in Protest for Immigration Reform
- Libya Demands U.S. Return of Captured al-Qaeda Suspect
- Pentagon Appoints New Envoy for Guantánamo Closure
- Egypt Sets Trial Date for Ousted President Morsi
- Report: U.S. to Scale Back Egypt Military Aid
- 10 Killed in Fire Bangladeshi at Garment Factory
- 4 Dead in Crash of U.S. Drug Surveillance Plane in Colombia
- North Carolina Police Admit Spying on "Moral Monday" Protesters
- Demonstrators Mark Birthday of Cancer-Ridden Jailed Lawyer Lynne Stewart
We spend the hour looking at politics, money and the pursuit of oil, from the series of pipelines originating in the oil-rich Caspian Sea to the deposits in the Arctic Sea where Russia has charged 30 people with piracy for a Greenpeace protest against drilling, to the vast reserves of the Middle East that have fueled conflict for decades. Three guests join us for a roundtable discussion: Anna Galkina, a member of the London-based arts, human rights and environmental justice organization Platform; Platform founder James Marriott, author of "The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London"; and Timothy Mitchell, Columbia University professor and author of the books "Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil" and "Colonizing Egypt."
- Parties Trade Blame as Government Shutdown Enters 8th Day
- Military Contractors Head to Work Despite Gov't Furloughs
- DOJ Asks for Delay in NSA Case Due to Shutdown
- Brazilian President Demands Explanation from Canada over Spying Report
- Report: Chronic Electrical Failures Plague Massive NSA Data Center in Utah
- Libya: Protesters Decry U.S. Capture of Suspect from Streets of Tripoli
- Maldives Court Invalidates 1st Round of Voting in Blow to Former President Nasheed
- Kerry Touts Secretive TPP Trade Deal at APEC Summit
- President Karzai Blasts U.S.-Led Occupation of Afghanistan on 12th Anniversary
- Afghanistan: Funeral Held for Civilians Killed in Alleged NATO Strike
- Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Key Campaign Finance Case
- Arizona to Launch Two-Track Voting System for Those Lacking Proof of Citizenship
- California Governor Signs TRUST Act, Rejects Bill to Allow Non-Citizens on Juries
- Ohio Bridge Bomb Plot Defendant Sentenced to 10 Years After Gov't Sting
- Police Officer Who Called Shooting Victim Kenneth Chamberlain a Racial Slur Is Fired
- Vietnam Veterans Mark Anniversary of Afghan Occupation
- Idle No More Movement Holds Day of Action on 250th Anniversary of Royal Proclamation
- Study: 1 in 10 Young Americans Has Committed Sexual Violence
In August, Lavabit became the first technology firm to shut down rather than disclose information to the U.S. government. Lavabit owner Ladar Levison closed his encrypted email company after refusing to comply with a government effort to tap his customers’ information. It has now been confirmed the FBI was targeting National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who used Lavabit’s services. But Levison says that instead of just targeting Snowden, the government effectively wanted access to the accounts of 400,000 other Lavabit customers. Levison now says that since first going public he has been summoned before a grand jury, fined $10,000 for handing over encryption keys on paper instead of digitally, and threatened with arrest for speaking out. The Justice Department began targeting Labavit the day after Snowden revealed himself as the source of the NSA leaks. Levison joins us to discuss his case along with his attorney, Jesse Binnall. "What they wanted was the ability, basically, to listen to every piece of information coming in and out of my network," Levison says.
Despite helping expanding affordable insurance, "Obamacare" maintains the patchwork U.S. healthcare system that will still mean high costs, weak plans and, in many cases, no insurance for millions of Americans. We host a debate on whether the Affordable Care Act goes far enough to address the nation’s health crisis with two guests: Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a primary care physician and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program; and John McDonough, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and former senior adviser on national health reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Between 2003 and 2008, McDonough served as executive director of Health Care for All in Massachusetts, playing a key role in the passage of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law, known as "Romneycare," regarded by many as the model for the current federal healthcare law.
"We apologize for the inconvenience. The Marketplace is currently undergoing regularly scheduled maintenance and will be back up Monday 10/7/3013." That’s the message New Yorkers received this weekend when they attempted to sign up for health insurance via the new online health exchange or marketplace, a key component of Obamacare. While the New York website has taken down the notice, widespread website problems have been reported across the nation since the state and federal marketplaces launched last Tuesday. Visitors to the federal HealthCare.gov also received a warning message this weekend reading, "The system is down at the moment. We’re currently performing scheduled maintenance. Please try again later." It is unclear how many people have actually been able to sign up so far. We speak to Bill Curtis, senior vice president and chief scientist at the software quality analysis firm CAST and director of the Consortium for IT Software Quality.
- U.S. Forces Stage Military Raids in Libya, Somalia
- Al-Qaeda Suspect Held on Navy Ship; Libya Accuses U.S. of "Kidnapping"
- Over 50 Killed in Egypt Clashes
- Canadians Barred From Leaving Egypt After Prison Release
- Sectarian Violence Kills Dozens in Iraq
- Kerry: Destruction of Syrian Chemical Arsenal "A Good Beginning"
- Boehner Maintains Rejection of "Clean" Government Funding Bill
- House Approves Retroactive Pay for Furloughed Workers
- GOP to Seek "Entitlement" Cuts as Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms
- Report: Shutdown Part of Anti-Obamacare Planning Since 2012 Election
- Vigils Call for Release of Greenpeace Activists in Russia
- Rallies Held Nationwide for Immigration Reform
- Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap Dead at 102
- Herman Wallace of Angola 3 Dies After Release From Prison
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is continuing a public campaign to cast doubt on U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran, we speak to journalist Max Blumenthal, author of the new book, "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel." Blumenthal looks at life inside Netanyahu’s Israel and the Occupied Territories. "I was most surprised at the banality of the racism and violence that I witnessed and how it’s so widely tolerated because it’s so common," says Blumenthal about his four years of reporting in Israel. "And I’m most surprised that it hasn’t made its way to the American public ... that’s why I set out to do this endeavor, this journalistic endeavor, to paint this intimate portrait of Israeli society for Americans who don’t see what it really is." Click here to watch Part 2 of his interview.
Earlier this week, more than 30 undocumented youth who lived in the United States as children, as well as three of their parents, were held by authorities after they attempted to re-enter the United States from Mexico at the crossing in Laredo, Texas. It is the second time in three months that undocumented immigrants have attempted to re-enter the United States through an official point of entry in an act of protest. On Monday, the activists marched across a bridge connecting Mexico to the United States wearing graduation caps and gowns, chanting "Undocumented and unafraid." We speak to two of the people released, Javier Cortés and his father, Javier Calderón, who are from Michoacán, Mexico. Cortés has lived in the United States since his family came here when he was three years old. They left the United States to visit an ailing family member in Mexico, knowing re-entering the country would be difficult.
In a few weeks, the number of undocumented immigrants deported since President Obama took office will surpass two million — more than any other president. In the time since the Senate passed the immigration reform bill in July, the Department of Homeland Security deported 100,000 people. While Democratic leaders in the House introduced a sweeping new bill proposal this week, the government shutdown and federal debt ceiling have eclipsed the issue of immigration reform. Meanwhile, major protests are planned for Saturday and Tuesday to call on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. Dubbed a "National Day for Dignity and Respect," events are planned Saturday in more than 100 cities nationwide. We speak to Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, the director of Immigration and National Campaigns at the National Council of La Raza.
As the federal government shutdown continues, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Asia for secret talks on a sweeping new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is often referred to by critics as "NAFTA on steroids," and would establish a free trade zone that would stretch from Vietnam to Chile, encompassing 800 million people — about a third of world trade and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. While the text of the treaty has been largely negotiated behind closed doors and, until June, kept secret from Congress, more than 600 corporate advisers reportedly have access to the measure, including employees of Halliburton and Monsanto. "This is not mainly about trade," says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. "It is a corporate Trojan horse. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either handcuff our domestic governments, limiting food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy, or establishing new powers for corporations."
- President Obama Cancels Trip to APEC Summit as Shutdown Continues
- GOP Congressmember Walks Back Controversial Budget Remark
- Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Caught on Tape Discussing Shutdown Strategy
- Woman Shot Dead After Capitol Hill Car Chase
- Gulf Coast Braces for Tropical Storm Karen
- At Least 130 African Migrants Die in Boat Tragedy
- U.N. Weapons Inspectors Report Progress in Syria
- U.S. to Fly Spy Drones from Base in Japan
- UPDATE: Angola 3 Member Herman Wallace Dies Just Days After Release from Prison
- California Governor Signs Bill Allowing Drivers' Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
- Wendy Davis Launches Campaign for Texas Governor
- 13 Members of Anonymous Indicted for Cyber-Attacks
- Protests Planned Worldwide to Demand Release of 30 Greenpeace Prisoners in Russia
- Ecuador: Parliament Approves Plans to Drill in Yasuní National Park
- Report: U.S. Officer Wanted in Murders of U.S. Journalist, Student After 1973 Chilean Coup Dies
Ahead of next week’s 12th anniversary of what has become the longest war in U.S. history, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United States is seeking to sign an accord to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan for the indefinite future. The United States plans to pull out the bulk of its 57,000 troops in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but the Pentagon wants to retain a smaller force of around 10,000 forces after 2014. We are joined by Afghan activist and former member of Parliament, Malalai Joya, author of the book, "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice." A survivor of numerous attempts on her life, Time magazine has named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. "We need the support of justice-loving people of the U.S. to join their hands with us," Joya says. "Unfortunately, we see that today imperialism and fundamentalism have joined hands."
The federal government shutdown began on Tuesday, the same day that a key facet of President Obama’s healthcare law went live nationwide. For the first time, Americans were able to begin purchasing health insurance from federal and state exchanges. But The New York Times reports the new healthcare law will leave out two-thirds of the nation’s poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the nation’s low-wage workers who do not have insurance. That’s because they live in 26 states controlled by Republicans that have rejected the vast expansion of Medicaid. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to opt out of the expanded Medicaid provision earlier this year. Overall, up to seven million Americans are now ineligible for Medicaid — they make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to get help to buy a plan on the new healthcare market. We discuss the government shutdown and the launching of health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act with two guests: Imara Jones, economic justice contributor for Colorlines.com and a former Clinton White House staffer, and Trudy Lieberman, a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review who has reported extensively on the Affordable Care Act.
The partial shutdown of the federal government has entered its third day. More than 800,000 federal workers are furloughed, and numerous governmental programs have been forced to stop running. For example, the government shutdown has already caused as many as 19,000 children to lose access to Head Start. Many recipients of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, more commonly known as WIC, will lose assistance. As negotiations remain stalled, Imara Jones of Colorlines.com looks at who is being hardest hit by the shutdown.