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Between The Lines Presentation at the Left Forum 2016

"How Do We Build A Mass Movement to Reverse Runaway Inequality?" with Les Leopold, author of "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice,"May 22, 2016, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 860 11th Ave. (Between 58th and 59th), New York City. Between The Lines' Scott Harris and Richard Hill moderated this workshop. Listen to the audio/slideshows and more from this workshop.

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JEREMY SCAHILL: Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker "Dirty Wars"

Listen to the full interview (30:33) with Jeremy Scahill, an award-winning investigative journalist with the Nation Magazine, correspondent for Democracy Now! and author of the bestselling book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," about America's outsourcing of its military. In an exclusive interview with Counterpoint's Scott Harris on Sept. 16, 2013, Scahill talks about his latest book, "Dirty Wars, The World is a Battlefield," also made into a documentary film under the same title, and was nominated Dec. 5, 2013 for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.

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"The Rogue World Order: Connecting the Dots Between Trump, Flynn, Bannon, Spencer, Dugin Putin," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Feb. 13, 2017

"Widespread Resistance Begins to Trump's Muslim Travel Ban at U.S. Airports," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 28, 2017

"MSNBC Editor: Women's March is a Revival of the Progressive Movement," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 24, 2017

"Cornering Trump," by Reginald Johnson, Jan. 19, 2017

"Free Leonard Peltier," by Reginald Johnson, Jan. 6, 2016

"For Natives, a "Day of Mourning"by Reginald Johnson, November 23, 2016

"A Bitter Harvest" by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 15, 2016

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Challenges to NSA Dragnet Surveillance Gain Momentum

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Interview with Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee's executive director, conducted by Scott Harris


As 2013 came to a close, several major developments were underway in the ongoing public controversy and challenge to National Security Agency dragnet surveillance of communications here in the U.S. and abroad. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, made a surprising preliminary ruling in a lawsuit brought against the NSA by conservative legal activist Larry Klayman. In his Dec. 16 decision, Judge Leon said that the NSA’s massive collection of phone call logs or metadata, is likely a violation of privacy rights and unconstitutional. He went on to describe the NSA’s technology as “almost Orwellian.” That decision was followed on Dec. 29 by a ruling in another case where federal Judge William H. Pauley III, found that NSA blanket collection of phone data is lawful; setting up a future showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Earlier, a panel of five intelligence and legal experts appointed by President Obama to assess the need for reform of NSA surveillance programs released their recommendations on Dec. 18. Their list of 46 recommendations included a strong argument in favor of restructuring the NSA program that collects metadata of all American phone calls. The panel advised the president to have the data stored by telecommunication companies and require a court order each time intelligence agencies want to access individual call records.

President Obama, in a Dec. 20 end-of-year news conference, said he was open to many of the panel’s recommendations, but rejected one that advised the president to separate the NSA and the Pentagon’s United States Cyber Command. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, who examines recent developments and growing momentum of the movement challenging dragnet NSA surveillance programs.

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