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This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Aug. 11, 2010 for week ending Aug. 20, 2010

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Groups Launch Court Challenge To Stop Obama Assassination of U.S. Citizen  

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Interview with Jonathan Manes, legal fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project, conducted by Scott Harris

assassination In testimony before Congress in February, President Obama's director of national intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair, declared that the president reserves the right to have the CIA carry out assassinations against U.S. citizens who are engaged in terrorist activity. His comments before the House Intelligence Committee were directed at Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who is thought to be living in Yemen. Al-Awlaki, who was born in Las Cruces new Mexico, is accused of being a leader in al-Qaeda, whose sermons were attended by three of the 9-11 hijackers. Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan and the failed "Christmas Day bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab both say they met with, and were inspired and/or trained by al-Awlaki. Story continues

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining No. 1 Issue for W. Virginia U.S. Senate Candidate

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Interview with Ken Hechler, candidate to replace West Virginia's late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

hechlerA long-time West Virginia politician and progressive activist is running in the Democratic primary Aug. 28th against incumbent Gov. Joe Manchin to be the party’s candidate in the Nov. 2 special election to replace the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. Ken Hechler, who will be 96 in September, was born in New York, earned a Ph.D. in history and government from Columbia University and held several jobs before moving to West Virginia in 1957. The next year, he won his first election to Congress, and served in the House from 1959 to 1977. After leaving his House seat, he served as West Virginia’s secretary of state from 1985 to 2001. Story continues

Google and Verizon Plan Would End Free, Public Internet as We Now Know It  

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Interview with Craig Aaron, managing director of Free Press, conducted by Scott Harris

netneutralityAfter years of debate between giant telecommunication companies and public advocates on the need to protect free, public access to the Internet -- qualities which make this communications platform such a hot house for innovation and vibrant democratic discourse -- the issue seems to be coming to a head. While the Federal Communications Commission dithered in taking steps to safeguard an open Internet, often referred to as Net Neutrality, Google and Verizon were in negotiations to develop their own vision of how the Internet will function in the future. Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news  

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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