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Posted Oct. 6, 2010 for week ending Oct. 15, 2010


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Obama Seeks Back Door Key to Spy on All Internet Communication

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surveillanceInterview with Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, conducted by Scott Harris

Federal law enforcement and national security officials in the Obama administration are planning to seek broad new regulations next year that will enable the government to more easily spy on criminal and terrorist suspects' communications over the Internet. The goal is to facilitate government access to targeted encrypted e-mail transmitted over cell phone systems like BlackBerry, social networking Websites like Twitter and Facebook, as well as direct messaging via peer-to-peer communications through systems like Skype. Story continues

Advocates Challenge Life Without Parole Sentences for Youth Convicted of Capital Crimes

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Interview with Ashley Nellis, research analyst with the Sentencing Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Advocates for those incarcerated for life without parole for crimes committed when they were juveniles have taken heart from a U.S. Supreme Court decision in May. The justices ruled that a sentence of life without parole for minors convicted of crimes other than murder is unconstitutional. At the time,130 persons were serving such a sentence, more than half of them in Florida. Story continues

Despite Setbacks, Climate Change Activist Bill McKibben Fights On, Sponsors Global Day of Action, Oct. 10

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Interview with Bill McKibben, author, journalist and climate change activist, conducted by Scott Harris

globalwarming In early September, author, journalist and climate change activist Bill McKibben traveled from Maine to Washington, D.C. with some of his students and a solar panel once installed on the White House during Jimmy Carter's presidency. Their mission was to convince President Obama to symbolically re-install solar technology on his White House in an era where global warming threatens the planet's fragile ecosystem. The solar panel he towed from Maine had originally been installed on Carter's White House in 1979, where it produced hot water until it was torn down by Ronald Reagan, a sign of his administration's contempt for alternative energy technology. Story continues

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