This Week on Between The Lines

Posted June 12, 2013 for week ending June 21, 2013


"Instead of assuming that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, we seem to have this vague suspicion, 'well, everyone is a possible criminal.' And that's really turning on its head our fundamental system of values and the constitutional amendments that protect our personal liberties. "

– Heidi Boghosian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, on the dangers of the government's massive surveillance program, which was put into effect during the Bush administration and continues under President Obama.

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NSA Leak: Massive Government Surveillance Condemned as Unconstitutional and Threat to a Free Society

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Interview with Heidi Boghosian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, conducted by Scott Harris


Revelations about the U.S. government’s covert surveillance apparatus has been the focus of attention in American media and the around world since the British Guardian newspaper and the Washington Post released previously unknown details of the massive collection of phone and Internet communications. The disclosure of this top secret information, sent to Guardian journalist and civil liberties advocate Glenn Greenwald, was made by Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and recent employee of the government defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.  Story continues

Pent-Up Grievances Against Authoritarian Rule Explode into Angry Protests Across Turkey

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Interview with Asli Bali, assistant professor at the UCLA School of Law, conducted by Scott Harris


As the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan entered its 10th year in power, the streets across his nation have exploded into angry protest. The May 31 violent police repression of a peaceful demonstration in Istanbul’s Gezi park, organized to oppose government plans to develop the green space, triggered demonstrations in 60 cities across Turkey.  Story continues

James Gustave Speth: Survival Depends on Transition to a New, Sustainable Economy

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Excerpt of speech by environmental activist James Gustave "Gus" Speth, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


For more than 40 years, James Gustave "Gus" Speth has been one of America's environmental leaders as co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute, as environmental adviser to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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