This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Aug. 14, 2013 for week ending Aug. 23, 2013


"The idea to have something of an investigation, an inquiry into NSA surveillance is a really good one. The tricky part is who is going to be doing that oversight. That is actually really critical. Is James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, going to be doing that oversight? I would suggest that that's not proper oversight, someone externally should be investigating."

– Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty project at the ACLU of Massachusetts, on why the Fourth Amendment is the gold standard protection against government surveillance abuse, and why President Obama's "reform" should really be about repealing Sections 215 of the Patriot Act and 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which authorizes PRISM and the warrantless content collection.

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Civil Liberties Advocates Say Obama's Proposed NSA Surveillance Reforms Don’t Go Far Enough

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Interview with Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty project at the ACLU of Massachusetts, conducted by Scott Harris


It wasn’t long after a surprisingly close vote on legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have defunded the National Security Agency surveillance program that collects massive amounts of data on U.S. citizens’ phone communications, that President Obama came forward in an Aug. 9 press conference to propose his own set of reforms to his administration’s spy programs.  Story continues Billionaire's Purchase of Washington Post: Boosting Influence and "Monetizing" Journalism?

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Interview with Peter Hart, activism director with the media watch group FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, conducted by Scott Harris


The Aug. 5 announcement that CEO and founder Jeff Bezos would purchase the Washington Post newspaper for $250 million, was a shock to many reporters and editors at the newspaper, and to many working in the media industry across the country. The family owned-newspaper, known best for breaking stories about the Nixon-era Watergate scandal by investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, has seen a 37 percent drop in readership over the past 10 years, severe reductions in its newsroom staff and the closure of several news bureaus.  Story continues

Native Americans Canoe Down Hudson River to Honor Past Treaties and Reclaim Their Sovereignty

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Interview with Vincent Mann, sub-chief of the Ramapough nation, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Aug. 9 marked the end of a two-week journey by canoe and kayak to New York City from central New York state by teams of native and non-native paddlers to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first treaty signed between indigenous peoples and European settlers, called the Two Row Wampum Treaty. Treaty signers of 1613 included leaders of the Iroquois Confederacy, or Haudenosaunee, and the Dutch. The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign set out from the Onondaga Nation near Syracuse on July 28 with 15 native paddlers. They were joined in Albany by up to 200 more paddlers for part, or all of the 140-mile voyage down the Hudson River to Pier 96 in New York City, where the paddlers were welcomed by hundreds of well-wishers, including the Dutch Consul General.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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