This Week on Between The Lines

Posted March 19, 2014 for week ending March 28, 2014

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"The Congress, [which] is supposed to be overseeing the CIA, is kind of playing a reverse game here with the CIA overseeing what Congress is doing. Feinstein learned that the CIA was messing around with the staffers that she had working on this torture report and that it was withholding some information, withdrawing information already made available."

– Interview with Ray McGovern, retired CIA officer on the Senate-CIA conflict over the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the Bush administration's post-9/11 torture program


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Senate-CIA Conflict Over Torture Report Exposes U.S. Spy Agencies' Dangerous Lack of Accountability

MP3 Interview with Ray McGovern, retired CIA officer, conducted by Scott Harris

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On March 11, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., made an unexpected and dramatic speech. In her remarks made from the Senate floor, Feinstein accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency of conducting a long campaign of obstruction with the goal of covering up the agency’s illegal post-9/11 torture program. She described the current conflict between her committee and the CIA as a “defining moment” for political oversight of the U.S. intelligence service.  Story continues

Big Oil and Political Allies Exploit Ukraine Crisis to Expedite Natural Gas Extraction and Export

MP3 Interview with Ken Bossong, executive director of the SUN DAY Campaign, conducted by Scott Harris

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A day after the reported overwhelming and controversial 97 percent vote of Crimeans favoring a split from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation, the crisis in Ukraine is now moving to another phase where both the U.S. and European Union have imposed limited economic sanctions against some prominent Russian officials. Despite Western condemnation of the Crimean vote as illegal and illegitimate, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would officially “reunify” with Crimea, but said his nation had no further designs on other parts of Ukraine.  Story continues

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Advocates Six Constitutional Amendments

MP3 Interview with John Bonifaz, attorney, co-founder and executive director of Free Speech for People, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has a book coming out in April titled, "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution." In it, he argues for an end to political gerrymandering, granting elected officials immunity from prosecution and the death penalty. He advocates changing the Second Amendment to include language that states, people have the right to bear arms when serving in the militia, which he maintains was the original intent. Justice Stevens also recommends adding a new plank to the Constitution which states, "Neither the First Amendment nor any other provision of this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit the Congress or any state from imposing reasonable limits on the amount of money that candidates for public office, or their supporters, may spend in election campaigns."  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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