This Week on Between The Lines

Posted March 26, 2014 for week ending April 4, 2014

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Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description below.

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Chris Hedges' Indefinite Detention Lawsuit and the Struggle to Restore Our Civil Liberties

MP3 Interview with Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, conducted by Scott Harris

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When President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, on Dec. 31, 2011, civil liberties advocates were alarmed at several provisions within the legislation, particularly Section 1021, which empowers current and all future presidents to indefinitely imprison U.S. citizens and non-citizens who were either part of or “substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners." Persons accused under this provision can be held by the U.S. military indefinitely or transferred to any nation in the world, without charge, trial or access to an attorney.  Story continues

Lack of Accurate Scientific Information Causes Public Confusion in West Virginia's Recent Toxic Water Spill

MP3 Interview with Andrew Whelton, assistant professor of civil engineering at South Alabama University, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Shortly after MCHM, a chemical used in coal processing, spilled into the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians on Jan. 9, Andrew Whelton, an assistant professor of civil engineering at South Alabama University, drove with a graduate student 900 miles to Charleston to advise residents on how to flush their water systems in order to minimize contact with the chemical. He went to assist as a volunteer, but because of his early efforts, he and a colleague were awarded a $750,000 grant by West Virginia to lead the state’s Testing Assessment Project, or WVTAP.  Story continues

North Carolina's Progressive 'Moral Monday' Protest Movement Resonates Across the Nation

MP3 Interview with Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, conducted by Scott Harris

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On Feb. 8, an estimated 80,000 people from North Carolina and 41 states across the nation gathered in the State Capitol in Raleigh to protest the Republican-controlled state government’s extremist agenda. Since North Carolina’s GOP took control of all branches of government in 2010, the party has passed one of the nation’s harshest voter suppression laws, cut back education funding, imposed new anti-abortion regulations and rejected federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage for 170,000 working poor families.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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