This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Aug. 6, 2014 for week ending Aug. 15, 2014

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"It's not only a violation of law, it's a violation of the Constitution. It's not only a covert action against the Congress, it's a covert operation that was conducted against the very congressional oversight committee that was created in 1976 in the wake of the Church Committee hearings because of CIA violations of law during Vietnam and the COINTELPRO program..." "

– Mel Goodman, former CIA analyst, director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy, on the CIA's spying on the Intelligence Committee staffers who had been investigating that government agency’s role in torture of U.S.-held detainees


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In Major Breach of the Separation of Powers, CIA Admits Spying on Senate

MP3 Interview with Mel Goodman, former CIA analyst, director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy, conducted by Scott Harris

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In an admission that constituted a violation of the separation of powers outlined in the U.S. Constitution, CIA Director John Brennan issued an apology to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on July 31, disclosing that his employees had spied on Intelligence Committee staffers who had been investigating the CIA’s role in torture of U.S.-held detainees. Last March, Intelligence committee chairwoman, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, had accused the CIA of spying on the Senate, charges that Brennan at the time had vehemently denied.  Story continues

Accountability Demanded for U.S. Role in Supplying Munitions and Support for Israel's Bloody War in Gaza

MP3 Interview with Josh Ruebner, national advocacy director with the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, conducted by Scott Harris

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After a bloody month-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas government in Gaza, a tenuous 72-hour unconditional cease-fire appeared to be holding after both sides agreed to suspend hostilities on Aug. 5. Thus far, the conflict has claimed the lives of at least 1,865 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including hundreds of women and children, with over 9,500 injured. Israel reports that 64 of their soldiers have been killed, along with two Israeli civilians and a Thai guest worker. The Israeli government claims its military operation has destroyed 3,000 Hamas rockets and blown up 32 tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel.  Story continues

Another Botched Execution in Arizona Calls into Question Ethics of Capital Punishment

MP3 Interview with Deborah Denno, a professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Another horribly botched execution using lethal injection – this one in Arizona – has raised the controversy over the death penalty to a new level. On July 23, Joseph Wood III took two hours to die after he was injected with 15 times the normal dose of a drug that, in this case, was essentially administered as an experiment on a living human being. After controversy erupted nationwide about Wood’s botched execution, Arizona imposed a moratorium on all pending death sentences.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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