This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Aug. 26, 2015 for week ending Sept. 4, 2015


"Edward Snowden's documents reveal the extensive cooperation not just with AT&T, but with Verizon and the taps going in on Trans-Atlantic cables to Europe. It's a worldwide operation ... and how they're tapping into people's email on Google, Yahoo and all the rest."

– Former AT&T technician and whistleblower Mark Klein on the secret relationship between AT&T and the NSA revealed in recently released documents from Edward Snowden.

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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AT&T's Unique Relationship with NSA Comes Under Scrutiny After Release of Snowden Documents

MP3 Interview with Mark Klein, AT&T/NSA whistleblower, conducted by Scott Harris


Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who remains in self-imposed exile in Russia, released new documents recently which reveal the scope of telecom giant AT&T's decades long relationship with the NSA. The documents, covering the period from 2003 to 2013, disclose that AT&T's partnership with the NSA included providing the spy agency access to billions of domestic emails and offered technical assistance in carrying out a secret court order permitting the wiretapping of all Internet communications at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.  Story continues

Many Poor and Black Residents Driven Out of New Orleans by Post-Katrina Recovery Policies

MP3 Interview with Jordon Flaherty, journalist, community organizer and author, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


August 29th marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and all the devastation and displacement it caused. The city of New Orleans, in the direct path of the storm, has been rebuilt in ways that have excluded many of its poor and black residents. One Louisiana congressman observed that Katrina enabled the power structure to do what it hadn't been able to do previously -- tear down virtually all the public housing and rebuild mixed income developments that are better for those who got to live in them, but which prevented thousands of poor African Americans from returning to their city.  Story continues

'Journey for Justice' March from Selma to Washington Mobilizes Activists Across Five Southern States

MP3 Interview with Carmen Watkins, national field director, NAACP, conducted by Scott Harris


America's Journey for Justice march began in Selma, Alabama on August 1st, the 50th anniversary of the date President Johnson signed the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act into law. The march, which is being organized by the NAACP, will conclude with a rally in Washington, D.C. on September 16th. With support from labor unions, environmental groups and clergy of many faiths the 860-mile march is mobilizing activists in five southern states on the issues of reforming the U.S. criminal justice system, restoration of voting rights, establishing a living wage and equality in education.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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