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NSA Recording All International Calls From U.S.

March 17, 2014

NSA whistleblower Russ Tice says the ongoing Snowden revelations show Americans that those in power should be held accountable for serious breaches of the Constitution

CIA and NSA Wrongdoing Requires Independent Investigation, Says Former Church Committee Staff

March 16, 2014

Burt Wides, a former chief investigator for the Church Committee, who helped create the Senate and House intelligence committees, says these oversight bodies are now too entwined with the intelligence agencies; further reason for an independent committee is President Obama will not pursue an investigation into the actions taken during the Bush/Cheney administration’s ‘war on…

Reality Asserts Itself - Michael Ratner

March 13, 2014
Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that he warned of a growing police state a month after 9/11, as constitutional rights continue to evaporate in the name of national security

Hamid Dabashi on the Middle East

February 14, 2014
Hamid Dabashi: All foreign nations involved in Syria are attempting to quell the revolutionary uprisings for economic and strategic interests, but the Syrian people will ultimately decide their own future

Egypt

February 5, 2014
Sharif Abdel Kouddous: U.S. strategic interests in Egypt have more to do with security of the Gulf than democracy, human rights, or rule of law

Independent Journalism Now Considered ‘Terrorism’ in Egypt

February 3, 2014

Sharif Abdel Kouddous on the Egyptian Military Regime’s Growing ‘War On Journalists’

Intelligence Officials Make Direct Threats on Snowden’s Life

January 24, 2014

NSA whistleblower Kirk Wiebe & former CIA analyst Ray McGovern point to the brashness of intelligence officials who went on the record to threaten Snowden’s life, reflecting a culture of disregard for the Constitution and due process

Reality Asserts Itself - Ralph Nader

December 18, 2013
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Ralph Nader says McCarthy’s reign of terror made people seek empirical change, like seeking legislative reforms to make safer cars, to avoid being associated with socialism Consumer advocate and author Ralph Nader says that the anti-communist “reign of terror” inaugurated in the 1950’s by Senator Joe McCarthy intimidated…