Podcast for Saturday, January 21, 2006 Shows

  • Barbara Olshansky, Assistant Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (http://www.ccr-ny.org), returned to This is Hell to discuss her organization’s "lawsuit against President George W. Bush, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), and the heads of the other major security agencies, challenging the NSA’s surveillance of persons within the United States without judicial approval or statutory authorization.� The suit seeks an injunction that would prohibit the government from conducting warrantless surveillance of communications in the US." We also hope to get caught up on CCR’s work with Guantanamo detainees.
  • Mary Boyle, press secretary at Common Cause (http://www.commoncause.org) told us about the ongoing lobbying scandal on Capitol Hill and her group’s thirty-plus year fight against this kind of corruption as well as the solutions Common Cause has come up with to end ‘business as usual’ in DC.
  • Human Rights Watch (http://www.hrw.org) associate director Carroll Bogert gave us the lowdown on HRW’s "Human Rights Watch World Report 2006" which states that "new evidence demonstrated in 2005 that torture and mistreatment have been a deliberate part of the Bush administration�s counterterrorism strategy, undermining the global defense of human rights."
  • Bill McKibben is the author of the 1989 classic, "The End of Nature," which was the first book for a general audience about global warming, of which a new edition is soon to be published. Bill is also at work on a book about the future of human and natural communities tentatively titled Deep Economy. Bill is a member of Grist Magazine�s (http://www.grist.org) board of directors and a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College. His most recent article in Grist is entitled, "No More Mr. Nice Guy: Climate change is pushing this easygoing enviro over the edge."