Saturday, August 19, 2006

Laura Flanders is back at the helm of RadioNation with Laura Flanders

This goes up once, just FYI. (Meaning, Monday there will be no reminders of what's going to be broadcast that day. Make a note now if you see something of interest.)

Today, Laura Flanders returns to RadioNation with Laura Flanders (which airs online, over the airwaves of Air America Radio stations and is podcast -- usually around Tuesday or Wednesday following the weekend episodes; it airs Saturday and Sunday nights -- two different shows -- from 7:00 pm EST to 10 pm EST).

Here's what's scheduled for this weekend's shows:

How about those British airplane bombers? James K. Galbraith shares his doubts about the plotters who seem to have had neither passports nor bombs. In California and Massachusetts, progressives run for Secretary of State. We'll talk to Debra Bowen and John Bonifaz about what they'd do to protect our votes. Plus, artist of all trades Carl Hancock Rux on his latest CD and social work. And next week we return to New Orleans.

Martha passed on the above (because she signed up for e-mail alerts at Flanders' sites and you can do the same if you're interested). Sunday, KPFA's Sunday Salon, as Zach notes, features a first hour discussion (9:00 am PST) on immigration with Matt Gonzlez sitting in for Larry Bensky. Cindy notes, same station, same day, that Adam's Rib is the Act One Radio Drama at 7:30 PST.

On Monday, KPFA has Matthew Rothschild scheduled as one of the guests for The Morning Show who will address the federal court ruling that found Bully Boy's warrantless, illegal spying . . . illegal (airs 7:00 am to 9:00 am PST -- you can listen online). The Center for Constitutional Rights has a press release we're noting in full because the Times's front pages a decision as "questionable" and many line up to follow. This is "CCR WELCOMES RULING DECLARING DOMESTIC SPYING ILLEGAL & UNCONSTITUTIONAL:"

On August 17, 2006, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) welcomed the ruling in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in ACLU v. NSA. Filed on the same day as CCR v. Bush, CCR's companion case filed in the Southern District of New York, the verdict testifies to the effectiveness of our coordinated struggle to defend the Constitution and the rights of individuals from unchecked executive power.
Particularly encouraging was the Court's overruling of the state secrets privilege, striking down one of the pillars of the Administration's argument in advance of oral arguments on 5 September in CCR v. Bush. The Court struck down the program on both statutory and constitutional grounds, agreeing with CCR that it violates the FISA statute and both the First and Fourth amendments.
"This ruling demonstrates what we've argued all along: The Bush Administration's domestic spying program is both illegal and unnecessary," said Shane Kadidal, one of the lead attorneys on CCR's companion case. "The President lied about the existence of the NSA Program for four years. Today's opinion proves that he was also lying when he insisted that the program was legal. We will continue our fight to stop the President's illegal spying, and this ruling clearly shows Congress that illegal conduct can not be tolerated in the executive branch."
CCR has a long and effective record of protecting constitutional rights endangered by illegal Presidential actions such as warrantless wiretapping. CCR helped terminate illegal wiretapping by the Nixon Administration and brought the landmark 1972 Supreme Court decision establishing the illegality of warrantless domestic surveillance (United States v. United States District Court).

Also on Monday (also on KPFA), C.S. Soong will take a look back at the Weather Underground with author and historian Dan Berger on Against the Grain.

Lastly, taking place today and noted earlier this week:

In other peace news, nycnion (NYC Indymedia) reports that August 19th will be a non-silent vigil for Abeer Qassim Hamza who would have turned 15-years-old Saturday had she not been murdered (along with three family members) and allegedly raped (alleged by US troops).. Actions will take place from 7:30 pm to 9:30 p.m. at the following locations: in NYC at Washington Square Park -- W. 4th STreet & MacDougal; in Los Angeles at MacArthur Park -- 6th and Alvarado St.; and in Berkeley at Willard Park -- Telegraph & Derby St.

Again, were she alive, this would be Abeer Qassim Hamza's fifteenth birthday.

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