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New World Notes - Police State USA ?

09/04/2012 12:00 pm
09/04/2012 12:30 pm


This week on New World Notes: radio program #235, September 4, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst asks whether the US is turning into a police state.

Has the US become a "police state"... or are we just rapidly heading in that direction? Law professor Francis Boyle says we're already there, and it is dissenters--not "terrorists"--who are being targeted by the state.

Boyle speaks, in part, from personal experience. He says he refused the FBI's request that he turn informer on his own law clients who are Muslims. In retaliation, he says, the government placed him on all six of its Terrorist Watch Lists. Now, under the latest Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the U.S. military has the power to kidnap, torture, and "disappear" him if and whenever it chooses.

If they can do this to an eminent law professor, what could they do to the average citizen?

We'll also look at two recent reports documenting illegal and often violent acts by the New York Police Department--(1) in their CIA-assisted spying on Muslim citizens and (2) in their illegal and sometimes violent harassment of law-abiding Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Music added: Jonathan Blackshire, from "99 to 1".

The Francis Boyle interview is excerpted from Jeff Blankfort's Takes On the World radio program. Many thanks. Jeff's complete installment is here:

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "spreading chestnut tree") of WWUH-FM, a community service of the University of Hartford.

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Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want--and what they're trying to make us settle for.