And in these last days of 2013 we’ve been having conversations about the future. Rather than grand predictions, we’ve been seeking a realistic assessment of what lies ahead. So far we’ve explored cybersecurity, we’ve looked at the changing electorate. When it comes to climate change, the topic for today, Andrew Steer of the World Resources Institute told my colleague Steve Inskeep that the trends don’t look very good.
http://www.democracynow.org – Veteran National Security Agency official Kirk Wiebe helped develop the data processing system ThinThread, which he believed could have potentially prevented the 9/11 attacks. But the NSA sidelined ThinThread instead of the problem-plagued experimental program Trailblazer, which cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Wiebe was among the NSA officials to face retaliation for blowing the whistle on Trailblazer. During his career he received honors, including the NSA’s second highest award, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Director of CIA’s Meritorious Unit Award, and a Letter of Commendation from the secretary of the Air Force. Wiebe joins us to tell his story and to respond to the White House-appointed panel to recommend NSA reforms. We also speak with Ben Wizner, an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union who is helping to coordinate Edward Snowden’s legal defense.
Michelle Alexander: Locked Out of America
December 20, 2013
After civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander published her book The New Jim Crow in 2010 on our dehumanizing system of incarceration, she ignited a national conversation about justice in America and sparked a movement. In her book, Alexander explores how the war on drugs, “get-tough” sentencing policies and racism has created a caste system similar to that of our segregationist past.
Since then, Alexander has traveled the country to meet advocates and everyday Americans working to end mass incarceration in America — home to 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, despite representing only five percent of the world’s population.
She tells Bill that she has seen a grassroots movement brewing in communities across the country, “There are enormous victories that are being achieved precisely because the people whom we have written off and viewed as disposable are reclaiming their voice, standing up, speaking out, organizing even as they struggle to survive.”
river .ofswans Published on Dec 22, 2013 Bill Moyers interviews Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Era of Colorblindness. December 20, 2013.
In an era of so-called “colorblindness”, we have a blatantly racist state which imprisons masses of poor people of color and strips them of their democratic rights, and developed as the backlash (a rightward swing) against the gains of the civil rights era. Racist demagogy is used to arouse poor and working class whites’ worst instincts, in order to garner support for racist, repressive laws which allow the ruling class to control oppressed racial minorities, and to divide the working class by creating false racist consciousness among the most backwards people. it is not about democrats vs. republicans–they are a two-headed party which have both contributed to the construction of this repressive system of mass incarceration.
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