Eric Wood of Another Voice is joining us in studio today.
Rep. John Lewis was one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s top lieutenants during the civil rights era of the sixties. Lewis suffered many beatings while participating in acts of civil disobedience in defiance of the nation’s Jim Crow laws showing great courage. Dr. King was a victim of unconstitutional domestic spying and wiretapping as a target of the FBI’s illegal COINTELPRO operations that targeted Black leaders and leftist groups. Rep. Lewis recently interviewed by The Guardian said Edward Snowden, the NSA whistle-blower, was appealing to "a higher law" when he disclosed top-secret documents showing the extent of NSA surveillance of both Americans and foreigners. Less than twenty-four hours after praising Snowden’s disclosures as an act of civil disobedience, Rep. Lewis seems to have lost his courage and began walking back his comments.
The President had an unscheduled meeting today with civil libertarians and top executives of tech giants including Apple, AT&T and Google. The meeting was leaked by an administration official who was not authorized to comment publicly on the meeting and only leaked the information on the condition of anonymity. The official stated that, "The meeting was part of the ongoing dialogue the president has called for on how to respect privacy while protecting national security in a digital era,” No word yet on if the administration will seek to investigate who leaked information about the meeting to reporters.
Yesterday we reported that the ATF was entrapping people with low-level criminal convictions by enticing them to participate in robbing drug houses that did not exist. The FBI is now under scrutiny for approving the commission of thousands of crimes every year by its informants. "This is all being operated clandestinely. Congress doesn't even have the information, I think there's a problem here, and we should have full disclosure to Congress " said Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., who has sponsored a bill that would require all federal agencies to notify lawmakers about the most serious crimes their informants commit.
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