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Homeland Security: Whose Home, Whose Land, Whose Security?

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Team up to present a special report

Homeland Security: Whose Home, Whose Land, Whose Security?
Or By Any Other Name: Plain Old Union Busting and a Diminution of Civil Liberties

Monday, August 5th 2002 - 7-9 PM EST
Over WBAI, 99.5FM
Or streaming live at
and rebroadcast Wednesday August 7th at 8pm EST on
WBAI in Exile www.wbix.org

The Bush Administration believes that collective action by workers and specifically the right of Federal workers to join a union - is a potential threat to national security. At issue is whether the Secretary of the new Dept ..for Homeland Security will be able to drop , on the alleged ground of
national security, the rules governing the hiring, firing and transferring of
Federal employees as well as their wages.

Our country is in the midst of an unprecedented assault by the Bush
Administration on workers rights and on the United States Constitution that
threatens the basic values that lie at the core of our society. Building Bridges' and Housing Notebook join forces for a 2 hour special to examine this
assault, the false dichotomy between national security , civil rights and worker rights against the backdrop of the FBI's' secret, systematic, and sometimes savage sabotage of a variety of individuals and political groups from the 1950s Communist Party through the COINTELPRO era, to the 1980s
American solidarity movements, to the present.

Those anxious about workers rights and civil liberties under George W. Bush can trace the linear repression meted out by the FBI in the last half century. The FBI shifts in domestic repression from the COINTELPRO era to the present posits likely trajectories for the coming decades.

Our distinguished panel to discuss these issues are:

Nathan Newman labor attorney and national Vice-President of the National Lawyers Guild. He is the author of numerous articles on homeland security and the forthcoming book "Net Loss: Internet Profits, Private Profits and the Costs to the Community". He is regular columnist for the "Popular Populist" and other magazines. His columns range from labor and civil rights, communications policy, corporate malfeasance and the law and social justice.

Nadine Strossen, President of the American Civil Liberties Union, which recently issued a special report "The Insatiable Appetite: The Government's
Demand for New and Unnecessary Powers After September 11". The ACLU is a
special champion of civil liberties especially during this period of attacks on
basic rights by the Bush Administration. It has initiated dozens of lawsuits and reports while its officers and representatives have been active in the media and in Congressional testimony opposing the erosion of our rights. Nadine Strossen, is Professor of Law at New York Law School and has been ACLU President since 1991.

Ward Churchill, a Keetoowah Band Cherokee, is a professor of Ethnic Studies and Coordinator of American Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is one of the most outspoken of the Native American activists. exploring the themes of genocide in the Americas, historical and legal (re) interpretation
of conquest and colonialization, literary and cinematic criticism, and
indigenist alternatives to the status quo. His books include Agents of Repression, Fantasies of the Master Race, from a Native Son and a Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas, The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Domestic Dissent.

Michael Tarif Warren is a Muslim, an activist, criminal and human rights attorney. His professional life has the pace and feel of a movie thriller.
Defense attorney Michael Warren recently questioned why FBI agents did not test the guns, fingerprints, clothing or hands for residue of gun powder of his client, charged with murder, Jamil Abdullah, once known as H. Rap Brown, a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Tarif's clients included Mumia Abu-Jamal, rap legend Tupac Shakur and Sean 'Puffy' Combs. Tarif helped clear El Sayyid A. Nosair of charges he assassinated the extremist Rabbi Meyer Kahane.

Nkechi Taifa recently served as Director of The Equal Justice Program at Howard University School of Law and is currently Senior Policy Analyst at the Open Society Institute. Recently she said, "Ashcroft would like us to trust the FBI with sweeping new powers. This is the FBI that tried to disrupt and destroy numerous nonviolent organizations... This is the FBI that targeted Martin Luther King and framed Geronimo Pratt with murder. Although the claimed purpose of the Bureau's COINTELPRO [Counterintelligence Program] action - which Ashcroft seems to want to revive and expand - was to 'prevent violence,' many of the FBI's tactics were clearly intended to foster violence, and many others could reasonably have been expected to cause violence."

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