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Robert Knight's "Earthwatch" 27 March 2014 program summary:
Program: Snowden Petition, Fake NSA Reform In series: "Earthwatch with Robert Knight" Version: NSA BAIT AND SWITCH ON OBAMA SURVEILLANCE 'REFORM' Coverage of the Edward Snowden passport petition campaign; NSA 'reform' analysis, Obama's impending 90-day renewal of FISA/FISC, and midterm election motives for Obama's sudden attempt to quell public opposition to being surveilled en masse by the NSA. We examine the latest developments regarding the NSA, bulk phone surveillance, Congressional collaboration, Presidential feints, and fake "reforms" of the ongoing surveillance regime -- including Obama's plan to privatize bulk phone records, and potentially INCREASE NSA cellphone surveillance. AMONG TODAY'S VOICES: Former Presidential daily briefer and CIA analyst RAY McGOVERN, FBI whistleblower COLEEN ROWLEY, and RootsAction founder NORMAN SOLOMON, speaking overnight at a press conference petitioning Attorney General ERIC HOLDER and State Secretary JOHN KERRY (who refused delivery) for the return of the passport of NSA whistleblower and Nobel nominee EDWARD SNOWDEN -- whom we shall also hear -- along with Senate Iintelligence Committee chair and Church committee pioneer PATRICK LEAHY of Vermont. MUSIC CREDITS: The Bell for freedom by Stevie Wonder, Love Song for the NSA by Truthstream, Blurred Lines by Brooklyn's own Shorts Show Comedy Players, 500 Files by Tyrannosaurus Rocks, Obama's Watching Me by Taiwanese Animators, Fascism by Sam Sparro, All You Fascists Bound to Lose by Woody Guthrie, The Times They Are A-Changin' by Merry Clayton, Hello NSA by the Overstatists, and Every Bomb You Drop by Spitting Image.
Jeff Norman interviews Jeff Cohen about RootsAction, a new online initiative dedicated to galvanizing millions of Americans who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection -- and defunding endless wars. Jeff Cohen is the director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, founder of the media watch group FAIR, and boardmember of RootsAction.