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  • 01:03

    Marcy Wheeler & Digby • VS Sundays

    in Current Events

    Domestic security is getting pretty complicated, what with miliarized police operations, cameras documenting events that were previously unaccessible, "non-lethal" weapons that aren't really, and a really extensive internal security system.  Marcy Wheeler and digby discuss these issues.   Marcy summarizes the current understanding of who and how American citizens are being surveilled. Digby has been on the taser front from the beginning.   

    Crime rates are way down. Incarceration rates are an embarrassment, pointlessly ruining the lives of millions of Americans.  Police departments are more diverse, especially in urban centers.  A consensus against the drug war seems to be growing--but the Feds and the local asset seizure programs don't want to acknowledge that consensus.


    We discuss.

  • 01:04

    Virtually Speaking Sundays: Dave Johnson and Marcy Wheeler

    in Politics Progressive

    Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel EmptyWheel Blog) and Dave Johnson (@dcjohnson Seeing the Forest) have a lot to talk about. Nobody ('cept Newt) wants to be Speaker of the House. Transpacific Partnership agreement is reached. What does that mean for the 99%, and national sovereignty.  And, at last, Sanders and Clinton meet sorta face to face in the first Democratic primary debate.

  • 01:05

    Marcy Wheeler: Espionage in the 21st Century

    in Politics Progressive

    Understanding US public policy, both domestic and foreign, is impossible without considering the role of intelligence operations, government, contracted to government and private. The roles of domestic surveillance, foreign infilitration, and exploits directed at US assets are not reported in traditional media unless the breaches are yawning.

    Marcy Wheeler is on this beat, and reports upon it at emptywheel.net. We discuss espionage and its role in contemporary policy making.

    from Wiki: 'Human Intelligence (frequently abbreviated HUMINT) is intelligence gathered by means of interpersonal contact, as opposed to the more technical intelligence gathering disciplines such as signals intelligence (SIGINT), imagery intelligence (IMINT) and measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT).'

  • 01:01

    Marcy Wheeler & Joan McCarter: VS Sundays

    in Current Events

    Four days of mayhem in a Mitch McConnell led Senate. Commentary from Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, politcal satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @emptywheel @JoanMcCarter @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak

    The 2015 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Andrew Jerrell Jones, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman Alternates: Isaiah Poole, Susan Madrak, Sara Robinson, Spocko, Charles Lenchner

  • 01:03

    Marcy Wheeler & Stuart Zechman • VS Sundays

    in Current Events

    USA Freedom Act: passed by relative landslide this week in GOP House, awaiting Senate action, reportedly ends direct state bulk collection of phone records revealed (again) by Snowden, forces telecoms into bulk collection role

    Second Circuit Appeals court ruled this month that the Patriot Act did not, in fact, authorize the massive vacuuming up of people's communication data undertaken by U.S. spy agencies, despite ubiquitous, off-record claims to the contrary by "the intelligence community"

    Court records can give the public some idea as to how the telecom oligopolies are responding to both of these events, indications being that a likely scenario is the largely unabated supply of communications information to the government

    On May 31st of this year, Section 215 of the Patriot Act --used to support claims that nationwide, communications dragnet collection is authorized by law-- is expiring

    Cyberwar-- NSA's dual responsibility of defending US networks and acquiring offensive capability for exploits like Stuxnet.

    Commentary from Marcy Wheeler, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd. Political satire from Culture of Truth.

    The 2015 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Andrew Jerrell Jones, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman. Alternates: Susan Madrak, Sara Robinson, Spocko, Charles Lenchner


  • 01:00

    Marcy Wheeler & Richard Eskow • VS Sundays

    in Current Events

    War, spying and how ISIS is sucking out all the air of Democratic efforts to look back at economic issues (esp the minimum wage).  Marcy Wheeler & Richard Eskow. Plus political satirist Culture of Truth.

  • 01:05

    Virtually Speaking with Marcy Wheeler

    in Politics Progressive

    Marcy Wheeler, automotive expert, briefly  discusses the race for the first driverless car.

    Then we discuss the use, and misuse, of "crazy" as a way of describing Republicans on the Tea Party  wing.  Marcy argues that in an envrionment of absolutely insane policy like the US in Syria, or the F35 fighter project, we should be careful when throwing the C word around. One of the Village centrists' crazy policies is domestic surveillance--massive violations of the Fourth Amendment that Freedom Party Republicans work against.  CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act comes up. You can read some background on CISA and follow all these stories on emptywheel.net.

  • 01:05

    Marcy Wheeler and Patrick Eddington: Intelligence Oversight

    in Politics Progressive

    Marcy Wheeler, one of America's premiere investigative journalists focusing on civil liberties, the military/intelligence and other national security issues is the author of the definitive book on the Scooter Libby trial: Anatomy of Deceipt. On EmptyWheel, she routinely breaks news on the intelligence and surveillance topics, and is very influential on these beats in the national press

    Patrick Eddington is a former CIA officer, and former intelligence staffer to Rush Holt (D-NJ).  His memoir Long Strange Journey covers his time as an intelligence officer.

    We'll discuss the intelligence community's nature and effectiveness, with a particular focus on Congressional oversight of the intelligence services.

  • 01:02

    Marcy Wheeler & Gaius Publius • VS Sundays

    in Politics Progressive

    Bengazi, Obamnesty (Immigration). Dems going forward. Political satirist Culture of Truth on the Sunday morning talk shows. Gaius Publius, Marcy Wheeler Jay Ackroyd moderates. Links

    John Cassidy summarizes Obama's immigration speech

    LA TImes on the GOP positions

    Benghazi report - rumor mill

    Chris Mooney on the jet stream theory for buffalo.

    Gaius reports from Washington DC


    The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Andrew Jerrell Jones, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman


  • 01:00

    Marcy Wheeler & Jay Ackroyd • VS Sundays

    in Current Events

    Marcy Wheeler and Jay Ackroyd talk sports, NCAA, unions, Obama dragnet reforms and Ron Wyden.


  • 00:59

    Marcy Wheeler • Intelligence in Domestic and Foreign policy

    in Politics Progressive

    The role of intelligence in U.S. domestic and foreign policy, a conversation beween investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler and Jay Ackroyd. One of a series of conversations about surveilllance, national security, NSA, CIA, and Congressional oversight.

    follow @emptywheel @jayackroyd