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Friday, March 17, 2017

Episode one March 16, 2017 Robert Paxton and Sunsara Taylor

Sunsara  Taylor
She is an organizer with Refuse Fascism, which described its objective
as “Stop Trump/Pence Fascism”.  As a representative of the group, she
spoke at the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, protested outside Trump
Tower and tweeted video of protesters burning the United States
flag,[12] and later drew media attention after comparing Donald Trump
to Adolf Hitler during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight. In an
interview with KPFK she called for Donald Trump to be “driven from
Robert O. Paxton
Distinguished historian at Columbia University and author of “The Anatomy of
Fascism.”What is fascism? By focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did,
rather than what they said. rom the first violent uniformed bands beating up “enemies of the state,” through Mussolini’s rise to power, to Germany’s fascist radicalization in World War II, Paxton shows clearly why fascists came to power in some countries and not others, and explores whether fascism could exist outside the early-twentieth-century European setting in which it emerged.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

America's Secret Court

June, 1999

America's Secret Court


(President Trump says President Obama had him wiretapped using a FISA warrant. Here's some background from an article I wrote about the secret court that makes the decision to approve a FISA warrant.)

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court deliberates in a vault-like room in the Dept. of Justice in DC. It issues no written opinions, and since 1978 has yet to turn down even one of some 10,000 requests for wiretaps and search warrants.

Imagine a secret court made up of anonymous judges chosen by the Chief Justice of the United States and empowered to grant wiretaps, approve break-ins, bug psychiatrists' offices and people's homes-all without probable cause that a crime has been or is being committed. Its hearings are conducted in secret, without notification of the proposed targets and under a novel definition of due process that allows suspension of long-held civil rights in the name of national security... MORE