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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
Alexis Tsipras, a member of the Hellenic parliament, president of the Synaspismos political party since 2008, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group since 2009, and leader of the Opposition since June 2012. SYRIZA currently leads in Greek opinion polls. Listen to the audio here.
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Interview with Chris Anders, senior legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, conducted by Scott Harris
It's been a little over 10 years since the 9/11 attack on the U.S., but new legislation now making its way through Congress has the imprint of similar bills that were hastily passed and signed into law in the fearful days following the nation’s most deadly terrorist assault. The House and Senate have recently voted to include a provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that mandates that all accused terrorists be indefinitely imprisoned in military rather than in the civilian court system. But most alarmingly, the measure also empowers the current, and all future presidents, to indefinitely imprison U.S. citizens suspected of engaging in terrorism without charge or trial.
Although many civil libertarians have been critical of President Obama for not thoroughly repudiating many of the Bush administration’s harsh, extra-constitutional methods of dealing with terrorism suspects, the White House along with the secretary of defense, the directors of the FBI, CIA and National Intelligence have all publicly come out in opposition to the indefinite detention provision, saying that they are both “harmful and counterproductive.” But some observers believe the Obama administration’s objections have more to do with preserving executive branch power, rather than opposition to the substance of the legislation.
Between the Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Chris Anders, senior legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, who explains why his group is opposed to the indefinite detention legislation and are urging President Obama to veto the measure.
Find links to more information and articles on terrorism, the constitution and the rule of law, at the American Civil Liberties Union website, www.aclu.org.