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The Resistance Round Table panel interviews former CIA analyst Ray McGovern about Gina Haspel, the new CIA director who oversaw torture after 9/11. The conversation includes discussion of the U.S. as an 'out law state,' American exceptionalism and the fight to defend net neutrality. Panel: Scott Harris, Ruthanne Baumgartner and Richard Hill (49:08) May 23, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "MIT Students' 'Day of Action': Understanding and Resisting Attacks on Immigrants"

Three-part excerpts from Avi Chomsky's presentations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Day of Action on April 17. Includes a historical perspective as well as a question and answer session with immigrants. Recorded and produced by Chuck Rosina, long-time public affairs and news producer at WMBR FM, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's radio station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. April 17, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "MIT Students' 'Day of Action' Takes On Today's Political, Economic Challenges"

Chuck Rosina's report on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Day of Action on April 17, where members of the MIT and broader local community were given an opportunity to devote the day to engaging with the political, economic, environmental and social challenges facing us today, through learning, discussion, reflection and planning for action. Includes comments from Avi Chomsky, daughter of the renowned professor Noam Chomsky (12:58) April 17, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "Response to chemical attack in Syria – The priority must be the people"

The Resistance Roundtable panel discusses the U.S. missile strikes on Damascus and interviews Stan Heller from Promoting Enduring Peace ( the situation in Syria and the broader Middle East. Panel: Ruthanne Baumgartner, Scott Harris and Richard Hill. April 14, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "What's next for the youth movement against gun violence?"

Tyler Suarez, lead organizer of the March for Our Lives demo in Hartford, CT on March 24, assesses the event attended by 10,000 and discusses the agenda for the youth movement going forward. Interviewed by Richard Hill.

SPECIAL REPORT: "March for Our Lives - Hartford, Connecticut" March 24, 2018

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Panel Discussion: Privatization v. Public Good and the Upcoming March for Our Lives on March 24

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Award-winning Investigative Journalist Robert Parry (1949-2018)

Award-winning investigative journalist and founder/editor of, Robert Parry has passed away. His ground-breaking work uncovering Reagan-era dirty wars in Central America and many other illegal and immoral policies conducted by successive administrations and U.S. intelligence agencies, stands as an inspiration to all in journalists working in the public interest.

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His penetrating analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international conflicts will be sorely missed, and not easily replaced. His son Nat Parry writes a tribute to his father: Robert Parry’s Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews.

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U.S. Senate One Vote Short of Passing Resolution to Overturn FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

Posted Feb. 28, 2018

MP3 Interview with Michael Copps, former FCC commissioner and Common Cause Media and Democracy Reform Initiative special adviser, conducted by Scott Harris


The Republican majority on the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the nation's net neutrality rules on Dec. 14, 2017. Those regulations, which had been on the books since 2015, prevented Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from engaging in censorship, or controlling the speed at which consumers access specific websites, apps and other online services. The absence of net neutrality rules now allows broadband providers to charge customers additional fees to gain faster access to specific websites or content, much like cable television.

The FCC's vote to repeal net neutrality was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 22, which begins a legislative 60-day period where Congress has the power to invoke the Congressional Review Act, where a majority vote in the House and Senate can overturn a federal agency's policy change. A national coalition of more than 200 groups and companies supporting a free Internet launched Operation #OneMoreVote on Feb. 27, organizing a flood of calls, emails and tweets to legislators, with the goal of securing one more vote needed in the Senate to overturn the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Michael Copps, a former FCC Commissioner from 2001-2011, who now serves as a special adviser to Common Cause's Media and Democracy Reform Initiative. Here, Copps discusses the importance of net neutrality and the campaign to restore it through congressional action, lawsuits and state legislative initiatives.

MICHAEL COPPS: Fifty senators have signed up in support of passing a resolution of disapproval authorizing this Congressional Review Act. We need 51 to pass the Senate. Everything in this town is partisan but we have Sen. (Susan) Collins who's a Republican from Maine, and she's joined most of the Democrats, so we're at 50, but we're having a devil of a time trying to find the 51st senator to cast that vote and you know, you could say well, if it passes the Senate that's fine, but it has to pass the House and that's true and that would be maybe an even steeper climb. And then to really put it into effect, the president has to sign it. That's rolling the big rock up the hill, too. But I think this is a fight worth having. And it certainly is a fight worth winning in the Senate. But it draws the people's attention and the media's attention a little bit to what's at stake here. This is an ongoing battle that's being fought on the congressional front to this resolution of disapproval. And then it'll be fought in the courts through a lot of suits that will be presented. A lot of jurisprudence is ahead of us. And in the final analysis, it will be fought in the court of public opinion and I think it's very important that when people cast their votes next time, that they be aware of this issue and the importance of communications and of trying to get a media ecosystem that really serves the needs of the country.

The Internet is so important for so much of our political activity that is taking place right now, and if people aren't free to go where they want to go, or to use that as a tool for organizing; if they have to always be afraid of gatekeepers - Comcast, or AT&T or Verizon – or one of these companies is going to, or maybe they're going to interfere with this viewpoint or another viewpoint that they don't happen to agree with – we've had some of that history in the past, even when we had people thinking that net neutrality was going to be here to stay. And now if we repeal the rules, that's just flashing a green light to all these companies to use the Internet for their own purposes and their own profitability.

The tragedy is this – and it's a tragedy of history – here you have this open, dynamic technology, probably more dynamic and important than anything since the printing press, to really expand our news and our information, to expand our democracy, to better inform the people. And are we just now going to say OK, we're just gonna turn this over to the big companies? Are we going to just cable-ize the Internet? That's really what it is, you know. And who wants to cable-ize the Internet? Who likes paying all those cable bills as they go up and up and up?

Net neutrality is not a guarantor of a truly open Internet, but it's a prerequisite. It's a condition of an open Internet.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Michael Copps, I wanted to ask you beyond congressional action that we just talked about, there are lawsuits are being planned to prevent the final repeal of net neutrality. And a fascinating approach is also starting to take root: state legislation that would really anchor the ISPs around the country to state regulations that would continue the protections of net neutrality.

MICHAEL COPPS: Well, several governors – Montana, New York, a few others have already used their executive powers and using their power to contract for services from telecommunications companies and passing executive orders saying, "If you want the state's business on telecommunications, you have to abide by the net neutrality process." And I think they have the power to do that. This is something that is going to be fought out in the courts too, the new FCC under Chairman Pai is saying, "No, no, we can pre-empt everything, you know, it's all federal." But some of the states are going in this direction and then there are something like 22 state attorneys general going to be on a lawsuit to go beyond that on net neutrality, too.

So yes, once you get outside of this beltway, it's not a partisan issue.

Learn more about the groups fighting to restore Net Neutrality by visiting Common Cause Media and Democracy Initiative at and Common Cause: Net Neutrality at; Battle For the Internet at; Protect Our Internet at; and One More Vote Campaign at

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