Today, PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard joined Heidi Boghosian, director of the AJ Muste Institute, for a discussion of the ongoing attacks on civil liberties. The discussion took place on the new daily radio show Loud & Clear with Brian Becker -- listen to it now. (You can also listen to the Podcast in iTunes.)
The in-depth, one-hour interview discusses the government's war against dissenters, the rise of the Surveillance State, what the Snowden revelations prove and Obama's unprecedented campaign against whistle blowers.
In addition, Verheyden-Hilliard and Boghosian expose the double standard between the government's arrest of 7,000 peaceful Occupy Movement protesters in 2011 and its attitude toward the armed occupation of a federal building by right-wing militias in Oregon.
They discuss the real conditions and real problems facing people who want to express their First Amendment rights to assemble, speak out and exercise Free Speech — in other words, to do what the Bill of Rights says is a fundamental feature of democracy.