First, a conversation with Jesselyn Radack, who walked us through her experiences blowing the whistle on the Department of Justice early on during the Bush administration. In 2001, when she learned that statements about American Taliban John Walker Lindh were being publicly misconstrued by DOJ officials, she felt the full blunt of retaliation by the Bush administration. She currently serves as GAPs Homeland Security Director.
Then we discuss the new FISA legislation. In July, Congress passed legislation that both greatly expanded the wiretapping abilities of the federal government and granted telecommunication companies that assisted in President Bushs illegal spying program immunity. This panel discussed aspects of the legislation, and spent time looking forward to the next steps of the issue (lawsuits, new administrations). Guests for this segment included Caroline Fredrickson, Washington, D.C. Legislative Director of the ACLU, and Peter Swire, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
This episode was filmed on July 18, 2008.