TruthToTell, Monday, July 29−9AM: PRIVACY AND FREEDOM FROM GOVERNMENT: Who's Watching You Today? - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Streaming at KFAI.org & Livestream.com/TruthToTellMN


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Monday, July 29, 2013

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Does any one of us know precisely what is and what is not guaranteed by the Constitution by way of individual or privacy or free assembly, free press or free speech? Are such freedoms once assumed so easily limited by the laws and rules Congress passes and the Administration invokes. In other words – is our right to privacy threatened by our obsession with security?

Many advocates claim that government is illegally spying on us, threatening jail time and even physical injury if we speak out or peacefully and civilly disobey, tried for treason by turning to press freedoms to expose the government’s own obsession secrecy – its insistence that all things sensitive should be kept from public scrutiny, thus over-classified.Facts support this claim.

No one in power wants the eyes of their constituents prying into their business, even in what purports to a democracy that exists at the will and pleasure of those constituents – the voters, the citizens. This sense of entitlement to secrecy extends to all levels of government and the transactions they’d rather you knew nothing about, including wiretapping Americans, possibly you, and Internet spying. It won’t be long before those same powers come a-calling to ask you to keep them in power, insisting they’ve operated and behaved transparently and entirely in your interest, the public interest.

Well, we know better. The quest for secrecy in the halls of power has far more often than not been exposed for the damage it has done to the national and local good – not its exposure, and certainly not if the laws and constitutional provisions designed to rein in power have been thwarted to preserve it.

The increasingly accelerating imposition of secrecy, extreme prosecutions and punishments inflicted for shattering it, the extraordinarily expanding exercise of police powers to beat in skulls and arrest demonstrators and dissenters, the global hounding of leakers on charges of treason and the spying so-called national security agencies engage in the name of protecting us from faceless enemies, and not our freedoms when those freedoms mean the most, are emerging as the prime issues confronting our personal and electronic liberty in an age when the lines between the latter and the former so easily blur.


This week, we look at those questions at every level and try to get idea of whether or not this juggernaut can be brought to heel before even our most progressive policymakers have become irretrievably corrupted by their own hubris and the admonishments of the military and policy technocrats, not to mention the corporate media hounds that pretend to demand press freedoms for themselves but fail to call their governments to account for their anti-democratic ploddings.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI talk with just three of the many local and national civil rights privacy and media justice activists immersed in this intensifying and alarming decline in Constitutional compliance.


AMALIA DELONEY – Associate Director, Center for Media Justice & Director, Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net)

CHARLES (Chuck) SAMUELSON, Executive Director, ACLU-MN




MARK WEINSTEIN – Privacy Advocate and CEO, Sgrouples Private Social Network

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Monday, July 22, 2013



Why in the world is TruthToTell taking on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement trade pact now in negotiation half the globe away? Usually, TTT is less concerned with subjects like the TPP than we are teepees and HERCs and the local NAACP, among the many state, local and regional issues confronting our listeners and viewers.

The primary reason, we think, is that local and regional transnational corporations – like 3M, Cargill, ADM, Alliant Tech, the now ubiquitous Target (which has its name on practically every publicly owned facility and event in Minnesota) and who knows what others are the mute participants in this trade organization that has the potential for preempting and overriding all US and local laws and regulations theoretically ion business to protect consumers, workers and the public interest – think FTCFCCEPA,MPCACommerceDNR (it ain’t all fish and wildlife there).

The other is that the likes of Congressman Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition and MN2020, the think tank often devoted to economic development are zeroing in on this issue.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI query the people willing to step forward and discuss the issue – and that does NOT include any of the companies whose perspectives we sought for this show but who all refused. Target, 3M and Cargill were among those contacted.


REP KEITH ELLISON (D-MN) – 5th District – Member, House Financial Services Committee; Co-Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus; Founder, Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus

JOSH WISE – Executive Director, Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition




STEVE FLETCHER – Fellow and Director of Grassroots Strategy, Minnesota2020; founding Executive Director of MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change