Episode: 04.11.12: Counterpoint host Scott Harris discusses a newly released Bush era torture memo; progress on abolishing CT's death penalty law; the campaign against ALEC; the Ruckus Society & civil disobedience and Occupy New Haven's pending eviction
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Baher Azmy, Legal Director with the Center for Constitutional Rights discusses his group's reaction to the release of a 2006 memo by former State Department official, Philip Zelikow, objecting to the Bush administration’s interrogation policies -- and the recent Supreme Court decision permitting jail guards to strip search persons arrested on minor offenses even without reasonable suspicion of concealed contraband.
Ben Jones, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association to Abolish the Death Penalty, talks about the CT State Senate's recent vote passing a bill abolishing the death penalty in Connecticut -- and the near certainty that the State House will follow this week, paving the way for CT Governor Dannel Malloy to sign the bill into law.
Rashad Robinson, executive director of the group ColorofChange.org discusses his group's successful campaign to pressure several major corporations to end their membership in, and support for the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC, that has drafted and lobbied to pass hundreds of anti-union, voter suppression and pro gun laws nationwide.
Joshua Kahn Russell strategy and non violent direct action trainer with the Ruckus Society, talks about the philosophy and power of civil disobedience and organizing going on now for spring direct action campaigns by activists in the Occupy Wall Street movement -- and the union backed 99% Spring.
Ray Neal an activist with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New Haven, CT, explains the City of New Haven's eviction order against the New Haven encampment on the upper Green and his group's challenge to the eviction in Federal Court, that produced a restraining order prohibiting the city from evicting members of Occupy New Haven from the Green until April 9th. U.S. District Court Judge Mark R. Kravitz said he will issue a written decision in the case on Monday, April, which could permit the city's eviction of the camp to move forward.
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