Aug
05
2011

Bill Hartung on military cuts, Rania Khalek on taping the police

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This week on CounterSpin. The debt ceiling has been lifted; that fixed everything, right? Well, the Democratic base is unhappy with the White House capitulation, the ratings agencies still aren't sure the United States has its fiscal house in order, and there's nothing here to address the jobs crisis. Of the budget cuts we've been hearing about, reports say that one early slice comes from the military budget--with a second round of potentially larger cuts possible in a few months. But is that really true? We'll talk it over with Bill Hartung of the Arms and Security Project.

Also on CounterSpin today: Anthony Graber got a speeding ticket, which was one thing, but he videotaped the cop making the arrest, and it was for that that police raided his home and charged him with two felonies. Law enforcement may not like citizens taping them, but is it actually a crime? We'll hear from progressive activist Rania Khalek, who's been following the issue.

LINKS:

--"What If We Really Cut the Pentagon Budget?," by Bill Hartung (Center for International Policy, 8/2/11)

--"15 Years in Prison For Taping the Cops? How Eavesdropping Laws Are Taking Away Our Best Defense Against Police Brutality," by Rania Khalek (AlterNet, 7/27/11