This week on CounterSpin: This is how ABC anchor Diane Sawyer explained the Greek crisis: “The Dow down nearly 300 points, so, what changed? Well, blame it on the country of Greece, long criticized for being undisciplined and now threatening American retirements.” With the EU bailout of Greek in danger and the government calling for a referendum, corporate media in this country are back to bashing pampered Greek workers and demanding austerity as the cure for the country’s fiscal woes. NY City College of Technology professor Costas Panayotakis will join us to talk about that.
Also on CounterSpin today, the dramatic expansion in recent years of law enforcement’s power to collect information secretly on US citizens is a problem in itself. But the ACLU and affiliates have now laid out evidence that the FBI is engaging in far-reaching surveillance on entire communities, and you wouldn’t believe the criteria they’re using. Or maybe you would. Nusrat Choudhury of the ACLU’s National Security Project will tell us what we know about the disturbing ‘community mapping’ program and why we need to know more.