Jun 17 2011

Shahid Buttar on civil liberties, Gareth Porter on Syed Saleem Shahzad


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This week on CounterSpin: An activist in Texas gets his FBI files—and finds out that agents have been tailing him for years. Activists in the Midwest are the targets of a wide-ranging investigation, including a half-dozen house raids and an array of subpoenas. And—oh yeah—parts of the Patriot Act were renewed, there’s an effort to extend the term of FBI chief Robert Mueller, and the FBI is giving agents new powers. Can media start connecting the dots? We’ll ask Shahid Buttar of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

Also this week: The work of recentlly murdered Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad offers rare insights into the strategic thinking of AL Qaeda, with whose leaders he had conducted many interviews. How are Shahzad’s revelations impacting U.S. journalism? We’ll talk to freelance journalist and historian Gareth Porter about Syed Saleem Shahzad.