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All Your Genes Are Belong To Us
"The story of gene patenting kind of starts in the nineteen seventies when scientists figured out how to modify genes in a lab until nineteen eighty living. Things mostly couldn't be patented but that year the supreme court said i guess. These new modified genes are inventions. And pretty soon after that the patent office started granting patents not just on those modified genes but even on genes that scientists had just managed to isolate an extract from the body which started this huge genetic goldrush hundreds of new biotech companies popped up and suddenly the human genome started to look kind of like an uncharted surveyors map with hidden treasure. Worth millions of dollars just lurking out there in the genetic code by the early nineties. One of the biggest genetic treasures was the gene responsible for most cases of inherited breast and ovarian cancer the b. r. c. h. Gene and women with the brca gene have up to a seventy percent chance of getting breast cancer. Compared to about just ten percent for the general population. There was an enormous international race to find this gene and when myriad genetics was founded in one thousand nine hundred one winning the race to find the brca gene was a top priority geneticists. Sean teigen was one of the first people hired at myriad genetics. I had never heard of myriad. In fact i was roughly employee number. Ten sean and myriad hoped that if they could find this gene they could diagnose people at risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer and create tests and treatments for it nasa whereafter in the end is to add years to the lives of the people who buy you know unfortunate chance inherited a mutation in one of these genes. The trick to locating this gene is to identify families where breast cancer clusters. And then if you compare the dna of the people in those families who got cancer versus older people in the family who never got it. It will probably lead you to the gene and in the race to find this gene. Mary has a huge head. Start mostly because of its location in salt lake city. Utah has this comprehensive database of anyone who's developed cancer in the state. It is also home to the mormon church which famously keeps extensive genealogical records show. They're thinking when if just cross-referenced reference those two databases they'd have themselves a ready made pool of promising dna candidates and then they could get straight to mining for mutations sean and his team at myriad get to work. They are working around the clock all hands on deck. How did you guys think about what the stakes were for you. Guys you know in this race returned to arrive there. I i was merely an existential question for the company. There wasn't any doubt about that. It was like if we can find this than the company is going to be successful. And if we don't find it we're probably gonna shrivel up and go hundreds of other scientists around the world were also looking for this gene if myriad doesn't want to shrivel up and go away they have to get to it i after four long years of mining. Dna myriad finally strikes gold they find the mutated gene living on chromosome seventeen from what is now known to be base pair. Forty three million forty four thousand two hundred ninety five to base pair forty three million one hundred twenty five thousand three hundred and sixty four myriad extracts and isolates gene and almost immediately stakes its claim on it by filing a patent but profiting off of that patent turns out to be a whole other problem. There's just no good way to make a drug or treatment based on this gene so instead they focused solely on making a test that would tell people if they have the gene. Though even tasked will be hard to make money off of because brca is like say cova testing where you might get tested over and over or a drug the take every day you know the same person will use a particular patent drug again and again and again and again but they get the information that they are mutations carrier wanted to. They don't need to have that test again. It's done so. The prophet situation is different. Myriad cooks up a solution to this profit problem i. They will make the cadillac of tests the very best cancer gene test of all time and they will charge a premium for it then myriad starts using. Its patent to do what happens. Do best to create a monopoly if anyone else tries to make comprehensive diagnostic test based on their brca genes including some researchers myriad says kindly cease and desist last piece of the prophet puzzle. They get to work driving up demand. Genetic testing for breast cancer was relatively new thing. People didn't really know about it yet. So myriad launched a big marketing campaign aimed mostly at doctors and clinics. But then they test out something that hadn't really been done before with genetic testing breast cancer runs in my family. My mother my dad's sisters. I wondered if it would be inevitable. The trade marketing their test directly to consumers talk to your doctor or visit brac now dot com myriad says they invested around five hundred million dollars to develop and market the test and that they didn't even turn a profit until two thousand eight and says patenting. The gene was the key. That's the only way myriad could get the time and money needed to create what they deemed one of the most sophisticated genetic tests to date attest that gave more than a million people information about their risk for breast and ovarian cancer. But as you may remember not everyone saw myriads business model in the same positive light first of all that direct marketing to a broad swath of consumers less than ten percent of women are even good candidates for this test so there were concerns that myriad was encouraging all of these people to try to get a test that most of them don't even need that cost thousands of dollars before insurance and back at the. Aclu that lawyer. Chris hansen by the mid-2000s he'd spent a few years learning all about gene patenting and looking into the ways myriad was doing business and he had a few concerns of his own for example. Chris says people who did take myriads test might have been getting a false sense of security because his cadillac of tests. The original version of that test did not screen for several dangerous mutations in the gene which came to light after they'd gone to market so that even if you are a result back from myriad saying you're fine you weren't necessarily fine which you know. Science is a process of learning but once myriad realized its mistake and fix the test if customers wanted to take their new and improved. Test that identifies mutations that was gonna cost extra and chris says myriad police it's gene patents so aggressively that no other comprehensive. Brca test was available. So if you were worried that myriad had missed something. There was no way to get a second opinion myriad. Genetics was the only place in the country. You could go if you wanted to be tested other labs could could technically do be. Rca screening were not allowed to do so because of Myriads hat myriad told us. Look we only actually filed two lawsuits against our patent but scientists. We spoke with told us that myriad also sent out a ton of letters that threatened legal action which had basically the same effect of shutting down testing efforts and many scientists were already frustrated with myriad because the race define these genes in the first place had been largely collaborative among scientists around the world and yes myriad had found the gene i but they've done it with the help of everyone else's published work and then they used their patent rights to essentially claim testing for it all to themselves and because really only myriad could test for these genes only they could gather certain kinds of really valuable new data about inherited breast cancer they collected and years of data most of which they also didn't share with the rest of the breast cancer research community. They had this gigantic database of brca one jeans and the various variations of the brca jeans myriad refused to share that database with the scientific community. We spoke to the folks at myriad and they told us that they didn't want to share their genetic database with the broader scientific community out of a concern for patient privacy. They say the pricing of tests has always been proportionate to the costs of developing and bringing them to market and they say they're patent strategy was in line with others in the industry. But chris's concerns went. Far beyond myriads business model far beyond myriad used it's gene patents for him myriad was just a symptom of a much more fundamental issue. The real problem to chris was that genes could even be patented at all. The notion that some private company to own a part of my body and i can't look at it without paying a royalty to some private company seemed to me blindingly obviously a civilization and when chris hansen sees a civil liberties issue. He knows what to
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, injured in workout with other NBA players, will undergo MRI on Thursday
"Be concerned. I play all those things combined. This far as i know he's playing basketball and I don't know who with i think is playing basketball pie. Like a lot of these guys are trying to get ready for ready for the season. Clay of course missed all of last year after the aclu injury. He suffered in the finals that year. Before here are tim. Legler and adrian watson hausky getting up with us earlier today guys. Thanks whoa do. What can you tell us. What do we know about this injury. Greenie lower lower right leg. There's certainly a significant amount of concern among the warriors talked to his agent greg lawrence last night. And they're going to have that imaging this morning a west coast time you'll see some of the warrior personnel front office medical staff coming down to be there his agent there and they're going to get a better sense of the severity of the injury. The torn acl injury was on his left is left knee that causing the last season. This is a right leg injury so it's not the same leg that's not necessarily any indication of how severe it may or may not be but just to sort of by for those award following it last night. The vibe i was clearly getting from you and others covering the story. Was that the level of concern that this is. Something very serious is significant. We don't wanna read too much into it. But am i getting that part of it right. Yeah there's there's a significant level of concern but it could be could it be At best strength half at worst is it in the achilles area and so that's why they'll get in there today they'll do the imaging and they'll find out for sure right so tim lego. Let's let's sort of look at this from a bigger picture basketball perspective if klay to missed significant time here this is a long term injury and again we can all hope that it isn't but what would that mean for the warriors championship window. Well my direct answer to that question would be. I think it's still open greenie. I think. Look i'm less concerned about klay thompson potentially missing another years in terms of just guys getting a little bit older steph and draymond both in their early thirties. I'm not as concerned about that. More concerned about what is going to be like coming back from now. Potentially another dreaded basketball injury. That's what you're concerned about and now on each leg so let's see what klay thompson looks like. You know a year from now. That's how john again. We're still waiting to hear the results of that. I still think the windows opening the main reason because we look around the nba. There is only one team right now. That definitively you can say it. Looks like they're put together to win the title. And that's the lakers about virtually every other team in the nba. So this means the warriors getting back together is delayed a little bit longer so be it. I
DHS chief claims some deported parents "have chosen to separate" from their kids
"The status of children separated from their parents at the US border, the media focused on a headline. Five hundred, forty, five kids, and they can't find their parents. It was so sad it came up during the debate Biden, referred to what is criminal Well, we turn to the National Review One of the few main one of the few media outlets that will actually look a little further into the story. And even trump didn't really answer the question because I don't think he knew how to handle the question, but he didn't read the report. Well. As they right here. There's a couple of numbers that have received significantly less attention to most news reports about the ACLU's legal fight. Four hundred, eighty, five, the number of children whose parents have been located and zero. The how many of those parents have sought to have their children returned home? That's the true story here these four hundred eighty-five parents have gone back to their home country they got deported they got deported and they didn't want their kids to go with they have been contacted by Homeland Security and they have refused to take their children back. They don't want their kids sent back to the home country. They want to wait and see if there's some way they can get into the United States to be reunified with their children. Go the I mean this is this is big because. The. Way The story was presented. It was like Oh are incompetent solis government leaving these children stranded without their parents can't find their parents know they've been actively looking for the parents but many of them are in foreign countries but they have found four, hundred, eighty, five of them chase jennings is a spokesman for the Department of Homeland. Security. Any says the simple fact is this after contact has been made with the parents to reunite them with their children many parents have refused at the four, hundred, eighty, five children. That, we've been able to contact. They have yet to identify a single family that wants their child reunited with them in their country of origin. That for family values how where's that for a headline? On. Line an ACLU lawyer by the name of legal aren't said well, yes. It's not because his parents don't want to be reunited with the kids they overwhelmingly do. It's just that they don't want to be reunited in their home countries well, rather they want to be reunited in the United. States
ACLU filing: Parents of 545 separated migrant children still unable to be reached
"For their parents after being separated the border between 2017 and 2018. That's according to a court filing this week, it says a committee has been unable to reach the parents of 545 Children. Filing also notes, About two thirds of those parents could have been deported, deported rather without their kids coming up here in Colorado's morning news, some
Hundreds of parents separated from kids at the border remain "unreachable"
"It was one of the early horrors of the trump administration and the horror continues to this day tonight, NBC News reports that lawyers for over five hundred migrant children separated from their families by the trump administration still cannot locate their parents. JACOB SOBER SOBER OFF ON THE JAW-DROPPING headline next. Two and a half years after the trump administration launched an official policy to separate migrant children from their parents, and after the ordered them to reunite those families hundreds of kids are still without their parents and those parents cannot be found. NBC News reports that lawyers appointed to a federal by federal judge to identify migrant families who are separated by the trump administration. Say they've yet to track down the parents of five hundred, forty five children that are approximately two thirds of those parents were deported to Central America without their children leaving the families separated possibly permanently. The top reporters on this story exactly what the trump administration did to migrant families in his book separated inside an American tragedy is MSNBC ABC News correspondent Jacob Sober off and he joins me now. Jacob the Group of children here at issue are group of children, take them their parents in the very beginning of the trump administration administering this policy explain who they are and how this group is different than the later group. Precisely Chris, this group of one, thousand, five, hundred, fifty, six children identified by NGOs, the trump administration, and the ACLU. That group has been winnow to about eleven hundred and that eleven hundred, five, hundred, and forty five parents are still effectively unreachable as what the groups refer to them as that are searching for them on the ground and when I say searching literally searching door to door in some cases for parents because the contact information that was provided was faulty. This group of children was separated even before the policy that came to be. Known Zero Tolerance was ever in place during the El Paso so-called pilot program in two, thousand, seventeen and other places along the southwest border that time as well. Yeah. This is this was them experimenting with? This is a policy in thousand seventeen before they sort of made it a systemic policy that created the backlash. So this was all happening much more under the radar in terms of press what what do we know about what we're these kids are like who is looking after them now they've now been in US custody for three years. Yeah, and it's it's unbelievable. I actually talked to an eight year old boy from Honduras who's living in northern California with his aunt and uncle just last night expecting this news to be filed in court today. The father is still in Honduras and he's trying to get back to the United States, it's an almost insurmountable. Huddle. Of this agreement that was made between the. And the federal government. Just want to reiterate I mean what these children went through has now categorized as government sanctioned child abuse by the American Academy of Pediatrics as torture by Physicians for Human Rights, and it was perpetrated by the trump administration political officials after they were warned by career people in hhs in. In the Department of Justice was reported just a couple of weeks ago that this policy was going to have the exact consequences that we're talking about right now the recordkeeping wasn't there. They wouldn't be able to track these families down and here we are, as you said, almost three years later with trauma compounded if you talk to child healthcare professionals probably on a daily. Basis for these children in terms of reuniting these families, which is the ultimate goal here. It sounds like there's a few obstacles. One is is finding the parents the other just that I understand that you're saying that even if they found that they're located then being able to come back to the United States to take their child is harder than it appears that right? Particularly for parents who were deported without their children in the original class, there were four hundred or so there were deported without their children and I think twenty nine were brought back to the United States. In this expanded class I think that there's a number that's basically equivalent to that at this point, and that's because of a narrow definition of what can be considered for reunification to the terms of the settlement agreement and at at the end of the day I mean. It's almost inexplicable that the government would be able to do. This would be able to take parents and children from one another and out of eleven hundred. At this point, we're only talking about a handful or two and the other thing I should point out is Chris. Some of the parents have opted to leave their children with family members in the United. States instead of deport them if the government is saying to them, sorry, we're not going to bring you back to the United States, but that isn't their choice
Twitter will ban Holocaust denial posts, following Facebook
"If you're American, you probably think of free speech as the default. Just the way things are. And I. Don't know where it enters the stuff. I don't know if it's in the water or if it's in the kindergarten curriculum Evelyn. Is Not American, but it's only something that I have encountered faith in years is just like first amendment fundamentalism she's an Australian who lives in Massachusetts and she's one of most dynamic and nuanced thinkers. Online speech. She lectures at Harvard Law School. You came here to study kind of First Amendment Law to look at this stuff. As an outsider, what was your impression of the US fundamental adherence to free speech? I feel a little bit like gas lit as a foreigner when you come to America. As I did for years ago to Study Comparative Constitutional, Law, and free speech One of the most striking things about American free speech doctrine is this like this example of there were Nazis that wanted to march in skokie. I know jumping straight to Nazis his kind of leaping into the free speech depend. But Evelyn's describing one of the most famous first amendment cases when that really tests American values, the story goes like this. In one, thousand, nine, hundred, a group of neo-nazis wanted to march in the Chicago suburb of skokie Illinois largely because a lot of Holocaust survivors lived there seven thousand concentration camp survivors living in the predominantly Jewish Chicago suburb of skokie not surprisingly, there was a huge legal fight cokie officials a block Nazi demonstrations with court injunctions when the Nazis appealed to the State Supreme Court a judge has refused to hear the case. But what might surprise you if you don't know the story is that the American Civil Liberties Union indeed a lawyer with the ACLU defended the Nazis right to March under the First Amendment saying the right to free expression with integral to who we are as a country. It's just such an iconic story of the literal Nazis were going to be allowed to marching the street and as a foreigner you come here, new learn that and normally deland that it's it's not like these inconvenient embarrassment about Assessment Amendment Law. It's this like really proud one of the truly great victories for the First Amendment was that it will protect the speech that we hate because it is you know Betta to have it out in the urban it's better to meet it with county speech and we just can't trust the government to suppress as an Australian very striking. I don't even have a right to free speech. We don't have a bill of rights and our Constitution it's it's like a completely foreign idea this fight over unfettered free speech and in fact, where it collides with Anti Semitism and Holocaust denial broke into the news cycle again, this week, there's a split screen like the Supreme Court confirmation hearings going on on one side, and then on the other side facebook releases a blog post the company which has always said it values free expression above everything else announced that it would ban any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust. Two days later, twitter did the same thing. It might seem like banning Holocaust denial is a pretty easy call, but it was only a few years ago that facebook said, it wouldn't prohibit Holocaust to nihilism on its platform. which is part of why and says, this is a really big deal I. think this is like a really iconic moment in the history of the company and its thinking and its evolution around its rules. There is no more emblematic rule that facebook had about. To First Amendment Principles. Today on the show. Decision to finally habit Holocaust, Mus Information and what it means for free speech debates, the Internet and the potential for change. I'm Lizzie O'Leary and you're listening to what next TVD A show about technology power, how the future will be determined stay with us. Voting this year is a little. Than usual, what you don't want to do is be the one sprinting to the mailbox trying to send in a last minute vote or get to the front of the line at the polls only to realize you're not registered. 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Dot Com is the easiest way to keep everyone connected and on the right track try it out for yourself to get your free two week trial. Good Monday dot com today. I, WanNa talk about how seismic shift this is if we think back to just two years ago. Mark Zuckerberg gave a very now well known interview to Cara Swisher. And said, she didn't believe that posts that deny the Holocaust should be taken down. I believe that our platform should take down because I think that there are things different people get wrong. either. I don't think that they're intentionally getting a wrong but I think that they. They might be but go home. It's hard to pune intent. Boy. It is a big journey from. People get things wrong even though I might find it personally offensive. To. My own thinking has evolved. The big thing that they always have hung onto was we don't WanNa be arbiters of truth, and we will not take content down purely on the basis that it's false. We might take it on the down on the basis that its nudity or that it's hate speech or that it has other sort of effects but we weren't take content down just because it's wrong and that's sort of what's reflected in that quote from Makoto Takhar Swisher is you know some people get things wrong sometimes and the the pandemic literally changed that decision overnight in the context of a global public health emergency they abandoned that they said we will take down. False information about the pandemic because it poses a public health risk, and now we're playing ball like now companies are taking content down on the basis that it's false and we're now seeing it in other areas. We saw it in the context of the wildfires in West my country was on file for months. In December and January, and there were lots of false rumors about the cause of the fires and facebook didn't take anything down and then Oregon was on fire A. Couple of months ago, and suddenly they were taking down misinformation about the cause of their as far as think a stock contrast as you can draw. It's still interesting to hear you peg this to the pandemic because I think about all the data points that came before that this is. After the two thousand, sixteen election, it is after the Charlottesville unite the right rally, which took place in two thousand seventeen. Do you think the coronavirus pandemic is it sort of launching us into a new I guess area of thinking about content and speech on its own or or easy it kind of a I guess a catalyst for something that was going to happen anyway. Yeah. You're absolutely right that it's only sort of it's part of the broader trend. It was a particularly visible and sort of obvious example of the trend in the same way that the pandemic has made many sort of fundamental. Assumptions structures in society more visible, and we've sort of seen progressively moving more and more along that line of sort of okay. We copies all speech all the time. Let's balancing trysts and draw the line and I think that the pandemic was just sort of another step along that road. If you think about it that way these announcements from facebook and twitter about banning Holocaust denial or in line with other content moderation decisions we've seen this year like the outright ban on Cunanan content. But in other ways several and says the decision. Holocaust. Denial marks a deeper and more fundamental shift in how speeches police online Holocaust denial is one of these iconic things about the first amendment and I believe that one of the reasons why facebook sort of stuck to that principle for so long of allowing on services was because it's still considered itself a fundamentally American company attached to these first. Amendment ideals is robust marketplace of ideas. Which is bizarre when you think about it these these are clearly global companies now and most of they US bases outside all over America but there was still something that it couldn't let go of and so I think it's really when Audience First Amendment land anymore like vc's we are now in this unknown landscape of trying to work out what norms we can attach ourselves to.
The Loneliness Of The Climate Change Christian
"Years of age Richard. CIZEK always dreamed of being a diplomat brokering agreements and alliances abroad for the United States I have old passport did money for most of his life or Memento worked on Capitol Hill as what he calls a diplomat for God he represented the largest network of Evangelical Christians the National Association of Evangelical the Naet, and we should just add that while the naet represents a wide swath of Evangelical Christians when we use the term evangelical in this episode, we're GonNa mean white evangelicals whose politics dynamics are very different from the Black Evangelical Church spotted Senator Hillary. Clinton is describes his job as being a lobbyist for thirty million evangelicals. Thank you got floppy blonde hair blue eyes elastic sort of face. Growing up in the family farm his mom was a Kennedy Democrat and his dad was a Nixon Republican and so I was always the bridge builder the diplomat in college he protested against the Vietnam War but he also signed up for ROTC and when I marched on Saturdays, my anti-war friends through exodus. CIZEK enjoyed being the kind of person who could move between worlds listen to both sides. But he also felt confused about what he believed in, and so I came home from my third year college to work for college tuition and. I was invited by a friend to a Baptist Church. And I heard an alter call. It didn't know at the time even what an alter call was it actually what is integral where the preacher, the evangelist or the pastor says? Received Jesus Christ as your person saying if you don't. You're turning away. God. You're saying no. To the Creator. In one thousand, nine, hundred, ninety, two, when CISIC became an evangelical that did not mean subscribing to one political party voting Republican that would happen by the end of the decade. More than thirty million Evangelical Christians in America, we will come you governor Ronald Reagan. That's INCISA. Gets a job at the National Association of Evangelical 's It was clear that evangelicals were forced to be reckoned with you know opposing gay rights opposing abortion, but he wants to do more than the family values. Stuff imagines an even bigger role for Christians in politics I wrote a letter to the White House suggesting that the president newly elected. Ronald Reagan. That he ought to give a major speech on the morality of the Soviet Union and nuclear arms. And speechwriters at the White House they called me up and they said we like this come meet with US Ladies and gentlemen the President of the United States. This speech that Reagan gave to size in March of Nineteen ninety-three hue very become one of his most famous. Those of you win the National Association of Evangelical just going to talk about the issues that Christians are known to care about teenage sex pornography abortion and hard drugs. They talk about the Cold War Erica has kept alight the torture freedom to words made the speech. So famous when evil empire because the Soviets. Evil, empire the focus of evil in the modern. World Reagan. Took something that had not been Christian issue and made it. One Reagan was challenging the evangelicals not to sit on the sidelines or you pleased chorus I mean this was like a coup on my part. He was the guy who invited Reagan to speak my credit my street cred with this conservative group that I'd come to work for was established eventually sizing. Became Vice President for government affairs the and it's evangelical started getting more political power. This funny thing happened where non-christians would approach Cizek just to get his support on some piece of legislation and seismic was open will join with the youth the dreaded Aclu to pass the prison rape. Reform Act felt like speaking out on other issues that would actually give evangelical is more clout join with feminist pass. The trafficking victims. Protection Act. And then size, it gets an invitation did he s think hard about? The invitation is to Oxford England for a big conference on global warming. So your desk to get this invitation you automatically you're sure you WANNA take it. Is there any doubt? No no I I again have to calculate and I ask the chair of the board at the time and she says you shouldn't go. Because why? One. skepticism about mainstream science in you know there is this syllogism. Scientists believe. In climate change scientists believe in evolution. So. We don't believe
How constant surveillance puts protesters at risk
"As black lives matter protests continue around the country police are using facial recognition and all kinds of other technology to arrest protesters and organizers, and while in some cases, the people arrested did commit crimes. After the fact, arrests can have a chilling effect on free speech and lead to cases of mistaken identity. They also show us just how much surveillance is part of our lives. Simone Brown is a professor at Ut Austin. She's also author of the book dark matters on the surveillance of blackness. She told me about how police identified and arrested a protester and Philadelphia there was a tattoo on her arm and she was wearing a t shirt. That was you know quite. Said Keep, the immigrants deport the racist and so the police used the images of her. They went to find out you know where did she get this shirt made and they found her comment that she made on Oetzi they looked at her instagram they looked at her linked in profiles and they were able to match her this image to identify her and she was eventually charged. So all this is to say that there's still just kind of trails of data actually that we leave about ourselves that is being used to form a case to what extent to your knowledge is some of this technology being used to find arrest protesters and even protest organizers. Chilling effect that organizers but also the ACLU became quite aware and worked to challenge was around twenty, fifteen, twenty sixteen or so this company Gio Fia, which is really a company that's kind of social media analysis company that was working on hand in hand with various policing agencies to monitor key words, black lives, matter protests, Jihad all of these things were then tagged and flag to. then. In some cases visit, you'd have a policing agency, visit a potential protester, and of course, if you go onto Gio phidias website now there's like nothing really just contact information, but we know if something is out there if gop has gone, another company will pop up and you know fill in that gap when you layer on all of this technology that you described, it sounds like. It could be relatively accurate and I could see police departments falling into the idea that you know that although there have been concerns facial recognition is now is accurate once you add. In social media like this should work. Great. What is the push back to that and so the idea of something you know working great. If just one person is wrongly. Identified, say, for example with facial recognition technology, then it's not working at all these technologies rely on this idea that they are perfect correct but they really they really aren't and so people are asking for a pause because these technologies are not outside of this system in which we live in where you know black people are criminalized right how do you feel like this? The longterm implications of this surveillance might play out will people be less willing to take the risk of exercising their right to protest? I don't think so I think in terms that people you know we're in the middle of a pandemic and yet people are still you know risking a lot to go out and protest and demand something better I think one case and I'll give you an example that I think is important is in terms of DNA collection, and so a lot of people want to their armchair genealogists are also want to find family or some type of connection and they use a company like say twenty three and me or ancestry dot com or jet match, and that same company Jed match was then recently purchased i. Think just last year by a company that has close ties to you know a policing agency and this company is not just about finding long lost relatives, but they save their primarily for forensic analysis. So the question of whether it's sea or whether it's ancestry dot com it's like we have to really think about what happens to that data. Well, it's interesting. It's it feels like it's a thing that that privacy researchers have warned about for a long time that there is essentially a big web of surveillance and were leaving tracks all the time and that it isn't always obvious what the harm might be. Until something like this happens exactly. But you know they're also tech one of the places that I looked to see you know what's what's the future perhaps for the future that's already here is looking at airport security and there have been a lot of push in terms of AI enabled technologies to. Assess risk to assess threat and one of the things that you know a few companies are starting to develop now is emotion recognition, and so that might be that a traveler present themselves at an airport speak to an Avatar one company. Avatar actually stands for Automated Virtual Agent for truth assessments and this Avatar will then ask them a series of questions and then measurements are then taken. By the changes in their voice by. Heat or sweats or any type of what what might be termed a micro expression. Of guilt like your heart rate, increasing those types of things, and then assign a certain threat category to see if that person might be a threat to airport security, and so I don't necessarily know if these types of technologies are being used to monitor protests, activists and other moments of rebellion, but it is something to look out for. That pause was yeah that's. Terrifying. IS THEIR EAR recognition? Is that a thing? Yes. And so there's there's recognition of everything and it's almost like throwing something to the wall and seeing. What hits but the air's been it's a relatively stable part of the body. And that has been known since Al Proteon, which is said to be the father of forensic. Sciences. was using that in the eighteen hundreds as a stable way of recognizing or. Identifying the human body to catalog them, and so there are researchers that are working on every part in piece of the body that you could think imaginable as a way to try and. Shore. Up, this idea. which is just an idea that the human body is stable that the human can be categorized and identified, and we know that's Bodies don't work that way but you know the science does. Your book is called dark matters on the surveillance of blackness. We've been talking about this in the context context of protest. Why is this surveillance of particular concern to Black Americans? It's a particular concern because it's has been the state you know I say surveillance is the facts of anti blackness not only in the US but globally, and so it's been a concern here in the US for centuries we thinking about slave patrols, plantation control, all of these technologies that were. Put in place. To deem black people as. Outside of the right to have rights, but it's also why I think it's important to study the history of surveillance within transatlantic slavery within Plantation Slavery because it also offers US moments of resistance and moments of rebellion and escape to something different something that looks like freedom. Simone. Brown is a professor at Ut Austin and author of the Book Dark Matters.
"Hey welcome to in the thickness is a podcast politics race and culture from a POC. Perspective. HORSA and I'm Jerry Galloway. Rela. We have a very special guest joining us from Southern California Jacob Sobre. He's award winning journalist correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC and Hey a best selling author. Now, what's up Jacob? So good to be with you guys you know have wanted to do this for so long with you and I'm I'm just grateful to be here with you together I know he's a fan. He's a fan of in the thick fan. Yes. We love that we love fans of the pod so. We're going to be talking about an issue that you have called an American tragedy and this is the issue and the history of family. I don't even like that term because it's really families being ripped apart torn apart. In your new book separated inside an American tragedy you readers through a very intimate look into the policy into the families that have been torn apart and traumatized. You also talk to policymakers and government officials who ultimately were responsible for creating and really promoting this is stemmed separation of an estimated five, thousand, four hundred children from their parents at the hands of the government and I. Say. And still counting. Yeah and despite the fact that president trump signed an executive orders supposedly ending the policy of Charles Separations in two thousand eighteen, the ACLU alleges that there have been more than one thousand family separation since that executive order and more recently propublica reported on how the trump administration has used the corona virus as a pretext to circumvent the normal legal protections allowed to migrant children. So since March ice has circulated thousands of migrant children through hotel black sites making it virtually impossible for lawyers, family members and advocates to locate them and deported them in order to quote prevent the introduction of Covid nineteen into the US. Even though many of the deported children have tested negative for the virus. So Jacob here have reported on these issues for many many years. These policies you know predate trump. So before we get into the current iteration of this shit show, I wanNA talk about looking back into that history and actually. You great job of setting it and in a moment we'll talk about how it's touched of us. Really personally. But Jacob. From your perspective, talk to us about the origins of family separation and how the stage was being set for these policies way before trump entered the white. House. So yeah, you gotTa tell us how did we get here? Yeah. I think Maria. That what the trump administration did and we talked about ripping families apart family separation what to call this really what it was in the words of Physicians for human, rights and Nobel Peace Prize winning organization was torture at met the. Definition of torture according to the United. Nations it was government sanctioned child abuse according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and you know make no mistake. This is on the trump administration's hands. No administration in the history of the United States of America had ever attempted or done anything like this in a systematic way. But the fact that the trump administration was able to execute this policy was only possible because of decades of failed deterrent based immigration border policy by Democratic and Republican administrations. This will come as no news to you. But for people who don't know in one, thousand, nine, hundred, four, the Clinton administration put into place their border patrol a policy called prevention through deterrence. That's why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring record number of new border guards by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before by cracking down on illegal hiring, which was designed went along with the first wave of border infrastructure walls. Fences what have you and the idea was that by doing that people who are migrating to this country quote unquote illegally would have to go on more dangerous or deadly journeys to get here and sure enough you know many people have died trying I e let them die trying. Let them die trying. That's exactly right. After the Clinton administration. We had the Bush administration which obviously created H S and expanded the border patrol exponentially dozens of agencies charged with Homeland Security. Will now be located within one cabinet department. With the mandate and legal authority. To protect our people, the Obama Administration obviously deported more people than any other president ever no matter how they are. No matter their reasons. The eleven million who broke these laws should be held accountable and we got to this place where we had donald trump is president saying when Mexico census people, they're not sending their best they bringing drugs. Crime, their rapists, often not the pictures of Jay Johnson walk through the same facilities that I saw separated kids in and look yes. The Obama Administration Limited circumstances did separate parents and children from each other and the reason that they did it was circumstances where you had parents who were perhaps violent criminals or dealing a narcotrafficking but they never did on a systematic basis Jay Johnson? The Homeland Security Secretary, or Cecilia Munoz from the Domestic Policy Council. Bowl said to me on the record in my book we could never do. What the trump administration did it doesn't mean the idea wasn't proposed. It came up, it came up in the situation of the White House but they never did it and the minute Donald Trump became president. This idea was on the table right about a Valentine's Day meeting and twenty seventeen and the officer Kevin McLean then the acting commissioner of Customs and border. Protection they wanted to do this from the get-go and now the results of of this policy are very familiar to all of
What we'll remember from the 2020 Biden convention
"For more on Biden's speech. In this week's historic virtual Democratic convention we're joined by two guests in Massachusetts Dr. Cornel. West with a professor of the practice of public. Philosophy at Harvard. University author of numerous books including race matters and black prophetic fire. His new podcast called the tight rope in two thousand Seventeen Cornell Westwood's in Charlottesville with. Neo Nazis stormed the campus he and other clergy members were protected by anti-fascists from the mob white supremacists and in Baltimore Maryland were joined by Ben Jealous Precedent people for the American way former president of the ACP. He ran for governor of Maryland in two thousand eighteen we welcome you both to democracy. Now, Ben Jealous congratulations on your new position as head of people for the American way. Why don't you start off by responding to this week's Democratic convention your thoughts on. Where the two now nominees the. President not presidential nominee, Joe Biden and historic a selection of Kamla Harris, to be his running away their positions and how. They represent what you do or not. Theme this convention was really one of unity. This was a time. When we have to come together to defeat a president, who is the most evil the most corrupt than any of us have seen and That says a lot. It also was the time we saw two two nominees who we as progressives. No, we can work with. Kamla. Sister who introduced her Maya. The former head of the ACLU of northern. California. Kamo ran for D. A. and much more conservative time and yet did so as outspoken opponent of the death penalty who then held her ground early in term when she was tested, would an officer was killed an the entire liberal establishment northern California came down on her and she said the death penalty is wrong period. Tremendous Kirch and Joe Biden who Bernie himself said is poised to be the most progressive presidents since FDR. And so while it's not Bernie. And while maybe it's not somebody else someone hope for what we do know is that these are people that we can work with. These are people who their best represent our best values literally the daughter of civil rights activists, the sister of a civil rights lawyer who are self told me fifteen years ago she became a prosecutor because it wasn't enough to just fight the power. We also had to hold the POW. And I've seen her act courageously. So I'm I'm very hopeful and I have no doubt that we can work with. Joe. Like addy who spoke so beautifully, and that was the true highlight for me. I believe that we must move towards Medicare for all I also believe that Joe Biden will take us further in that direction certainly. Donald. Trump and frankly further than most presidents that that that we have an opportunity here to move things in the right direction again and as organizers. That's the most important thing to get out of any presidential election is a president that you can move in the right direction. and Professor Cornel West your reaction to this week in the positions of the Democratic candidates for president if I president. Day My points of reference really are the freedom dreams that we just heard from zoom commodores and genius Lionel Richie. Of Ella, Baker, who was invoked by brother Biden and the first sentence. Of his speech the Alabama who was a revolutionary L. A. Baker who was working on the mass party organizing committee would offer annoy the Great William Kuntsler for actually working for third parties because he thought, she thought that the two party system was so decrepit and then also to Curtis Mayfield that they've been playing over and over again, the move on up but you got to move on from poverty. And in order to do it, you gotTa Talk About Poverty. If you go move on from Wall Street greed and Wall Street crimes, you gotTa talk about, Wall Street Green Wall, street cry go move on up from the Pentagon militarism around the world you gotTa talk about it. Those are the taboo issues that we don't get serious wrestling with. So when you really. Talk about the soul of America, the battle for the soul of America much of that so has been evacuated by the Pentagon, cry greed and the Wall Street greed and the inability of the police and other institutions at treat black people and Brown people, Indigenous People as human beings so I agree with brother. Ben. In terms of being part of an anti fascist coalition. That I think we're forced to vote for buying, but we're not going to lie about buying. WE'RE NOT GONNA lie about Harris. We're going to tell the truth about their. Captivity and their. Refusal to hit Pentagon money spending and militarism around the world at Wall Street, green and. Speak substantively to issues of poverty you can have massive protests all around the country, the largest in the history of country, you can have brother Barbara. Assisted theorist talking about poverty, and then when you get to the convention, you get this spectacle that has nothing to do with wrestling with poverty. I think court breath corey was the only one that even talk about it for the most part none of the major figures did thank God that Bernie thank God LLC. Got A little ninety minutes as opposed Republic Ninety Second Major. Sometimes. Ninety seconds, Ninety seconds so that I you know I'm I'm with Ben in terms of we got the vote for Biden but never ever lying about him and not coming to terms with the fact that. This moment with the decline and fall of the American empire it looks as if the system is unable to generate enough energy to seriously reform itself, it remains sanitized superficial. We getting Lawrence Wealth bubbles rather than prince the revolution I want to go to the Princess Revolution Concert I walk fundamental change.
Fashioning the Enslaved Servant, an interview with Dr. Jonathan Michael Square
"Thank you so much for joining us today Dr Square. Welcome to dress. You so much for having me. I'm excited about the conversation. Yeah. Me Tell and what that conversation is. Really kind of going to center on today is part just part of your research for a book that you're working on currently. But. Before we get to that I'd like to ask you first how you came to the feel of fashion studies because this is something that I've started recently asking all of our guests. We actually get a lot of questions from people about like how do you become a fashion historian or fashion scholar and I, think it's really really interesting and compelling to hear about all of the various different passes study that kind of leave some of us to what we do. We'll April I was actually born fashion. I love that. But in all seriousness, nurtured a lifelong interest in creative expression. My parents went to art school in I grew up around their art. So anyone who's known me for a long time will tell you that art and fashion. They've always been passions of nine. There was a moment where I like dabbled with being a fashion blogger. Do remember fashion bloggers. Before influencers pre influencers. Exactly like if you Scroll Deacon. Some. Items, you'll see me trying to be a fashion blogger. I cringe. At, those posts. But I won't delete them because I have like this historians archiving in post like just like jump into your head from that moment. But in any case, didn't really start to identify as a fashion scholar into like the tail end of my doctoral studies and did a PhD in history it in my you. Know what I was doing. Created a digital humanities projects. Fascinating freedom. Admitted to be like online resources, people who are interested in the relationship between fashion, the fashion industry in. Slavery. In also being from the Vienna of always been interested in the history of slavery in my own history is an ascendant of enslaved peoples. So this my current research, digital humanities, projects, sort of Mary's those two interests. So but I would say dead, you know it's through that project. I became less a fashion consumer, a lover fashion in that became a real fashion scholar off the tonight fashioned myself. Myself into a fashion scholar, and we will definitely at the end when I ask you how people can find. You can tell people and direct people to that resource, which is still online. You know you're talking about being a historian and an you have remarked me in the past that our research is incredibly important to you, and that you I'm quoting you both fetish is and theorize the archive. In what way does that inform your research particularly, the research that you're doing right now yet, that's a great question. I mean. I think fashion designers, I don't think I know fashion designers use textiles in is story I used ticks in in a Lotta ways. I. Think it's the same intellectual work. In different mediums, my research based in part on abject analysis. So this chapter that we're going to describe amusing to as coastal worn by enslaved valets as appointed departure, but really the grist of the research lies in analysis of archival documentation. In historians, we're taught to think critically about the archive as an epistemological space. Was not just a repository of dusty. Oh documents. It's a place where knowledge is created. It's also a place where some narratives or privilege in other narratives are excluded are sidelined. In, all comes down to power. You know the word archive comes from over in ancient, Greek, which I will not bother butcher. On Your podcast. But the word means to be I, are to rule. So a lot of words that convey power in control whether it's Monarch are hierarchy or anarchy sort of the Ri- from the same word. So archives are about power. In the archive in those who control, they'd have the power to save bonaire to. Are To control. The way history is told whether it's historical figure our nation. In my particular case, it's a for profit company. In Brooks brothers particular. Its archive is run by a DC based marketing firm in corporate archive known as the history factory. It was founded in nineteen, seventy, nine in the history factory helps construct corporate identities and build brand narratives, and so you can think about the survival of Brooks, brothers. Archive is being indebted. To this firm. Founders of the history factory actually restyle to brooks brothers in the late Seventies. Early Eighties when the company was on the brink of bankruptcy, you know people weren't really buying suits anymore and they really had to restructure. In. This firm basically archived at his own expense. It doesn't they believe that it was important. For the history of the company now myself getting lost in. The weeds, the research? When the company was bought by Claudio Delvecchio. Awesome Brooks sputters, enthusiasts, he paid for the the BECO IT expenses. In History Company, she still advises Brooks Brothers. The often tell them to focus on innovation in nonconformity on, of course, their brand strategy sort of ACLU's any connection to slavery, but you can think about the survival of Brooks is being due to like the generosity are the largest of these like to wealthy white man who have emotional connections to the brand
Los Angeles - ACLU Files Suit Against Pomona PD Over Deadly Force Policy Alleging Misuse Of Taxpayer Funds
"The lawsuit accuses the Pomona police Department of wasting Taxpayer money on illegally training and policy designed to undermine a state law that limits the use of deadly force by officers Still use complaint claims the department is misrepresenting the new law, which took effect in January and limits police use of deadly force to only one necessary rather than just reasonable. It alleges public funds and employee time are being misused to promote the erroneous message that nothing has changed. A suit. Notes. Pomona Police have fatally shot three people this year. The people had to say and how police departments get funded, use their funding. And, you know, we have a strong interest in making sure that those funds are spent in accordance with the law you staff attorney we have heard from our community partners and the people who we worked closely with in Pomona, including our plaintiffs, Interrogatory Sada that there really is an accountability problem in the city of Pomona, with who the council listens to in terms of setting policy and spending taxpayer We're re forces Pomona City manager is declining to comment on the lawsuit club can extend 70 NewsRadio.
Los Angeles Hotel Workers Union, ACLU SoCal, BLM-LA Call For Sheriff Villanueva To Resign
"Of groups in Including the hotel workers union and black lives matter are planning to call for the resignation of the L. A county sheriff today. They say that Alex Villanueva has failed to reform the county Sheriff's Department. They also say he mishandled the recent investigation into the death of security guard Andres Guardado. Who was shot in the back Multiple times by sheriff Deputies nor Gardena rally with the formal demand to take place at noon outside the Hall of Justice. A
Sales of thermal imaging cameras 'that can spot fevers' soar
"Magical fever spotting cameras. You say we have questions from American public media. This is marketplace tech I'm Ali would. This week on marketplace tech were reporting on the innovations that will help us transition to a post pandemic future part of that future will eventually involve going back to work but we're still working on how to do that. Safely. Some companies have spent tens of thousands of dollars on thermal cameras, which can supposedly spot someone with an elevated temperature from a distance. Do they work or is this just a form of health? Security Theater? Meghan mcardle Carino covers workplace culture for marketplace. I always think about kind of like Predator vision. When we talk about thermal cameras, you know this kind of allows for a big industrial camera that does automated instant temperature taking by mapping infrared radiation from people's skins with a lot faster than having a person standing out there you know with one of those temperature guns taking everyone's temperature but I understand that it's not as good as Predator vision. You know there's a question of accuracy with just how well the devices work. They can be influenced by lots of different things. They take the temperature of the skin on the face cold or hot weather that can affect the temperature of one skin. But the FDA has allowed these devices to be marketed on a temporary basis without any kind of verification of their medical. Veracity. So the FDA does suggest that if someone is determined to have a temperature with one of these devices that they get some other kinds of secondary verification, you know using an internal temperature taker, you know your just your regular thermometer, but there's really nothing requiring these workplaces to do. So what other concerns are there around sort of scanning workers constantly in this way? The fact that these devices generally also come with facial recognition software as part of the deal, you know this is something where you know these systems could kind of become part of a greater surveillance infrastructure that groups like the ACLU are up in arms about having these installed at, say all airports and hospitals and all kinds of businesses all over the place. So if this thermal scanner says that you're sick and you are sent home, you can't come to work. Will you still be compensated for that time? Well, that is. A bit of a question mark. The Cares Act did provide for two weeks of paid sick leave but it excluded a lot of people were talking about gig workers. We're talking about people who work for companies with more than five hundred employees or less than fifty employees. So there are a lot of workers who may get sent home and not be able to collect any pay.
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"Will we heed the warnings from the wall of Moms? I'm singer Songwriter Patty Larkin. Civil Liberties Minute with ACLU Attorney Bill Newman. The Wall of MOMS are women in Portland Oregon who are trying to stand between protesters behind them in federal law enforcement in front of them to keep those two groups apart and prevent and forestall violence. The New York. Times recently reported the story of Jennifer. Christianson, a family law attorney who was part of the wall, moms, Christianson and the other MOMS were cleared out by the federal agents so that those federal agents could get to the protesters. Christianson reported that you heard one federal agent claiming to another federal agent that she. She Christian head just struck him, but according to Christianson. That's total fabrication that just didn't happen. And then in officer assaulted her, and groped her chest and her backside while he was arresting her. Who thinks that officer who committed those acts will be held to account, and what does this interaction tell us about the tactics ethics of this deployment of federal law enforcement over the objection of the mayor and the governor who say that the presence of federal law enforcement is usurping the function of state law enforcement and making the situation way worse, far more volatile, much more violent. Christianson said. This is not creeping authoritarianism. The authoritarianism is here the civil liberties minute is made possible by the American civil liberties. Union, because freedom can't defend itself..
ACLU Asks Washington DC to Require Police Officers Wear Masks
"The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding the D C. Police officers wear masks in public in a letter to D C Mayor Muriel Bowser and police chief Peter Newsom, the A C L U claims officers at protests and elsewhere in the city have been seen without face coverings, Chief Newsham tells our news partner NBC for He encourages officers to wear masks and any officer C not wearing personal protective gear should be reported to their supervisors.
ACLU Asks Washington DC to Require Police Officers Wear Masks
"The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding the D C. Police officers wear masks in public. A letter to D. C Mayor Muriel Bowser and D. C. Police chief Peter Newsom comes as the value claims officers at protests and elsewhere in the city have been seen without face coverings. Chief New Shin tells our news partner NBC for He encourages officers to wear masks and any officer C not wearing personal protective gear should be reported to their
ACLU and Oregon governor accuse Trump administration of abusing power
"And Oregon's governor are accusing the Trump Administration of abusing power. That's after video emerged on Twitter, apparently showing federal officers dressed in camouflage grabbing protestors off the streets of Portland and using unmarked cars. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf says state and local officials are to blame for not putting an end to anti police protests, which have continued in Portland for nearly 50 straight night
Facial Recognition Leads To False Arrest Of Black Man
"Now there's a technology out there that I bet would have benefited from having ethics built into it from the beginning, rather than putting it into the hands of people and finding out. Oh, wait, there are problems with it, and that technology is facial recognition In fact, Boston has joined cities like San, Francisco Oakland California and Cambridge Massachusetts in prohibiting the use of facial recognition technology for most municipal uses. They made exceptions for unlocking your phone or using facial recognition to preserve privacy in in which case the facial recognition software is just removing faces. It doesn't have to tell you who they are basically if it's not identifying you or just looking for faces, you can't use it. Cities are banning facial recognition over the fears of its misuse. All they shall recognition della technology has some rate of false identification, and that's a higher rate among people with darker skin. Since machine learning is often trained on data sets of predominantly lighter skinned people. In fact, we now have an example of that in the real world, the ACLU of Michigan has lodged a complaint in Detroit Wednesday alleging that a black man spent thirty hours in custody after facial recognition software mistakenly matched him with a shoplifting suspect. He is no longer suspected of being the shoplifter, but he had this be under arrest for thirty hours before they realized they had the wrong person. The match was made in facial recognition from the Michigan. State polices digital image analysis section, which uses software from rank, one computing, not using Microsoft not using Amazon, not using any of the big ones like IBM. Who are all saying well? We're going to hold off using somebody else. Michigan police rank one guidelines do say that arrests should not be made on the basis of facial recognition, and it's unclear at this point. If the police had other evidence again other evidence, that was wrong, but other evidence that may of pointed and giving them to reason to suspect this man but the ACLU says it doesn't matter. You shouldn't have been using facial recognition in this arrest because it wasn't him. The worry I would have always had about this sort of thing is if they make it too much of a factor in the arrest too much of the reason why you're arresting them or too much of the burden of proof is on his on the match that they got from facial recognition. Them what would happen is I. Don't know I'd end up. Some actor who looks like me would get in trouble for doing a terrible thing, and then I would suddenly be a database because I kind of looked like that guy. They got a false positive because I look like him. was gonNA use an exact example, but I'm not going to want to get myself in trouble, but look there's an actor I look like because all I'm saying anyway, the point is. Yeah I. Don't want I. Don't want that to be i. mean it makes these things these things they get developed and make sense as like supporting arguments right like if if you've got other evidence that points to the thing, and you say well, and also there's the facial recognition. It's not the. But it's this other thing. We gotta figure out where that is yeah I. Mean that's I mean at the very least. Yes, supporting something else the fact that the police in Michigan and also ranked one which makes the software have guidelines saying well, this should happen based on facial recognition. There may be other you know parameters here, and like you said Tom that that's not necessarily known, but it was just facial recognition. I mean you can't just have a guideline. Sane probably shouldn't do that. It's not enough information it should be. You legally cannot do that and if you do that, you're in trouble. Yeah, I mean. If if the case is, they just use facial recognition to bring the guy in. Then it becomes a question of. Why didn't you follow the guidelines? Should the guidelines be law That is one aspect of this conversation. If they say look facial recognition just pointed us to the guy. And then we found out he was in the store that day he was driving a car that fit the description of. Of the shoplifter, you know it was just a case of mistaken identity because he fit, the description could have happened to anybody. That's still a problem because my guess is. If it weren't for facial recognition, they wouldn't have bothered this person. They would have gone. They wouldn't have made him stay in a jail cell for thirty hours. They wouldn't have arrested him in front of his wife and two little daughters. You can say well okay, but how often does that happen? I think we're all very clear that for black people and happens all too often, and having another instance of it certainly isn't helping. Yeah, to be to be to have been somewhere. You know at a at A. Coincidental time yeah, and maybe driving a similar car, and that sort of thing it's like okay. Well suspects. Get questioned all the time and you know if they're not the right person or it's. It's deemed that they they aren't guilty. After all, that's something that were used to. That happens all the time, but yeah, the whole facial recognition thing is like if that's sort of the the nail in the coffin of like well, we got these three things you know. Where were you at three PM? That Dan? Oh, you just happened to. To look a lot like this. Other person must be i. mean that's that's. That's a real problem. Well, that's where the guidelines are not being violated right, but the fact that you had the facial recognition like you said Dow becomes the the Khuda gross at to say like we might have let the guy go to say well. Don't leave town. You're a person of interest, but instead we had the facial recognition that may have given them the confidence to like. Let's just arrest. Him could be other things to of course, yeah.
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"Can gangs run prisons. I'm Bill Newman and this is the civil liberties minute quest consider private prison companies the three largest being core civic g the company insists it's making improvements the civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself
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"New Hampshire has abolished the death penalty. My name is Ramsey cork. And this is the civil liberties minute with ACLU attorney Bill Noonan, the Vermont Senate and house of representatives both have voted to override Governor Chris nuno's veto of the Bill that repealed capital punishment, with votes, they could not have been closer, the override received exactly the two thirds necessary in both the house, and the Senate in the house of representatives the vote being to forty seven to one twenty three and in the Senate, sixteen to eight passage of this legislation makes New Hampshire, the twenty first state to abolish the death penalty of the other twenty nine states four have issued a moratorium on capital punishment, so ineffective twenty-five or half the states in the United States today, have no death penalty. The Bill to abolish capital punishment in New Hampshire. Interestingly was sponsored by Representative. Renny cushing. Whose father was murdered in nineteen Eighty-eight Cushing. I asked the legislature to abolish capital punishment twenty one years ago as Representative Cushing said the death penalty doesn't work. It doesn't work for victims and it doesn't work for society. It's time to let it go. The minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Aren't poll taxes illegal forbidden unconstitutional? Well, we thought so my name is Ramzan cork. And this is the civil liberties minute with ACLU attorney Bill Newman, the twenty four th amendment to the United States constitution ratified in nineteen sixty four made poll taxes unconstitutional in federal elections and a supreme court decision in one thousand nine hundred sixty six rule that poll taxes were unconstitutional in state elections as well a violation of the equal protection guarantee of the fourteenth amendment. So between the supreme court's decision and the constitutional amendment. We all thought that the poll tax was dead. But now in Florida it's returning last November, Florida voters approved about measure to restore voting rights to one point four million persons with felony convictions who would serve their sentences, but now Florida is on the verge of requiring persons who. You want to have their voting rights restored to have to pay any in all court costs and fines before they can get on the voter rolls. Really you twenty five dollars in court costs and the penalty is you can't vote in Florida. That's the proposal to discriminate against poor people disproportionately people of color, a two thousand and nineteen version of the poll tax. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"A big booby award given to a girl high school student, a member of the cheerleading squad by the coaches. Are you kidding me? I'm Bill Newman. And this is the civil liberties minute, and that is a real thing that happened a mock award at the Tramper high school in Kenosha, Wisconsin, all in good fun. According to the coaches, but not fun at all or procreate or legal. According to parents students, some other coaches at the school and the ACLU a female coach wrote an Email to the school administration saying that it didn't take much to see that. This is extremely degrading to women women athletes shouldn't be paraded in public like that. A mother said she wanted quote for these girls to be treated with respect. I don't think that's too much to ask and Emma. Roth an attorney with the ACLU women's rights project said, quote, it's important that we intervene at a young age and the girls are taught they're worth and are treated. Equally. When this doesn't happen. They carry this message for the rest of their life in response. So far the school has agreed to cease giving out these degrading mock awards in the future. The ACLU has demanded that the district appropriately disciplined, the cheerleading coaches and has called for mandatory anti harassment training, and and other remedial steps and has threatened litigation. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Can you be arrested for being mean to the police on the internet? I'm Barrington day Thurston from the onion. And also. You're listening to the civil liberties minute with ACLU attorney Bill Newman, recently, the Exeter, New Hampshire. Police arrested local man for riding a comment on a news website that accused the police chief of covering up for a corrupt officer that statement allegedly violated New Hampshire's criminal defamation law. It makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally and falsely disparage another person New Hampshire is criminal defamation law along with others like it in twenty four additional states in essence makes it a crime to say mean things about people now to be sure freedom of speech does not give anyone the absolute right to spread lies about a fellow citizen. Which is why civil remedies are available, but criminal defamation laws are another story. I you shouldn't go to jail for saying something mean about somebody and second the laws chill speech and third. They are disproportionately used against people who. Criticize the police or politicians. Fortunately, the criminal case in New Hampshire has been dismissed and the ACLU has sued in New Hampshire federal court to have that states criminal defamation law struck down as violating the first amendment. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Fake news is real news. I'm Barrington day. Thurston from the anion? And also. Mother. You're listening to the civil liberties minute with ACLU attorney Bill Newman in this sense until recently few people would have referred to the mainstream media as quote fake news. Sure people had different views about different networks in anchors. But on the whole newsgathering and reporting prior to the ascendancy of Breitbart, and FOX and Trump was a highly regarded profession and journalists were respected. That's changed Trump and authoritarian governments around the world have branded facts as fake news. If the reporting does not toe the party line and support the government the rebranding of the first amendment in America and its effects around the world is ingenious public relations. That is also deeply disturbing and highly dangerous as Shaheen Pasha a journalism professor at the university of Massachusetts recently wrote quote countries accused of genocide and unspeakable violence against their own people. Are using the concept of fake news made popular by this US administration to mask their atrocities and punish the journalists. Trying to bring these horrific acts to light that should trouble us as Americans. Indeed, it should the civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Can taxpayers be forced to pay for religious schools? I'm Bill Newman. And this is the civil liberties minute some rural areas of Maine lack of public high school and a state law permits parents at taxpayer expense to send their kids to secular private schools and not overtly religious ones, but to Christian schools have sued to require the state to pay for students to go to their schools where the curriculum in every discipline is quote Christ-centered and quote Biblically based even in math and science the goal of the school. According to its website is quote to provide students with essential opportunities to actively pursue God's plan for their lives. The American Civil Liberties union and Americans United have moved to intervene that is to become participants in that federal case, the reason according to Zachary Haydn legal director of the ACLU of Maine is quote, main state and federal courts have consistently held that the states will. Law is constitutional because taxpayers cannot be required to pay to teach children. How to pray we've helped defend this all four times already, and we hope to do. So again, this case has proved among other things that battles for freedom, including the freedom provided by the first amendment guarantee of separation of church and state needs to be report and one time and time again, the civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Here's a vote for a pro democracy movement in America, I'm Bill Newman. And this is the civil liberties minute voting is the foundation of democracy, but voter suppression has been threatening to undermine that foundation. The supreme court has gutted the Voting Rights Act and state legislatures and officials have engaged in pernicious gerrymandering past illegitimate voter ID laws purged voter rolls. So that eligible voters can't vote limited early voting. So that eligible voters can't vote made inaccessible or shutdown voting locations. So that eligible voters can't vote made required state ID's too difficult or expensive to obtain. So that eligible voters can't vote and in some states like Texas put enormous obstacles in the way of registering to vote for the same reason making the problem worse voter apathy, although voter. Participation in America remained small in comparison with other democracies in two thousand eighteen there was a large voter turnout for the midterm elections, by American standards. Maybe the two thousand eighteen election is the beginning or a resurgence of a pro democracy movement. It's a movement that everyone regardless of political persuasion can endorse. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Here. You are nobody I'm Bill Newman. And this is the civil liberties minute, and that's what immigration and customs enforcement ice told Guadalupe Placentia who had been picked up by the San Bernardino, California county sheriff's office and handed over to ice because there was a ten year old court order to appear as a witness issued for someone with a similar name, MS Placentia kept protesting. She is after all and has been for decades a US citizens. She has nothing to do with immigration nothing and the agents in response mocked her and added for emphasis, you are nothing ice eventually let his Placentia go after her daughter showed the ice agents. Her mother's US passport waiter with the ACLU as her attorneys, MS Placentia sued and just recently, the federal government and the county sheriff's department settled her case for fifty five thousand dollars her ACLU of southern California attorney Adriana Wong said quote. San Bernardino county residents like MS Placentia have the right to live and work and raise their children in peace without fear that ice will arrest them without cause and the government should be held accountable. When it violates people's rights this case shows, fortunately, it's still at times the government can be held to account. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Jeff Sessions was the worst attorney general in modern American history. I'm Bill Newman. And this is the civil liberties minute, and that's with the ACLU executive director. Anthony Romero recently said Romero went on to say that sessions was quote in agreeance violator of civil rights and civil liberties who plotted to deport dreamers to discriminate against trans people to perpetuate and expand senseless enforcement of racist drug laws to use religion to discriminate against LGBTQ people to undermine reproductive rights to abandon protections for women subjected to violence, there's more to this list. But our time is limited Romero, then continued quote, the dismissal of the nation's top law enforcement official is a huge step that should not be based on political motives or done to protect the president or his cronies from the law while the constitution grants, the president the authority to dismiss his cabinet members. The Senate must demand that. Any nominee for attorney general commit to not interfere in the special counsel's investigation, and quote, indeed, the Senate must make that demand and stand by no flimflam. No capitulation nothing less that is because today right now, we are engaged in a fight for the rule of law a fight that we must win because our constitutional system is at stake. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Dr. Christine blazey Ford's testimony was full of bravery, integrity and grace. I'm Bill Newman, and this is the civil liberties minute, and it stands in stark contrast to the cynicism were so used to seeing. So recently wrote the ACLU deputy legal director, Louis mailing who went on to say, quote, we're deeply disappointed in the Senate vote, but this isn't a moment to despair. I saw in recent days of courage that have never before witnessed on such a massive scale, the voices of survivors poured forth in the aftermath of Dr Ford's testimony, daring to shake the foundation of a culture and system that has seen time and time again to be unassailable. We thank Dr Boise Ford for active civic bravery. She unleashed a collective fearlessness among those of us who have remained silent for too long. She spoke with humanity and honesty of traumas that are difficult for many to imagine and did. So on the Senate floor. Before flashing cameras and into a microphone that was no match for the deafening truth in her voice. Dr Boise Ford's bravery represents Louise mailing wrote what and who we can become as individuals. Imagine what change we can create if we strive to exhibit even an ounce of her courage. Thank you Dr Boise, Ford, the civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Wight woman mistakenly believing. She was groped calls police on a black boy. I'm children's book, author j Nolan, and this is the civil liberties minute with ACLU attorney. Bill Newman recently in Brooklyn, New York, deli. A fifty three year old white woman dialed nine one one and reported to the police quote. I was sexually assaulted by child the video taken inside the Bodega show something very different. What happened is this a boy who is black and nine years old dressed in his school uniform and wearing a backpack was inside the store as he turned to talk to someone his book bag brushed against the backside of the white woman Teresa Klein who then call the cops, causing the nine year old child and his friend to burst into tears thinking he was about to go to jail, MS Klein, mitigating the situation bit in a television interview later said she was sorry. This incident is part of a much bigger story. Too often, police departments are used as instruments of oppression for biased callers, a longtime flatbush resident who recorded the commotion outside the Delhi said, quote, you think something like this only happens in the south, but it's all over the world. Yes, it is. It's a countrywide phenomenon and a countrywide disgrace. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because our children's freedom can't protect itself.
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"You can say this for the war on drugs in the war on crime. They took a lot of prisoners. I'm Bill Newman, and this is the civil liberties minute and Massachusetts. For example, the prison population today is triple what it was in nineteen eighty. The reasons the increase in the average length of a criminal sentence. Parole is not often granted and mandatory minimum sentences make parole impossible, and prisons are being used to warehouse persons with mental illness and or with substance use disorders. The prison population in Massachusetts and across the United States should and can be reduced by half. This goal can be accomplished with alternatives to imprisonment with pre arrest and post arrest diversion programs with restorative Justice initiatives and treatment and support services and by eliminating mandatory minimums. And by reducing the length of some sentences and increasing release on parole and by stopping the unconscionable sentencing disparities and by not locking up people with mental illnesses and substance. Abuse problems, and let's start by eliminating cash bail reducing the prison population in the United States. Now, two point, three million people by half will require leadership by prosecutors and lawmakers and judges and parole board members to let's agree on this. It's time to end it's past time to end the failed racists experiment of mass incarceration in America. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Can the Trump administration make millions of people invisible. I'm Bill Newman, and this is the civil liberties minute in a two thousand sixteen case, the United States Supreme court reaffirmed that the constitution requires representation in the house of representatives and thus the electoral college to be determined by a states and the country's total population which includes voters and non voters. Children and adults, long-term and short-term residents, citizens and non-citizens alike an accurate enumeration the constitution's eighteenth century word for a census is the prerequisite, but the Trump administration is disingenuously trying to circumvent this constitutional requirement by inserting into the twenty twenty cents as a question about citizenship, which serves no legitimate purpose has not been included in the census for some sixty years and targets immigrants after all, who would answer a question or fill out a form that could cause law enforcement thing, immigration and customs enforcement ice to target you a parent or your child, or even. A distant relative or friend living in your home for possible incarceration or deportation. The answer is no one would do that, which is why seventeen state attorneys general have sued in federal court to stop the citizenship question from being included in the census to stop the Trump administration for making immigrants invisible, and rather to ensure that in America, everyone is counted because everyone counts, the civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"How about a five hundred eighty dollar co pay for your next doctor's visit? I'm Barrington day Thurston from the onion, and also. Mother, you're listening to the civil liberties minute with ACLU attorney. Bill Newman as the executive director of the prison policy initiative. Peter Wagner recently put it a three dollar co pay for a doctor's visit really doesn't sound unreasonable until you learn that. The person paying is earning fourteen cents an hour, which is what happens in the Massachusetts prison system. It's the equivalent of a minimum wage worker being charged two hundred and thirty five dollars as a co pay for an office visit in Oklahoma prisoners at the bottom of the wage scale, earn five cents an hour. And so the required Ford, our co pay for a medical visit is roughly equivalent to a five hundred eighty dollar co-pay outside the razor wire. These co pay requirements often leave persons in prison with two bad choices either do without the medical care or rely on family members who don't have the money to send it to them anyway for their needed treatment squeezing a few dollars from incarcerated. People and from the poorest families puts the health of other inmates, the prison staff and persons outside at risk. It's a terrible system cruel and self-defeating, but most states do impose it on the most vulnerable among us. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Shame on Massachusetts Governor. Charlie Baker, I'm Bill Newman, and this is the civil liberties minute the Massachusetts state Senate as part of its budget included provisions that would have guaranteed basic rights. And I mean really basic rights to immigrants in the state by telling law enforcement to not ask people about their immigration status and instructing them to not collaborate with immigration and customs enforcement ice, in essence, to stop acting as voluntary immigration enforcement agents. It's an unfunded mandate something they have no legal obligation at all to do, but the house budget did not include those provisions. So as is customary, the two budgets went to a conference committee to be reconciled. And when the budget came out of the committee, those provisions had been disappeared, which is apparently exactly what governor Baker wanted rose. The executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts said in response that governor Baker has abdicated his responsibility to public safety. And chose to deny immigrants even the most basic and narrow due process protections that makes everyone in Massachusetts safer. Make no mistake rose went on the decision and tries the politics of fear and silences the politics of hope and compassion. This is disgraceful decades from now. History will judge how Massachusetts's leaders treated immigrants. At this time. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.