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This Week
May 6, 2005

This week on NOW:

Actress and Air America radio host Janeane Garofalo has a lot to say about the state of American democracy. "When are people going realize that…all governments lie," she tells David Brancaccio. "That is the nature of a powerful body. It's not specific to America…any powerful body seeks to consolidate its power. They mostly have to do that through misleading the public." Garofalo is an actress, comedienne and activist who has worked in film and television since 1992. A lightning rod for controversy, her well-informed opinions, delivered in stand-up comedy and on Air America radio each week, have inspired laughs as well as striking a chord with audiences across the political spectrum.

"I have grave concerns about covert searches of people’s homes or businesses in general and about the design of this statute in particular," former Congressman Bob Barr told Congress this week in his testimony on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. David Brancaccio gets Barr’s take on the dangers of broadened law enforcement powers to privacy and civil liberties in the name of the war on terror. "This is the year of privacy," says Barr. "By virtue of what the Congress does this year will really determine many years into the future whether or not we retain control over our privacy." Barr was a Republican representative from Georgia from 1995 to 2003 and he occupies the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy at the American Conservative Union. Barr also is a member of the Long-Term Strategy Project for Preserving Security and Democratic Norms in the War on Terrorism at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In Depth


Privacy and the Patriot Act

Civil Liberties After 9/11

Privacy and Technology

Janeane Garofalo
Bob Barr on Privacy and the Patriot Act

Air America's Janeane Garofalo


Who's Laughing Now? American Political Satire

Quote of the Week: Bob Barr

Quote of the Week: Janeane Garofalo


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David Brancaccio talks with Janeane Garofalo (12:49)

David Brancaccio talks with Bob Barr

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