This week on NOW:
Soon, President Bush will sign the Homeland Security Bill. That will mean more power for the government to encroach on civil liberties and privacy in the name of fighting terrorism. But a double standard has emerged - not even the war on terror is sufficient to cause Congress or the White House to curtail the privacy of gun owners, or to close the loopholes in our gun laws that terrorists exploit to arm themselves. In a report co-produced with public television station KQED in San Francisco and The Center for Investigative Reporting, NPR correspondent Deborah Amos and producer Oriana Zill de Granados introduce us to GUN LAND.
Larry Klayman has made a crusade out of kicking down the closed doors of Washington where officials keep secrets they'd rather you knew nothing about. Founder of Judicial Watch, a public interest law firm that investigates and prosecutes government abuse and corruption, Klayman was in court this week pushing for the release of information the government has been keeping secret. He talks to Bill Moyers.
NOW meets Wynona Ward, the founder of Have Justice Will Travel. A truck driver with a law degree, Ward travels around Vermont in her mobile law office providing legal services to victims of domestic violence trapped by abuse and rural isolation.
Bill Moyers interviews Laura Restrepo, journalist and novelist, and one of the most articulate witnesses to the violence unfolding in her native Colombia. She turns to fiction to portray the fierce love of life she finds amid so much menace and death. Her book, LEOPARD IN THE SUN, about a feud between two drug cartels, was translated into English to great acclaim. Now, in her latest novel, THE DARK BRIDE, she writes about people trying to stay alive in Colombia's wild oil country.