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Week of 3.14.08

Wiretap Whistleblower &
Stopping Domestic Violence

Should telecommunication companies receive retroactive immunity for their role in helping the government eavesdrop on American phone calls and e-mails? As Congress and President Bush duel over the answer to that question, NOW on PBS interviews a whistleblower with exclusive insight into the role played by one of those companies.

Klein tells David Brancaccio about the "secret room" set up by the National Security Agency inside his AT&T office in San Francisco. He also describes in remarkable detail—with documents to back him up—how wires were split and extra equipment was brought in to essentially suck up and store emails from all over the country. Klein claims this activity is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, yet the White House continues to press Congress not only for authorization to continue surveillance but also for legal immunity for cooperating telecom companies.

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Wired: Whistle-Blower's Evidence, Uncut

Wired: Wiretap Whistle-Blower's Account [pdf]

Wired: Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room

CNN: House Defies Bush on Surveillance Bill

Wynona Ward, Also This Week: Stopping Domestic Violence

NOW goes back to Vermont to check in with 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 both abuse and rural isolation.

Related Links:

NOW: 2002 Interview with Wynona Ward

Have Justice Will Travel: Official Website

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Help for Abuse Survivors

Learn More What is Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse?

Statistics: Abuse in America