Taking Liberties: Attacks on Civil Rights in the U.S.
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As the Bush administration wages war overseas and steps up what it calls security measures at home, thousands of people are being hauled in for questioning by the FBI and INS. Immigrants — citizens or not — are most vulnerable. On this program, we take a historical look at the McCarthy era, and at the current political climate, which has led to the erosion of civil liberties.
Ellen Schrecker, professor of history at Yeshiva University in New York City; Walter Bernstein, blacklisted during the McCarthy era; Clips from “Point of Order,” a film by Emile de Antonio;Clips from “Hollywood on Trial,” a film by Joseph Losey;John Blair, Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist and environmental activist with Valley Watch;Marjorie Cohn, a professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego;Bob Buzzanco, history professor;Riva Enteen, executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.