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Monday, January 26, 2015 6:15amWe are broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, where a new film takes on the subject of the growing nationwide protests over the killing of unarmed African Americans by examining one of the cases to make national headlines in recent years: the killing of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The film, "3 1/2 Minutes," tells the story of what happened on Nov. 23, 2012, when four teenagers pulled into a Florida gas station to buy gum and cigarettes. They were soon confronted by Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man who pulled in next to them in the parking lot. Dunn demanded the boys turn down the music they were playing, and became angry when they refused. He pulled his gun from his glove box and shot at their car 10 times, even as they tried to drive away from the danger. The shots rang out three-and-a-half minutes after Dunn had arrived. In the hail of bullets, Jordan Davis was killed. After the shooting, Dunn fled the scene, went to a hotel with his girlfriend and ordered pizza. He never called the police. In the murder trial that followed, Davis' parents attended every day, knowing that the prior year, George Zimmerman -- the killer of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, also in Florida -- had successfully avoided being convicted. Both cases highlighted the state's problematic Stand Your Ground law. We spend the hour with Davis' mother, Lucia McBath, and father, Ron Davis, who have continued to fight for justice. We are also joined by the film's director, Marc Silver.
Monday, January 26, 2015 6:00amAnti-Austerity Syriza Party Sweeps to Power in Greece, Greek Voter: Syriza is the "Only Alternative for My Generation", Sen. Sanders: Syriza Election Shows People Will No Longer Accept Austerity as Rich Get Richer, 17 Killed in Egypt on Anniversary of Tahrir Square Uprising, Two of Hosni Mubarak's Sons Released from Prison, In New Deal, India to Shield U.S. Nuclear Firms in Case of Catastrophe, Obama to Head to Saudi Arabia to Meet New King, Thousands Protest in Yemen Against Houthi Rebels, U.S. Carries Out First Drone Strike in Yemen in 2015, Video Purports to Show Beheading of Japanese Hostage Held by Islamic State, U.S. Orders 100 Troops to the Middle East to Train Syrian Opposition Figures, Ukraine Death Toll Tops 5,000 as Fighting Intensifies, Obama Proposes Plan to Protect Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from Drilling, Google Admits Handing Over Private WikiLeaks Emails to U.S. Government, Dozens of Filipino Police Commandos Killed by Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Surge in Anti-Muslim Threats Linked to Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" Film, Report: Abusive Trading Practices Cost Workers $17 Billion a Year, "Koch Primary" Hosts Senators Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, Climate Change, Nuclear Arms Race Moves Doomsday Clock Closer to Midnight, Northeast Prepares for "Historic" Blizzard
Friday, January 23, 2015 6:45amA major U.S. Supreme Court decision has upheld the right of federal employees to become whistleblowers. The case centers on former Transportation Security Administration Federal Air Marshal Robert MacLean. In July 2003, MacLean revealed to an MSNBC reporter that the Department of Homeland Security had decided to stop assigning air marshals to certain long-distance flights in order to save money, despite warnings of a potential plot to hijack U.S. airplanes. MSNBC's report on the story sparked outcry, and the policy was quickly reversed. MacLean was fired three years later after admitting to being the story's source. He filed a lawsuit over his dismissal, sparking a multi-year legal battle that ended earlier this week when the Supreme Court ruled on his behalf in a 7-to-2 decision. At issue was whether MacLean's actions could be protected by the U.S. Whistleblower Protection Act, a law that protects employees if a disclosure exposes unlawful conduct, gross mismanagement or threats to public safety. We speak to Robert MacLean and attorney Neal Katyal, who argued MacLean's case before the Supreme Court. Katyal is the former acting solicitor general of the United States.
Friday, January 23, 2015 6:35amA journalist and activist accused of working with Anonymous has been given a five-year prison term and ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution and fines. Barrett Brown was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty last year to charges of transmitting threats, accessory to a cyber-attack, and obstruction of justice. Supporters say Brown has been unfairly targeted for investigating the highly secretive world of private intelligence and military contractors. After his sentencing on Thursday, Brown released a satirical statement that read in part: "Good news! -- The U.S. government decided today that because I did such a good job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they're now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex." We discuss Brown's case with Kevin Gallagher, a writer, activist and systems administrator who heads the Free Barrett Brown support network. He says that the public should not believe what the government says about Brown.
Friday, January 23, 2015 6:29amThe Justice Department has reportedly concluded it will not bring civil rights charges against police officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. On Wednesday, The New York Times reported Attorney General Eric Holder will have the final say, but will almost certainly side with investigators who are recommending no charges. A wider Justice Department probe into Ferguson police over reports of racial profiling in traffic stops and use of excessive force remains underway. Meanwhile, a judge has rejected an NAACP Legal Defense Fund request for a new grand jury to consider criminal charges against Wilson. The group raised concerns over the actions of prosecutor Bob McCulloch, including his decision to let a witness provide false testimony. All this comes as President Obama made just one mention of Ferguson in his State of the Union address Tuesday, prompting activists to release their own video on the State of the Black Union. We are joined by Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.