Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Patt Morrison for Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19




1:21 – 1:30

Will a torpedoed ship torpedo any chance at peace with North Korea?

It was yet another violent provocation by a doggedly anti-social North Korea—in March a South Korean naval vessel was sunk by a mysterious explosion, but it wasn’t determined until this week, when the ship was raised from the ocean floor, that it was a North Korean torpedo that sank the South Korean boat and killed 46 sailors.  South Korean President Lee Myung-bak pledged to take "stern action" against the North.  The White House described the sinking of the ship as an "act of aggression" by North Korea that challenged peace.  But what comes next, an attack on Pyongyang?  Does the progress (albeit scant progress) on negotiations over the suspension of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program go down in the same fashion as the South Korean boat?



PJ Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs at the U.S. State Department




1:30 - 1:58:30

Captive in North Korea: Journalist Laura Ling tells her story

It’s any reporter’s worst nightmare to become bigger than the story they’ve put so much hard work into. That nightmare became a reality for Current TV correspondent Laura Ling in the Spring of 2009 when she and colleague Euna Lee were detained for trespassing and “hostile acts” by the North Korean government for nearly five months. The two women were held with very little contact with their friends and loved ones and eventually sentenced to work in a labor camp until President Bill Clinton and an envoy were able to secure their release. Laura and her sister, journalist Lisa Ling, tell their harrowing tale of nightmare come true in Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.



Laura Ling, journalist and author of “Somewhere Inside:  one sister’s captivity in North Korea and the other’s fight to bring her home”




2:06 – 2:30

Female veterans: America’s forgotten daughters

Approximately 11% of the United States military is female and as that number increases, so does the need for tailored services for women returning from battle.  President Obama recently signed the Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act but will that expand the Office of Veterans Affairs (VA) enough to handle the growing cases of Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the challenges of a diagnosis for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), as well as the other host of issues a soldier faces when reintegrating to a society with a harrowing jobless rate?  Today we discuss the unique problems that face female veterans and what the government is and is not doing to help them.



Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

She calls us:


Jennifer Hunt, two-tour Veteran of iraq and Afghanistan and Project Coordinator for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America

She Calls us on Line 10


Diane West, ADVANCE Women’s Project Coordinator at the U.S. VETS Long Beach site




2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

Internet terror recruitment and tradecraft: how can we address an evolving tool while protecting free speech?

Many tools are associated with terrorists, but use of the internet could be one of the most unstoppable. The World Wide Web could be the perfect tool to radicalize, recruit, and operate terrorist activities. The House Homeland Security subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment held a hearing today to discuss the possible trade offs between protecting ourselves from an evolving tool of terror while preserving freedom. Internet terrorism must be dealt with before it reaches too far, but is there a point where regulation tramples the American idol of free speech.


Brian Jenkins, senior advisor to the President of the Rand Corporation

WILL CALL IN ON LINE 12.  Has 866 backup.

Contacts:  310-908-1820-mobile


John Morris, General Counsel for the Center for Democracy and Technology, a non-profit organization working to keep the Internet open, innovative, and free.

CALL HIM:  202-407-8834, backup 202-744-9942 – mobile

Contact:  Brock Meeks 202-637-9800 x 114-O,  703-989-3547-mobile, brock@cdt.org


Both guests testified this morning at a hearing with the House Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment. The purpose of this hearing is to receive testimony on the role of the Internet in radicalization, recruitment, and terrorist operations, and to discuss the extent to which law enforcement efforts to counter this use of the Internet are balanced with the civil liberties guaranteed by the First and Fourth Amendments.



Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

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