Here And There with Dave Marash

The NM State Department of Human Services, like the Albuquerque Police Dept is being fitted for court-ordered Federal monitoring.  Despite years of harsh criticism and instructions from the court, a Federal Judge says NM DHS has been cheating legally-entitled citizens out of their Food Stamps and welfare payments. The result, she said, was that many families have been going to bed not just poor, but hungry.  Senior Reporter Joey Peters of the NM Political Report on the latest area of NM governance to require training wheels.

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Since 9/11 the US has spent over $120 Billion on training for foreign police, security and military officers.  But critics say the effort has often failed, because it has no coherent goal, no co-ordination and no oversight , and all too frequently ignores the law that bars known violators of basic human rights from training.  Investigative reporter Douglas Gillison of The Intercept and 100 Reporters helped assemble the database that at least partially details the global training network,” and reporting in Cambodia, found out how easily bad guys get into the program and damage America’s reputation..  He joins us on HERE AND THERE.

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Both the great 17th Century poet John Milton and the pioneering 20th Century baseball executive Branch Rickey said – “Luck is the residue of design.”  In Turkey a lot of people are wondering how much luck played into the attempted coup that enabled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan radically to expand his political power, and how much the coup was the residue of designs drawn by the President himself.  Of course, Turks who wonder aloud risk immediate jailing for “libeling” the President and the Government. Already 10 thousand people have been arrested and 50,000 fired from their jobs. Istanbul resident and New Yorker writer Elliot Ackerman joins us on HERE AND THERE

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A recent Supreme Court 4-4 tie vote sent President Obama’s orders protecting some undocumented immigrant parents and children back to the judge who first sidelined them.  The risk of deportation is going up…and in NM, the deportation risk is the highest in the country.  Uriel J Garcia of the Santa Fe New Mexican explains.  Also, why the House of Representatives wants to keep the label “illegal alien” to refer to people who could be called non-citizens or undocumented immigrants.  The last 2 locutions are always applied to people…the tag “Aliens,” not so much.

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Last year, the worry was that new military equipment and military training might be making American police forces more militaristic.  But that was last year.  This year, critics are focused on new high-tech equipment that is revolutionizing police surveillance techniques and expanding capabilities for data storage and mining.    Police tracking a stolen cell phone might also be tracking yours; and then there’s the problem of garbage in-garbage out.  One lie or mistake could put your home in the crosshairs.  Justin Jouvenal of the Washington Post has been covering the story and re-tells it in an encore HERE AND THERE. 

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When Eric Prince sold Blackwater he said he was getting out of military and paramilitary contracting forever.  He even said this to his new partners.   But it turned out he was fibbing.  David Isenberg, one of the first and still among the foremost analysts of Private Military and security Companies on what the one-time Blackwater Boss has been up to.  Turning crop-duster planes into potential weapons of war was just the beginning.  Accusations he’s been laundering South Sudanese oil money through Chinese banks might cause the end of a super-mercenary’s career.   The CIA reportedly suspects behind the Chinese money deal stand the Chinese intelligence service.

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Financing a Presidential campaign $27 at a time.  Ned Resnikoff of the International Business Times on how the Bernie Sanders campaign did it” matched Hillary Clinton’s campaign dollar for dollar without taking a dime from Super PACS, and how that might be a “game-changer” for American politics.

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Andrew Lustig gave up his video production business in New York and moved to New Mexico to become an EMT.  Now he’s a naturapathic doctor leading Global Outreach Doctors on health care missions around the world.  Most recently he and his team served Syrian refugees living – for who knows how long – in a huge camp in Jordan.  His mission had 2 components – medicine and caring.  It was an experience he says he’ll never forget…even though he intends to repeat it, again and again, in places of need around the world.

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Monitoring the fates of unaccompanied minor border-crossers, today we present the second of 2 encores…this one featuring investigative reporter Garance Burke of the Associated Press (AP)…on how, in absolute defiance of State and Federal law, hundreds of immigrant children are being denied access to public schools.  These are kids who have followed American law and are awaiting court dates to ask for asylum or temporary or permanent legal residence.  But while they wait, their futures are being crippled by school districts that refuse to accept them into classes.  

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Monitoring the fates of unaccompanied minor border-crossers…we present 2 encores:  Today, Tyche Hendricks of KQED radio’s California Report on the so-called “worst” of these young people…the undocumented immigrants who wind up in juvenile detention centers…some for just weeks, some for a year or more of being shuttled from center to center, cell to cell.    Who decides to separate out these teenagers, and on what basis do they make the decision?  No one from ICE, DHS of the Office of Refugee Re-settlement will say. 

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