CNN Radio News Day: June 6, 2013
The Verizon Building in Manhattan. The National Securty Agency used the Patriot Act to force Verizon to hand over the phone records of millions of Americans.
June 6th, 2013
04:15 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: June 6, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:

  • The federal government has been secretly collecting the phone records of  millions of Americans. According to the British newspaper The Guardian, the National Security Agency obtained a secret court order forcing Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of Americans. Wells Bennett, an expert on national security law at the Brookings Institution, says the government has quite a bit of power to obtain your information:

"The government appears to have argued, and the judge appears to have agreed, that all communications metadata is relevant to an intelligence investigation. That is to say nothing is irrelevant and everything is fair game. That's what's so concerning about this." FULL POST

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Freedom of the press
A police officer stops to look at flowers laid close to the scene where Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed in May.
June 6th, 2013
02:26 PM ET

Freedom of the press

By Libby Lewis, CNN

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(CNN) - The divide between the U.S. and the U.K. over press coverage of crimes is about as wide as the Atlantic.

Cases in point: George Zimmerman, who’s accused of shooting Trayvon Martin last year in Florida – and the cases of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the two Muslim converts who are accused of butchering to death British soldier Lee Rigby in South London last month.

Zimmerman’s lawyer has used the courts – and the Fourth Amendment – to try to reshape the image of Trayvon Martin, says defense attorney Ron Kuby. He’s done it by getting the press to cover his requests to enter evidence that would link Martin, in the jury’s mind, with the idea of guns, and marijuana and violence.

[:44] “O’Mara’s purpose in releasing all this information he knows can’t come into evidence is to dirty up Trayvon Martin….to portray him in the minds of the jurors as a vaguely menacing young black man,” Kuby told CNN

In other words, O’Mara’s using the court – and the press – “trying to eliminate that image of a totally innocent teenage boy armed with Skittles and iced tea.” FULL POST

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