This week on CounterSpin: Reports from Syria often rely on the word of anti-government rebels. News outlets use frequent disclaimers about the difficulty assessing the accuracy of such reports, and without journalists on the ground those difficulties are only magnified. This week we’ll speak to David Enders, a special correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers who has spent several weeks inside Syria.
Also on CounterSpin: A Congressional inquiry finds that cell phone surveillance by law enforcement is exploding, with a staggering 1.3 million demands for subscriber information from cellphone companies last year. Technology is enabling officials to get fast access to revealing data, but is it legal? We’ll talk to Kade Crockton of the ACLU of Massachusetts about why you should be concerned.