Michael Steven Smith and Heidi Boghosian

Michael Steven Smith is an author, speaker, and New York City attorney with the firm Michael Steven Smith and Associates. His firm has for twenty years successfully represented victims in suits against insurance companies in cases of medical malpractice and other accidents. He has authored or edited five books including Notebook of a Sixties Lawyer: An Unrepentant Memoir and Selected WritingsLawyers You’ll Like: Putting Human Rights First, and Che Guevara and the FBI (with Michael Ratner). He has written articles for The New York State Bar Association; Capitalism, Nature and SocialismAgainst the Current; and Socialism and Democracy. He is a co-host on the weekly magazine format radio show Law and Disorder heard on Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. on WBAI, 99.5 FM. He is on the board of directors of The Center for Constitutional Rights, The Left Forum, and The Brecht Forum. Heidi Boghosian, a lawyer, is the executive director of the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute. Previously she was the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive bar association established in 1937, where she oversaw the legal defense of people targeted by government. She co-hosts the weekly civil liberties radio show Law and Disorder with Michael Steven Smith, that airs on Pacifica Radio’s WBAI, New York, and is broadcast on more than 100 other stations. Her 2013 book was Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance. She has published numerous articles and reports on policing, protest, and the First Amendment, including The Policing of Political Speech (2010), Applying Restraints to Private Police (2005), and The Assault on Free Speech, Public Assembly, and Dissent (2004). She is admitted to practice law in Connecticut, New York, the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Heidi Boghosian: In 1947, Congress passed the National Security Act, which led to the formation of the National Security Council and, under its direction, the CIA. Its original mandate was to collect and analyze strategic information for use in war. Though shrouded in secrecy, many CIA activities such as...