Friday, November 23, 2007

KYRS and KYRS Programmers in the Spotlight

Summer 2007

Thin Air Radio is one of the few low-power stations in the country
by Mary Stampf

Since 2000, about 100 volunteers have helped Lupito Flores launch and operate Spokane’s low-power, 100-watt community radio station, Thin Air Radio on 92.3 and 89.9 FM.

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Lupito Flores
KYRS hosts, co-hosts, substitutes, music reviewers, event organizers, fund-drive participants and other helpers all are volunteers.

Its programs incorporate perspectives and discussions on peace, social, economic and environmental justice, human rights, democracy and multiculturalism. “We seek to give back a small slice of the air waves to the community, to voices not heard on commercial radio,” said Lupito.

He became aware of how mainstream media covered environmental and conservation groups as a volunteer while studying English literature and technical writing at Eastern Washington University. “They were not covered or not covered fairly. If there was coverage, it was 30 seconds focused on a protester, not on the speakers,” said Lupito, who is now station manager of Thin Air Radio. “I saw media twisting and sensationalizing issues.”

During college and after earning his bachelor’s degree in 1991 and master’s degree in 1995, he worked with Save Our Wild Salmon, the Kettle Range Conservation Group, the Idaho Conservation League and Save the Hanford Reach Campaign of the Audubon Society. He also volunteered with the Sierra Club and the Lands Council, helping with their newsletters.

“As media consolidate and fewer corporations own more media, community radio is more important than ever,” he said. “The FCC is allowing the largest media corporations in the world to gobble up the last frequencies, stations and newspapers.

“A global network of major media is owned by seven corporations. In 1998, media conglomerates reached 75 percent of the world. Fox News and other media giants have a blatant bias and take political sides, vilifying and name calling,” he said.

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Lupito in the studio
“Democratic government cannot operate without people having access to media,” Lupito said. “We have ‘state-run media,’ owned by a corporate class that funds politicians and pay to put people in office so they make rules favorable to them.

“We need free media to be a watchdog for abuse of power. Our media is in bed with power. The government even hires journalists to develop news pieces to push a slant, idea or product through Video News Releases (VNRs), which are fake news—propaganda. Nearly 25 federal organizations spend $250 million producing hundreds of VNRs as fake TV news segments.”

In 1999, while working with Kettle Range and Save the Reach, Lupito learned that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was offering a new FM service, low-power, 100-watt FM. “With most mainstream media controlled by huge corporations, citizen radio was appealing. Organizations and people working for peace, social justice and environmental sustainability never had a fair shake. Learning the FCC was giving a sliver of air space, I knew I had to act,” he said. There are many regulations. A 100-watt channel needs to be locally owned by a nonprofit in existence for at least two years and be for noncommercial community radio.

When low-power FM was instituted in 2000, 3,000 applied—about 60 percent were churches. In Spokane, five people came to the first gathering of people interested in a low-power station. They met at the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane.

In 2000, the application process began. Lupito and planners filled out pages of documents, hired a broadcast engineer and asked Citizens for Clean Air to serve as the nonprofit. The Community Building, at 35 W. Main, offered space for the station.

In 2001, a seven-day window opened in Washington, and Clean Air applied, but heard nothing until February 2003, when they received the permit.
Over the two years, they raised funds and kept up interest. By the summer of 2003, they had 100 founding members, who each gave $100 or more.

By October 2003, they bought equipment. Lupito found parts of two towers and a local ironworkers union donated labor to make them into a 120-foot tower.

The Prometheus Radio Project, a low-power support group that does “station raisings,” in the tradition of barn raisings, drew about 100 volunteers from around the country—Hawaii to New York—to help raise the tower and build the station. Lupito helped with a station raising in Louisiana. Prometheus also held workshops, training people to use the equipment and do interviews.

“It was an engineering feat,” said Lupito, describing working within the restriction requiring a low-power station to be three clicks away from any nearby station. A Sandpoint station is at 95.3, so Thin Air had to locate its transmitter antenna 10 miles west of downtown on the West Plains to avoid conflicting with that station.

On October 26, 2003, they flipped the switch and went on the air with 12 of the 64 program proposals submitted.

Because it was crackly downtown and could be picked up on the South Hill and North side, they needed a translator or repeater to rebroadcast the signal to a wider area on another frequency—92.3 FM—but the FCC would not allow Thin Air to own that frequency.

The Peace and Justice Action League applied and was given that 50-watt frequency. Then Thin Air Radio could be heard downtown, throughout Spokane and as far as Coeur d’Alene, Spangle, Fish Trap and Deer Park.

“Most people listen to the station on the translator,” said Lupito. “Some also listen to it online at

The week the translator went on in February 2005, they learned the Sandpoint station had a permit to move its station closer to Spokane, which would knock Thin Air off the air.

“We were discouraged,” Lupito said. “We looked at several options. We wanted to play by the rules.”
So they held a conference call with their broadcast attorney, the Prometheus Radio Project and their engineer. They talked with the staff of Senator Maria Cantwell, a champion of the low-power FM bill in 2004.

The law says low-power FM cannot be three clicks away from an existing station, but does not say it can’t be two away, so they asked Senator Cantwell’s staff to check with the Congressional Research Service. With the Senator’s advocacy, the FCC agreed they could relocate to another frequency, 89.9 FM. The stations two channels away from that frequency granted waivers by August 2006. The antenna was re-adjusted.

“The regulations show how the FCC and media corporations dominate what we see, hear and read,” Lupito said. “The window to apply for low-power stations is closed, so there will be no more. Spokane is one of three big cities in the country to have a station. Most are in rural areas, but the cost of operations means many have stopped.

“Thin Air gives voice to the populations underserved and unserved by commercial or public radio,” he said.

The 60 programs—most of which are weekly—include two local teen programs, Raise Your Voice by high school students and Detention hosted by middle school students; a Spanish program and a Russian program; a locally produced environmental show, Earth Matters Now; Gospel Hour and Persian Hour. Kim Thorburn has a program on public health issues. Brad Read does interviews on global and local issues on Zombie Nation. There Goes the Neighborhood looks at city and county government.

Music filling times when there are no programs includes reggae, hip hop, punk rock, blues, jazz, country, inde rock, world music and native music. Thin-Air is listener-supported radio, relying on listeners to be members at $25. Locally owned small businesses can underwrite programs.

The station has applied for its own nonprofit status as Thin Air Community Radio with a board of 14 directors to develop policies and build committees, so it is no longer a steering committee of Citizens for Clean Air.

Lupito, as the only full-time staff, raises funds and manages day-to-day operations. He worked on it five years as a volunteer, then quarter time, then half time. In February 2006, he came on full time with a half-time program coordinator and an underwriting coordinator working on commission. There’s a volunteer coordinator and coordinator for the on-air fund drives. The office assistant is a part time volunteer.

For information, call 747-3012.

Mary Stamp - The Fig Tree - © June 2007


Thorburn settling into new post

Former health district leader sets new goals at Planned Parenthood
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Dr. Kim Thorburn talks about her job as medical director at Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest with Executive Director C.J. Gribble on April 6. (Jed Conklin The Spokesman-Review )

Jonel Aleccia
Staff writer
April 18, 2007

Two weeks after starting work as medical director at Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest, Dr. Kim Thorburn still has to double-check her office phone number when she returns a call.

Otherwise, though, the woman who was publicly fired last fall as
health officer for the Spokane Regional Health District says she's nearly up to speed in a new position that allows her greater latitude
to pursue a broad range of community health goals.

Sexually transmitted infections, reproductive decisions and teen pregnancy prevention are top issues for Thorburn, 56. She'll oversee clinical operations of the agency that treats more than 18,000 clients, mostly young women, each year.

"To me it is one of the most important areas of public health," said Thorburn.

But the part-time post, which will pay $63,000 a year, is more than just another job.

For Thorburn, who was ousted from a public platform that allowed her to head the state Board of Health, it's a new vehicle to continue a quarter-century career while remaining in the Inland Northwest. "We like it here, yes," said Thorburn, who lives with her husband in Spokane.

For Planned Parenthood officials, hiring Thorburn could elevate the political profile of the local nonprofit affiliate.

"Dr. Kim brings a lot of breadth in public health," said C.J. Gribble, executive director of the agency. "I count on Dr. Kim being a presence at the national level of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America."

It was Gribble who contacted Thorburn last fall, after health district board members voted to terminate her nine-year contract, citing ongoing and intractable communication problems.

"I really thought this was an opportunity for Planned Parenthood because of Dr. Kim's sterling reputation," Gribble said. "I called and said 'Let's chat.' "

Thorburn, who received a $125,000 settlement from the health district, said while she didn't need the money she's now making at Planned Parenthood, she did need a position with purpose. "That's what I discovered made some difference," she said.

Among Thorburn's duties will be expanding the number of agency clinics from five sites to 10 in the next five years, increasing vaccinations and, perhaps, coordinating the use of Spokane patients in national clinical research projects.

Outside of her new position, Thorburn is expanding her profile as well. She's the host of a new radio program – "Dr. Kim Talks" – on low-power radio station KYRS, and she's hoping to become a regular consultant and public speaker.

"I've got a gig lined up at the Washington State Medical Association," Thorburn said. The topic? "How to Handle Politically Charged Issues."

The irony is not lost on Thorburn, whose health district tenure included intemperate e-mails, criticism of her clothing and allegations of shouting matches with board members.

Five months without work offered plenty of time for reflection, said Thorburn, who acknowledged she mourned the loss of her job, which was in jeopardy for two years.

"I probably wasn't reading the signals early enough," she said.

Community members who protested Thorburn's firing said they were pleased at her new career direction.

"Dr. Thorburn is brilliant, and she will make an impact on any agency she joins," said John Roskelley, a former Spokane County Commissioner and health district board member who hired Thorburn.

Linda Finney, executive director of Leadership Spokane, said Thorburn would be a "good fit" at Planned Parenthood and a welcome presence in the region. "I'm glad we won't lose her as a leader or a bird watcher," said Finney, referring to one of Thorburn's hobbies.

Thorburn said she's just grateful to be past the contentiousness of last year.

"It's water under the bridge. I'm moving on," she said. "They can take my job, but not my community."


A Policy Of Injustice
~A film dedicated to all the political
prisoners around the world~

By 11th Hour Films

Starring Shahrokh Nikfar
(Host of The Persian Hour on KYRS)

A Policy of Injustice



Press Release of Senator Cantwell

FCC Agrees With Cantwell and Keeps Spokane’s KYRS Radio on the Air

Cantwell worked to preserve Spokane community station, continues push to encourage local radio nationwide

Wednesday, October 25,2006

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved KYRS radio’s bid to move from 95.3 FM to 88.9 FM, ensuring that the Spokane-area low-power FM station can remain on the air. After the FCC initially indicated that the move might violate existing low-power FM statues, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) asked the Congressional Research Service to examine whether the Commission correctly interpreted the law on which it based its concerns. The resulting report, which Cantwell forwarded to the FCC, determined that the bid for a frequency change by KYRS did not violate current statutes governing low-power FM. The report gave the Commission the flexibility to allow KYRS to change frequencies. In its approval of the move, announced Wednesday, the FCC determined that the frequency change is in the public interest. Cantwell has long worked to encourage media diversity and support low-power FM radio, and has teamed up with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to back legislation that would encourage more community radio stations.

“This decision will keep another voice in the Spokane media market and encourage a wider range of views here in the Inland Northwest,” said Cantwell, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the FCC. “This is especially important during a time when our country is seeing a race toward mass media consolidation. Here in Washington state, we have 15 low-power FM stations, and this number might soon grow. I’m going to keep fighting to remove the artificial barriers that keep these stations off the air because local, community-based stations are key to preserving media diversity.”

“We are so grateful for the senator’s tenacity on our behalf,” said KYRS Station Manager Lupito Flores. “We’ve been under threat of encroachment by an out-of-state commercial station for more than a year, worrying whether we would be able to stay on the air. Senator Cantwell should be commended for working with the FCC to find a solution that is good for everyone. The senator is a great champion for Low-Power FM community radio, and we really appreciate all she's done for our little community radio station.” KYRS—a 100-Watt low-power Spokane station among the largest and most successful low-power FM stations in the country—reaches over 300,000 people through its primary signal at 95.3 FM and its translator station operating at 92.3 FM. However, in September 2003, the FCC granted KPND—a full-power Idaho station also broadcasting on 95.3 FM—a construction permit to build a new broadcast facility closer to Spokane. This new facility will increase the station’s broadcast power, allowing it to reach the Spokane market while still serving its primary market in Sandpoint, Idaho. Once KPND completes the facility, its signal at 95.3 FM will cause harmful interference with the KYRS signal. Because FCC rules clearly state that a low-power FM station can receive interference from a full-power station, but cannot cause interference to the full-power station, the new KPND antenna would mean an end to KYRS unless the station moved its primary signal to another frequency. The FCC decision allowing KYRS to move its primary signal to 88.9 FM means the station can stay on the air after the completion of the new KPND antenna. KEWU-FM (Eastern Washington University) and KHQ-TV (Channel 6) both agreed to the move as well. Cantwell has worked to encourage media diversity and support low-power FM radio. In 2004, Cantwell joined a bipartisan coalition of her colleagues, including Senator McCain, to introduce a bill that would lead to growth in the number of low-power FM radio stations nationwide. In 2005, Cantwell and McCain introduced the Local Community Radio Act to expand low-power FM service and include additional protections to radio reading service for the visually impaired. Cantwell and McCain were able to add this legislation as an....

KYRS Policy Discussion

If you have policy questions or concerns, this is the place to voice them. It is important as KYRS programmers that we all have some input regarding what the policies of the station are. We should not allow a few to decide for the majority so let's talk about policy.

At the KYRS Board of Director's first meeting on April 11, 2007, the issue of station policy was discussed. Perhaps because KBOO (Portland) is a well-established community radio station in our region of the country, KBOO's policy and personnel manuals were given primary consideration by the Board at that first meeting. It was suggested that in the pages of that policy manual one could feel thirty years of struggle and that adopting those policies would be a way to avoid those years of conflict.

In those 30 years of conflict reside, in many ways, the heart and soul and personality of that great community radio station. The same could be said about any great community organization.

Certainly every community organization needs its policies and procedures. But to impose artificial rigid policies and procedures with the intent of circumventing conflict is to deny the creative potential in conflict.

This is the type of issue which lends itself precisely to the reality of a collective. The Board of Directors of KYRS will continue to meet and discuss and adopt policy. The Board's policy committee--which met on Saturday, April 29, 2007 in 3rd floor board room at the Community Building--will continue to meet and formulate and propose policy.

How will KYRS programmers provide their input into the policies which will significantly impact their experience at the station and the impact of that on the listeners, members and volunteers of the station, not to mention the large Spokane and Eastern Washington communities?

The Collective is already being portrayed by some as not functioning, despite the fact that it has met every two weeks for 2 1/2 months. Please let other programmers know and attend. Once there make your voice heard.

Thursday, July 12th, 2007 at 6 PM
Community Building, 35 W. Main St., Spokane, WA
If upon arriving, no one is there, find us at the Red Lion Tavern (Main and Division).

Feminist Programming




Every woman has power of her own. When women decide to join together to work on a focus of interest, the power is expotentiated. One theory notes that the number of women (or people in general) working together has the power of that number squared. So, four women working together would manifest the power of 16 women working independently. Below are some resources of collectives that exist - ones that focus on a diverse range of topics and issues. Most are open to new members and represent worthy causes important to most women. There are a few sites listed here that have useful resources to help you form your own collective, if none exist. As well, if you know of a collective of interest to women, submit the information Here!


2004, Vol. 11, No. 2, Pages 169-183

A Mic of Her Own: Stations, Collectives, and Women's Access to Radio
Susan CarterFeminist Programming - KYRS Programmers Collective
Michigan State University

As the 1960s came to a close, increasing social and political pressure was brought to bear on broadcasters to augment women's participation on the air. The pressure, from changes in civil rights laws and the Second Wave of the women's liberation movement, took several different forms; three models o f women's access to the airwaves emerged in the ensuing decade. Women using the models to gain access to the air met with varying degrees of success. This article will discuss the ways in which women broadcast, particularly on the radio during this period, and why two of the three models o f access faded as the Second Wave lost energy at the end of the 1970s.
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Feminist Programming - KYRS Programmers Collective

The idea of creating an international network of women working in community radio was born in AMARC’s Fourth World Conference, held in Dublin in 1990, where a group of women found a space to discuss their issues, and proposed establishing a permanent link of solidarity between women working in participatory radio around the world.

In AMARC 5 in Mexico in 1992 the AMARC Women’s International Network was formally institutionalized
and a permanent position on the otherwise regionally defined board of directors was established to
represent the interests of women. Coordinators for the Women’s Network in each world region were elected.

Since there has also been a vice-president for Women on the board of AMARC, Maria Victoria Polanco
from Colombia, re-elected in AMARC 6 in Dakar, Senegal in 1995.

The objectives of the Women’s International Network which were established in this Conference were as

    · Encouraging exchange between women who work in community radio around the world.
    · Providing training.

    · Looking for funding to develop the network and implement specific women’s projects.
    · Creating a code of ethics to guarantee the equal treatment of the women working in AMARC members’ radios stations.

At the same conference in 1992 in Mexico, it was decided to establish a regional AMARC-office in Europe.
This helped the Women’s Network under AMARC-Europe to initiate its efforts to strengthen women’s
representation in community radio and to promote more programs about women, our experience,
knowledge and visions.


Women Grab the Microphone!

Women put more dynamism in radio and the Women's International Network
in Community Radio shows how.....

by Bianca Miglioretto

Women come from everywhere, go everywhere and talk about everything. So let's grab the
microphones and occupy the airwaves. Because if we look at mass media and at radio in particular,
the presence of women in every sphere of society and life is just not reflected. There are fewer women
than men heard over the radio and if women are projected on radio it is often in a very voyeuristic and
sensational or traditional way, full of stereotypes that are far from our realities.

Community radio or participatory radio, as they are also called, offer the best opportunity to women
to grab the microphone and talk about the issues that interest them, play women's music seldom
heard elsewhere, raise the consciousness on gender issues, inform women about their rights.
Women have a lot to say and what they have to say shows a completely different, powerful, diverse,
and active picture. This in turn shows the big contribution of women to society and their important
participation in changing the world.

Women Grab the Microphone


Women's Radio Programs

Amazon Radio - "Women's Music for all who color outside the lines." Heard on WPKN in Bridgeport, CT. This site is home
to the National Women's Radio Archives, playlists, events, women's music links and more.

Face the Music - Airing Thursdays 8-9:30 p.m. on WCUW Worcester 91.3 FM, Face The Music is the second longest
continuously running lesbian/feminist music program on Community Supported Radio in the United States.

Her Infinite Variety, WORT-FM 89.9, Madison, WI - Sunday 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Her InfiniteVariety showcases women
in all genres/styles of music. Includes feminist and lesbian music, other music made by women, interviews, comedy,
poetry, community announcements. Hosts: Sue Goldwomon, Tara Ayres, Mary Waitrovich.

Her Turn - WORT Radio, Madison WI Sunday 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM News and information by and about women in a
magazine format. Includes shorter news stories and in-depth features produced by the Her Turn Women's Collective.

KRCL Community Radio - "Woman to Woman" and "The Second Decade" are just two of the women's radio programs
at this station based in Salt Lake City.

Outbeat Salon - an LGBTIQ radio show at KRCB, Santa Ros. Airs Sunday nights from 8-9pm PT (or online at

Sirens Muse - Sundays from 1-3 pm Eastern time on WPVM 103.5 FM in Asheville NC - Sirens' Muse offers the 2 hours of
the best in contemporary women's music - local, national, international - the show streams live on Sundays and the latest
show can be listened to anytime from the WPVM archive page.

Something About the Women - Something About the Women is perhaps the longest-running women's music radio show
in the United States, if not the world. On the air since 1975, this collectively-run show features music by women artists
spanning all genres, from folk and rock to jazz and world music. The show airs on the Tufts University radio station,
WMFO 91.5 FM in Medford, Massachusetts on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The show is streamed live on the
Internet at you can listen to and download previous shows from the archives at

WERU-FM Community Radio in Maine: 89.9 Blue Hill & 102.9 Bangor. Lots of folk music here and two programs
specifically about women: Womenfolk Tuesday Evenings at 9 a.m. and Women's Windows Sunday 8 p.m.

Womanotes KBCS.FM Bellevue Community College, Wednesday, 7 PM
Enjoy music by women of the past 75 years with hosts Mary Brabec, Teresita Heiser, Christine Linde, Kristin Walsh
and Tracey Wickersham.

Women in Music with Laney Goodman - Women in Music with Laney Goodman is a weekly, one-hour radio series with
an eclectic mix of the best music of female artists from around the world.
Women of Note hosted by Fern Saturdays,
8-11 a.m. You can get more information, and listen online at The River, WRSI in Western Massachusetts and Southern

The Women's Independent Music Show - An internet radio show that showcases women's music, especially the
independent female artist. Hosted by Diane Ward.


Feminist Programming - KYRS Programmers Collective

Feminist Programming - KYRS Programmers Collective

WINGS thanks the Sister Fund for the research funding for this outline.

An outline for choosing and funding radio projects

Training Resources

“The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”
— Stephen Biko

-- Glossaries, guides, production guidelines, tutorials

BBC Online Journalism Courses
BBC Journalism training including Cool Edit Tutorial and quiz

Association of Independents in Radio--AIR
-- A comprehensive resource from equipment, editing, interviewing, software, production, etc.
-- A step-by-step workshop on how to use Cool Edit software for digital sound editing.
-- Audio archives

Cool Edit training video on YouTube
-- Cool Edit training video
(as an example of what might be done)
International Radio Action Training Education

KYRS Board of Directors Information Page


Thursday, June 14, 2007 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the Mezzanine of the Community Building.


There is no greater strength than the strength of justice.Who We Are by Lupito

Thin Air Community Radio is run almost entirely by volunteers from the community, people like you who have a passion for independent music and ideas. All locally produced programs are hosted by volunteers.

Thin Air Community Radio Board of Directors

Jon Snyder

Twa-le Abrahamson
Susanna Lopez
Debra Reed
Mimi Marinucci
Kathleen Russell
Karla Childs
John Orr
Jay McConnaughey
Ric Conner
Fred Strange
Theresa Sanderson
Bill Barrington
Lupito Flores

Thin Air Radio Board Bios

Jon Snyder, I am a husband and father of two and have lived in Spokane most of my life. I have volunteered for several non-profits groups including Lutheran Community Services Rape Crisis (Spokane), Reko Muse Gallery/Rock Club (Olympia WA), KAOS Community Radio (Olympia WA) and Men Overcoming Violence (San Francisco CA). But the organization that I have put the most energy into is KYRS, for which I have been a devoted volunteer since 2001, having served on the steering committee, as tower construction supervisor, as founding program director, and board president. I will be stepping down from the board in October to make way for the at large board member.

(Note: Snyder is also the publisher of both OutThereMonthly and GO GREEN DIRECTORY)

Mimi Marinucci moved to Spokane from the East Coast in Fall of 2000. She is an associate professor of Women's Studies and Philosophy at Eastern Washington University. She is especially interested in feminist and GLBTQ issues.

Susana López has lived and worked in the Spokane area for 30 years. She is a graduate of UC, Davis and is currently affiliated with the EWU College of Business and Public Administration at the Riverpoint campus. Leisure activities include spending time with her daughter and grandchildren and friends, gourmet cooking, camping, and philanthropic work.

Debra Reed: I am dedicated to serve the community that I live in. I appreciate people’s differences. I value family and cherish my close friends. I have served on several boards, President of Onyx Theatre, Treasurer of the NAACP, and President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. I have worked with the same company for 17 years, currently in an upper management position.

Bill Barrington is a life-long Spokanite, married, home owner, semi-professional song writer and musician, member of the Latah Valley Neighborhood Council, employed by a local bookkeeping and tax preparation firm.

Fred Strange is a long time partisan of the station and its mission. Fred is a part-time poet and professor of social theory and anthropology, and a full-time domestic worker caring for seven and eight year-old grandchildren.

My name is Karla Childs. I made Spokane my home 27 years ago. I believe we must treat all people equally and that all voices should be heard. I believe in KYRS. It's our duty to keep the community informed, especially of the news underreported by the mainstream media. I hope to contribute to OUR station.

Twa-le Abrahamson, a Spokane Tribal member, is the youth coordinator for SHAWL (Sovereignty, Health, Air, Water, Land) Society based on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Eastern Washington. SHAWL’s main focus is the historical uranium mining activities on the Reservation and its effects to an indigenous community. SHAWL also oversees a youth media training program on the Reservation. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in environmental studies. She has been organizing on social and environmental justice issues for four years and is currently active in many national and international organizations and networks such as Indigenous Environmental Network, Third World Majority’s Media Justice Network, and the Western Mining Action Network.

Kathleen Russell was born in Spokane, graduated Shadle. Art scholarship to RSSD, San Francisco, 1965. Graduated WNMU 1986. Many years working in New York City, one year in Dublin, Ireland.and lots of time in Mexico. Sold over 100 paintings, mother of Max and Ashley Bloom. One year as host to Need to Know political discussion group, and Democracy School graduate!

Hello, my name is Jay McConnaughey. I am employed by a tribal government (sovereign) as an ecologist working on Hanford superfund issues. I am a founding member of KYRS, a major donor to KYRS and the Spokane Translator Association, and have been an active volunteer beginning with the barnraising of KYRS in 2003. Activities I enjoy include steelhead and trout flyfishing, yoga, pilates, and hanging out in Spokane with friends.

Theresa Sanderson: I am a trustworthy and honest person. I am a person who acts in the interest of others with a spiritual grounding. My work experience is in the legal field. I am excited about being a part of the KYRS family and sharing the opportunities it provides.

John Orr: A large percentage of my adult life has been in management positions (Computer systems development, Sales and Marketing) with various companies in California for 10 years and in Spokane for the last 35 years. I have extensive experience in the management of organizations from an operational as well as a financial perspective. For the past 15 years I have been a Real Estate sales agent. In 1999 after reading Robert McChesney’s book “Rich Media, Poor Democracy” I became convinced that media democracy is one of, if not THE core, issues facing our society. I am passionate about the loss of a free and open media in this country and convinced that without a critical media our Democracy will not survive. I am very happy to have the opportunity to apply my energy in support of this station and the advancement of free media in our country.

Ric Conner is a long-time supporter of KYRS and has lived in Spokane for 20 years. He has a degree in Environmental Science and travels extensively. He co-owns Ganesh Himal fair trading company with his wife Denise. Ric has a passion for environmental and social justice, devoting much of his life to building a more just and sustainable world.

Lupito Flores--KYRS station manager. Ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Directors.

These are the 14 members of the board of directors of KYRS. There were 15 members but one member, Tim Connor, is no longer on the board. He was asked to resign and did so. This was a disappointment to some station members and programmers.

According to the bylaws of KYRS, the station manager--in this case Lupito Flores--is a non-voting, ex-officio member of the board of directors. In other words, he is on the board as part of his job, but does not have a vote.


Looking for an idea for your show's website?This one might be worth checking out.

Great resources on the right side. By the way, it is done (with some tweeking) with Wordpress.


KYRS was blessed for a time to have a world class webmaster, Hawke, donating his time to the station and to the creation of a website for the station. A very busy and talented man, he has many other commitments--to his family, to his art, to his trade. Despite many challenges, he left KYRS a great foundation to build upon for their website. KYRS Fund Drive Logo

Here is a list of Community Radio station websites that Hawke posted on the KYRS.ORG website. There are some interesting ideas here on layout, format, functionality, etc. Check them out and then share your thoughts with others.

And once again--thank you, Hawke, and may you always fly high!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

KYRS Crisis: Bannings, Firings, Dissolution of Committees, Re-write of Bylaws, Elimination of Consensus


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Collective: A group of people who share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together to achieve a common objective. Collectives are also characterized by attempts to share and exercise political and social power and make decisions on a consensus-driven, egalitarian basis.

The KYRS Collective has met every two weeks since late February 2007. The 'executive director' of KYRS recently acted to prevent the Collective from meeting in the Community Building. As one might expect with most banned organizations, this in no way has resulted in the dissolution, nor the abandoning of the vision, values or goals of the Collective. The Collective continues to meet with the intent of insuring that KYRS adheres to the sacred words of the Mission statement, including its waning commitment to the values of diversity, community and, as evidenced in the recent bannings of programmers, democracy. The specter of the epic battle for the survival and integrity of KPFA is raised by the recent actions of the board and ownership of KYRS. It is ironic that the one of the first pages posted at this Wiki site dealt with the struggle for the survival and community control of KPFA. It was offered as a precautionary tale. Now a similar struggle is underway at KYRS. It is incumbent upon those with an interest in true community-based radio,consensus-based decision making and other elements of the mission statement of KRYS to inform themselves regarding the recent decisions by the 'executive director' and a fraction of the KYRS board to suspend all committees, ban programmers, remove permission for the Collective to meet in the Community Building, conduct closed board meetings without minutes, and other actions which indicate that effectively an internal coup has occurred at the station.


Report back from KYRS Collective Meeting of September 20, 2007

Having been shut out the Community Building, the KYRS Collective meet September 20, 2007 at Lutheran Church. Attendance was the most dynamic and diverse to date with current and banned programmers and staff, concerned KYRS community members, and volunteers. As has been the case since the day the Collective was formed it was stated again that membership in the Collective is open to all.

Concerns continue about the power structure of the station, the form of participation, lack of clarity regarding the mission statement, etc. There continues to be a desire to see a more "horizontal" form of democracy than the current traditional corporate "hierarchical" style.

All of these concerns have been exacerbated by the recent closed board meetings, the suspension of all KYRS committees, the bannings and revocation of memberships of two programmers and one staff member. The structure of the station has changed with no participation by nor even notice to the membership of the station.


The same questions that the Collective has asked for months remain? Are the bylaws silent, vague, or clear on the whether or not a programmer can be on the board? What is the relationship between the KYRS mission statement and what actually goes out over the airwaves? What's on the programmers' wish list? How to get the funds applied to meet those needs? Why is the equipment being stolen and destroyed without regard for the impact on the ability of programmers to do their work?

--See copy of the original Bylaws at end of page as Word document--
(A fraction of the board recently modified the Bylaws and made changes such as deleting the word "consensus" and other changes. In that these actions were carried out in secret and closed meetings without minutes or other notes, the full extent of the anti-democratic actions taken by the station are unknown.)


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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Suicide by Cop -- I'd Have Jumped Too

I’d have jumped too

(originally posted by David Brookbank at July 28th, 2007)

After a botched attempt by the Spokane Police Department to taser him into submission, a suicidal Spokane man jumped to his death from Spokane’s Monroe Street Bridge mid-afternoon yesterday (7/27/07).

The situation on the Monroe Street Bridge reminds me of a scene from the 1992 version of The Last of the Mohicans starring American Indian Movement leader Dennis Means, Madeline Stowe, Daniel Day Lewis, and Wes Studi. In a scene late in the movie, the French-allied Huron Indian Magua is on a rampage of vengeance across the granite landscapes of the western frontier of the white colonies. He has taken as prisoner and presumed bride Alice, the youngest daughter of the British General Munro. At one point on a cliff trail while Magua’s party is in hot pursuit of Chingachgook, Uncas and Hawkeye, Alice steps to the edge of the cliff. Magua, demonstrating a frantic but fleeting moment of humanity, attempts to lure her back from the edge. Not surprisingly, she looks over her shoulder at the abyss below and jumps to her death on the rocks below.

Faced yesterday with the Spokane Police Department’s homicidal history and deceptive tactics, a Spokane man chose to jump.

According to the Spokane Police, he had been on other bridges in the past and had threatened to jump. And he survived every time.

Faced with the Spokane Police Department, I would have jumped too.

Remember how on September 22, 2003, the Spokane Police shot 17-year-old Lewis and Clark student Sean Fitzpatrick in the face, arm, and torso rather than to wait him out or allow his father to intervene?

Who do these cops think they are?

As a social worker over more than 25 years I was disappointed–and said so publicly–when I heard recently that the Spokane Police had made a pact with our local county mental health agency to work more closely together in the field. As I read it, essentially someone has convinced Spokane mental health workers that they are at such risk that they should put the lives of the public and those mentally ill they pretend to help at risk by putting the trigger-happy, taser-trained Spokane Police Department in a position to assert its law enforcement “discretion” in determining when to stop mental health intervention and turn it over the gun-totters from the police.

Spokane Police Chief Ann Kirkpatrick–lawyer, police officer, and public relations’ master that she is–managed to get a picture on the front page of the Spokesman-Review of herself “consoling” the victim’s family on the Monroe Street Bridge immediately after the incident.

The SPD and other law enforcement in Spokane are busy training themselves in the use of every possible type of weapon, crowd control device, and technique of submission one can imagine. These individuals in their periodic training on dealing with conflict and human nature always have one bottom line.

They are the law, they are the ones with the discretion, they are the ones who get to call it over when they decide it is over.

And so it is over for one more Spokane citizen who suffered the botched “rescue” efforts of the Spokane Police Department. For all the SPD’s police training, all their psychological profiles, all their we-know-better because “we are the police”, the outcome is still the same.

One more dead Spokane citizen.

I have one thing to say.

Get the *&$!# out of my face, officer!

The Chief said that they were offering this poor man the opportunity to save face.

Chief, it is time for you to save face.

Publicly confront the Spokane Police Guild. Put your career and credibility and your democratic credentials on the line for the people of Spokane.

It is time for you, Chief Fitzpatrick, to come out openly and unequivocally for immediate independent oversight of the Spokane Police Department in the form of a Boise-style Ombudsperson.

Furthermore, you should bring an immediate end to the practice of killings by your officers being investigated by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and vice versa.

We are sick and tired of being the victims of Spokane PD brutality, arrogance, and faulty judgment.

Either you are the Chief, Ann, or you are not. We are awaiting your choice.

Saturday, June 30, 2007


(Update from original version posted 6/27/07--
from original & source materials)

(All blue underlined words and phrases are links to
websites, documents, maps, etc).

Fairchild AFB
is home to a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Program. SERE Programs train soldiers, seaman, airmen, CIA operatives, and others--including foreign nationals--in resistance techniques. However, they also provide military and other government torturers, trainers, foreign nationals, contractors (aka US government mercenaries employed by corporations such as Blackwater, CACI International, and Titan Corp) and psychologists, among others, the opportunity to develop, refine, practice and polish their torture techniques.

In their must-read June 29, 2007 Spokesman-Review article, reporters Karen Dorn Steele and Bill Morlin reveal that "the SERE program is used by the Army at Fort Bragg, where Green Berets train, and at the U.S. Air Force Survival School near Spokane, where thousands of other trainees are instructed annually." Using first-hand reporting and research as well as reporting from sources such as the New Yorker and, Dorn Steele and Morlin reveal the role of Spokane area psychologists and businesses in the U.S. government's reverse-engineering of torture resistance training.

These techniques of torture--witnessed at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and other U.S. facilities around the world--have been employed by the U.S. government, military, intelligence agencies, contractors and foreign agents with the express purpose of breaking human beings as part of the global U.S. "war on terror". That so-called "war on terror" has produced worldwide denunciations of U.S. preemptive attacks, massacres of civilians, torture, disappearances, use of "depleted" uranium, and other actions which are illegal under international standards and laws.

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Fairchild's SERE Program -- The premiere Air Force SERE program

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In fact, not only is Fairchild home to a SERE program, it is home to an even more exclusive and secret program, SERE/JPRA (Joint Personnel Recovery Agency). This unclassified Department of Defense (DOD) memo shows that the SERE/JPRA site at the PRA White Bluff Site at 11604 W. NEWKIRK ROAD, SPOKANE, WA 99224 was the host in May 2007 of the DOD SERE Conference and the DOD SERE Psychology Conference.

As the memo shows, foreign government representatives from the U.S. government's Iraq "coalition" partners participated in the two conferences as did three representatives from each of the FBI, DEA, and CIA. In point of fact, the facility has all the markings of a CIA facility such as those at Warrenton, VA and other locations in the U.S. (compare the similarity between the facility maps by clicking the respective links above).

On September 16, 2002, a prior SERE Psychologist Conference was hosted by the Army Special Operations Command and the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency at Fort Bragg for JTF-170 (the military component responsible for interrogations at Guantanamo) interrogation personnel. The Army's Behavioral Science Consultation Team from Guantanamo Bay also attended the conference. Joint Personnel Recovery Agency personnel briefed JTF-170 representatives on the exploitation and methods used in resistance (to interrogation) training at SERE schools. The purpose was the reverse engineering of interrogation resistance to design more "effective" torture techniques. (See "Shrinks and the SERE Techniques at Guantanamo")

Wording in the declassified memo indicates that topics dealt with at the SERE Psychology Conference include such topics as how to conduct psychological and other forms of torture in a way that is psychologically and morally palatable to the torturer as well as how to justify those actions under the law and in a way that can be argued to be "ethical" and "legal". The memo states, "The first two days will focus on sere/code of conduct issues and reintegration. The remaining three days involve discussion and training on ethic, research, and SERE Orientation training". (See conference agenda here).

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Torture, the Geneva Conventions and the School of the Americas

By Ann Wright, US Army Reserve Colonel

(quote) Do Special Operations Forces of the Army, Navy Marines and Air Force practice on detainees the interrogation techniques they are subjected to during their Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training at Ft. Bragg, NC, Fairchild, Air Force Base, WA and Naval Air Stations in Brunswick, ME and North Island, San Diego, CA? What are the limits of abusive interrogation techniques taught to CIA and CIA contract interrogators in the various CIA training areas around the Washington, DC and other locations in the US? (end quote)

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Report of the Department of Defense Inspector General, August 25, 2006
DOD Interrogation Techniques -- The Office of the DoD Inspector General produced a Review of DoD-Directed Investigations of Detainee Abuse (Report No. 06-INTEL-10) on August 25, 2006.

(excerpt) The report made three findings. One of them was
that SERE, a course designed to prepare selected American forces to withstand interrogations that did not abide by the Geneva Conventions, was turned into a program for harsh, coercive interrogation. In this way, a course of training to resist cruel, degrading, and inhumane treatment was transformed into a program to counter this very resistance. This program was carried out in the interrogation of Guantánamo prisoners before it "migrated" to Iraq. Officially, Guantánamo prisoners were not entitled to the protections afforded by the Geneva Conventions; Iraqi prisoners were. The finding in question is entitled "DoD Interrogation Techniques ..."

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(excerpt) The OIG additionally found that the SERE methods later became the standard operating procedure for interrogations conducted in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and had migrated from Guantanamo due, in part, to training and support from JPRA, BSCT, and Special Operations psychologists and others. (end excerpt)

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“Improving the Fighting Position”: A Practitioner’s Guide to Operational Law Support to the Interrogation Process (From the July 2005 edition of The Army Lawyer )

(quote) This balance between legitimate manipulation and inhumane treatment in the form of physical or mental abuse orcoercion is articulated as a key principle of interrogation operations in FM 34-52:
The GWS, GPW, GC, and US policy expressly prohibit acts of violence or intimidation, including physical or mental torture, threats, insults, or exposure to inhumane treatment as a means of or aid to interrogation.

Experience indicates that the use of prohibited techniques is not necessary to gain the cooperation
of interrogation sources. Use of torture and other illegal methods is a poor technique that yields unreliable results, may damage subsequent collection efforts, and can induce the source to say what he thinks the interrogator wants to hear. (end quote)

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Spokane Journal -- June 2007-- It's No Game at Base's Survival School

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The Torture Question Frontline Special Watch it online

Abu Ghraib photos

The Abu Ghraib files by Joan Walsh -- A 10-part evidentiary series from inside Abu Ghraib prison accompanied by 279 photographs and 19 videos based on the U.S. Army's own investigation of the three month period from October 17-December 30, 2003. Nine essays follow the photos and videos.

Public Affairs - KYRS Programmers Collective

Iraqi woman detainee in U.S. custody.
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(excerpt) In fact, there are likely people being "tortured" in this manner as we speak at Fairchild Air Force base Washington as a part of their "Land Survival" program (the POW resistance training). The only difference is that those at Fairchild have in the back of their minds the fact that their "torture" is only going to last 2 days. Many different career fields go through that training. Most field intelligence, anyone who flies (pilots and aircrew), SERE naturally, special forces and a few others.

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(Excerpt from Trip Report Summary of Commissioner Elaine Donnelly). During her two-day trip to Fairchild AFB, Washington, August 9-11, 1992, Donnelly talked to instructors about their realistic "rape scenario," in which male trainees are taught to manage more intense feelings when a female colleague is threatened with sexual assault or worse, so that enemy captors cannot exploit those emotions. Donnelly described parts of the SERE training that she saw at Fairchild Air Force Base during her visit:

Without knowing what to expect, I found myself locked in a cramped black box that was both physically and psychologically uncomfortable. I also participated in and witnessed interrogation exercises designed to suggest but not duplicate the physical and emotional stress of being a POW. As the night wore on, a sense of cultural dissonance began to overcome the camp's logic of equality in the simulation of brutality.

A woman I watched being interrogated was very capable, but she was totally in the power of a man much stronger than she. What I saw was an unmistakable element of inequality that-in the opinion of many Commission witnesses-cannot be overcome by peacetime training programs or psychological techniques. As the interrogation continued, it was easy to visualize the possibility of sexual abuse as well as physical harm at the hands of a menacing enemy. For reasons of survival, the SERE training for aircrew members makes sense. . . . However, the politically-correct unisex nature of the resistance training is very seductive; it is easy to become "desensitized," meaning accustomed, to the idea that men and women are interchangeable equals in a world of torture and abuse. The SERE trainers asserted that the entire nation must prepare itself for this very real possibility if women are assigned to combat positions.
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(excerpt) An interview with trainers at the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training center at Fairchild Air Force Base uncovered a logical but disturbing consequence of assigning women to combat: “If a policy change is made, and women are allowed into combat positions, there must be a concerted effort to educate the American public on the increased likelihood that women will be raped, will come home in bodybags, and will be exploited..” (end excerpt)

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Robert Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.r of Clinical Preventative Medicine Family Medicine proudly lists on his resume
USAF Survival, Escape, Evasion and Resistan

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Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Training Instructor Course. The 66th Training Squadron based at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington, conducts the survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) training instructor course in select areas of Washington and Oregon. The course is a physically demanding six-month program designed to teach future SERE instructors how to teach aircrew members to survive in any environment. The course includes instruction in basic survival, medical, land navigation, evasion, arctic survival, teaching techniques, rough-land evacuation, coastal survival, tropics/river survival, and desert survival.

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(quote) The SERE program also uses waterboarding, continual bombardment by loud noise, and sexual humiliation. Several sources told Mayer that psychologists trained in SERE techniques had advised interrogators at Guantánamo and elsewhere. One of the most disturbing things about the article is its suggestion that what started out as a stupid means of getting information evolved into pure sadism. As a retired colonel who attended a SERE school as part of his Special Forces training said, "If you did too much of that stuff, you could really get to like it. You can manipulate people. And most people like power." (end quote)

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Senate probe focuses on Spokane men

Karen Dorn Steele and Bill Morlin
Spokesman-Review Staff writers
June 29, 2007

Two Spokane psychologists are the focus of a congressional inquiry into the use of harsh techniques to interrogate terrorist suspects in Guantanamo, Iraq, Afghanistan and other secret military and CIA detention centers.

In an article published last week, the online magazine identified psychologists James E. Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen as key developers of the interrogation program — which the magazine said was linked to the CIA and likely violated the Geneva Conventions against the torture and mistreatment of prisoners.

The interrogation methods, according to a recently declassified Pentagon report reviewed by The Spokesman-Review, are “reverse engineering” of techniques taught in the military’s SERE program, set up to train U.S. special forces and flight crews in the principles of Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.

The SERE program is used by the Army at Fort Bragg, where Green Berets train, and at the U.S. Air Force Survival School near Spokane, where thousands of other trainees are instructed annually.
(cont'd at )

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SERE SOLUTIONS, INC -- SERE Solutions, Inc., is owned by Spokane-based contractor Michael Lyons. In 2006 Lyons received a $47 million US Air Force grant with the 336th SERE Training Group at Fairchild AFB after 2 years of extensive assistance from the Washington State College of Business Small Business Development Center. Lyons operation employs at least 37 people in various locations.

SERE Solutions, Inc, lists an address of 6603 S. Shelby Ridge Rd., Spokane, WA. Interestingly, that same address was the site of the Democratic Party Sixth Legislative District Precinct No. 6151 meeting in 2004.

SERE SOLUTIONS INC (6603 S SHELBY RIDGE RD; small business): $2,161,904 in 2 contracts in 2006 $2,146,904 with Air Force for Training/Curriculum Development. Signed on 2006-03-20. Completion date: 2006-09-30. $15,000, same as above. Signed on 2006-06-28. Completion date: 2006-09-30.

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For more information, cut and paste the following lists of words into an internet search engine:

USAF Survival Escape Evasion and Resistance Training Fairchild AFB
SERE Fairchild torture
SERE Spokane

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Torture Teachers -- Salon article
Open Letter to President of American Psychological Association
More Waterboarding (video) -- not quite as sanitary as this military training video
Free Soul Jah--The CIA, Torture & George Tenet's Body Language (Video of a CIA director in action)
(See the Cryptome Eyeball Series at )

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For more on Blackwater:
Iraq for Sale (video excerpt)
Blackwater: America's Private Army (video)
Blackwater @

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Unanswered questions for Spokane reporters, broadcasters, activists & citizens:

Have "high-value detainees" been flown into Fairchild, Felts Field, Spokane International Airport, the helicopter landing pad at Spokane's SERE/JPRA site at 11604 Newkirk Road or other Spokane locations to be subject to interrogation and torture?

What involvement exists between the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sherriff's Department with the SERE/JPRA program? How many SPD and SCSD personnel are graduates of SERE/JPRA and other government or private coercive interrogation training programs?

What is the level of collaboration in surveillance of U.S. citizens, Spokane area activists, members of the media, and others by government agencies in the Spokane area--FBI, DEA, ATF, USCIS (formerly INS), Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sherriff's and others--as well as involvement of contracted companies and organizations such as SERE Solutions, Inc.

Why has the 12th Special Forces Group--which supposedly hasn't existed for more than a decade--been listed in the DEX phone directory listing for the U.S. Army Mann Hall Army Reserve Center in Spokane, Washington? The specific listing is for Detachment B4 and B5 Co B 3rd BN 12th Special Forces Group. What is the non-existent 12th Special Forces Group and its personnel actually doing in Spokane?

Why is Ciber, Inc. at the same Mann Hall Army Reserve Center in Spokane? Ciber, you may know, is the same folks involved in, among many other things, in the electronic vote fraud scandal. Why when one calls the Mann Hall Army Reserve Center at 489-6441 does one get a message for Ray at Ciber, Inc.?

How many Spokane Police Officers are former U.S. military, what sort of training do they have, and how much of that training may help explain their attacks on protesters, killings of citizens, and other lawless behavior? (See bio of 27 year Spokane Police Department officer Skip Pahvlischak, an instructor for this Team One Network tactics and weapons training).