Thursday, January 22, 2009

22 Jan 2009: Today's Democracy Now!


Report: Intel Nominee Adm. Dennis Blair Knew of '99 East Timor Church Killings Before Crucial Meeting
Today is the confirmation hearing for Admiral Dennis Blair as National Intelligence Director. We speak with investigative journalist Allan Nairn, who says he has new information that reveals that as commander of Pacific forces, Blair offered US aid to the general in charge of a massacre that took place in a Catholic Church in East Timor. [includes rush transcript]

Ex-Carter Admin Official: Israel Ignored Hamas Offer Days Before Attacking Gaza; Violated Ceasefire With Attacks, Blockade
Robert Pastor is a senior adviser to the Carter Center and a professor at American University who met with exiled Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal in Damascus on Dec. 14, along with former President Jimmy Carter. Pastor says Meshaal indicated Hamas was willing to go back to the ceasefire if Israel would lift the siege on Gaza. He says he passed along the statement to the Israeli military but he never heard back. Two weeks later, Israel launched its three week assault that left more than 1,300 Palestinians, most of them civilians, at least a third children.

Part II: Palestinian US College Grad Loses 2 Brothers in Israeli Shooting; Father Watched Son Bleed to Death After Israeli Troops Blocked Ambulances
We return to the heart-wrenching tale of Amer Shurrab, who lost two of his brothers on the same day in an Israeli attack in Gaza. Amer is a Palestinian from Khan Yunis living in the United States. He recently graduated from Middlebury College. On Friday, his father and two brothers were fleeing their village when their vehicle came under Israeli fire. Twenty-eight-year-old Kassab died in a hail of bullets trying to flee the vehicle. Eighteen-year-old Ibrahim survived the initial attack, but Israeli troops refused to allow an ambulance to reach them until twenty hours later

Obama to Order Gitmo, Secret Prisons Closure Within 1 Year
Obama Restricts Lobbyists, Freezes White House Salaries
No Orders Yet on Iraq Withdrawal
Clinton Confirmed as Secretary of State
Holder Vote Delayed Following GOP Opposition
Obama to Name Middle East Envoy
2 Palestinians Wounded in Israeli Attack on Gaza Shore
Israeli Supreme Court Rejects Humanitarian Plea
Hamas Political Leader Urges Talks, End to Boycott
Kennedy Withdraws Senate Bid
Medicaid Rolls See Unprecedented Rise


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