Friday, January 23, 2009

23 Jan 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Obama Orders Closure of Guantanamo Prison, Interrogations Must Follow Army Field Manual
In a break from the Bush administration, President Barack Obama yesterday ordered the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year, the immediate closure of secret overseas CIA prisons and for all agencies, including the CIA to abide by the Army Field Manual’s acceptable interrogation tactics. Obama also nullified every legal order and opinion on interrogations issued by any lawyer in the executive branch after Sept. 11, 2001. We speak with Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. [includes rush transcript]

Noam Chomsky: Obama's Stance on Gaza Crisis "Approximately the Bush Position"
In a visit to the State Department Thursday, President Obama made his first substantive comments on the Middle East conflict since Israel’s attack on Gaza. Obama first mentioned his commitment to Israel’s security, without affirming his commitment to Palestinian security. He condemned Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israeli towns, but didn’t criticize the US-backed Israeli bombings of densely populated Gaza. But in a departure from the Bush administration, Obama acknowledged Palestinian suffering and said Gaza’s borders should be opened to aid. We speak with MIT professor, Noam Chomsky. [includes rush transcript]

Obama Orders Gitmo Closure, Torture Ban
Mitchell, Holbrooke Named Mideast, Afghan-Pakistan Envoys
Obama Condemns Palestinian Rocket Fire, Silent on US-Backed Israeli Mass Killings in Gaza
Palestinian Health Ministry: Gaza Toll Passes 1,400
Group: 4,000 Afghans Killed in 2008, 1/3 by US-led Occupation
Report: Afghan Civilians Killed in US Attack
Bolivia to Hold National Referendum
Venezuela to Ask Obama for Posada Extradition
NSA Whistleblower: Spying Targeted Journalists
Blair Denies Backing Indonesian Atrocities in East Timor
Senate Passes Wage Discrimination Bill
Abortion Clinic Attacked on Roe v. Wade Anniversary
Gillibrand Picked to Fill Vacant NY Senate Seat


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