Friday, February 20, 2009

20 Feb 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Obama Admin Faces Decision on Indefinite Detention with Imprisonment of US Resident Ali al-Marri
Will President Obama institute a new kind of preventive detention for terrorist suspects? The answer may lie in the case of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, the last enemy combatant imprisoned in the United States. We speak to investigative journalist Jane Mayer of The New Yorker. [includes rush transcript–partial]

Despite Gitmo Closure and Torture Ban, Obama Admin Converges with Several Bush Policies in So-Called "War on Terror"
After a month in office, the Obama administration has surprised many of its supporters by embracing or appearing receptive to key parts of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism strategy, from indefinite detention, to kidnapping and rendition, to invoking “state secrets” privileges. Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald joins The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer to discuss.

US Military Suicides at Record High; Report Finds Most Deaths at Single Colorado Base Were Preventable
As many as 143 soldiers took their own lives last year, the highest rate of suicides among US troops ever. We speak with Salon.com correspondent Mark Benjamin, co-author of an in-depth investigation of suicides at an army base in Colorado.

Hundreds Protest NY Post Cartoon Seen as Racist Depiction of Obama
Protests are continuing today outside the offices of the New York Post following the publication of a cartoon that critics say depicts President Obama as an executed chimpanzee. After a number of civil rights activists and organizations called for a boycott of the paper, the Post issued an apology of sorts last night. We hear some of the voices from Thursday’s protest, including the civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton.

Obama Calls for Climate, Labor Safeguards in NAFTA
US Commander: 60,000 Troops Needed in Afghanistan for at Least 3 Years
Kyrgyz President Orders Closure of US Base
Report: Gitmo Prisoner to Be Returned to Britain
Netanyahu to Become Israeli PM
Kerry, Congress Members Tour Gaza
Aid Convoy Heads to Gaza from Europe
Texas Financier Served with Fraud Papers
California Senate Passes Education Cuts, Tax Hike
NYU Student Protest Grows Despite Expulsion Threats
Post Offers Limited Apology as Cartoon Protests Continue


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