Wednesday, March 18, 2009

18 Mar 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Public Outcry Forces Lawmakers to Say They'll Recoup Millions in AIG Bonuses, But Why Not the Billions in Taxpayer Bailout Funds?
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have responded to growing public outrage with a pledge to recoup million-dollar bonuses paid out by the bailed-out insurance giant AIG. But the hundreds of millions of dollars in bonus money pales to the billions used to bail out AIG a second time. We speak to consumer advocate Ralph Nader and economist Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect. Kuttner says, “I think [Treasury Secretary Timothy] Geithner is probably gone within sixty days, because he has become a liability to the administration.” [includes rush transcript]

Mark Danner: Bush Lied About Torture of Prisoners
The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report two years ago that the Bush administration’s treatment of prisoners “constituted torture” in violation of the Geneva Conventions. The findings were based on interviews with prisoners once held in the CIA’s secret black sites. Author and journalist Mark Danner broke the story when he published extensive excerpts of the report in the New York Review of Books. The Red Cross said the fourteen prisoners held in the CIA prisons gave remarkably uniform accounts of abuse that included beatings, sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures and, in some cases, waterboarding. [includes rush transcript]

Congress to Propose Tax on AIG Bonuses
Bailout Firms Plot to Shield Bonuses from Regulation
US Mulls Widening Pakistan Strikes
Obama to Appoint Darfur Envoy
Talks Fail on Israel-Hamas Prisoner Exchange
US Keeps Blackwater in Iraq Despite Iraqi Ban
Reversing Bush Stance, Obama to Endorse UN Gay Rights Statement
Hundreds Protest Bush in Calgary
Groups Call for End to Ban on Foreign Scholars
Military Sexual Assault Up 8%


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