Friday, April 24, 2009

24 Apr 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Flashback: A Look Back at the Church Committee's Investigation into CIA, FBI Misuse of Power
We take a look at one of the most famous special Senate investigations of government misconduct. In the mid-1970s, a US Senate committee chaired by Democratic Senator Frank Church of Idaho conducted a massive investigation of the CIA and FBI’s misuse of power at home and abroad. The multi-year investigation examined domestic spying, the CIA’s attempts to assassinate foreign leaders, the FBI and CIA’s efforts to infiltrate and disrupt leftist organizations, and more. We speak with Sen. Frank Church’s widow, Bethine Church, and Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr., who served as chief counsel to the Church Committee. [includes rush transcript–partial]

Rise of Right-Wing Extremism Linked to Recession
The Department of Homeland Security released a report last week that warned right-wing extremist groups are gaining new recruits by exploiting fears about the economy and the election of the nation’s first black president. We speak with Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

On Anniversary of 1937 Guernica Bombing, Basque Community in Idaho Looks Back
Seventy-two years ago this Sunday, in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, on April 26th, 1937, the Basque town of Guernica was carpet bombed by Fascist Italian and Nazi German forces. Three-quarters of Guernica was destroyed, and as many as 1,600 civilians were killed. Boise, Idaho is home to one of the largest Basque populations in the United States. We speak with a survivor of the Guernica bombing and with the director Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise.

White House, Senate Dems Oppose Torture Commission
Ex-CIA, Gitmo Prisoner Sues US for Torture
Over 100 Killed in Iraq Suicide Bombings
Iraqi Tally: 87,000 Dead Since 2005
Sri Lanka Rejects Passage for Aid Workers
Report: US Prepares for Chrysler Bankruptcy
Obama Meets with Credit Card Execs
Holocaust Memorial Speakers Back Attacking Iran
NY Resident Gets Nearly 6-Year Sentence for Airing Hezbollah Channel
Energy Lobbyists Tried to Debunk Global Warming Despite Own Scientists’ Findings
Canadian Court Orders Khadr Return
Activists Conclude Indigenous Climate Summit

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