Friday, September 11, 2009

11 Sep 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Eight Years After 9/11, Ground Zero Volunteer Dying of Lung Disease is One of Many Still Fighting for Justice
Today marks the eighth anniversary of 9/11, with vigils being held to remember the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks. We look at a group of victims that are often forgotten in the September 11 narrative: the thousands of rescue workers who became sick after being exposed to contaminants at Ground Zero. Hundreds have died. We speak to Joe Picurro, a New Jersey ironworker who worked as a volunteer on the pile for twenty-eight days. He is now dying of lung disease. We also speak with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who is co-sponsoring the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and Dr. Jacqueline Moline, director of the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

EXCLUSIVE: Triple Canopy Employee Killed in Iraq of Apparent Electrocution, Family Searches for Truth
The private military contractor Triple Canopy is at the center of a new controversy in Iraq. A twenty-five-year-old employee named Adam Hermanson died ten days ago after apparently being electrocuted while taking a shower in his living quarters at Triple Canopy’s base inside the Green Zone in Baghdad. Hermanson’s family is alleging Triple Canopy misled them about how he died, perhaps to cover up faulty electrical wiring at the firm’s facilities. In a Democracy Now! exclusive broadcast, we speak with Adam Hermanson’s mother Patricia, his seventeen-year-old brother Jesse, and with investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, who broke the story in The Nation magazine.

Headlines

Poverty Rate Hits 11-Year High; Number of Uninsured Grows for 8th Consecutive Year
Dems Vow Health Bill Before Year’s End
Insurance Stock Prices Rise After Obama Speech
Group: Census Results Show Failure of Mandate Approach
Pelosi Signals Opposition to Troop Increase in Afghanistan
UN Commission Throws Out Afghan Ballots
Iran Unveils New Proposal for Nuke Talks
US Cuts More Honduras Aid
Ex-CIA, NSA Director Appointed to Declassification Panel
Obama Accepts Wilson Apology for Speech Outburst
Harkin Replaces Kennedy on Senate Health Committee
NEA Appointee Demoted Following Criticism from Right-Wing Host
Bronx Cookie Factory Stella D’Oro Announces Closure
Ex-CEO of Worker-Occupied Window Factory Arrested on Fraud Charges


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