Thursday, October 1, 2009

01 Oct 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Supreme Court to Take Up PATRIOT Act with Review of Case on Humanitarian Assistance to Groups on Terror List
In its first-ever review of the PATRIOT Act, the Supreme Court has announced it will decide the constitutionality of a controversial anti-terrorism law that makes it a crime to give any form of aid, including humanitarian assistance, to groups on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. The Supreme Court case centers on a lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of the Humanitarian Law Project. We speak to David Cole, a Georgetown University law professor and attorney in the case. [includes rush transcript]

Mother Speaks Out on Insurance Giant CIGNA's Denial of Healthcare to Cancer-Stricken Twin Daughters
Stacie Ritter’s twin daughters were diagnosed with cancer at the age of four. Their insurance provider, CIGNA, denied them coverage even though they had been covered by the family’s former insurer. The incident marked just the latest chapter in the family’s ongoing troubles with the health insurance industry. A few years ago, the Ritters filed for bankruptcy due to their high medical expenses—even though they had health insurance at the time. Stacie Ritter joins us to tell her story.

South Africa's Poor Targeted by Evictions, Attacks in Advance of 2010 World Cup
Thousands of South Africans are being displaced in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. While Durban completes the finishing touches on its new stadium, thousands of the city’s poor who live in sprawling informal settlements are threatened with eviction. On Saturday, an armed gang of some forty men attacked an informal settlement on Durban’s Kennedy Road, killing at least two people and destroying thirty shacks. We speak to two South African activists who are fighting back.

Headlines

US, Iran Could Hold Direct Talks in Geneva Meetings
Obama Admin Expands Nuclear Weapons Production
Honduran Elite Softens Anti-Zelaya Stance
Hundreds Killed in Indonesia Earthquake
US Proposes Emissions Requirements for Largest Polluters
Senate Dems Unveil Climate Bill
NY OKs Gas Drilling in Main Watershed
ACLU: FBI Stifling Debate on PATRIOT Renewal
Israeli PM: UN Gaza Inquiry “Opposes Peace”
Prosecution Rests in Italy’s CIA Kidnapping Trial
Private Firm Takes Over Montana Prison
Study: Gun Possession Boosts Chances of Being Shot in Assaults
4 Arrested at Vermont Nuclear Plant
Admin Opposes Journalist Protections in National Security Cases


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