Wednesday, April 7, 2010

07 Apr 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Massey Energy Mine Cited for 1,300+ Safety Violations in Years Leading up to Deadly Explosion
Four people remain missing in a West Virginia coal mine two days after a huge explosion killed at least twenty-five miners in the worst mining disaster in the United States in more than a quarter-century. According to federal records, MSHA cited the Upper Big Branch mine for more than 1,300 safety violations from 2005 through Monday. Fifty citations came in the last month alone. We speak with Chuck Nelson, an underground coal miner for thirty years, and journalist Jeff Biggers. [includes rush transcript]

Appeals Court Rules FCC Lacks Authority to Enforce Net Neutrality
A federal appeals court has ruled the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to prevent internet service providers from blocking and controlling internet traffic. The FCC has long sought to force internet service companies to give web users equal access to all websites, a concept known as network neutrality. But the decision grants the companies further control over internet traffic while threatening the future of internet regulation. We speak with Josh Silver, co-founder of FreePress.net. [includes rush transcript]

Attorney in Wiretapping Case Says Obama Admin as Bad or Worse than Bush on State Secrets
A federal judge ruled last week that the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program was illegal and in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Both the Bush and Obama administrations had tried to dismiss the suit, claiming a trial could result in the release of state secrets. The ruling marks the strongest legal repudiation to date of the Bush administration’s spy program since it was first publicly revealed in 2005. We speak with attorney Steven Goldberg, who represents the Islamic charity Al-Haramain in the case.

Headlines

Admin Refuses to Call for Probe of US Killing of Iraqis
Appeals Court Blocks FCC Regulation of Net Neutrality
Revised US Nuke Policy Offers Few Changes
4 Miners Remain Missing; Gases Limit Rescue Effort
76 Indian Police Killed in Maoist Attack
Scores Arrested at Egyptian Pro-Democracy Rally
5 Killed in Kyrgyz Anti-Gov’t Protests
Admin: Karzai Remarks May Force Cancellation of US Visit
Ex-UN Diplomat Suggests Karzai Has Drug Problem
Report: US-Born Cleric Placed on CIA Assassination List
Wilma Mankiller of Cherokee Nation Dies at 64


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