Monday, April 12, 2010

12 Apr 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Families of Victims of 2007 US Helicopter Killing React to Leaked Video
Journalists from the investigative team in Iceland that released the now-infamous US military video on WikiLeaks traveled to Baghdad recently to meet with the family members of some of the twelve people killed in the 2007 attack. Ahlam Abdelhussain, the widow of Saleh Mutashar who was killed when the gunship opened fire on a van, asks, "Why was he shot with his children in the car? They did nothing wrong. He was helping a journalist. What was his crime? What was the crime of our children who are left with no father and no support?” We play excerpts. [includes rush transcript]

“This is How These Soldiers Were Trained to Act”–Veteran of Military Unit Involved in 2007 Baghdad Helicopter Shooting Says Incident Is Part of Much Larger Problem
We speak with a former member of Bravo Company 2-16, the military unit involved in the 2007 helicopter shooting of Iraqi civilians that killed twelve people, including two Reuters employees, as seen on the military video released by WikiLeaks. “The natural thing to do would be to instantly judge or criticize the soldiers in this video,” says Josh Stieber. “Not to justify what they did, but militarily speaking, they did exactly what they were trained to do…If we’re shocked by this video, we need to be asking questions of the larger system, because this is how these soldiers were trained to act.” [includes rush transcript]

New Docs Show Kissinger Rescinded Warning on Assassinations Days Before Letelier Bombing in DC
A newly declassified document offers new evidence that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger canceled a warning against carrying out a secret program of international political assassinations just days before former Chilean ambassador Orlando Letelier and his American colleague, Ronni Moffitt, were killed in Washington, DC. We speak with Peter Kornbluh of the National Security Archives.

“Looting Main Street”–Matt Taibbi on How the Nation’s Biggest Banks Are Ripping Off American Cities with Predatory Deals
In a new article in Rolling Stone magazine, journalist Matt Taibbi takes an in-depth look at the experience of one small Alabama town and its disastrous dealings with Wall Street. Taibbi writes, “The destruction of Jefferson County reveals the basic battle plan of these modern barbarians, the way that banks like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs have systematically set out to pillage towns and cities from Pittsburgh to Athens.”

Afghan Civilians Slain in US Attack on Passenger Bus
Clinton Touts US Nuclear Dominance Ahead of DC Summit
Justice Stevens Announces Retirement from Supreme Court
Obama Pick Withdraws Nomination for Legal Office
Gates Defends US Attack on Iraqi Civilians in Leaked Video
W. Va. Toll Hits 29 as 4 Missing Miners Found Dead
Poland Mourns Death of President, Top Officials in Russia Plane Crash
Thai Protesters Killed in Police Attack
Palestinians Face Mass Deportations, Jailings under New Israeli Order
Kazakhstan Grants US Overflight Rights for Afghan War
US Cancels Climate Aid to Bolivia, Ecuador over Copenhagen Opposition

No comments: