Tuesday, June 8, 2010

08 June 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Veteran White House Reporter Helen Thomas Retires After Israel Remarks
Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas has retired amid a firestorm of criticism over comments she made on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Widely known as “the dean of the White House press corps,” Thomas is the most senior White House correspondent and has covered every president since John F. Kennedy. In a brief video interview with the website RabbiLive.com, Thomas said her message to Israelis is to "get the hell out of Palestine." Thomas also suggested Israeli Jews should return to Poland, Germany or the United States. Thomas later issued a statement saying, "I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon." We speak to former Senator James Abourezk, the first Arab American in the Senate. [includes rush transcript]

Experiments in Torture: Medical Group Accuses CIA of Carrying Out Illegal Human Experimentation
A new report from Physicians for Human Rights accuses the Bush administration of conducting illegal and unethical human experimentation and research on prisoners in CIA custody. The report details how doctors, psychologists and other professionals monitored the effects of sleep deprivation, waterboarding and other so-called "enhanced interrogation" techniques on more than a dozen prisoners. It charges that CIA doctors and other medical personnel turned the prisoners into research subjects and collected data in order to study and refine those techniques, but did so under the guise of trying to protect the health of the detainees. [includes rush transcript]

Pentagon Bars Four Reporters from Guantánamo
We’re joined here in New York by Michelle Shephard, the national security reporter for the Toronto Star. She’s been following the story of the Canadian-born Omar Khadr since his arrest as a teenager in Afghanistan in 2002. She is the author of Guantánamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr. Michelle Shephard was among the four journalists who have recently been banned from covering military commissions in Guantánamo Bay for publishing the name of an interrogator involved in the case of Omar Khadr. The other journalists are Carol Rosenberg from the Miami Herald, the Globe and Mail’s Paul Koring, and Steven Edwards from Canwest News Service. [includes rush transcript]

Antiwar Democrat Marcy Winograd Challenges Rep. Jane Harman in California Primary
Voters in twelve states head to the polls today. Ten states are holding primaries: California, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota and Virginia. There’s also a Senate runoff in Arkansas and a congressional runoff in north Georgia. Today we look at one race in particular: the congressional race in Southern California’s 36th District, where antiwar candidate, longtime activist and Progressive Democrat Marcy Winograd is challenging the eight-term incumbent Jane Harman, a conservative Blue Dog Democrat. Four years ago, Winograd challenged Harman and won more than 35 percent of the vote. [includes rush transcript]


Scientist: Rate of Gulf Spill Expanding
Internal BP Probes: Neglect Could Lead to Accidents
Financial Commission Subpoenas Goldman Sachs
10 Troops, Including 7 Americans, Killed in Afghanistan
Israel Rejects International Probe
Clinton: Honduras Should Be Readmitted to OAS
Attorney Peter Erlinder Denied Bail in Rwanda
Natural Gas Explosions in Texas and West Virginia
Fired Massey Coal Miner Files Whistleblower Complaint
"Lightening" of Faces on Arizona Mural Stirs Controversy
Iranian TV Airs Video Purportedly of Missing Scientist

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