Wednesday, June 9, 2010

09 June 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Scientist: BP Well Could Be Leaking 100,000 Barrels of Oil a Day
On Tuesday, BP and government officials claim that BP’s new cap system has collected over 51,000 barrels of oil since Friday. Tony Hayward has said he is hopeful the new measures would soon contain a major portion of the oil gushing out of the ruptured well, but scientist Ira Leifer says the oil may be gushing out at a rate of more than 100,000 barrels a day, a number that BP once called its worst-case scenario. Leifer is a researcher in the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a member of the government’s Flow Rate Technical Group. [includes rush transcript]

Years of Internal BP Probes Warned that Neglect Could Lead to Accidents
The investigative news organization ProPublica is reporting a series of internal BP investigations over the past decade warned senior BP managers that the oil company repeatedly disregarded safety and environmental rules and risked a serious accident if it did not change its ways. The reports described instances in which management flouted safety by neglecting aging equipment, pressured employees not to report problems, and cut short or delayed inspections to reduce production costs. A 2001 internal report noted that BP had neglected key equipment needed for an emergency shutdown, including safety shutoff valves and gas and fire detectors similar to those that could have helped prevent the fire and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf. We speak to Abrahm Lustgarten, an investigative reporter at ProPublica. [includes rush transcript]

Palestinian Member of Israeli Knesset Receives Death Threats After Surviving Israeli Raid on Gaza Aid Flotilla
Hanin Zoabi was aboard the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in the flotilla where all nine activists were killed, and she witnessed some of them bleed to death. When she returned to Israel to speak in the Knesset, she was verbally assaulted by parliament members for her participation in the flotilla.

Framing the Narrative: Israeli Commandos Seize Videotape and Equipment from Journalists After Deadly Raid
After the Israeli military raided the Gaza aid flotilla and killed nine of the activists on board, they detained almost everyone else—700 activists and journalists—hauled them to the Israeli port of Ashdod, and kept them largely out of communication with family, press and lawyers for days. The Israeli government confiscated every recording and communication device it could find—devices containing almost all the recorded evidence of the raid. The Israelis selected, edited and released footage they wanted the world to see. We speak to two veteran reporters who were covering the Gaza Freedom Flotilla for Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald.

Headlines

Sen. Lincoln Beats Halter in Arkansas Primary
Whitman, Fiorina Win in California GOP Races
US Border Patrol Agent Shoots Dead Mexican Teen on Mexican Soil
UN Security Council to Vote on Iran Sanctions
Seven Die As NATO Convoy Attacked in Pakistan
Taliban Shoots Down NATO Helicopter in Afghanistan
Israel to Allow Soda, Candy and Juice into Gaza
Subsea Oil Plumes Stretched 142 Miles in Gulf of Mexico
Immigration Agents Target Oil Spill Cleanup Workers
Sylvia Earle: "The Ocean Is The Key To Our Survival"
Immigrant Youths Continue Hunger Strike at Schumer’s Office
Blackwater Put Up for Sale



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