Thursday, June 17, 2010

17 June 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

With Rumored Manhunt for Wikileaks Founder and Arrest of Alleged Leaker of Video Showing Iraq Killings, Obama Admin Escalates Crackdown on Whistleblowers of Classified Information
Pentagon investigators are reportedly still searching for Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, who helped release a classified US military video showing a US helicopter gunship indiscriminately firing on Iraqi civilians. The US military recently arrested Army Specialist Bradley Manning, who may have passed on the video to Wikileaks. Manning’s arrest and the hunt for Assange have put the spotlight on the Obama administration’s campaign against whistleblowers and leakers of classified information. We speak to Daniel Ellsberg, who’s leaking of the Pentagon Papers has made him perhaps the nation’s most famous whistleblower; Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament who has collaborated with Wikileaks and drafted a new Icelandic law protecting investigative journalists; and Glenn Greenwald, political and legal blogger for Salon.com. [includes rush transcript]

Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater Owner Erik Prince’s Rumored Move to UAE and Obama Admin’s Expansion of Special Forces Operations Abroad
The Justice Department has told a federal appeals court there was more than enough untainted evidence to justify a trial for the five Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in the 2007 Nisoor Square massacre in Baghdad. In court papers seeking to reinstate criminal charges that were dismissed last year, the Justice Department said the judge "unjustifiably drew the curtain on a meritorious prosecution." This legal development comes amidst a report that Erik Prince, the owner and founder of the notorious private security firm, could be planning a move to the United Arab Emirates, a country that has no extradition treaty with the United States. We speak to independent journalist Jeremy Scahill. [includes rush transcript]

Headlines


BP Agrees to $20B Fund for Oil Spill Compensation Claims
BP Chair Apologizes for "Small People" Remark
BP Privately Estimated Higher Spill Rate Than It Publicly Disclosed
Israel Alters Gaza Siege; Maintains Naval Blockade and Ban on Building Materials
4 Soldiers Charged in Afghan Civilian Deaths
US Unveils New Iran Sanctions
Univ. of Puerto Rico Students Declare Victory in 2-Month Strike
US Citizen Barred from Returning Following Yemen Visit
Dems Help Defeat Jobless Benefits Extension
Former Mortgage Exec Indicted for Alleged Fraud Scheme
Prop 8 Trial Concludes in California



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