Wednesday, October 6, 2010

06 Oct 2010: Today's Democracy Now!


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Entrapment or Foiling Terror? FBI’s Reliance on Paid Informants Raises Questions about Validity of Terrorism Cases
Prosecutors and defense attorneys made their final arguments this week in the trial of the Newburgh Four, a high-profile case that has made national headlines as a potent example of so-called "homegrown terror." The defense has argued that the defendants were entrapped by government agents and not predisposed to commit a terrorist crime. For several months, Democracy Now!’s Anjali Kamat and Jacquie Soohen of Big Noise Films traveled through Muslim communities in New York and New Jersey to track the Newburgh case and two others. In all three, Muslim men were arrested on terrorism charges. In all three, no terrorist crime was actually committed. And all three cases relied heavily on hundreds of hours of surveillance recorded by a paid government informant. Today, a Democracy Now! special investigation. [includes rush transcript]

Headlines

•Report: Afghanistan and Taliban Enter Peace Talks
•Afghanistan Begins Disbanding Private Military Firms
•NATO Tankers Set Ablaze in Pakistan
•Shahzad Sentenced to Life in Prison for Failed Times Square Bombing
•First Civilian Trial for Gitmo Prisoner Opens in NY
•Toxic Sludge Floods Hungarian Towns
•Congo Rebel Leader Arrested for Mass Rapes
•Pelosi Calls for Federal Probe of Foreclosure Fraud
•Antiwar Activists to Defy Grand Jury Subpoenas
•Sen. DeMint: Bar Single Women, Gays and Lesbians from Teaching

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