Thursday, February 24, 2011

23 Feb 2011: Today's Democracy Now!

Juan Gonzalez Wins 2010 George Polk Award For Exposing $80M CityTime Scandal

Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez has won a George Polk Award for his columns in the New York Daily News exposing the scandal behind Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to create a new computerized payroll system called CityTime. Gonzalez’s reporting helped lead to the federal indictment of four consultants and two associates on charges that they orchestrated a fraud that cost city taxpayers more than $80 million.
Glenn Greenwald on the Assange Extradition Ruling, the Jailing of Bradley Manning, and the Campaign to Target WikiLeaks Supporters

A British judge ruled today that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face questioning on allegations of sexual crimes. Assange plans to appeal within ten days. His defense team had argued against the extradition, in part, by citing the potential he could wind up being extradited to the United States and prosecuted for publishing classified government documents, a crime that could result in the death penalty. We speak to constitutional law attorney and legal blogger Glenn Greenwald about the Assange case; allegations of U.S. army torture against alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning; and a recently disclosed plot by three private intelligence firms to target WikiLeaks and its supporters, including Greenwald who has publicly defended the organization.
Obama Withdraws Support for Anti-LGBT Defense of Marriage Act

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will no longer defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional law attorney and legal blogger for, who is openly gay, talks about the significance of this decision and how DOMA affected his own choice to live in Brazil with his partner, a Brazilian national. "This is one of those rare instances where I think unqualified praise is deserved for the White House," Greenwald says.
"Everywhere There is Graffiti Saying, 'Welcome to the New Free Libya'": Democracy Now! Correspondent Anjali Kamat Reports

Anti-government protesters have taken control of large swaths of Libya in the uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. It remains unclear how many people have been killed in Gaddafi’s brutal crackdown, but estimates have topped 1,000. Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat reports from the Libyan city of Tobruk.
Billionaire Right-Wing Koch Brothers Fund Wisconsin Governor Campaign and Anti-Union Push

In Madison, Wisconsin, record numbers of protesters have entered the eleventh day of their fight to preserve union rights and collective bargaining for public employees, inspiring similar protests in the states of Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The protests have also helped expose the close ties between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who helped bankroll the Tea Party movement. On Wednesday, blogger Ian Murphy revealed he had impersonated David Koch in a recorded phone conversation with an unsuspecting Walker. We play highlights of the recording and discuss the Koch brothers’ influence in Wisconsin with Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy.


•Libyan Forces Escalate Attacks on Uprising
•U.N. Human Rights Chief Condemns Libya for "Crimes Against Humanity"
•British Court OKs Assange Extradition to Sweden
•Report: U.S. Army Ordered Psy-Ops to Sway Lawmakers on Backing War
•Pro-Labor Protests Continue in Wisconsin, Ohio
•Walker Pranked by Koch Impersonator
•Indiana Deputy Attorney General Fired for Backing Armed Attacks on Demonstrators
•Admin Withdraws Support for DOMA
•Soldier Faces Court-Martial for Killing of Afghan Civilian
•Report: U.S. Extremist Groups on the Rise
•2 Sentenced to Jail Terms in Beating of Mexican Immigrant

Also this week:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
•“We’re Witnessing the Violent Lashings of a Dying Beast”: Libyan Novelist Hisham Matar on Gaddafi’s Brutal Crackdown in Libya
•"People Have Finally Found Their Voice”: Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Egypt After Mubarak
•Arrest of CIA Agent Sheds Light on American Covert War in Pakistan, Straining U.S.-Pakistani Relations

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
•“Gaddafi Cares More for Himself and His Power than He Cares for Anybody in Libya”: Libyan American Activist Abdulla Darrat on Bloody Crackdown on Protesters
•Rev. Jesse Jackson Marches in Madison as Thousands Defend Public Employees and Unions
•“Today is a Serious Showdown”: Thousands Occupy Wisconsin Capitol Building Ahead of Anti-Union Vote
•Labor Protests to Defend Collective Bargaining Rights Spread to Ohio
•Matt Taibbi: "Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?"
•Judge Convicted in Pennsylvania Kids-for-Cash Scheme, Faces Long Prison Term and Class Action Lawsuit

Monday, February 21, 2011
•"Iran, the Green Movement and the USA": Hamid Dabashi On the Future of the Iranian Pro-Democracy Movement
•Massacre in Libya: Witnesses Say Protesters Have Taken Control of Benghazi Despite Gov’t Violence
•“Libya is Forever Changed by These Events”: Libyan Poet and Scholar Khaled Mattawa on the Pro-Democracy Movement Amid Government Violence
•"We Have a Fire in the House of Labor. We Are Here to Put it Out": Wisconsin Firefighters and Police Officers Join Massive Protests Against Anti-Union Bill

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