Thursday, February 27, 1997

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  • Mumia Abu-Jamal and His New Book

    Today, we air another commentary by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a
    journalist on Pennsylvania’s death row.

    In his new book, Death Blossoms, Mumia writes about being
    punished by Pennsylvania officials for publishing his first
    book, Live From Death Row. For those writings, he was put in the
    hole for engaging actively in a business or profession. On
    the outside, the Fraternal Order of Police denounced publishers
    Addison and Wesley for putting out the book, including
    dropping leaflets from an airplane over their corporate
    headquarters in Massachusetts.

    Mumia says that, "It was right to write Live From Death Row,
    and its right for you to read it, no matter what cop, guard,
    prisoncrat, politician, or media mouthpiece tells you otherwise."

    Today, we’re going to go back in time and put Mumia’s writings
    and commentaries in historical perspective.

    We’re joined by Siobhan Dowd, the editor of a new book of
    prison writings called, This Prison Where I Live. Siobhan Dowd
    is the director of PEN America’s Freedom to Write Committee.
    PEN — which stands for Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists
    and Novelists — is an international association of writers.

    TAPE: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL, a prisoner on Pennsylvania’s
    death row.

  • Gay and Lesbian Service Members

    More gay men and lesbians are being kicked out of the military
    today than before President Clinton’s much vaunted "don’t ask,
    don’t tell" policy. According to a new report out this week, the
    number of gay men and lesbians discharged from the military
    this year is 42 percent higher than in 1994, the year in which
    the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy was started.

    Here to discuss the new report and recent attacks on gay and
    lesbian service members are two guests.


  • The CIA and Foreign Policy

    Top State Department official Richard Nuccio resigned this week
    in protest at the Clinton Administration’s "inability or
    unwillingness" to curb what he branded mutinous elements
    within the CIA.

    Nuccio, who worked in the Latin American bureau of the State
    Department, had his security clearance pulled by the CIA after
    he privately informed then Representative Robert Torricelli about
    the role of the CIA in the death of Commandante Everardo, the
    highest ranking Mayan in the Guatemalan guerrilla movement.
    Everardo was married to American lawyer Jennifer Harbury.

    Today, we’ll hear excerpts from a press conference yesterday in
    Washington DC with Richard Nuccio and his supporters.

    TAPE: RICHARD NUCCIO, formerly a Latin America advisor in
    the State Department and now a staff member with Sen. Robert
    Torricelli of New Jersey.

    TAPE: KATE MARTIN, of the National Security Archives, a
    Washington DC-based research group.

    TAPE: STEVEN RICHARD, of Amnesty International.