Wednesday, October 1, 2003

  • Conflict of Interest? White House Rejects Call for Independent Counsel On CIA Leak Despite Longtime Rove-Ashcroft Ties

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    President Bush’s closest aide Karl Rove was a consultant for John Ashcroft since 1985 in his gubernatorial and senatorial bids and pushed Bush to nominate Ashcroft as Attorney General. Rove has been accused of blowing the cover of a CIA operative to retaliate against her whistleblower husband. We speak to the author of Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush President. [Includes transcript]

  • The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance: A Conversation with Nat Hentoff

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    Democracy Now! speaks with prolific author, journalist, Village Voice columnist and longtime civil liberties commentator Nat Hentoff about the controversial USA Patriot Act.

    The deadline for complying with some major provisions of the USA Patriot Act has arrived including requiring banks and other financial institutions to gather more detailed information on their clients to prove their identities and make sure they’re not on any watch list.

    Passed two months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the law aims to stem money laundering and so-called terrorist financing.

    Consumers and businesses can expect to dole out more private data, especially if they aren’t citizens or U.S. based.

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