Thursday, September 9, 2004

  • "They Are Not Enemies of the Iraqi People"–Italian and Iraqi Aid Workers Kidnapped in Baghdad

    Italianhostages

    In one of the most chilling abductions in the wave of kidnappings that has gripped Iraq, two Italian and two Iraqi humanitarian workers of the Italian organization "A Bridge to Baghdad" were abducted by 20 armed men in broad daylight. We go to Italy to speak with the coordinator of "A Bridge to Baghdad" and we speak with Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness. [includes rush transcript]

  • Shirking Duty in a Time of War: Documents Reveal Bush Received Special Treatment in National Guard

    Deserterbook

    New information about President Bush’s military record reveal he fell short of his military obligations and received favorable treatment at the National Guard. We speak with journalist Ian Williams of The Nation and author of Deserter: George Bush’s War on Military Families, Veterans, and His Past. [includes rush transcript]

  • EXCLUSIVE: International War Whistleblowers Tell Why They Exposed Their Governments

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    In a Democracy Now! U.S. exclusive, two former intelligence officials from Britain and Denmark discuss why they blew the whistle on their governments in relation to the war in Iraq. Katharine Gun is a former British employee who leaked details of a secret U.S. spy operation on UN Security Council members in the run-up to the Iraq invasion. Major Frank Grevil is a former military intelligence officer from Denmark who was fired for leaking classified reports that showed no weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq. He currently faces charges for breaching the country’s official information law. [includes rush transcript]

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