Thursday, November 17, 2005

  • Pentagon Reverses Position and Admits U.S. Troops Used White Phosphorus Against Iraqis in Fallujah

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    The U.S. government has now admitted its troops used white phosphorus as an incendiary weapon against Iraqis during the assault on Fallujah a year ago. Chemical weapons experts say such attacks are in violation of international law banning the use of chemical weapons. We speak with columnist George Monbiot and the news director of RAI TV, the Italian TV network that produced the film "Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre." [includes rush transcript]

  • Senate Reaches "Compromise" on Habeas Corpus That Could Still Strip Guantánamo Detainees of Any Trial

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    The Senate this week approved what lawmakers hailed as a bipartisan "compromise" on legal rights for Guantánamo Bay detainees that can still strip them of a federal trial. We speak with attorneys Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights and David Rivkin, who served in the administrations of President Reagan and George H.W. Bush. [includes rush transcript]

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