Thursday, May 26, 2005

  • FBI Files Show Guantanamo Detainees Reported Desecration of Koran Beginning in 2002

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    One prisoner interviewed in August 2002, said that guards had flushed the Koran in the toilet. Others reported the Koran being kicked, withheld as punishment and thrown on the floor. On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union released these newly declassified documents. [includes rush transcript]

  • Lies that Cost Lives: Who Should Be Held Accountable for Media’s Mistakes Ahead of Iraq Invasion?

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    Last week, the White House charged that "people lost their lives" because of an inaccurate Newsweek report on the desecration of the Koran at Guantánamo. Media analysts Norman Solomon and Michael Massing discuss government pressure on journalists and the media’s coverage in the lead up to the Iraq war. [includes rush transcript]

  • Dr. David Hager’s Family Values: Should This Man Be Advising Bush on Women’s Health?

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    In a recent cover story, the Nation magazine examined the political and personal history of David Hager, a top advisor to the Food and Drug Administration. In the article, his former wife accused him of repeatedly raping her throughout their marriage. We talk to the reporter, Ayelish McGarvey, who broke the story and two women’s health experts on how Hager’s political views affect FDA policies on the morning after pill and other issues. [includes rush transcript]

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