Wednesday, August 10, 2005

  • Landmark Decision Overturns Cuba 5 Convictions

    Cuban5

    A federal appellate court in Atlanta overturned the convictions of the Cuba 5 and ordered a new trial on the basis that the men could not get a fair trial in the right-wing Cuban exile stronghold of Miami. The five were accused of spying for Cuba. We speak with Leonard Weinglass, one of the lawyers for the Cuba 5. [includes rush transcript]

  • Maher Arar Fights to Keep Torture Suit Against U.S. Government Alive

    Ararmt

    Canadian torture victim Maher Arar is the first person to mount a civil suit challenging the U.S. government policy of extraordinary rendition. Now his attorneys are fighting the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the case. We speak with David Cole, the lead lawyer for Maher Arar. [includes rush transcript]

  • Did Speaker Hastert Accept Turkish Bribes to Deny Armenian Genocide and Approve Weapons Sales?

    Edmondssibel

    Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds is accusing the FBI of covering up improper contacts and financial dealings between certain Turkish nationals and the office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert. We speak with Sibel Edmonds and Vanity Fair journalist David Rose. [includes rush transcript]

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