Tuesday, November 7, 2006

  • Soldier Killed Herself After Objecting to Interrogation Techniques Being Used on Iraqi Prisoners


    Specialist Alyssa Peterson died in Iraq in September, 2003. The military listed her death as the result of a "non-hostile weapons discharge." But newly uncovered military documents reveal Peterson actually shot herself with her service rifle. The documents also show her suicide came just two weeks after she refused to take part in further interrogations of Iraqi prisoners and had asked to be reassigned. We speak with the reporter who broke the story. [includes rush transcript]

  • Neo Culpa: Neoconservatives Say Iraq War Undermined by White House Incompetence


    Vanity Fair is reporting a number of prominent neoconservatives who advocated for the invasion of Iraq are now criticizing President Bush’s handling of the war. The list includes former Pentagon advisers Richard Perle and Kenneth Adelman; former Presidential speechwriter David Frum; and Michael Rubin, a former senior official in the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans. We speak with David Rose, contributing editor at Vanity Fair. [includes rush transcript]

  • Sandinista Leader Ortega Poised to Win Nicaragua Presidential Election


    Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega has a clear lead in Nicaragua’s presidential election. With votes tallied from more than 60 percent of polling stations, Ortega has over 38% of the vote, nearly 8 points ahead of his conservative, Washington-backed rival Eduardo Montealegre. The race has drawn heavy attention from the Bush administration and U.S. officials have threatened economic sanctions and withdrawal of aid to Nicaragua if Ortega is elected. [includes rush transcript]

  • Election Protection 2006: Coalition Sending Voting Monitors to Polls, Sets Up Toll-Free Hotline


    With new registration rules, faulty computer voting machines, and stringent identification requirements, many Americans are concerned over whether their vote will be counted on Election Day 2006. In response, three major civil rights groups have formed a new coalition to offer voters some Election Day assistance. [includes rush transcript]

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