Wednesday, May 17, 2006

  • FBI Launches Criminal Civil Rights Investigation of NYPD Over RNC Protests


    Democracy Now has learned the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation of the New York Police Department over the NYPD’s treatment of protesters during the Republican National Convention. During the week of the 2004 convention, police arrested some 1800 protesters — more than at any previous political convention in the country’s history. [includes rush transcript]

  • Ex-NSA Head Bobby Ray Inman on the National Security Agency’s Domestic Surveillance Program: "This Activity Was Not Authorized"


    Admiral Bobby Ray Inman has become the highest-ranking former NSA official to speak out about the domestic spy program. "There clearly was a line in the FISA statutes which says you couldn’t do this," said Inman last week in remarks that have received little attention. [includes rush transcript]

  • Church Committee Counsel Frederick Schwarz on Corporate Involvement in Government Spying


    In the 1970s, the Church Committee, led by Senator Frank Church, conducted a major investigation of the country’s intelligence agencies. During its investigation the Church Committee uncovered that several major corporations helped the NSA spy on Americans in a secretive program known as Project Shamrock. Frederick Schwarz, who served as chief counsel to the Church Committee, joins us to look at the similarities with the current NSA spy scandal. [includes rush transcript]

  • Baghdad ER: Documentary On US Military Hospital in Iraq Gets Cold Reception From Army


    A new documentary film on the emergency room of a US military hospital in Iraq is being met with resistance by the US Army. The film "Baghdad ER", which airs Sunday on HBO, chronicles life in the emergency room of the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad’s Green Zone during a two-month period last year. The Army surgeon general has warned military-personnel it could cause post-traumatic stress disorder, while the Secretary of the Army asked HBO to delete some footage from the final cut. We play excerpts of the film, and speak to the film’s directors, as well as a military doctor depicted in the film, and a mother of a soldier whose death is chronicled on screen. [includes rush transcript]