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Thursday, January 18, 2007

  • Entry Denied: Palestinian Americans Among Thousands Blocked by Israel from Occupied Territories


    The Israeli government has effectively frozen visitation and re-entry of foreign nationals of Palestinian origin to the West Bank and Gaza. We go to Ramallah to speak with two coordinators of the Campaign for the Right of Entry/Re-Entry to the Occupied Palestinian Territory. We’re also joined by a leading Israeli human rights attorney and a Palestinian-American filmmaker recently detained by Israeli officials and deported. [includes rush transcript]

  • New Resolutions Lay Ground for Iraq War Showdown on Capitol Hill


    Democratic Congressmembers Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey and Maxine Waters of California have introduced a bill calling for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops and military contractors within six months. The measure is one several new resolutions showing increased opposition to the White House plan to escalate the war in Iraq. We play an excerpt of Rep. Woolsey’s speech introducing her bill on the House floor. [includes rush transcript]

  • High-Flying Profiling: Portuguese-Born U.S. Citizen Wins First Legal Victory in Racial Profiling Case Since 9/11


    A Boston jury has awarded $400,000 to a Portuguese-born U.S. citizen in what is being described as the first legal victory in an airline racial profiling case since 9/11. John Cerqueira was removed from an American Airlines flight at Boston’s Logan Airport in 2003 along with two Israeli passengers who were seated next to him. All three were held by state police, interrogated for two hours, and then denied further service by American Airlines. [includes rush transcript]

  • Bush Admin Backs Down on Illegal Wiretapping


    The Bush administration has reversed its policy to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens without court-approved warrants. On Wednesday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced wiretaps will now be approved by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as required by law. But questions remain over the extent of the reversal. [includes rush transcript]