Friday, February 2, 2007

  • The Case of Ali al-Marri: Can the Bush Administration Indefinitely Detain Legal Residents Without Charge?


    The Bush administration has declared Ali al-Marri an "enemy combatant" and is claiming the right to jail him forever without pressing charges. On Thursday, al-Marri’s attorneys appeared in a federal court to fight his five-year detention. The case marks one of the first challenges of the Military Commissions Act and its suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. Constitutional scholars warn that if the government prevails, it would expose more than 20 million noncitizens residing in the United States to the risk of indefinite detention on the basis of unfounded rumors, mistaken identity and lies. [includes rush transcript]

  • German Arrest Warrants for CIA Kidnapping, Torture of Khalid El-Masri Come as US Extraordinary Rendition Scrutinized Around the Globe


    German prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 13 CIA operatives linked to the kidnapping and torture of German citizen Khalid El-Masri. The arrest warrants were announced at a time that the U.S. practice known as extraordinary rendition is coming under increasing scrutiny around the globe. We speak with award-winning journalist Stephen Grey. [includes rush transcript]

  • Former CIA Inspector General Calls for End to "Illegal", "Immoral" Extraordinary Rendition Program


    Frederick Hitz served as inspector general at the Central Intelligence Agency from 1990 to 1998. He says: "I’m against extraordinary rendition on a number of grounds. Principally, because of the immorality of it, the illegality of it, [and] the fact that it doesn’t work." [includes rush transcript]

  • Do Chavez’s New Decree Powers Undermine Venezuelan Democracy? A Debate


    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced on Thursday that his government would move toward nationalizing major parts of the country’s oil industry. The announcement came just one day after the Venezuelan National Assembly agreed to Chavez’s request that he be allowed to rule by decree for the next 18 months. Since being re-elected in December with 63 percent of the vote, Chavez has put forward a series of sweeping reforms that will lay the groundwork for what he describes as "Bolivarian socialism." Critics of this measure say it gives Chavez far too much authority. We host a debate. [includes rush transcript]