Wednesday, February 28, 2007

  • Investigative Reporter Seymour Hersh: U.S. Indirectly Funding Al-Qaeda-Linked Sunni Groups in Move to Counter Iran


    Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh joins us to talk about his explosive new article in The New Yorker magazine. Hersh reports that John Negroponte’s decision to resign as national intelligence director was made in part because of the Bush administration’s covert actions including the indirect funding of radical Sunni groups — some with ties to al-Qaeda — to counter Shiite groups backed by Iran. Hersh also reports the Pentagon has established a special planning group to plan a bombing attack on Iran, and U.S. military and special operations teams have already crossed the border into Iran in pursuit of Iranian operatives. [includes rush transcript]

  • Atmosphere of Pressure: Union of Concerned Scientists Finds Widescale Political Interference in Global Warming Research


    While experts agree the debate over global warming has long been put to rest, climate scientists face ongoing political interference in their research. Two members of the Union of Concerned Scientists join us to talk about what it will take to move past climate change denial and bring about meaningful policy change. [includes rush transcript]

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