Tuesday, March 20, 2007

  • Three Officers Charged in Sean Bell Killing Plead Not Guilty, Family Calls for Justice

    Bellmemorial

    The three police officers indicted for the killing of unarmed bridegroom Sean Bell pleaded not guilty Monday after surrendering at the Queens County Courthouse. Detectives Michael Oliver and Gescard Isnora are each charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter. Detective Marc Cooper was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment. All three officers are free pending trial. [includes rush transcript]

  • Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army

    Blkwaterbook

    Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill joins us to talk about his new book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army." Scahill writes, "Blackwater is the elite Praetorian Guard for the 'global war on terror,' with its own military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, and 20,000 private contractors at the ready. Run by a multimillionaire Christian conservative who bankrolls President Bush and his allies, its forces are capable of overthrowing governments." From Iraq to New Orleans, Blackwater has continued to pull in multi-million-dollar government contracts, mostly without accountability and in near-secrecy. [includes rush transcript]

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