Wednesday, March 21, 2007

  • Capitol Hill Showdown Looms over U.S. Attorney Scandal as Bush Refuses to Let Officials Testify Under Oath

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    President Bush on Tuesday rejected Democratic demands to question key White House aides under oath. The president said he would only authorize private testimony before select lawmakers and warned he would fight any subpoenas in court. We speak with Adam Cohen of The New York Times. [includes rush transcript]

  • "The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib"–Doc Traces Path to Torture of Prisoners at Infamous Iraqi Prison

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    "The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," a new HBO documentary, traces the political and legal precedents that led to the torture of prisoners at the infamous Iraqi prison. It includes numerous interviews with U.S. soldiers directly involved with torture at Abu Ghraib, Iraqi torture survivors as well as experts, legal scholars and former government officials. We speak with acclaimed filmmaker Rory Kennedy. [includes rush transcript]

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

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    We turn to the second part of our discussion with investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, author of the new book "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army." Scahill discusses Blackwater’s role in the Caspian Sea region in Central Asia and the battle in Congress over accountability for private contractors. [includes rush transcript]

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