Thursday, July 26, 2007

  • Outsourcing Intelligence: Author R.J. Hillhouse on How Key National Security Projects Are Contracted to Private Firms


    Author R.J. Hillhouse caused a stir in Washington last month when she revealed more than 50 percent of the National Clandestine Service has been outsourced to private firms. Now Hillhouse has exposed private companies are heavily involved in the nation’s most important and most sensitive national security document — the President’s Daily Brief. And there appears to be few safeguards preventing corporations from inserting items favorable to itself or its clients into the President’s Daily Brief in order to influence the country’s national security agenda. [includes rush transcript]

  • Berkeley Professor Among Wounded in Attack on Independent Newspaper in Niger Delta


    Insecurity continues to escalate in the oil-rich Niger Delta. On Wednesday morning, unidentified gunmen stormed the office of an independent weekly newspaper, the National Point. The paper is published by activist journalists and had recently reported on the alleged links between local politicians and criminal gangs. University of California, Berkeley, Professor Michael Watts was among the wounded. We go to Nigeria to speak with award-winning Nigerian journalist Ibiba DonPedro, who witnessed the attack. [includes rush transcript]

  • Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Could Face Perjury Probe over Sworn Testimony on Domestic Spying


    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is facing a possible perjury investigation over his sworn testimony on the Bush administration’s domestic spy program. Gonzales faces scrutiny over his insistence that a March 2004 meeting with congressional leaders was not called to address the warrantless spying. Gonzales was questioned during a testy Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on misconduct at the Department of Justice. [includes rush transcript]

  • U.S., Iraqi School Teachers Create Peace Bridge for Students from Brooklyn to Baghdad

    Three years ago, Brooklyn school teacher Bruce Wallace created a project to teach students about the people on the "other side" of the Iraqi War and to create a peace bridge between the two sides. For years, Wallace and Iraqi Romance literature teacher Nesreen, as well as their students, corresponded by email. The Americans and Iraqis exchanged emails about their lives, war and growing up in Brooklyn and Baghdad. Bruce Wallace and Nesreen join us in our firehouse studio. [includes rush transcript]