Monday, August 4, 2008

  • Anthrax Mystery: Questions Raised over Whether Government Is Framing Dead Army Scientist for 2001 Attacks


    The FBI’s prime suspect in the October 2001 anthrax letters case died last week in an apparent suicide. Bruce Ivins was an elite government scientist at the biodefense research lab in Fort Detrick, Maryland. He was among the nation’s top experts on the military use of anthrax. But many of his colleagues have expressed deep skepticism over the FBI’s claims. We speak to anthrax expert Dr. Meryl Nass and blogger Glenn Greenwald. [includes rush transcript]

  • Leading Gun Control Activist Exposed as Gun Lobby Spy


    Mother Jones magazine has revealed a well-known activist in the gun control movement is actually a secret spy for the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby. Over the past decade, the woman, Mary Lou Sapone, managed to become active in almost every single major gun violence prevention organization. Sapone, who went by her maiden name Mary McFate, helped organize the Million Mom March in 2000 and oversaw the lobbying efforts of States United to Prevent Gun Violence. We speak with investigative journalist James Ridgeway, who helped break the story, and Barbara Hohlt of States United to Prevent Gun Violence, who knew and worked with Sapone. [includes rush transcript]

  • FCC Rules Against Comcast for Blocking Web Access


    In a landmark decision, the Federal Communications Commission has ruled that cable giant Comcast violated federal policy when it blocked internet traffic for some subscribers and has ordered the company to change the way it manages its network. We speak with Craig Aaron, the communications director for Free Press, the group that helped bring the complaint to the FCC. [includes rush transcript]