Wednesday, May 30, 2012

  • Divided British Court Upholds Extradition of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange to Sweden

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    Britain’s Supreme Court has upheld the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden to face questioning over alleged sex crimes. Assange’s lawyers had argued that the Swedish public prosecutor did not have the legal authority to issue the arrest warrant, but the British justices disagreed in a 5-to-2 decision. Assange’s attorneys will have 14 days to file a new appeal. We get reaction from Salon.com blogger and constitutional law attorney Glenn Greenwald. [includes rush transcript]

  • Assange Attorney: British Ruling Sets Alarming Precedent for Judicial Independence in Europe

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    Helena Kennedy, a member of Julian Assange’s legal team and a prominent British civil liberties attorney, joins us from London to discuss the court ruling upholding Assange’s extradition to Sweden. "The idea of a prosecutor demanding that someone is brought by force to their country in order to be questioned and that that’s not a decision being made by a judge or a court is alarming to us, because we believe in judicial independence," Kennedy says. "What [Assange] suspects and is concerned about is that as soon as he sets foot on Swedish soil, that he becomes much more vulnerable to the, perhaps, intentions of the United States to have him extradited from there to the United States to stand trial on much more worrying charges." [includes rush transcript]

  • With Global Spotlight on Assange Case, Bradley Manning Marks 2 Years Behind Bars

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    This week marks two years since U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning was detained on allegations of leaking classified documents to the online whistleblower WikiLeaks. Manning faces up to life imprisonment in a military trial set to begin in September. "It’s so important to remember that what Bradley Manning is alleged to have done ... was an act of incredible nobility, bringing immense amounts of transparency to the United States government and its war actions, ones that are usually shrouded in complete secrecy," says Salon.com blogger and constitutional law attorney Glenn Greenwald, who has been following the case closely. [includes rush transcript]

  • Glenn Greenwald: Obama’s Secret Kill List "The Most Radical Power a Government Can Seize"

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    The New York Times revealed this week that President Obama personally oversees a "secret kill list" containing the names and photos of individuals targeted for assassination in the U.S. drone war. According to the Times, Obama signs off on every targeted killing in Yemen and Somalia and the more complex or risky strikes in Pakistan. Individuals on the list include U.S. citizens, as well as teenage girls as young as 17 years old. "The president of the United States believes that he has the power to order people killed, assassinated, in total secrecy, without any due process, without transparency or oversight of any kind," says Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional law attorney and political and legal blogger for Salon.com. "I really do believe it’s literally the most radical power that a government and a president can seize, and yet the Obama administration has seized this power and exercised it aggressively with very little controversy." [includes rush transcript]

  • Veteran Mideast Journalist Charles Glass on Syria’s Violence & the Prospect of Military Intervention

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    The United States and 11 other countries have formally expelled Syrian diplomats following a massacre of more than 100 people in the village of Houla. U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan now says Syria has reached a "tipping point" after more than a year of conflict. We’re joined by Charles Glass, an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster specializing in the Middle East. Glass reported from Syria last month for the New York Review of Books. [includes rush transcript]