Tuesday, March 12, 2013

  • Bradley Manning Speaks: In Leaked Court Recording, Army Whistleblower Tells His Story for First Time


    A leaked audio recording has emerged of the statement Army whistleblower Bradley Manning delivered at his pretrial hearing in military court late last month. Manning acknowledged he gave hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, saying he wanted to show the American public the "true costs of war" and "spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan." This is the first time Manning’s voice has been heard publicly since he was arrested nearly three years ago. We air excerpts of his remarks, hearing Manning describe in his own voice the moment he decided to release the documents and the outrage he felt at the "Collateral Murder" video of an Apache helicopter attack in Iraq. [includes rush transcript]

  • Daniel Ellsberg: In Hearing Bradley Manning Act Out of Conscience, Secret Tape Refutes Media Slander


    To discuss Bradley Manning’s recorded court statement that was recently leaked to the press, we’re joined by perhaps the country’s most famous whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg. Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, the secret history of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. "What we’ve heard are people like The New York Times who have consistently slandered him ... that he was vague and couldn’t think of specific instances that had led him to inform the American people of injustices," Ellsberg says. "The American people can now, for the first time, hear Bradley in his own words, emotionally and in the greatest specific detail, tell what it was that he felt that needed revelation." [includes rush transcript]

  • "This War is Continuing": As U.S. Prepares 2014 Pullout, No End in Sight to Afghan Occupation


    Monday marked the deadliest day for U.S. troops this year in Afghanistan after seven soldiers perished in two separate incidents. Five U.S. servicemembers were killed in a helicopter crash outside Kandahar city. Hours earlier, two U.S. soldiers were shot dead in a so-called insider attack at a special operations site in Wardak province when a person in an Afghan military uniform turned his gun on U.S. and Afghan forces. Three Afghan police officers and two army officers were also killed in the attack, according to a senior police official. The attack took place as a deadline expired for U.S. special forces to leave Wardak. Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered their departure over accusations of the torture and killing of innocent people by Afghan forces under U.S. command. We’re joined by Heather Barr, the Kabul-based Afghanistan researcher for Human Rights Watch. [includes rush transcript]

  • After Vowing Greater Transparency, Obama Admin Increasingly Censoring, Withholding Info from Public


    A new report has revealed the U.S. government refused or censored Freedom of Information Act requests from the public more last year than at any other time during the Obama presidency. The Associated Press analysis determined that the Obama administration cited legal provisions for withholding information more often in 2012 than in any previous year — especially a rule intended to protect national security. The CIA denied 60 percent of information requests in 2012, compared to 49 percent a year earlier. We speak to Jack Gillum of the Associated Press and Alexander Abdo of the American Civil Liberties Union. [includes rush transcript]