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9/11 Topics

Democracy Now!’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the development of the "war on terror," Guantanamo Bay and the USA PATRIOT Act.

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  • Iraqi-American doctor Rafil Dhafir, was convicted on 59 charges including violating economic sanctions against Iraq, Medicare fraud and tax evasion. He is thought to be the only U.S citizen to be convicted of breaking the Iraq sanctions. We speak with his attorney and his friend of 20 years. [includes rush transcript]
    February 11, 2005 | Story
  • O’Harrow explores how the government is teaming up with private companies to collect massive amounts of data on citizens and how, he writes, "More than ever before, the details about our lives are no longer our own. They belong to the companies that collect them, and the government agencies that buy or demand them in the name of keeping us safe." [includes rush transcript]
    February 10, 2005 | Story
  • The full Senate continues debate today on the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales to Attorney General. During 8 hours on the floor Wednesday, some Senate Democrats sharply criticized Gonzales’ role in laying the legal groundwork that led to the torture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. We hear excerpts from speeches by Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Edward Kennedy. [includes rush transcript]
    February 02, 2005 | Story
  • We speak with military analyst, William Arkin, author of the new book Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs, and Operations in the 9/11 World. It identifies 3,000 once-secret code names and details the plans and missions they stand for. Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News describes the book as "perhaps the most concentrated act of defiance of official secrecy policies since Howard Morland wrote about the H Bomb Secret in the...
    January 27, 2005 | Story
  • National Security adviser Condoleezza Rice will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today for the start of her confirmation hearing as Secretary of State. Rice is a close confidante of President Bush and was one of the chief backers of the invasion of Iraq. We speak with radio host Laura Flanders, author of Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species. [includes rush transcript]
    January 18, 2005 | Story
  • President Bush nominated federal judge Michael Chertoff, a former prosecutor and architect of the USA Patriot Act, to replace Tom Ridge as secretary of Homeland Security. We speak with DC lawyer Elaine Cassel and political journalist Doug Ireland. [includes rush transcript]
    January 12, 2005 | Story
  • Senate hearings begin today on the nomination of the White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales, as attorney general. He faces tough questions on the torture of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. We speak with journalist Mark Danner of the New Yorker, author of the new book, Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror. [includes rush transcript]
    January 06, 2005 | Story
  • A delegation of military family members whose sons died while fighting in the Iraq war will travel to Jordan from December 27, 2004 to January 4, 2005 to deliver $600,000 worth of humanitarian supplies for refugees from the U.S. attack on Falluja. [includes rush transcript]
    December 23, 2004 | Story
  • The intelligence reform bill passed by Congress includes little-discussed provisions that would greatly expand the government’s policing power and centralizes the intelligence community’s surveillance powers which civil liberties advocates say increases the likelihood for government abuses. We speak with Robert Dreyfuss of Mother Jones and Timothy Edgar of the ACLU. [includes rush transcript]
    December 14, 2004 | Story
  • As the House approves the biggest overhaul of the country’s intelligence agencies in half a century we hear an address by former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke. [includes rush transcript]
    December 08, 2004 | Story