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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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  • The Sept. 11 commission reported yesterday there was "no credible evidence" that Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaida target the United States, contradicting one of the Bush administration main reasons for war. We look at how the White House repeated the false claims to justify the invasion of Iraq.
    Jun 17, 2004 | Story
  • Attorney David Cole examines a recent court ruling that he says marks one of the biggest defeats for the Justice Department regarding the Patriot Act to date. A Saudi graduate student was jailed for over a year and a half for designing websites that linked to sites with terror ties. Cole asks, could the New York Times be charged for linking to sites with terror ties?
    Jun 16, 2004 | Story
  • A new provision buried in an intelligence appropriations bill moving through Congress would exempt Pentagon agencies from the Privacy Act, vastly expanding their ability to gather intelligence inside the United States, including recruiting citizens as informants. [Includes transcript]
    Jun 15, 2004 | Story
  • During Reagan’s 8 years in power, the CIA secretly sent billions of dollars of military aid to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in a US-supported jihad against the Soviet Union. We take a look at America’s role in Afghanistan that led to the rise of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet...
    Jun 10, 2004 | Story
  • Geoge Tenet resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency for "personal reasons," but many analysts say that Tenet is a fall guy for an administration plagued by accusations of misconduct. We speak with two longtime CIA analysts, Mel Goodman and Ray McGovern.
    Jun 04, 2004 | Story
  • We hear an excerpt from a major addressed delivered by Cornel West at the Lannan Foundation. [includes rush transcript]
    May 28, 2004 | Story
  • In a new book, well known theologian David Ray Griffin, alleges the Pentagon may have been hit by a missile on Sept. 11 and that the Twin Towers collapsed from a controlled explosion. The book has been hailed by many who question the official record of what happened on Sept. 11. But Chip Berlet of the Political Research Associates, who has studied conspiracy theory movements, charges Griffin’s book doesn’t hold up because it is...
    May 26, 2004 | Story
  • Former CIA analyst and retired University of California professor Chalmers Johnson examines the concept of blowback — the unintended costs and consequences of American imperialism and how it is connected to the Sept. 11 attacks.
    May 26, 2004 | Story
  • At the Cannes film festival, Michael Moore’s "Fahrenheit 9/11" became the first documentary in nearly 50 years to take the festival’s coveted top prize the Palme d’Or. During his acceptance speech he said, "I want to make sure if I do nothing else for this year that those who have died in Iraq have not died in vain."
    May 24, 2004 | Story
  • Ellen Mariani’s husband Neil died in flight 175 on September 11. Mariani refused a compensation package from the government of up to $1.8 million. Instead, she sued President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and other administration officials under RICO-the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations act. [includes rush transcript]
    May 21, 2004 | Story