May 26, 2009 Former Interrogator Rebukes Cheney for Torture Speech
Dick Cheney says that torturing detainees has saved American lives.
That claim is patently false. Cheney's torture policy was directly responsible
for the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of American servicemen and
women. Matthew Alexander was the senior military interrogator for the
that tracked down Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq
and, at the time, a higher priority target than Osama bin Laden. Mr.
Alexander has personally conducted hundreds of interrogations and supervised
a thousand of them. "Torture does not save lives. Torture costs us lives," Mr. Alexander
said in an exclusive interview at Brave New Studios. "And the reason
why is that our enemies use it, number one, as a recruiting tool...These
same foreign fighters who came to Iraq to fight because of torture and
abuse....literally cost us hundreds if not thousands of American lives."
May 21, 2009 RNC Chair Steele
Encourages Students to Party Their Behinds Off
RNC Chairman Michael Steele gives leadership guidance to students
at Woodson Senior High School in Washington, DC by saying "My first
year at Johns
Hopkins, I had a good time. I really did. I partied
and some people told me I really
should go. But I was having a good time. … I just networked the
heck out of that bad boy. I was getting there. I was talking, I was
grooving, I was having a ball!"
May 20, 2009 Cannabis By the
California is facing a massive budget shortfall and some are proposing filling
the gap with revenues from the state's biggest cash crop: Marijuana. There is
increasing debate on legalising and taxing the drug. Al Jazeera's Rachel Levin
May 19, 2009 What Do Starbucks and Wal-Mart Have In Common?
Both corporate giants have long track records of harassing their workers
when it comes to joining unions. Harassment and intimidation are illegal
under Federal law, and we won't stand for it.
18, 2009 Captain Charles Moore on the Seas of Plastic
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first
discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste
trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of
plastic debris in our seas. Listen to Captain Moore onWeekly
May 15, 2009 Unlocking Secrets of the Deep Sea
Water covers 70 per cent of the earth's surface, and what happens in
the oceans directly affects the global climate. An international team
is mapping underwater currents in the oceans around Australia. Al Jazeera's
Ella Callan reports on what the researchers are hoping to learn.
May 12, 2009 Road to Ruin: Mortgage Fraud Scandal Brewing
Criminal fraud may be the most underreported aspect of our current financial
crisis. In this "Road to Ruin" report, former subprime lenders
from Ameriquest, once the country's largest lender, describe a system
rife with fraud. They describe how a "by-any-means-necessary" policy
pushed employees to cut corners and falsify documents on bad mortgages
and then sell the toxic assets to Wall Street banks eager to make fast
11, 2009 Human Toll of Sri Lankan Conflict Rises
he United Nations says a "bloodbath" is taking place in northern
Sri Lanka, as government troops launch attacks on Tamil Tiger separatists.
One medic in the war zone has reported that 370 bodies were delivered
hospital over the weekend. Each side accuses the other of inflicting
the casualties - claims that are impossible to verify. Al Jazeera's
Harry Fawcett reports.
May 6, 2009 Scores Dead After US Strike in Afghanistan
The Afghan president is in Washington DC for high level talks, but back
in Afghanistan a deadly airstrike has once again killed scores of civilians.
The local governor of a small community in Western Afghanistan claims
more than 100 civilians have been killed in a US led airstrike. The
Red Cross confirmed the attack, saying its representatives have seen
of bodies. Al Jazeera has filmed exclusive pictures from Farah
Province and Nick Clark reports from Kabul.
May 5, 2009 Pawlenty & Bachmann:
Mainstream Republicans, Orgies?
Minnesota Governor (and likely Presidential candidate) Tim Pawlenty
and controversial Congresswoman Michele Bachmann speak together at an
rally on Saturday, May 2, 2009 on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds.
Both Bachmann and Pawlenty claim to speak for the mainstream conservative
movement. These are some of the best soundbites from their speeches.
Bachmann talks about orgies, the death of the GOP and Arlen Specter.
us of the famous Bush line Stay the course, threatens to veto every
bill he sees and ridicules Chris Matthews and President Obama.
May 4, 2009 McGovern Warns Obama of LBJ Legacy
In 1964, President Johnson said of Vietnam that I don't think it's worth
fighting for, and I don't think that we can get out. Its just the biggest
damn mess I ever saw.'' Yet Johnson escalated the conflict and America
became bogged down in Southeast Asia for more than a decade. Former
Senator George McGovern recently sat down with ANP and said that President
runs the risk, like Johnsons Great Society, of hobbling his ambitious
domestic goals if he continues to send troops into Afghanistan.