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Barack Obama wants to look forward, not back. But today a top Administration insider says a terrorist suspect was “tortured” at Guantánamo Bay. On this rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, Should there be prosecutions?  Where should the buck stop? Also on Which Way, L.A.?, a transit security guard is charged with murder in the shooting death that caused riots in Oakland. Southern California’s biggest economic engine shows signs of stalling, and the state moves closer to issuing IOU’s.


Banner image: Port of Los Angeles

Producers:
Gary Scott
Sonya Geis
Andrea Brody

Reporter's Notebook California Is Quickly Running Out of Cash 6 MIN, 41 SEC

In Sacramento, there's still no indication that the Governor and the Legislature have completed this year's budget, much less determined how to overcome a $40 billion deficit over the next 18 months. But the bad news keeps on coming. Today, the Legislative analyst said IOU's may have to be issued in just three weeks. Michael Cohen is Deputy Legislative Analyst.

Guests:
Michael Cohen, Deputy Legislative Analyst, State of California

Main Topic Decreased Port Traffic Signals Increased Economic Weakness 10 MIN, 51 SEC

After 20 years of uninterrupted expansion, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach saw declines in cargo shipments last year. The Port of LA says it was down 6% and estimates say the Port of Long Beach saw a drop of 10%. We hear what the stalling of Southern California's biggest economic engine means for the local economy.

Guests:
Ronald White, Staff Writer, Los Angele Times
Nancy Sidhu, Vice President, LA Economic Development Corporation

Making News BART Officer Charged with Murder in Shooting 7 MIN, 44 SEC

On New Year's Eve in Oakland, a 22 year-old supermarket worker was pulled off a Bay Area Rapid Transit district train by police investigating a fight. Though unarmed, he was thrown face down onto the platform and shot in the back by a BART security guard, an event recorded and spread on the Internet by other passengers with cell-phone video cameras. Today the guard, Johannes Mehserle, was arrested and charged with murder.  Henry Lee reports from Oakland for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Guests:
Henry Lee, Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle (@henryklee)

Main Topic Prosecuting the Bush Administration for Possible War Crimes 26 MIN, 53 SEC

In September, the conservative Weekly Standard quoted Vice President Cheney as saying, "I think on the left wing of the Democratic Party, there are some people who believe that we really tortured." Today Bob Woodward, in the Washington Post, quotes a lifelong Republican, the Pentagon's Inspector General when Cheney was Secretary of Defense, saying that one suspect was tortured and that she assumes others were tortured as well. Susan Crawford is now in charge of deciding if Guantánamo Bay suspects should be brought to trial. Her statements are intensifying the debate on whether Bush Administration officials should be investigated and possibly brought to trial.

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate.com (@DahliaLithwick)
Ruth Marcus, Columnist, Washington Post
Bruce Fein, attorney
Frederick Schwarz, Senior Council, New York University's Brennan Center for Justice
Clifford May, President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

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