FROM Steve Watt
New Lawsuit Targets Psychologists in CIA Torture In the aftermath of September 11, the CIA adopted a program of torture — painstakingly documented by a Senate Committee investigation. Now some survivors are filing suit against two psychologists named as architects of the program. Steven Watt is an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union , representing two clients and the family of a third, who died.
President Bush Renews Focus in the War on Terror President Bush today repeated his challenge to Congress to give him the tools he says he needs to try notorious suspects in the war on terror. In his fourth speech of a series leading up to September 11, he referred again to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind the attacks on New York and Washington five years ago. The President may be trying to divert attention from the war in Iraq, but he was full-throated today about the need to "stay the course." Just nine weeks before the November elections, Democrats and Republicans now have to talk about something other than the war in Iraq. Will the latest White House version of military tribunals guarantee fair trials? What's the difference between what the President calls an "alternative set of interrogation procedures" and torture? Will the CIA be held to the same standards as military personnel?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.