Obama announced this week that he’s sending another 450 troops to Iraq. Why, and will we ever see a true end date to our involvement there? Then, former terror suspects interrogated at C.I.A. detention sites and places like Guantanamo are starting to speak out about their experiences. What are they saying, and what new information does it give us about U.S. detainee policies? Next, Whole Foods is locked in a conflict with organic farmers. What’s it about and what does it mean for consumers? In our regular Friday film segment, our critics discuss “Jurassic World” and a slew of indie offerings. And finally, a story on the rules of the road when it comes to personal and commercial drones.
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George W. Bush made his famous “mission accomplished” speech on May 1, 2003. But twelve years later, the Iraq mission still doesn’t seem to have quite been accomplished. President Obama announced on Wednesday that he’s sending another 450 US military personnel to Anbar province to “train, advise, and assist Iraqi Security Forces.” In June last year, 275 troops were sent over; in September, another 350; in November, another 1,50. What were the goals of all these deployments, and how close have they come to meeting them?
One man lost his eye. Another’s rectum was so damaged he can’t sit without a pillow. A third was strung up naked on a pole for two days. These men are the first to speak up about their experiences at C.I.A. detention sites and places like Guantanamo. Until recently, the detainees were bound to silence because the details surrounding their treatment were considered classified. But now the U.S. government is loosening its definition of classified information, allowing current and former prisoners to talk about their memories and experiences of being tortured. But was the restriction legal in the first place?
Whole Foods is practically synonymous with “organic.” But now the grocery chain is on the outs with organic farmers. As other stores have begun to take over the organic market -- Costco is now the biggest seller of organic foods -- Whole Foods has had to innovate. One of their new sales tactics could, ironically, push customers away from organic foods. This is making organic farmers in California and elsewhere very angry. What’s their (organic, grass-fed) beef?
A long-awaited blockbuster, “Jurassic World,” drops this weekend. Does the movie revive the franchise, or just rehash it? After that, it’s all indie counterprogramming at the box office this weekend. We discuss it all and get recommendations (and warnings) in this week’s Friday film segment.
Drones are definitely an “it” technology right now. So what’s the guy in charge of figuring out how to make drones viable in U.S. airspace up to? Well, he just retired. Jim Williams expressed frustration this week with the patchwork of drone rules that currently exists. In other words, there is no one set of rules to govern how people use drones on a commercial, personal or journalistic basis. KCRW reports on the ins and outs of small-scale drone use.
KCRW staffers get a flying lesson
Saul Gonzalez records the sound of the Phantom 2 Quadcopter
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