FROM Vincent Warren
Guantanamo Hearing Begins for 9/11 Suspects In a military courtroom in Guantánamo today, the confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks told a judge that he wants to fire his legal team, due to religious reasons. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators were arraigned today in preparation for a trial scheduled for later this year. It was the first time he has been seen in public since his detention five years ago. Vincent Warren is executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
CIA Admits Destroying Interrogation Videotapes Democrats are talking about "a cover up" and "obstruction of justice." Did the CIA destroy videotapes of interrogations to avoid prosecution, at the same time that Congress was looking into the agency's secret detention program? The suspects include Abu Zubayda and another man who were subjected to what are called "severe interrogation techniques." General Michael Hayden, CIA Director, says the tapes were destroyed because of a " serious security risk " to interrogators and their families from "al-Qa'ida and its sympathizers." Vincent Warren is executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents some of the detainees held at Guantánamo Bay.
In His Confession, Is Mohammed Exaggerating His Role? Today's papers report the written confessions of the man who claims he was not only the mastermind of September 11, but also responsible for 30 other terror attacks and plans to attack. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's confession was made at what's called a "combatant status review tribunal," held in secret last weekend at Guantánamo Bay. The Pentagon says part of his story was withheld to notify the family of the late Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl . Mohammed says he was the man who beheaded Pearl five years ago in Karachi.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.