The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays

The KPFA Evening News, Weekdays – August 20, 2004

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Perhaps a breakthrough in the siege of Najaf in Iraq…. .Shiite cleric
Moqtada Al-Sadr says his Mahdi militia will relinquish control of the Imam
Ali Mosque to Shiite religious authorities and leave …but it hasn’t
happened yet .. .negotiations on a handover appear to be underway

The Department of Justice using secret evidence to defend the USA Patriot
Act under attack in two federal lawsuits ….it’s evidence that lawyers for
the plaintiffs — and the public — aren’t allow to see….

For the first time human rights groups to be allowed in at the Guantanamo
Bay Cuba prison holding terrorism suspects…. .they’ll be on hand next week
when four suspects go on trial before controversial military commissions

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to lose their drivers licenses in the
name of security — most will be undocumented immigrants

A bad week for independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader — he’s denied
ballot status in four states

And a lawsuit against a refuse dump operating on San Bruno Mountain