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Democracy Now! (6 am) – April 13, 2005


Ex-State Dept. Intel Chief Calls Bolton "Kiss-Up, Kick-Down Sort of Guy"

On the second day of the John Bolton’s confirmation hearing as UN ambassador, former State Department intelligence director Carl Ford charged that in 2002, Bolton directed an abusive tirade at analyst Christian Westermann for questioning whether Cuba was developing biological and chemical weapons. We play excerpts of the hearing and speak with former CIA analysts Ray McGovern.


New Docs Shed Light on Negroponte’s Role in Honduras, Iran-Contra Affair

The confirmation hearing of John Negroponte as National Intelligence Director open in Washington. We speak with Peter Kornbluh of the National Security Archive about newly declassified documents that provide a virtual day-to-day record of Negroponte’s unique tenure as ambassador to Honduras during the early 1980s and his role in the Iran-Contra affair. We also speak with Tom Barry of the International Relations Center about the direction of the intelligence community.


Anti-Castro Cuban Exile Tied to Deadly 1976 Airline Bombing Seeks Political Asylum in U.S.

Luis Posada Carriles applied for political asylum Tuesday after spending the last 40 years trying to violently overthrow the Castro government. He has been tied to bombings that have killed at least 74 people and has been imprisoned in Venezuela and Panama. We talk to Cuban expert Peter Kornbluh about Posada’s request and what it means for President Bush’s "war on terrorism."

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