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Democracy Now! (6 am) – August 10, 2005

Landmark Decision Overturns Cuba 5 Convictions
A federal appellate court in Atlanta overturned the convictions of the Cuba
5 and ordered a new trial on the basis that the men could not get a fair
trial in the right-wing Cuban exile stronghold of Miami. The five were accused
spying for Cuba. We speak with Leonard Weinglass, one of the lawyers for
the Cuba 5.

Maher Arar Fights to Keep Torture Suit Against U.S. Government Alive
torture victim Maher Arar is the first person to mount a civil suit challenging
the U.S. government policy of extraordinary rendition. Now his
attorneys are fighting the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the case.
We speak with
David Cole, the lead lawyer for Maher Arar.

Did Speaker Hastert Accept Turkish Bribes to Deny Armenian Genocide and Approve
Weapons Sales?

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds is accusing the FBI of covering
up improper contacts and financial dealings between certain Turkish nationals
and the office
of House Speaker Dennis Hastert. We speak with Sibel Edmonds and Vanity Fair
journalist David Rose.

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