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Democracy Now! (6 am) – August 18, 2005

Conyers Calls For Investigation Into Ashcroft’s Role In CIA Leak Case
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is calling for an investigation into the role of
former Attorney General John Ashcroft in the outing of undercover CIA operative
Valerie Plame. Conyers’ call comes after a new report by investigative journalist
Murray Waas that a special prosecutor was appointed in the case in large
part because FBI investigators had begun to specifically question the veracity
accounts provided to them by Karl Rove. We speak with Conyers and Waas.

Media Culpa: Should The New York Times and Time Magazine Have Exposed
Rove’s Role in the Outing of Valerie Plame?

In an article in Vanity Fair, columnist
Michael Wolff criticizes those in the mainstream media – particularly Time Magazine
and The New York Times
– who knew of Karl Rove’s role in the outing of Valerie Plame, but refused
to expose
him. We host a debate with Wolff and investigative journalist Murray Waas.

Conflict of Interest? Roberts’ Interviews with White House Officials Prior
to Gitmo Ruling Raise Questions About Impartiality

New details have emerged
concerning the timing of John Roberts’ interviews for his Supreme Court post
with senior Bush administration officials which call
into question his impartiality in a crucial case concerning military tribunal
at Guantanamo Bay. We speak with Georgetown University law professor David
and Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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