Democracy Now

Democracy Now! (6 am) – September 23, 2005

Disaster Profiteering: Purging the Poor in the New New Orleans
We speak with writer and author Naomi Klein about what some are calling
the real looting of New Orleans. In this week’s cover story in The Nation magazine,
Klein reports on how the city’s poorest evacuees are being kept out of thousands
of perfectly livable empty homes.

Blackwater Down: Fresh From Iraq, Private Security Forces Roam the Streets
of an American City With Impunity
In this week’s cover story in The Nation, Democracy Now! correspondent
Jeremy Scahill reports on how mercenaries from private security firms like Blackwater
USA and BATS are patrolling the streets in New Orleans.

Big, Easy Iraqi-Style Contracts Flood New Orleans
As Katrina’s
flood waters recede, government contractors are flowing into the Gulf Coast
and reaping billions of dollars in pre-bid, limited bid, and
sometimes no-bid contracts. We speak with Pratap Chatterjee, managing editor
of CorpWatch.org, about his latest article titled Big, Easy Iraqi-Style
Contracts Flood New Orleans.

Massive Antiwar Protests Scheduled in Washington DC
Saturday marks the beginning of three days of massive anti-war activities
in Washington, DC. We speak with Leslie Cagan of United for Peace and Justice
about the upcoming events.

Pacifica Station KPFT Weathers Hurricane Rita
As hurricane Rita bears down on the Gulf Coast, we go to Houston to
speak with the staff of Pacifica Radio station KPFT – one of the few radio stations
still broadcasting in the city.

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