Democracy Now

Democracy Now! (6 am) – October 12, 2005

Exclusive Interview: Murray Waas On How Dick Cheney’s Top Aide ‘Scooter’ Libby Misled Federal Prosecutors in the CIA Leak Case
As speculation grows that Libby and Karl Rove could be indicted, we speak with Waas on his new expose that Libby never told prosecutors that in June 2003 he spoke with New York Times reporter Judith Miller about CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a critic of the Iraq war. Miller will testify once again today about their conversations.


Community Activist Calls New Orleans Police Beating "Typical Behavior"

Three New Orleans police officers plead not guilty to assaulting African-American Robert Davis in the French Quarter, caught on videotape by journalists. We speak with longtime New Orleans activist Malcolm Suber who has led the struggle against police brutality in the city for more than 25 years.

Jennifer Harbury on Why Guatemalan Villagers Refuse Military Aid in Mudslide, Remembering Decades of Torture and Massacres

The death toll in Guatemala has mounted to 2,000 after mudslides buried whole villages caused by the torrential rains of Hurricane Stan. Although desperately in need of aid, villagers in Panabaj are refusing military assistance because of painful memories of a 1990 military massacre. We speak with human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury about this haunting past, whose Mayan husband was killed by a Guatemalan officer on the CIA payroll.


Sister Dianna Ortiz Details Her Abduction and Torture by U.S.-Backed Guatemalan Military

Sister Dianna Ortiz speaks about her abduction and torture by security forces in Guatemala in 1989, when she worked as a missionary among indigenous peoples. She testifies for a mock trial of Bush administration officials for breaking laws on torture held during the “Call for Justice Weekend” in September.

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