Democracy Now! February 10, 2003

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Democracy Now! February 10, 2003
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Chief U.N. inspectors cite an encouraging Iraqi change of heart ; Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill confronts chief inspector Hans Blix over U.S.-imposed no-fly zones; Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation" is this about Iraq, or Britain? Britain admits its latest intelligence report was plagiarized from a post-doc s thesis; Justice Department secretly drafts legislation to strengthen the Patriot Act: the bill would allow the government to strip citizenship from people who support groups the US considers terrorist organizations, and invalidate all state laws regulating police spying

9:00-9:01 Billboard 9:01-9:06 Headlines 9:06-9:07 One-minute music break 9:07-9:15: The inspectors also said further U.N. inspections are preferable to a U.S. attack. Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill reports from the press conference. He also confronted Chief Inspector Hans Blix about the U.S. so-called no-fly zones, which are not recognized by the U.N. Tape: Jeremy Scahill, Democracy Now! correspondent in Baghdad 9:20-9:21 One-minute music break 9:20-9:40: The Justice Department is drafting legislation that would strengthen the already sweeping powers granted by the USA Patriot Act. Under the bill, the government could strip people of their citizenship and expatriate them if they provide material support to a group the government decides is a terrorist organization. All municipal and state laws that regulate police spying on domestic groups would become invalid. The bill would automatically deny bail for anyone accused of terrorist-related crimes. All governmental agencies would be barred from releasing any information about individuals detained in terrorism investigations. A DNA database would be set up to include suspects not convicted of any crimes. The bill is entitled the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003. A draft copy ws obtained and released on Friday by the watchdog group Center for Public Integrity. Guest: Charles Lewis, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, David Cole, Georgetown University Law professor and author of Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security 9:40-9:41 One-minute music break 9:41-9:58 :The latest British intelligence report is called: "Iraq: Its Infrastructure Of Concealment, Deception And Intimidation." Right now those charges could just as easily be leveled at Britain. The British government is struggling to recover from acute international embarrassment after admitting that much of this latest intelligence report on Iraq was plagiarized. The British government released the report last Monday. Britain said it was based on intelligence material. On Wednesday, Secretary of State General Colin Powell praised the report as he argued for war in his presentation to the U.N. Security Council. But then 28-year-old Cambridge University lecturer Glen Rangwala discovered that much of the report was stolen from an American student s doctoral thesis. The student, Ibrahim al-Marashi, wrote the thesis based on Iraqi papers abandoned in Kuwait some 12 years ago. Rangwala sent an email to two Cambridge students, who forwarded it to journalists. Rangwala also discovered the so-called intelligence report appeared to have been cobbled together not by Middle East experts, but by the Alastair Campbell s secretary and other assistants. Alastair Campbell is the British Government's chief spin doctor. Many sections from al-Marashi s paper were cut and pasted whole without tinkering (or attribution). But others show evidence of the spin doctors work. For example, in the original paper, a section on the Iraqi directorate of general intelligence discusses the directorate s role in QUOTE aiding opposition groups in hostile regimes. In the British report that phrase became: supporting terrorist organizations in hostile regimes. Guest: Glen Rangwala, the lecturer in politics at Cambridge University in Britain who discovered Britain s latest intelligence report on Iraq was stolen from a post-doc s thesis. He has also written a report: "A First Response to Secretary Colin Powell's Presentation Concerning Iraq" 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits

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February 10, 2003
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February 10, 2003
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59 min.
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