Democracy Now! April 8, 2003

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Democracy Now! April 8, 2003
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U.S. bombs Al Jazeera and Abu Dhabi TV offices in Baghdad killing one: We talk to Jihad Ballout from Al Jazeera; A president, viceroy, governor or sheriff? A look at Jay Garner, the U.S. general and defense contractor who is slated to versee post-war Iraq.

Story: A PRESIDENT, VICEROY, GOVERNOR OR SHERIFF? A LOOK AT JAY GARNER, THE U.S. GENERAL AND DEFENSE CONTRACTOR SLATED TO OVERSEE POST-WAR IRAQ "President, viceroy, governor, sheriff. It is difficult to know what to call Jay Garner, the retired US general who will run Iraq if and when Saddam Hussein is deposed" "The 'call me Jay' 64-year-old would prefer 'coordinator of civilian administration'. That's the bland description of his job heading the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance, the Pentagon agency preparing to govern Iraq's 23 million people in the aftermath of war, provide humanitarian support and administer the lucrative business of reconstruction." Those are the opening lines of a recent piece titled in part "Man Who Would be King of Iraq' that appeared in the London Observer. We are joined today by the author, Oliver Morgan. Oliver Morgan, reporter with the Guardian and Observer newspapers. Story: U.S. BOMBS AL JAZEERA AND ABU DHABI TV OFFICES IN BAGHDAD KILLING ONE: WE TALK TO JIHAD BALLOUT FROM AL JAZEERA A US bombing raid also hit Al Jazeera's Baghdad office. Al-Jazeera reporter Tareq Ayoub has died from injuries sustained in the attack, and a cameraman is in the hospital. The office of another Arabic news network, Abu Dhabi TV, was also hit. The BBC reports the station has lost contact with its reporter. Iraqi state television went off the air in Baghdad today. U.S. military officials indicated they had targeted television transmitters. Jihad Ballout, Al Jazeera spokesperson. (Complete rundowns missing on WebDacs)

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April 8, 2003
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April 8, 2003
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59 min.
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