Democracy Now! August 27, 2002

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Democracy Now! August 27, 2002
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9:00-9:01 Billboard: US Attorney General Ramsey Clark visits the Iraqi hospital where casualties from a recent US bombing raid were taken and debates the Pentagon: a discussion on bombing in so-called no-fly zones, civilian deaths, international law, sanctions, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism. Over 100 immigrant airport workers are detained in government raids in Southern California: a union organizer takes on the California US attorney s office 9:01-9:06 Headlines 9:07-9:20 US ATTORNEY GENERAL RAMSEY CLARK VISITS THE IRAQI HOSPITAL WHERE CASUALTIES FROM A RECENT US BOMBING RAID WERE TAKEN, AND DEBATES THE PENTAGON The Iraqi military says a U.S.-British air raid in southern Iraq on Sunday left eight civilians dead and nine wounded. The U.S. Central Command in Florida said coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to strike two air defense radar systems near the Basra province (south of Baghdad) "in response to recent Iraqi hostile acts against coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone." Iraq said U.S. and British warplanes attacked civilian targets in the south of the country Monday for the second consecutive day. A civilian was injured. U.S. officials have said they have no way of confirming or denying Iraqi claims of casualties. They say coalition aircraft "never target civilian populations or infrastructure and go to painstaking lengths to avoid injury to civilians and damage to civilian facilities." GUEST: RAMSEY CLARK, former US Attorney General, speaking from Basra City. CONTACT: GUEST: LIEUTENANT COLONEL DAVID LAPAN, Pentagon spokesperson 9:21-9:40 RAMSEY CLARK VS. THE PENTAGON, CONT D 9:41-9:58 OVER 100 IMMIGRANT AIRPORT WORKERS ARE DETAINED IN GOVERNMENT RAIDS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Over 100 immigrant airport workers have been arrested in government raids in the Los Angeles area. Government officials reported that the workers had used false IDs and lied about their immigration status to obtain security clearances.Most of the arrested immigrants worked in restaurants or other food service areas. Nationwide, some 350 immigrant airport workers have been arrested in similar sweeps since Sept. 11. The arrests come as part of Operation Tarmac, an initiative of the INS and Social Security Administration to review the immigration records of 200,000 workers at about 100 airports. GUEST: Triana Silton, SEIU UNION 1877- building services director CONTACT: GUEST: George Cardona, Chief Asst US attorney in Central District of California 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits

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August 27, 2002
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August 27, 2002
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59 min.
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