Democracy Now! May 27, 2002

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Democracy Now! May 27, 2002
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9:00-9:01 Billboard: Today is Memorial Day. Well have an extended conversation with peace warrior Philip Berrigan from behind the wall at the Petersburg federal penitentiary in West Virginia. But first, well go to the Deheishe Refugee camp. The Israeli army has invaded again. 9:01-9:06 Headlines: ISRAELI ARMY INVADES BETHLEHEM AND DEHEISHE REFUGEE CAMP AGAIN The Israeli army stormed back into Bethlehem and the nearby refugee camp of Dheisheh. Troops and armored vehicles took up positions today in different parts of the town, including outside the Church of the Nativity. They declared the whole area a "closed military zone" and off limits to the press. The army is also encircling Tulkarem, and Palestinian sources also reported raids overnight in Hebron and four nearby villages, where dozens more were taken prisoner. Meanwhile, Israel's army chief warned of bigger raids on Palestinian cities as the tide of suicide bombings rises. President Bush said that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had a chance to secure peace but has not delivered. The New York Times reported on Sunday there is an intense debate within the Bush administration over whether to try to force Arafat to resign. GUEST: BARBARA LUBIN, director, Middle East Childrens Alliance CONTACT: 9:06-9:07 One Minute Music Break 9:07-9:20"ITS TOO BAD THE SOIL COULDN'T CRY OUT FROM THE BLOOD SHED UPON IT": ON MEMORIAL DAY, AN EXTENDED CONVERSATION WITH PEACE WARRIOR PHILIP BERRIGAN FROM INSIDE A FEDERAL PENITENTIARY Today is Memorial Day, the traditional day to honor all US military veterans. President George Bush is in France. It is the first time in history a sitting president has been out of the country for Memorial Day. Bush will spend the day visiting the D-Day beaches of France's Normandy coast and the U.S. war cemetery there. Yesterday, Bush met with French president Jacques Chirac. After hailing Frances cooperation in US led so-called War on Terror, Bush compared sacrifices made in the current war to sacrifices made by US soldiers throughout history. He said, "We still fight people who hate civilization. He said, A civilization that we love -- they can't stand freedom." Today on Democracy Now!, we are going to celebrate Memorial Day in a different way. We are going to hear the words of a lifelong anti-war activist. Philip Berrigan was the first Roman Catholic priest to be imprisoned for political reasons in the United States. Berrigan was first jailed in 1967 for destroying draft files in Baltimore. In 1968 he was arrested for burning draft files in Catonsville, Maryland, in a case that became known as the Catonsville 9. Philip Berrigan is one of the founders of the Ploughshares movement, which organizes non-violent direct actions against nuclear weapons. Several years ago, Berrigan was given a two-year federal sentence for attempting to destroy an Aegis nuclear destroyer in Maine. He was released in 1999. Berrigan is now 78 years old. He has served more than ten years in prison for over 100 anti-nuclear actions since he began leading nonviolent resistance during the Vietnam War. Lets turn now to an interview that Jeremy Scahill and I conducted with Philip Berrigan, inside the Petersburg federal penitentiary in West Virginia on St. Patrick's Day, in March 1998. Guest: Philip Berrigan, longtime anti-war activist and one of the founders of the Plowshares Movement. He was a member of the "Catonsville Nine" who burned draft records during the Vietnam War. He has spent over 10 years in prison for his anti-war activities. 9:20-9:21 One Minute Music Break 9:21-9:40 MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL, Contd 9:40-9:41 One Minute Music Break 9:41-9:58 MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL, Contd 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits

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May 27, 2002
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May 27, 2002
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59 min.
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