Democracy Now! October 11, 2002

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Democracy Now! October 11, 2002
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Iraq Journal: An exclusive look inside an Iraqi factory that the U.S. claims is part of a convert nuclear weapons program; Congress gives Bush unilateral power to invade Iraq without UN approval or Congressional notice: House members Dennis Kucinich & Barbara Lee try to delay the vote; Senator Hillary Clinton just says yes to the war resolution: students occupy her New York office; A voice of dissent: Senator Robert Byrd makes a final plea to preserve the Constitution; Selling war: How the PR industry has partnered with the media from World War I to the Gulf War

9:00-9:01 Billboard 9:01-9:06 Headlines 9:06-9:07 One Minute Music Break 9:07-9:12: Democracy Now! broadcasts the second installment of our exclusive Iraq Journal series a groundbreaking coalition of independent journalists and activists on the ground in Iraq. Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill and filmmaker Jacquie Soohen filed this report from inside a factory that the Bush administration says is part of a covert Iraqi nuclear weapons program. Tape: Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill Links: Iraq Journal: 9:12-9:18: As the Iraqis hunker down for an invasion, the U.S. Congress has voted to given President Bush the power to unilaterally attack Iraq. Just before the House took its roll call vote a protester cried out. Minutes later Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio tried to have the vote delayed by putting forward an amendment to send the resolution back to committee. Several Congress members including California s Barbara Lee supported him. Kucinich s amendment was defeated. The House then voted 296-133 to give President Bush the power to unilaterally invade Iraq. Tape: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) Tape: Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Tape: Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) 9:18-30: Early Friday morning, the Senate voted 67-23 to back the Iraq war resolution. One of those who spoke up for the resolution, to some people s surprise, was Hillary Rodham Clinton, despite the overwhelming number of calls from her constituents against war. Protests continued against Clinton on Thursday when student protesters staged a sit-in at her New York office. Today Democracy Now! breaks the sound barrier by interspersing the voices of these protesters with those of Clinton. Tape: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) Tape: Jane Hirschmann, author and educational activist Tape: Laura Flanders, journalist 9:30-9:50: Leading the opposition in the Senate was Robert Byrd (D-WV) who threatened to stage a filibuster before the final vote. The delay tactic was struck down 75 to 25. Early Friday morning Byrd was joined by 22 other Senators, 20 Democrats, one Republican and one independent voting against the Iraq war resolution. Byrd has represented West Virginia in Congress for 50 years, first as a three-term Congressman. He has been a Senator since 1958. He is the only person in the nation s history to be elected to eight consecutive six-year Senate terms. Tape: Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) 9:40-9:41 One Minute Music Break 9:40-9:58: As the Bush administration gears up for another war with Iraq, we ll take a look at how public relations has been used to sell wars to the American people. We conclude today s show with an excerpt from the documentary Toxic Sludge Is Good For You - The Public Relations Industry Unspun produced by the Media Education Foundation. Link: Media Education Foundation: Outro and Credits

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October 11, 2002
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October 11, 2002
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59 min.
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