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Democracy Now! April 7, 2003

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Democracy Now! April 7, 2003
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PZ0517.135a
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U.S. forces reportedly enter Saddam Hussein s palaces after thousands of Iraqis die are killed: We go to Baghdad for a report from May Ying Welsh; Israeli forces shoot and seriously injure U.S. peace activist: We talk with an eyewitness in Jenin; Justice Department detains computer engineer and bars attorneys from discussing the case: A former Intel Vice President creates website to highlight the disappearance

8:00-8:01 Billboard 8:01-8:10 Headlines 8:10-8:11 One Minute Music Break 8:15-8:25: U.S. ground forces invaded Baghdad again today. US officials say they have entered two palace complexes of President Saddam Hussein. At least two Marines were killed in fierce fighting at key bridges in the eastern part of the city. Reuters reports explosions continued in central Baghdad, including a residential district. Ambulances raced through the streets. Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf told reporters Baghdad is safe and claimed US columns had been slaughtered and US forces are committing suicide by the hundreds. In Saturday s raid, US commanders claimed allies killed as many as 3,000 Iraqis, but commanders who conducted the raid said around a thousand were killed. The Pentagon says both raids are shows of force meant to demonstrate to the Iraqi people US forces can enter Baghdad at will. There was no immediate word on civilian casualties. Aid workers said on Sunday hospitals were already overwhelmed. The Guardian is reporting thousands of residents are fleeing in cars or on foot, many of them empty-handed or carrying only their children too young to walk in the midday heat. * May Ying Welsh, independent reporter in Baghdad 8:25-8:50: Just weeks after Rachel Corrie of Olympia was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza town of Rafah, Israeli forces nearly killed another U.S. peace activist on Saturday, 24-year-old Brian Avery. He is reported to be in serious condition. He has regained consciousness and is able to communicate by writing messages. But his face is said to be shattered, with his tongue split in two. Eyewitnesses and members of the International Solidarity Movement say Avery was shot by an Israeli tank. Israel said the shooting is under investigation. Avery, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, had come out of his apartment building to investigate shots being fired on the streets when an amored personnel carrier rounded a corner, said Tobias Karlsson, 30, a member of the Palestinian-backed group from Stockholm, Sweden. "We had our hands up and we were wearing vests that clearly identified us as international workers when they began firing," Tobias told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. "Brian was shot in the face, and it looks like he was hit by a heavy caliber bullet because of the extent of the wound." Guest: Tobias Karlsson, member of the International Solidarity Movement and eyewitness to the shooting of Brian Avery, www.palsolidarity.org Guest: Danny Muller, friend and former roommate of Brian Avery. 8:40-8:41 One-minute music break 8:41-8:50 Jenin cont d 8:50-8:58: His name is Mike Hawash. He is a father. A computer programmer with Intel. A U.S. citizen. You could say he led a typical life until less than three weeks ago when he was surrounded by officers from the FBI s Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Intel parking lot. He was taken into custody as a material witness in an undisclosed court case. He is now being held in solitary confinement. He has not been technically arrested but he could be held indefinitely with the government never pressing charges. And his lawers are barred from talking about the case. You could say he has almost been disappeared. That might have been the case except for collegues of his in the tech world. Steve McGeady, a former Vice President of Intel who worked with Hasbah created a website titled freemikehawash.org to raise awareness about the case. He joins us on the phone today Guest: Steven McGeady, former vice president at Intel where he was the boss of Mike Hawash for 10 years, www.freemikehawash.org/8:58-8:59 Outro and Credits Democracy Now! is produced by Kris Abrams, Mike Burke, Angie Karran, Ana Nogueira and Elizabeth Press. Mike Di Filippo is our music maestro and engineer.

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April 7, 2003
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April 7, 2003
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59 min.
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WBAI; Amy Goodman, host., April 7, 2003
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