Democracy Now! April 25, 2003

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Democracy Now! April 25, 2003
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An infringement of freedom of the press? The FBI opens and seizes mail sent from one Associated Press reporter to another; Who was Deep Throat? A University of Illinois professor and his class say they have uncovered the identity of the Nixon insider who exposed the story behind the break-in of Watergate; An exclusive look at a U.S. bombing in Iraq that killed three family members in Iraq: Journalist Julia Guest discusses the tragedy she came across while reporting in Iraq; Leaked document exposes pro-Israel lobby's manipulation of US public: We talk with Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada

8:00-8:01 Billboard 8:01-8:10 Headlines 8:10-8:11 One Minute Music Break 8:11-8:25: Last September a reporter with the Associated Press in the Philippines sent a FedEx package to a colleague in Washington. The package contained unclassified FBI documents. Reporters send such items often. But this one never made it to Washington. FedEx officials originally said the package may have fallen off its delivery van. But AP officials were suspicious of what happened. And now it turns out the package was never lost. It was seized and confiscated by the FBI. In an April 3 letter released this week, the FBI acknowledged that its agents had confiscated the package at Customs. Unnamed FBI officials told the New York Times the documents seized were too sensitive for public consumption. The package contained a report with detailed materials seized from the apartment of a man convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The F.B.I. also announced this week it had opened an internal investigation to determine whether its agents abused their authority by secretly seizing the documents. * Lucy Dalglish, Executive Director of The Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press Link: 8:20-8:21 One Minute Music Break 8:25-8:40: It may be one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century. Who was Deep Throat? Who was the White House insider who tipped off the Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein? Based on information from Deep Throat, Woodward and Bernstein began to piece together the deep secrets of the White House. Their stories led to the demise of President Nixon s presidency. For nearly three decades the person s identity has been unknown to but a handful at the Washington Post. But now after a four-year investigation, a University of Illinois journalism professor and his class believe they have solved the mystery. The professor, William Gaines, joins us now . so tell us who was Deep Throat? * William Gaines, University of Illinois professor and two-time Pulitzer-prize winner journalist with the Chicago Tribune. Link: 8:40-8:41 One Minute Music Break 8:41-8:50: A month ago a U.S. bomb landed on an Iraqi farmhouse. Three Iraqi civilians were killed. They were all members of the same family. The story received no attention in the international press but independent journalist Julia Guest came across the scene a day after the attack and files this report. * Julia Guest, independent reporter who recently returned to Britain from Iraq 8:50-8:58: The Electronic Intifada has obtained a document prepared for pro-Israel activists by the public relations firm The Luntz Research Companies and The Israel Project. The document spells out the tactics that Israel and its US advocates should use to maintain support for Israel and its hardline policies. According to Electronic Intifada: The document, entitled "Wexner Analysis: Israeli Communication Priorities 2003," counsels pro-Israel advocates to keep invoking the name of Saddam Hussein, and to stress that Israel "was always behind American efforts to rid the world of this ruthless dictator and liberate their people." Despite his solid support for Israel and Ariel Sharon, the document warns pro-Israel advocates not to compliment or praise President Bush. At the same time it acknowledges that Yasser Arafat has been a great asset to Israel because "he looks the part" of a "terrorist." The installation of Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian prime minister, and potential replacement for Arafat, comes "at the wrong time," because he has the potential to improve the image of the Palestinians, and that could put the onus on Israel to return to negotiations. The document advises supporters of Israel to appear to affect a "balanced" tone, but admits that in arguing for Israel's policies, the illegal "settlements are our Achilles heel," for which there is no good defense. * Ali Abunimah, founder of the Electronic Intifada Link: 8:58-8:59 Outro and Credits Democracy Now! is produced by Kris Abrams, Mike Burke, Angie Karran, Sharif Abdul Kouddous, Ana Nogueira, Elizabeth Press with help from Noah Reibel and Vilka Tzouras. Mike Di Filippo is our music maestro and engineer. Thanks also to Uri Galed, Angela Alston, Emily Kunstler, Orlando Richards, Simba Rousseau, Rafael delaUz, Gabriel Weiss, Johnny Sender, Rich Kim, Karen Ranucci, Fatima Mojadiddy, Denis Moynihan and Jenny Filipazzo.

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April 25, 2003
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April 25, 2003
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59 min.
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