The Bush administration binds and gags environmental regulators: We discuss Operation End Extremism, rocket fuel contaminated lettuce and gag-orders on the EPA; Democratic elections in Nigeria?: The voting ended a week ago but the results are still in dispute. We talk with Nigerian student leader Sowore Omoyele; Native American who denies US or Canadian citizenship faces deportation: Charlie Wolf Smoke is set to be deported to the United States today after months of battling Canadian immigration authorities.
9:00-9:01 Billboard 9:01-9:12 Headlines 9:12-9:13 One Minute Music Break 9:13-9:25: This news just in from Nigeria: Nearly 100 foreign oil workers - including 21 Americans and 35 Britons - were being held hostage by striking Nigerian workers aboard offshore installations. This according to company officials and union workers said Tuesday. The strikers have been holding 97 foreign counterparts aboard four offshore drilling rigs owned by Houston-based Transocean since April 19. The action in a remote area off the West African nation's coastline became known only recently. The rigs were drilling wells on behalf of oil multinationals Royal/Dutch Shell and TotalFina Elf. In other news from Nigeria, It has been 10 days since voters there went to the polls but the results are still in dispute. Sitting Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has claimed victory but international election monitors reported widespread voting fraud. Nigeria's main opposition parties had called on the international community not to recognize the election results. Obasanjo's main challenger, Muhammadu Buhari vowed to challenge the results. Buhari is the head of the All Nigeria Peoples Party. The opposition parties have also rejected the April 12 legislative election results citing vote rigging on behalf of Obasanjo s party. * Sowore Omoyele, Nigerian student leader who is now enrolled at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University 9:25-9:37: Canadian immigration officials are attempting again to deport Charlie Wolf Smoke to the U.S. Smoke claims he is an aboriginal Indian and that his ancestors were in North America long before white settlers. He says he can float freely across the border without proof of citizenship. These are his words: My "Americanized" name is Charlie Smoke. My ancestry is Lakota & Mohawk. I am neither American nor Canadian - I am an aboriginal member of Turtle Island. Both "Pre-American" & "Pre-Canadian". An Indigenous person from the Western Hemisphere. A Native North American. A member of the Red Race. An Ikce Wicasa. A Lakota National. Ambiguity surrounds Smoke s citizenship because his birth was never registered and he was never registered as a status Indian. He says he was born in his family s house on the Akwesasne reserve, which straddles the borders of Quebec, Ontario and New York State. Smoke was escorted to the U.S. border in January of last year but was refused entry when U.S. officials said there was not sufficient paperwork to prove he is an American. After months of digging, Canadian immigration officials say they can prove Smoke is an American. They say there s a birth certificate and fingerprints showing he s really Roger Adams, a lost boy from Memphis, Tennessee. We join Charlie Wolf Smoke at his home in Regina where he is scheduled to be deported in a couple of hours. Charlie Wolf Smoke, native American who denies US or Canadian citizenship. Link: http://charlie_smoke.tripod.com/indigenousawakening/index.html 9:37-9:55: Operation End Extremism This is the name of the campaign started by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to combat what it sees as a new threat to the US military: environmental regulations. Last month, the Defense Department asked Congress to clarify environmental regulations. The Pentagon s basic complaint is that laws governing air pollution, toxic waste dumps, endangered species and even marine mammals interfere with training and readiness exercises necessary for national security. Employing an unusual tactic for a committee, periodic emails are sent to journalists offering sentence-by-sentence rebuttals of environmental groups criticisms of the Pentagon s request. Meanwhile, the Bush administration has imposed a gag order on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from publicly discussing perchlorate pollution. This comes as two new studies reveal high-levels of the rocket-fuel component, which the Pentagon uses, may be contaminating the nation s lettuce supply. The studies, commissioned by the Environmental Working Group, found perchlorate in samples of lettuce traced to growers in Southern California and Arizona. High-level exposure of perchlorate in young children can produce deficits in brain function and motor skills. * Bill Walker, Vice President for the West Coast office of the Environmental Working Group. * Demetri Sevastopulos, reporter for the Financial Times. Link: Environmental Working Group: http://www.ewg.org 9:55-9:58 Listener Comments From Democracy Now! Listeners and Viewers Listeners and viewers have been flooding us with calls about what they are doing to protest. 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