Air Marshalls Shoot and Kill Passenger in Miami
In Miami, Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger reportedly suffering from a mental disorder, was killed by federal air marshals Wednesday. Witnesses say Alpizar ran off the plane after claiming he had a bomb in his backpack, shortly before it was set to take off. His wife followed behind him, yelling out to bystanders her husband had not taken medication for a serious bi-polar condition. Air marshals shot Alpiza five times when he refused to lie on the ground. No bombs were found in the backpack or in any of the planes luggage. Alpiza and his wife were reportedly traveling back from a missionary trip in Peru. The shooting marked the first time federal air marshals have used their guns aboard planes since they were introduced following the September 11th attacks.
Plinter Blasts US, UK in Nobel Acceptance Speech
British playwright Harold Pinter accepted a Nobel Prize Wednesday by delivering a stinging criticism of US and British foreign policy. Pinter won the award for literature the worlds highest honor for a writer in October. At a ceremony in Sweden Wednesday, Pinter accepted the award via a taped video message from Britain, where is being treated for cancer. Pinter said: The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatent state terrorism demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law. The invasion was an arbitrary military action inspired by series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore the public." Pinter is author of such plays as The Caretaker" and "The Homecoming.
Mumia Abu-Jamal Wins Right to Appeal
In a ruling his defense team is calling a major victory, Mumia Abu-Jamal has won the right to appeal his murder conviction on three separate grounds. Convicted in 1982 for the murder of a police officer, Mumia will be able to appeal on grounds of both judge and jury bias. Hell also appeal on the basis the trial prosecutor misled jurors. In a news release, Mumias attorney Robert Bryan wrote the courts rulings are: of enormous constitutional significance and go to the very essence of Mumia's right to a fair trial Today we achieved a great victory in the campaign to win a new trial and the eventual freedom of Mumia. Opening briefs in the appeal will be heard on January 17th.
- Captors Extend Deadline on Western Aid Workers
- Suicide Bombing Kills 30 in Iraq
- Air Marshalls Shoot and Kill Passenger in Miami
- Pinter Blasts US, UK in Nobel Acceptance Speech
- Mumia Abu-Jamal Wins Right to Appeal
- Explosion Kills Over 60 Workers in Chinese Mine
- Police Kill Eight in Egyptian Election Clashes
- Global Remembrances on 25th Anniversary of John Lennon Slaying
25 years ago today John Lennon died after being shot dead by a gunman named Mark Chapman. Millions mourned the death of perhaps the most famous Beatle. Today memorials are being held across the world.
On this anniversary, we pay tribute to Lennons life with historian Jon Wiener, author of "Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files" and "Come Together: John Lennon in His Time."
We also hear Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono describe their Bed-In For Peace. We play excerpts of Lennon singing Imagine at the Apollo Theater in Harlem at a rally for the Attica prisoners and Lennon singing at the 1971 Free John Sinclair concert in Ann Arbor. In addition we air historic interviews with Pete Seeger discussing the significance of Lennons song Give Peace A Chance and Abbie Hoffman on Lennon, the political radical. [includes rush transcript]
As Rice Asserts U.S. Detainee Policy, a Look at "Torture Flights" and Secret CIA Prisons
As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that U.S. interrogators are forbidden to use torture both at home and abroad, we speak with British journalist Stephen Grey on how he tracks so-called "torture flights" - when the CIA kidnaps a suspect of the street and transports them to secret prisons. [includes rush transcript]
[Note: This post corrected by Ava to include links, bold names, et al. In addition, I've taken out a key phrase added by the person whom C.I. dictated this to. It's a nice phrase, it's also a key phrase and Dad recognized it right away (C.I. dictated this to my godfather, though I don't think C.I. knew that). Watch for special programming and Rebecca's post is up.]