• Article: Abu Ghraib abuse photos 'show rape' By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent and Paul Cruickshank.
    "Detail of the content emerged from Major General Antonio Taguba, the former army officer who conducted an inquiry into the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq."
  • How little we know, even Putin called up to say 9/11 was going to happen. Cheney's task force did not meet until September 4 2001. Three years ago Sy Hersh in Vanity Fair, etc., saying there were still pictures to come out.
  • Article: Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals.
  • Article: No Torture Needed -- Cookies Did the Job.
    " Fascinating piece coming in tomorrow's TIME magazine. Reporter Bobby Ghosh writes, “The most successful interrogation of an al-Qaeda operative by U.S. officials required no sleep deprivation, no slapping or ‘walling’ and no waterboarding. All it took to soften up Abu Jandal, who had been closer to Osama bin Laden than any other terrorist ever captured, was a handful of sugar-free cookies.”

    Former interrogator/member of the FBI Ali Soufan, who testified to Congress last month, tells TIME: “He was a diabetic ... We had showed him respect, and we had done this nice thing for him .... So he started talking to us instead of giving us lectures.” Ghosh points out, “Defenders of the Bush program, most notably Cheney, say the use of waterboarding produced actionable intelligence that helped the U.S. disrupt terrorist plots. But the experiences of officials like Soufan suggest that the utility of torture is limited at best and counterproductive at worst.”

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  • Bumper Music: Chicago, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (video).
  • We need to close this episode, make it clear unambiguous that we are not what Bush and Cheney were and are. But Obama won't. The only way is to hold trials. The previous administrations made the same mistake. Iran hostages, Nixon and Vietnam. We are all in favor of Habeas Corpus except for detainees. FISA compromises. Continued illegal renditions.
  • Bumper Music: Won't Let Me Out, C-Muder, Akon.
  • Bumper Music: Crazy, Gnarls Barkley.
  • Article: The new jungle book: ape reveals all about Tarzan and Jane. Cheeta.
  • Criticizing Obama. If we do not keep our elected officials honest, point out the work that needs to be done, it ain't going to get done. Thom is not going to be the left's equivalent of Hannity, who was a cheerleader as Bush was doing or ignoring crimes, or stay silent. The Obama administration has done a lot of good in the first 100 plus days, and we hope for a lot more, but some substantial concerns. There is a political assassination squad on the right now going after Judge Sotomayor. Reichwing Reaction to Sotomayor. Thom has no concerns about her, is all in favor of her nomination, but she will be another David Souter.

    Marjorie Cohn was on Democracy Now! yesterday (family illness prevented her being on the show) saying, “I’m thrilled that there will be the first Latina on the Supreme Court and that there will be another woman. But I really would have liked to have seen a real progressive counterweight to radical rightists on the court.” and “I would have liked to have seen an Erwin Chemerinsky, for example, or a Harold Koh, even though they’re not women—Erwin Chemerinsky is a white male—but real giants in the area of constitutional rights, civil rights, human rights. I am very supportive of her nomination, and she should be defended, and she should be confirmed, but she is not going to be another Thurgood Marshall. She will not leave an indelible mark on the court, ultimately, the way Earl Warren did or Oliver Wendell Holmes. I could be wrong about that. I think that perhaps Obama missed an opportunity here, aside from all of the incredible qualities that she brings with her, but hopefully—or, hopefully, I guess one would say—he will have more opportunities to appoint justices.” Sotomayor is a centrist.

  • The Baltic Dry Index is going up - there is more demand fir shipping from China, for raw material. At the same time the Fed is buying the treasuries we are selling to borrow money, to keep interest rates low. In two small auctions, the interest rate are starting to go up, price falling, not a good sign, sign of inflation, pay attention.
  • Valerie Plame.
  • Bumper Music: If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time), Willie Nelson.
  • Article: Cigarette Thief Wore Beer Carton On Head As Disguise.
  • War crimes have been committed. How can Obama be a constitutional lawyer, professor of law, and not prosecute?
  • Are there not enough of us speaking out? \maybe when the economy gets worse. Moveon.org is not pushing for peace in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have to wake up and push.
  • Book: "And Tango Makes Three", Justin Richardson. True story of two male penguins, Roy and Silo, at the Central Park Zoo who form a pair, try to raise a rock, and then successfully raise Tango from a fertilized egg that a keeper gives them.
  • Guest: Susan Allen, Former First Lady of Virginia. Should there be mandatory teaching of ”gay tolerance” in our public schools? She's an opponent of "And Tango Makes Three".which is frequently banned. She elementary kids are bombarded about sexual issues, it is up to parents to explain. The book should not be in schools, but parents should be able to use it. A quarter of all black swan pairings are gay, they form temporary threesomes with females then raise more of their young, perhaps because they are better able to defend them. Thom's gay ducks Adam and Steve. Cyberbullying. Teach the golden rule. Thom says it is a kind and appropriate way to tell kids. Why does she want to keep the book out of schools? Thom said gay rights are civil rights.
  • Bumper Music: A Raft Of Penguins, Ian Anderson.
  • Book: "Man's Rise to Civilization, As Shown by the Indians of North America from Primeval Times to the Coming of the Industrial State", Peter Farb.
  • Gay is normal. It is not about sex but love, we don't tell kids that people get married for sex.
  • Thom lived near Lester Maddox, got his autograph. Debate about teaching black history.
  • Bumper Music: Cowboys Are Secretly, Frequently (Fond of Each Other), Willie Nelson.
  • Article: "Be a patriot": Expose your nude body at airport.
  • The gay animals are behaving sexually. The advantages to black swans from homosexuality. Kids may be afraid that being gay is contagious, so tell them it is not. Gay teen suicides.
  • Bumper Music: Here I Go Again, Whitesnake (video).
  • Article: Dog stuck in hole escapes after 25 days.
  • The assumption that there is nothing wrong with heterosexuals. Look at the child victims of abuse, most of their parents are heterosexual.
  • Book: "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army", Jeremy Scahill.
  • Article: Abu Ghraib abuse photos 'show rape' By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent and Paul Cruickshank.
    "Detail of the content emerged from Major General Antonio Taguba, the former army officer who conducted an inquiry into the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq."
  • Guest: independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, author, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army". His new site, "Rebel Reports", brings all his work together. “Torture goon squads at Gitmo, KBR still winning contracts”. The Telegraph story about photos showing rape. May 13 Obama said he would fight, said the photos are not particularly sensational. What was his definition? What if the same argument had been used for Pinochet. Scahill is reporting that to this day there are still goon squads in Guantanamo. There were two tracks at Guantanamo, some sadistic, "immediate reaction force" = "extreme repression force" (ERF). They are still operating. It will continue unless Obama does something. Cheney defends it and Obama does not say he is a war criminal. Scahill broke the story last week that they are still ERFing, has he heard from the Obama administration or Congress? Amy Goodman reported it, so did Thom. Nobody is paying attention. He used to hear from them a lot when reporting on the Bushies. His book about Blackwater. He got more attention from KBR electrocuting troops. The terrible precedent of Nixon, Ford, etc.
  • For What It's Worth, Buffalo Springfield (video).
  • Geeky Science segment...
  • Article: Do Perfectionists Face Early Deaths? New Study Suggests Yes.
  • Article: Magnets in Ant Antennae Work as Internal GPS.
  • Article: How soup can help you lose weight.
  • Article: Hierarchies among Equals--Origins of Pecking Orders.
  • Article: Walnuts ward off breast cancer in mice.
  • Article: Death link to too much red meat.
  • Article: The Return of the Pink Dolphin.
  • Article: For Migrating Birds, Eating = Exercise.
    "Athletes aren't the only ones who improve their performance by doping. A new study suggests that migrating birds can also boost their fitness without exercise or effort--simply by eating."
  • Bumper Music: Go to the Mirror Boy, The Who.
  • Bumper Music: The Mail Must Go Through, Larry Groce & The Disneyland Children's Sing Along Chorus (clip).
  • Member of the day is Don in Irvine who wins a copy of "Screwed" for the following email:

    Thom,

    For over 25 years, I was a registered Republican, listened to RUSH, Hannity, et al, and pretty much was lock step with the conservative platform with a few minor exceptions such as religion and other social issues. I believed that fiscal conservatism and responsibilities were the platforms for my party and personal responsibility and freedom were better supported by the Republican party.

    Then came W. When George W sent us into Iraq, I remember exactly where I was and I shook my head in disbelief because I knew we were doing the wrong thing. The following 7 years made it very difficult for me to continue reconciling my personal beliefs with the party I thought I belonged to.

    Enter Barak Obama. During the primaries, I remember actually telling someone that I was afraid of Barak Obama. I didn’t know a thing about him. His name was scary to me. (I am ashamed to admit this). After reading Mr. Obama’s life story and listening to his ideas and the eloquence with which he articulated them, I had a sudden change of heart. This led me on a journey which included “Commanding Heights” (the documentary from PBS which superbly explains the history of our 2 parties), listening to programs like yours and watching MSNBC on a regular basis. By the time the election got here, I was a 100% converted. I was in shock that I could have been a Republican ever to begin with.

    A word of caution: This all leads me to the reason for my Email to you. I have been listening to some of your callers who are afraid that President Obama is a Manchurian candidate, etc. The truth of the matter (as I see it) is that it is very difficult, if not impossible to accomplish anything major in our system without some balance and moderation. That is what I love about President Obama thus far. His wisdom and intelligence are noticeably remarkable. I believe that being able to negotiate and invite your opponents to the table is vital to success as a politician and I am very grateful that we have this in our current President. I have found that your program and the way you express your views is quite consistent with my own.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us the way you do. May you be successful and prosperous.

  • Book: "Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace...One School At A Time", Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.
  • A caller said follow the money, a Halliburton subsidiary is making money out of Gitmo.
  • Article: Hayden Criticizes MoveOn for being Silent on Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; MoveOn Responds.
  • We knew Obama is not progressive, a right wing democrat? DLC, left leaning. He's a politician, responds to pressure. Tom Hayden writing that even moveon.org is not pushing. Jeremy Scahill, reports from Bagram saying Obama is torturing. Obama wants an embassy in Pakistan.
  • The president should not be above war. We are not in Iraq or Afghanistan for the good of the people. The original name for the Iraq invasion for 4 hours was Operation Iraqi Liberation OIL).
  • Amendment IV
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Espionage Act.
    Constitution of the United States
  • Victoria Jones of Talk Radio News. White House press briefing, the next G20 meeting in September will be Pittsburgh, investment creating jobs of future. The Telegraph abuse photos, the Department of Defense says the article was wrong, they do not depict rape, disparaging of British media, but it was the Telegraph that broke the expenses scandal. Who would know better than Major General Antonio Taguba? Maybe they are different photos? Lots of journalists asked about the right to privacy, Obama talking to Sotomayor about abortion, she shares Obama's views, but he did not mention 4th amendment. The change in the meaning of privacy. There was no question on Middle East peace, but at 4pm Mahmoud Abbas was meeting the president. Netanyahu said Israel will continue to expand settlements, and Hillary said no explicitly. Tomorrow White House results of cybersecurity.
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