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- Pentagon: U.S. Special Forces on Ground in Battle for Mosul
- Russia & Syria Temporarily Halt Airstrikes in Aleppo
- Trump Repeats Claim of Rigged Election, Alleging Widespread Voter Fraud
- Melania Trump Accuses Billy Bush of Egging Donald Trump On in Leaked Tape
- Donald Trump: "When I Come Home at Night and Dinner’s Not Ready, I Go Through the Roof"
- State Department Official Accused of Pressuring to Declassify Clinton Email
- Gen. James Cartwright Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to FBI
- "Guantánamo Diary" Author Mohamedou Ould Slahi Released After 14 Years
- NASA: Last Month was Warmest September on Record
- U.N.: Climate Change Could Drive 122 Million into Extreme Poverty
- ExxonMobil Asks Texas Court to Throw Out Subpoena over Climate Cover-up
- Police Association Apologizes for "Historical Mistreatment of Communities of Color"
- British Bank Cuts Services to Russian-Backed RT Network
- WikiLeaks Accuses Ecuador of Cutting Off Julian Assange's Internet Access
- Amnesty Accuses Australia of Turning Nauru into Open-Air Prison for Refugees
- NAACP Votes to Back Moratorium on Charter Schools
We discuss the crackdown on the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline with Winona LaDuke, a Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth who lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota, and Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. Police have begun deploying military-grade equipment, including armored personnel carriers, surveillance helicopters, planes and drones. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple activated the National Guard in late September. Roughly 140 people have been arrested. Some report being strip-searched in custody at the Morton County jail and being held for days without bond, even when they are facing minor misdemeanor charges.
A federal appeals court recently rejected a bid by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to permanently halt construction on part of the Dakota Access pipeline, paving the way for the Dakota Access company to resume construction on private lands adjacent to Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. A decision on whether the pipeline can proceed under the river rests with the Army Corps of Engineers. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe argued that construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline is destroying cultural artifacts and sacred sites, including a sacred tribal burial ground that was bulldozed on September 3, Labor Day weekend, when Dakota Access pipeline’s guards unleashed dogs and pepper spray on the Native Americans. Since then, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others have set up a permanent encampment across the street from the bulldozed burial ground. They call it the Sacred Ground Camp and say they’ll continue to fight the Dakota Access pipeline. We are joined by Dave Archambault II, chair of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Report from Standing Rock: 100+ Militarized Police Deployed Against Native American Water Protectors
On Saturday, hundreds of people temporarily stopped work at multiple construction sites at the site of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. One person reportedly delayed work for up to six hours by locking to an excavator. At least 14 people were arrested. Democracy Now! began covering the action just after dawn, from the main resistance camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
We broadcast live from Mandan, North Dakota, across the street from the Morton County Courthouse, where more than a half-dozen people will appear in court today on charges related to the ongoing resistance to the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. At least three people are due in court today on felony charges after locking themselves to heavy construction equipment. Morton County also issued an arrest warrant for Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman on September 8, five days after we released our on-the-ground video report from Labor Day weekend showing the Dakota Access pipeline company’s security guards physically assaulting nonviolent, mostly Native American land protectors, pepper-spraying them and unleashing attack dogs, one of which was shown with blood dripping from its nose and mouth. The original charge against Goodman was criminal trespass, but due to lack of evidence, State’s Attorney Ladd Erickson has filed a new charge against Goodman: "riot." If Judge John Grinsteiner approves the new riot charge, she will be appearing in court today at 1:30 p.m. CT to challenge it.
- Iraqi, Kurdish and U.S. Forces Launch Offensive to Recapture Mosul
- Militia Members Arrested for Plotting to Blow Up Mosque & Apartments in Kansas
- Global Agreement Reached to Cut Back on HFC Greenhouse Gases
- WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Told Pipeline & Fracking Critics to "Get a Life"
- Trump Claims Election Has Been Rigged by Clinton & Media
- Ninth Woman Says Trump Inappropriately Groped or Kissed Her
- Republican HQ in North Carolina Firebombed in "Attack on Our Democracy"
- U.S. & U.K. Threaten New Sanctions Against Assad as Siege of Aleppo Continues
- NYT: Obama Has Escalated Clandestine War in Somalia
- 25 Brazilians Die in Prison Riot
- Mother of Kalief Browder Dies of a "Broken Heart"
- NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick Continues Protest During National Anthem
In his new book, scholar Henry Giroux examines "America at War with Itself." From poisoned water in Flint and other cities to the police deaths of African Americans to hatemongering on the presidential campaign trail, Henry Giroux critiques what he believes is a slide toward authoritarianism and other failings that led to the current political climate and rise of Donald Trump. Giroux is the McMaster University professor for Scholarship in the Public Interest.
A new report on the devastating harm of policies that criminalize the personal use and possession of drugs finds that in 2015 police booked more people for small-time marijuana charges than for murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault combined. The report also showed African-American adults are more than two-and-a-half times as likely as white adults to be arrested for drug possession despite comparable rates of drug usage. This comes as four states have legalized recreational marijuana use and five more will vote to do the same next month. Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union released the findings Wednesday with a call for states and the federal government to decriminalize low-level drug offenses. We speak with Tess Borden, author of the report "Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States."
In 1989, Yusef Salaam and four other African-American and Latino teenagers were arrested for beating and raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. They became known as the Central Park Five. Donald Trump took out full-page ads in New York newspapers calling for their execution. Then, in 2002, their convictions were vacated after the real rapist came forward and confessed to the crime and his DNA matched. By then, the Central Park Five served between seven and 13 years in jail for the assault. The city settled with them for $41 million. But as late as last week Donald Trump still claimed they were guilty. We speak with Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five, who writes in The Washington Post that "Donald Trump won’t leave me alone."
- Republican Donors Pressure GOP to Cut Ties with Trump
- First Lady Michelle Obama Denounces Trump Comments on Women
- Donald Trump Says Sexual Assault Allegations are "Made-Up Stories"
- The New York Times Responds to Trump's Threat to Sue over Accounts of Sexual Assault
- Fox's Lou Dobbs Apologizes After Posting Jessica Leeds's Personal Information
- New Jersey Judge Issues Summons for Gov. Chris Christie over Bridgegate
- Alleged Bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami Pleads Not Guilty from Hospital Bed
- Autopsy Reveals Police Shot Keith Lamont Scott 3 Times, Once in the Back
- Black Employees of NY Fire Dept. Sue over Alleged "Intentional Discrimination"
- Filmmaker Faces 45 Years in Prison for Documenting Pipeline Shutdown
- Sheriff Removes Deputies Who Were Sent to Police Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance
- Three Michigan Prisoners Die Within One Month Amid Crackdown on Prison Strike
- Janitors in Minneapolis & St. Paul Win Union Recognition
- International Monsanto Tribunal Kicks Off in The Hague
A New York Times investigation has found at least half of the 39 detainees who went through the CIA’s so-called enhanced interrogation program have since shown psychiatric problems—some have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, paranoia, depression or psychosis. These detainees were subjected to torture techniques such as severe sleep deprivation, waterboarding, mock execution, sexual violations and confinement in coffin-like boxes in secret CIA prisons and at Guantánamo. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen and military psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Xenakis.
A shocking new report details how harsh American interrogation methods have led to devastating psychiatric disorders in former prisoners. The New York Times exposé is titled "How U.S. Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds." It found at least half of the 39 prisoners who went through the CIA’s so-called enhanced interrogation program have since shown psychiatric problems—some have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, paranoia, depression or psychosis. These prisoners were subjected to torture techniques such as severe sleep deprivation, waterboarding, mock execution, sexual violations and confinement in coffin-like boxes in secret CIA prisons and at Guantánamo. We air a video of Khaled al-Sharif speaking to New York Times correspondent Sheri Fink about how his two years in a secret CIA prison continues to haunt him today.
In Syria, renewed bombing has reportedly killed more than 150 people this week in rebel-controlled Aleppo. On Wednesday, at least 15 people died after airstrikes hit East Aleppo’s biggest market. Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least four children were killed and 10 wounded earlier today when shells landed near a school in western Aleppo, the area controlled by the government. On Wednesday, Pope Francis issued what has been described as his strongest appeal to date for an end to the fighting in Syria. We turn now to look at a group in Syria known as the Syrian Civil Defense, or the White Helmets. The group of some 3,000 volunteers has been credited with saving over 60,000 people from the rubble of buildings in war-torn Syria. Last month the group won a Right Livelihood Award, known as the Alternative Nobel Prize. We speak to Orlando von Einsiedel, director of the new documentary "The White Helmets."
- Woman Accuses Trump of Sexual Assault: "His Hands Were All Over Me"
- Miss USA Contestant Says Trump Barged in on Her in Dressing Room
- People Magazine Reporter Says Trump Assaulted Her at Mar-a-Lago
- Trump Made Lewd Comments About 10-Year-Old Girl in 1992 Video
- NYC: Women Protest Trump's Misogyny and History of Sexual Assault
- Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf Resigns Amid Bank Scandal
- Yemen: U.S. Warship Fires Missiles into Houthi-Controlled Territory
- Syria: 25 Reportedly Killed as Russia and Assad Resume Airstrikes
- Honduras: 2 Leaders of COPINH Survive Assassination Attempts
- Cleveland: Transgender Woman Brandi Bledsoe Found Dead
- Oregon: 10 BLM Activists Arrested at Protest over Police Contract
- Bob Dylan Wins 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature
- Iowa: Woman Locks Herself to Excavator, Delaying #DAPL Construction
- DN! Returning to North Dakota to Continue Coverage of Dakota Access Pipeline
A flotilla bound for Gaza carrying food, medicine and other humanitarian aid was intercepted and seized last week by the Israeli Navy. The Women’s Boat to Gaza had set sail from the Spanish port city of Barcelona in mid-September in efforts to break the ongoing Israeli blockade. Organizers say the Israeli military seized the boat and detained the 13 human rights activists aboard in international waters about 40 miles away from Gaza’s shore. The Israeli military towed the boat to the Israeli port of Ashdod and detained the women for up to four days before deporting them. We speak to passenger Ann Wright, retired Army colonel and former U.S. diplomat. Her recent article is titled "Women’s Boat to Gaza Participants See the Israeli Imposed Perpetual Darkness on Gaza." Wright spent 29 years in the military and later served as a high-ranking diplomat in the State Department.
In Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces the possibility of jail time, after federal prosecutors announced they are charging Arpaio for criminal contempt of court over his refusal to end unconstitutional immigration patrols in Arizona. Arpaio has long been under fire for his immigration policies, which have included racial profiling and detaining immigrants in a scorching outdoor Tent City jail, which Arpaio once referred to as his own "concentration camp." Arpaio has also been a key supporter of Donald Trump, appearing at rallies alongside the Republican presidential candidate, and where he’s joked that both he and Trump have been key members in the "birther" movement, which refuses to acknowledge President Obama was born in the United States. Arpaio now faces up to six months in jail if he’s convicted on contempt of court charges. Activists are also organizing for him to be voted out of office in this November’s election. We speak to Carlos García, executive director of Puente Arizona, a grassroots human rights movement for migrant justice.
Climate Direct Action: Activists Halt Flow of Tar Sands Oil by Shutting Off Valves of Five Pipelines
Ten climate activists were arrested Tuesday for attempting to shut down all tar sands oil coming into the United States from Canada by manually turning off pipelines in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Washington state. The group, which calls itself Climate Direct Action, includes five activists and five other supporters and videographers. They posted pictures and videos online that showed them cutting chains and turning the manual safety valves to stop the flow through the pipelines. The activists issued a statement on Tuesday saying the action was in support of the call for International Days of Prayer and Action for Standing Rock. They also called on President Obama to “use emergency powers to keep the pipelines closed and mobilize for the extraordinary shift away from fossil fuels now required to avert catastrophe." While all 10 activists remain in jail, we speak Jay O’Hara, co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, and Afrin Sopariwala, a member of Climate Direct Action and a part of Women of Color Speak Out, a climate justice collective.
On Friday, WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of John Podesta’s emails, including excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s paid remarks to Wall Street firms. The emails showed Clinton’s closed-door remarks were starkly at odds with many of her public positions. In one speech to a housing trade group in 2013, Clinton spoke of needing "both a public and a private position" when crafting laws. In other speeches, Clinton largely absolved Wall Street firms for the crash of 2008 and said financial reform "really has to come from the industry itself." The leaked emails also show Clinton openly boasted about her support of fracking while secretary of state. In a speech to Deutsche Bank in 2013, she said, "I’ve promoted fracking in other places around the world." We speak to Lee Fang of The Intercept, co-author of the recent piece, "Memo Shows What Major Donors Like Goldman Sachs Want from Democratic Party."
- Emails: Clinton State Dept. Prioritized "Friends of Bill" in 2010 Haiti Earthquake Contracts
- Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Tops 30 in United States
- Trump Declares War on GOP: "The Shackles Have Been Taken Off"
- Lawsuit Alleging Trump Raped 13-Year-Old Child Refiled in NY
- Gore Campaigns for Clinton, Evoking His Own Contested Presidential Bid
- 9 Activists Arrested After Cutting Off Flow of Tar Sands Oil
- Iraq: 2 Kurdish Fighters Die After ISIS Drone Explodes
- Afghanistan: 14 Die in Attack at Shrine Outside Kabul
- Wells Fargo Whistleblowers Reported Fake Bank Accounts in 2005
- Harvard: Cafeteria Workers Continue Strike into Second Week
- The Advocate: 2016 Deadliest Year on Record for Transgender People
- Sheriff Joe Arpaio Faces Jail Time for Criminal Contempt of Court
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign is facing increasing turmoil as House Speaker Paul Ryan told fellow Republican lawmakers Monday he would no longer campaign for Trump following the release of the 2005 videotape showing Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women. The announcement by Paul Ryan comes as a growing number of Republican officials have called on Trump to step down as their party’s nominee following the release of the video. Fifteen Republican senators, including former GOP presidential nominee John McCain, are now openly opposing Trump’s candidacy. We speak to Jodi Jacobson, president and editor-in-chief of Rewire. Her latest article is titled "All the President’s Misogynists: Why It Took So Long to Derail the Trump Train."