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Anna Massengill’s stand-alone spy novels, Storm Over Guantanamo and Dominos of Deception follow the adventures of a unique team of men and women who seek a terrorist bent on the destruction of military and civilian infrastructure.Massengill spent six years living at Guantanamo, not as an enemy combatant, but as a teacher in that “suburban” American community of 10,000 people.John Wiley, a master diver with a secret, plays a deadly game of chess with Iranian and North Korean-sponsored terrorists. Dead bodies floating in Guantanamo Bay (GITMO), mysterious mala beads and rumblings in the Cockpit place both the naval base and the island of Jamaica on high alert. An attack is imminent!Storm Over Guantanamo has been described as a "well written and entertaining novel" by a judge in the Writer's Digest's 2010 Self-Published Writing Contest. Dominos of Deception was recently reviewed by a retired editor of The American Heritage Dictionary who characterized it as "half rip-roarin' yarn and half warm fuzzy family saga."This is Author’s Beat, sponsored by The Writers League of the Villages in central Florida. This program is hosted by award-winning author Mark H. Newhouse and was created by Don Canaan and Mark Newhouse.And don’t forget to listen to “The Chosen Radio” every first and third Sunday morning at 10:30. Multiple award-winning journalist Don Canaan brings you nostalgic encore presentations of many of the radio programs that you grew up with during the 1940s and 1950s.
With the months-long hunger strike by detainees making the news, the detention facility at Guantanamo is once again back in the spotlight.
The hunger strike in Guantanamo has grown to more than half of the detainees there in the detention camp on the U.S. Army base in Cuba. At least 84 of the facility’s 166 detainees are now participating, protesting the conditions and their indefinite captivity. Detainees are refusing food, some of them since Feb. 10 following a search and confiscation of some of their belongings. The government has responded, force-feeding many of the detainees through tubes and 40 more medical personnel have been sent to assist with the effort. We will talk to: Carlos Warner, attorney with the Federal Public Defender of the Northern District of Ohio who is representing 11 Guantánamo detainees. David Schanzer professor at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Laura Pitter, counterterrorism advisor for Human Rights Watch's US Program.
Chapter 1: Guantanamo Hunger Strike
The hunger strike in Guantanamo has grown to more than half of the detainees there in the detention camp on the U.S. Army base in Cuba. Detainees are refusing food, some of them since February 10th following a search and confiscation of some of their belongings. The government has responded by force feeding many of the detainees through tubes and 40 more medical personnel have been sent to assist with the effort. We talk to Raha Wala, an Associate at Human Rights First.
Chapter 2: Water Rights Dispute Between States
Texas has been suffering from a severe drought and rapidly growing Dallas-Fort Worth has found itself without an ample source of water. As a way to quench this thirst, the area has been looking to Oklahoma for help. Oklahomans have refused, given Oklahoma law prohibits sending water out-of-state. As a result Texans sought for relief through the Red River Compact, an agreement between Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas that Congress approved in 1980. The case reached the Supreme Court today where Texas argued the compact means they have a right to 25 percent of the water in question, a claim Oklahoma disputes. We talk to Erik Jaffe, Principle at Erik Jaffe PC and James McDonald, an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP.
Chapter 3: Texas Fertilizer Plant
As authorities and residents sift through clues in order to understand the massive explosion that occurred at the West Fertilizer Company in the town of West, Texas, last wednesday evening, there is still little insight into what may have caused the incident that killed 14 and injured 200. Nevertheless, some have attributed this lack of knowledge into the workplace conditions at this plant to a failure in workplace safety regulation. We talk to Tom O’Connor, Executive Director, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.
Chapter 1: President addresses drones and Guantanamo
The president gave an hour speech today at National Defense University in which he signaled changes in the U.S. drone program and a renewed committment to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo. We will get a first hand account from Sam Marrero, a Middle East researcher who was in attendance. Then we'll hear from CodePink's Medea Benjamin who was also in attendance and managed to interrupt the president with her calls to close Guantanamo immediately. Then we'll hear from Gabor Rona of Human Rights First about how much we can expect from the administration going forward.
Chapter 2: Congress battles over just how far to expand visas for highly skilled immigrant workers.
As part of an immigration reform proposal, the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee called for an increase in H-1B visas, visas given to immigrants with high-tech skills, such as those in the so-called STEM fields. The issue is largely bi-partisan, with the Democratic led committee approving this increase… and, in fact, Republicans in the House of Representatives have called the increase insufficient and countered with the SKILLS Visa Act, expanding the program by another 30,000 visas. However, not everyone is happy Congress is likely to pass some kind of increase in the near future. My first guest on the issue says the call for more skilled immigrants is merely pre-text for companies to pay less for high-value labor. Norman Matloff is a Professor at UCLA where he teaches Computer Science.
Tonight on Political Gravity, your host Jane Hoffman has a couple of hot topics to discuss.
1) A mother of two, Sherry West, who lost both her children to gun violence over the last eighteen years, is in peril. Her thirteen month old son was shot in a stroller ride by two teens, just because she didn't have money to give them. That baby has now died. Jane will discuss the ridiculous gun violence in our country and how it seems to be getting worse. But is it really about guns?
2) Jane will be discussing the Guantanamo hunger fast which has been conducted by prisoners for over sixty-two days.
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Philippe Sands on Torture - Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Australian Broadcasting Corporation Professor of International Law Philippe Sands tells the story of a memo. Sent in December 2002 to US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, it requested the approval of a number of coercive techniques of interrogation. As Sands tells Anna Funder, with his acceding signature, Rumsfeld pushed the United States beyond the pale of international law and directly towards the abuses of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay
A Soldier, a Patriot... and a prolific author, who shares his experiences in overseeing the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, an Exceptional American.
U.S. Army Reserve Captain Montgomery Granger found himself the ranking Army Medical Department officer in a joint military operation like no other before it – taking care of terrorists and murderers just months after the horrors of September 11, 2001.
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"[T]he distortions and lack of credibility of the Obama administration have matched and now trumped those of its predecessors. The public may have long ago forgotten that Obama did not close down Guantanamo as promised, or cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, or stop the revolving door of lobbyists coming in and out of the executive branch. "The public may even have forgiven the president when the stimulus bill never lowered unemployment as promised, or when his misleading boasts about vast increases in oil and gas production came to fruition despite, not because, of his efforts.
"But the distortions and broken promises have now become so frequent that many at home and abroad are finally tuning out the president. Almost nothing promised about the Affordable Care Act is proving true. Contrary to presidential assurances, Obamacare has not lowered premiums or deductibles. It will not reduce the deficit or improve business competitiveness. It really will alter existing health plans and in some cases lead to their cancellation. Signing up is certainly not as easy as buying something online on Amazon.
"Two considerations often turn presidential ethical lapses into political disasters. Unfortunately, both apply to the present administration."
Hosted by criminal defense lawyer Elizabeth Kelley, AuthorChats features in-depth interviews with writers about their recent works. In this episode, she speaks with two guests: Karen Houppert, long-time contributing writer at the Washington Post Magazine, on "Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People's Justice;" and Jess Bravin, Supreme Court Reporter for the Wall Street Journal, on "The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay." http://elizabethkelleylaw.com