Hosts open with an update on the Zacarias Moussaoui case. Moussaoui is a French terrorist of Moroccan descent involved in the conspiracy that resulted in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on August 16, 2001 after attending a flight school in Eagan, Minnesota where an instructor expressed concerns about the abilities and motivations of his student. After the attacks unfolded, he was described as a possible “20th hijacker”, though he maintained that he was uninvolved with that plan up until pleading guilty in April 2005 to charges brought against him. He is the only person in the United States to have been charged in connection with the September 11 attacks.
Patriot Act Renewal
By a vote of 280-138, the House of Representatives has agreed to renew the USA Patriot Act with only minor new safeguards for civil liberties and several troubling new items. The legislation was quickly signed by President Bush, a disturbing new reality awaits citizens and non-citizens in the United States.
Guest – Caroline Fredrickson – the ACLU’s Director of the Washington Legislative Office
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. This New York City subway anti-terror campaign means basically, if you see something suspicious, tell an authority figure. It may seem like an effort to thwart planted bombs left in backpacks or bags in and around the subway, but some activists say it’s not useful in stopping terrorism, in fact, its a civilian psychological operation designed to instill fear as we become suspicious of one another. Joining us are two courageous New York City artists/activists, Laurie and Ann. They’ve taken the fear mongering MTA slogans and turned them into thought-provoking, anti-fear placards. Look out for these brilliant posters and postcards in and around the subway.
Remembering Rachel Corrie – a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled as an activist to the Gaza Strip during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. She was killed March 16, 2003 when she was hit and run over by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Caterpillar D9 bulldozer operating in a residential area of Rafah that the IDF had designated a security zone.
Law and Disorder Hosts talk with Rachel Corrie’s parents, Cindy and Craig about the cancellation of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie. This play is composed from Corrie’s journals and e-mails from Gaza and directed by British actor Alan Rickman, opened in London and ran until April 30, 2005. Following its success the play was to be transported to the New York Theatre Workshop. However, on February 27, 2006, it became clear the play was to be postponed indefinitely. Also in the discussion, an update on the Caterpillar Bulldozer lawsuit in which we’re joined by CCR attorney Maria LaHood. The lawsuit is against Caterpillar Inc. alleging liability over the death of Corrie and in connection with the equipment used in the home demolitions, which they say is a violation of international law.
**We welcome our fourth host Dalia Hashad back to Law and Disorder. Dalia is now Amnesty International’s Director of the USA Program Focusing on Domestic Human Rights**