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Thursday April 24, 2014

DID THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION MISUSE INTELLIGENCE DATA PRIOR TO THE INVASION OF IRAQ?

Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst from 1964 to 1990; in that capacity he took part in President Reagan’s daily briefing from 1981 to 1985. In this interview with WMNF, McGovern discussed the unusual events leading up the Iraq war. These include Vice President Cheney’s unprecedented visit to CIA headquarters to discuss intelligence about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction. McGovern says such a visit is extremely rare and appeared to be a form of intimidation. He also...

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ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CALL-IN

Dr. Carol Roberts, M.D. took calls from listeners on a variety of topics this hour including vitamins, vegetarianism, natural hormone therapy, chronic fatigue syndrome and prescription drugs.

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ISRAELI ARMY OFFICER SPEAKS TO SCHOOLCHILDREN - Amy Snider

Children in Clearwater learn what it’s like to serve in the Israeli army from a 20-year-old emissary who just completed her job in the Israeli air force. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story…

Just a couple of months ago, 20 years old Noa Ben Ari completed her required two year service in the Israeli military. Now, she is teaching 287 children in Clearwater about Israel, and the Israeli army.

During their senior year in high school, Ben Ari says, Israeli teenagers take a b...

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BUSH ON MALPRACTICE - Kristen Friend-Weaver

Governor Bush spoke this morning about what he is calling a medical malpractice crisis to a group of doctors and administrators at the Moffitt Cancer and Research Center. In his statements, he told of a growing number of doctors who refuse to practice in Florida and the resulting lack of adequate care for Florida’s citizens. The governor also highlighted his proposal that would limit jury awards for pain and suffering to 250,000 dollars. WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weaver attended ...

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RECENT TRAGIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING BICYCLISTS IN THE BAY AREA

Two serious accidents involving cars vs. bikes have taken place in the last three weeks in the Bay area. In the first, a bicyclist was killed by a motorist on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard. In the second, this past Sunday 14 cyclists were mowed down by a driver in St. Petersburg. Although no one was killed, two of the bikers were in critical condition. The guests: Scott Orsini, a former board member of the Swamp Mountain Bike Club and Anthony Clifton, president of the St. Petersburg Bike Club sa...

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PRESIDENT BUSH VISITS AFRICA

Is the president's "Emergency AIDS Pledge" for real, or is it just broken promises? Over 15,000 people will die of AIDS in the countries Bush will visit during his nine-day trip. We talk to Dr. Paul Zeitz, Executive Director for the Global AIDS Alliance. The Alliance is issuing a "Pledge Watch" for the President's Africa trip. The president has promised three billion dollars per year for fighting AIDS in Africa, but so far the administration is seeking only 450 million dollars in actual money...

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THE USE OF DEPLETED URANIUM IN IRAQ

Frida Berrigan is a senior research associate with the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute. She says the widespread use of depleted uranium in the Iraq War (at minimum 75 tons of DU were used as ammunition during the war) poses a danger to the health of U.S. soldiers, Iraqis and the environment. More DU was used during this war than during the previous war with Iraq. After it burns or explodes, DU has been shown to be toxic. With the still unexplained health problems suff...

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ALLEGATIONS OF RACISM IN ST. PETE - Amy Snider

Allegations of racism at a St. Petersburg based bus company were outlined today in a hearing of the ST. Petersburg Human Relations Commission. The hearing follows a finding by the Human Relations Commission that there was racism at First Class, Martz, Coachlines. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story.

On February 26, 2001, bus driver Larry Holmes found a note on his windshield that read, “Find your place around here like the other niggers.�

Around here is bus company First C...

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BUSH ADMINISTRATION NEGOTIATING WITH THE TALIBAN

Joel Bleifuss, editor at IN THESE TIMES, discussed reports of recent negotiations between Taliban forces and the Bush administration. According to reports in the Asia Times, the Bush administartion fears growing organization by pro-Russian and pro-Iranian Afghans. In order to counter this the Bush administration might be willing to bring the Taliban into Afghanistan's government. Bleifuss says that if the reports turn out to be true, it would signal that the Bush administration is not really ...

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GROUNDS TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT BUSH?

Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law and author of "Foundations of World Order." Boyle set up a campaign in October 2002 advocating impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush - a possibility that others, such as former Counsel to the President of the United States, John W. Dean, are now raising. Boyle cited a pattern of deceit in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq while Bush was rallying Congress and the American public.

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