The Alyona Show: Ground Zero Heroes Settle

Nine years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, rescue and cleanup workers have settled with a federal insurance company on damages for illnesses acquired during the process. Approximately $575 million will be paid out and the plaintiffs have 90 days to accept the deal. There are problems with the settlement however, and Anastasia Churkina joins Alyona from Manhattan to tell you about them.

As US military personnel return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them find new jobs in local law enforcement. Unfortunately, many of these men and women suffer from psychological problems, which have made them more anxious and trigger happy than their counterparts who didn’t fight overseas. Afghanistan war veteran Jake Dilberto joins Alyona from London to discuss this phenomenon.

Then, the House of Representatives has voted 402-1 to suggest an ethical investigation into allegations that former Congressman Eric Massa groped his male staffers. The lone no vote came from Representative Chaka Fattah who says he doesn’t want to waste the lawmakers’ time investigating ethics violations when the country is marred by high unemployed and an all out health care reform battle. Is Rep. Fattah right, or should Congress spend time investigating Massa? Peter Loge, Principal at Milo Public Affairs joins Alyona in studio to discuss.

Later, accounting firm Ernst & Young has found itself in a messy predicament after a government investigation into Lehman Brothers’ accounting practices show extremely dishonest procedures. Did Ernst & Young facilitate and allow Lehman Brothers to lie to investors and the government, helping enable the collapse of an American banking titan? Gregory White of the Business Insider joins Alyona from New York to give the details.

Finally, while the company formerly known as Blackwater has garnered attention for killing innocent civilians in Iraq, little is known about other similar incidents.  Two separate contractors are currently being sued in a North Carolina court for killing two Iraqi women back in 2007, who were not armed and posed no immediate threat. Jalal Askander, the father of one of the murdered women speaks with Alyona from Wisconsin about the case and the dangers of private security firms operating inside Iraq