The Alyona Show: Terrorists Taking Advantage of US System?
The first civilian Gitmo trial has begun and many are arguing that these trials belong in military commissions. But what's wrong with the justice system that we have? The jury selection has begun for the first civilian trial of a Guantanamo Bay detainee, just blocks from Ground Zero. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani faces counts related to the ’98 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya that killed over two-hundred people, including twelve Americans. Ghailani has plead not guilty and claimed that he was subjected to "enhanced interrogation”. Attorney Kelly Saindon, a partner at Belongia, Shapiro & Franklin, LLP argued that he should be treated like a terrorist and should not receive the same rights as US citizens.
AT&T wants to know if it has the right to privacy. Since the Supreme Court decided in the Citizens United ruling that corporations are persons and have the first amendment right to spend money in political elections, now comes the next questions. Do they also have the other rights of individuals; do they have a right to privacy? This will all be decided in an upcoming case. Attorney Seth Berenzweig, a managing partner with Berenzweig Leonard, LLP argued that at the end of the day we’re talking about the competitors of AT&T. He explained how this case can’t be accused of not being transparent. Radio Host Thom Hartmann explained what means for the individual. He said when you go to work for AT&T you lose a lot of your amendment rights.
James O'Keefe, is a young conservative activist who secretly recorded meetings with ACORN and then doctored the tapes to make it look like he was wearing a pimp outfit and he and his lady friend were getting advice on how to set up a prostitution business. O'Keefe was also convicted in May of entering Senator Mary Landrieu's office under false pretenses. So now, as if he hasn't done enough, he's accused of trying to "punk" CNN Reporter Abbie Boudreau who was working on the show "Right on the Edge” and was trying to film O'Keefe and his friends. O’Keefe setup the CNN reporter by asking her to meet him on a boat where he planned to try and seduce her in front of hidden cameras.
Then, we investigate the increasing amount of resignations within WikiLeaks. Important players are throwing in the towel because they say it’s too difficult working with a tyrannical Julian Assange. Could WikiLeaks be done? Wired senior editor Kevin Poulsen explained that people join up with the group because they think it’s a community and then the unpaid staffers find out that he makes all the shots and is very secretive.
Next, problems with US infrastructure and natural disasters are still on the rise. We're in hurricane season, instances of flooding and massive fires are storming through. Meanwhile, bridges and roads are suffering serious issues themselves. With all these problems, is America going to come crumbling down? RT correspondent Kristine Frazao explains that there is a lot of waste and not enough responsibility to make sure that these infrastructure projects are completed.