BTS 12/10/07: CIA; Presidential Race; Immigration

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Just when the news seemed good for the CIA – its newly released NIE states that Iran abandoned its nuclear program in 2003, making the Bush administration’s war-mongering on Iran a tougher sale - the CIA then shows its other face, destroying two videotapes showing abusive interrogations of Al-Qaeda suspects in 2005, prompting some Senators and Congressman to press for a criminal investigation of the CIA for obstruction of justice. We’ll talk to Emily Berman of the Brennan Center on the legal and human rights issues this raises.

We then turn to the Presidential Race -- its just beginning, even if it seems like it has been with us for years. So far the media have anointed Hillary Clinton as the front runner, probably against Mayor Giuliani. But polls are changing as we get closer to the first primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire. Harold Meyerson joins us to lend his incisive views on the Obama surge, what could happen in Iowa, and more.

And while we’re on the Presidential race, CNN decided to boost its ratings by making Lou Dobbs' issue the main one in the Republican Debate – demonstrating that the election is just part of the television ratings game. We decided to go beneath the surface on immigration, which only 6% of Americans consider the defining issue of the time by inviting Jane Guskin and David Wilson, authors of the new book, The Politics of Immigration, to sort the misinformation and disinformation from the stereotypes and prejudices that pass for political debate.

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1. Emily Berman is a Katz Fellow at the Liberty and National Security Project at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. Before joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Berman was at New York University School of Law pursuing her LL.M. in International Law. She clerked for Judge John M. Walker of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (2005-06) and graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law (2005), where she was Editor-in-Chief of the New York University Law Review, a Furman Scholar, a Pomeroy Scholar, and an Allen Scholar. She was also the recipient of the George P. Foulk Memorial Award for outstanding sincerity and distinguished scholarship, the Jerome Lipper Price for outstanding work in the area of international law, and the David Friedman Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in evidence.

2. Harold Meyerson is Editor-At-Large for the American Prospect. He also contributes regularly to the Washington Post. His articles on politics, labor, the economy, foreign policy and American culture have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, The New Statesman; the op-ed, commentary and book review sections of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and in numerous other publications. He is a member of the editorial board of Dissent, to which he is a frequent contributor of political analyses.

3. Jane Guskin and David Wilson are the co-editors of Weekly News Update on the Americas, an English-language bulletin covering grassroots news from Latin America. Guskin also edits Immigration News Briefs. Guskin produced a widely circulated immigrant rights flier entitled “What's So Wrong About Immigration?” Her essay “The Case for Open Borders” was published in Melting Point or Boiling Point? The Issues of Immigration. Wilson’s articles on Latin American issues have appeared in publications including Monthly Review, Extra!, and New York’s El Diario-La Prensa.