This week on CounterSpin: Two men were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention and charged with a firebombing plot. For the FBI and headline writers, violent domestic terrorists had been thwarted before the act. The new film Better This World takes another look at the story and finds much more to say about the definition of terrorism and the U.S. legal system. We’ll speak with filmmaker Katie Galloway.
Also on CounterSpin today, a UN report about last year’s Israeli raid on a humanitarian boat to Gaza was released this month. The main media lesson seemed to be that Israel’s blockade of Gaza is legal and that its soldiers faced violent resistance on the ship. The report did conclude that, yes, killing nine people on the ship amounted to excessive force. But what else should we know about this report? And how does it stack up against other investigations of Mavi Marmara attacks? Yousef Munayyer of the Palestine Center will join us to discuss.