This week on CounterSpin: Congressional debate over the Libya War shows an apparently bipartisan sense of frustration and outrage over the NATO mission. This has triggered a serious debate over the legality of the war, among other things. But there is almost no discussion of whether the pretext for the war has actually held up. Patrick Cockburn of the Independent has been investigating the stories of mass rapes and mercenary fighters that paved the way to war, and he’ll tell us what he’s found.
Also on the show: The story of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath continues to unfold, with the trial of five current and former police officers charged with killing and wounding unarmed civilians escaping the floodwaters, and then covering up the crime. Our guest says the story of Danziger Bridge rewrites the official narrative of what happened in the days after Katrina. Jordan Flaherty is a New Orleans-based journalist and author of the book Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six.
–“Amnesty questions claim that Gaddafi ordered rape as weapon of war,” by Patrick Cockburn (Independent, 6/24/11)
–Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six, by Jordan Flaherty