Robert Siegel talks to John Timoney, senior vice president for business development and senior consultant for police and security matters for Andrews International, a consulting firm with offices throughout the U.S. and the world. He has been recruited by Bahrain for police training. Timoney is a former Miami and Philadelphia police chief, who won accolades for fighting crime and curbing police shootings of civilians. But his handling of street demonstrations during the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit in 2003 brought lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union over the same issues of excessive force and unlawful arrests.
This week at Guantanamo Bay prison, there will be a hearing in the military trial of the man alleged to be behind the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. Guantanamo just marked the 10-year anniversary of its use as a detention center for suspected terrorists, and the trial marks a new phase for the prison. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston talks with host Rachel Martin.
An Army investigator has recommended that Pvt. Bradley Manning face court-martial on charges of theft and aiding the enemy. Manning is accused of downloading nearly one million field reports and diplomatic cables while on duty in Iraq, and passing them to the website WikiLeaks.
A video appears to show Marines desecrating the corpses of Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan. It once again raises questions about why troops take such images, and what the military can do to stop it.
The Marine Corps is investigating a video that purports to depict Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters. Many worry the incident will further enflame anti-American feelings in Afghanistan, just as the U.S. tries to engage the Taliban into peace talks.
Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic waterway that handles 20 percent of the world's oil, in retaliation for a new round of sanctions. Experts say Iran has low-cost options, such as mines, to wreak havoc and potentially close the strait.
When you give to WAMU, your tax-deductible membership gift helps make possible award-winning programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and other favorites.