This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Aaron Brown) "Whip around the world" introduced.
(Washington: Susan Candiotti; Capitol Hill: Jonathan Karl; Boston: Bill Delaney) "NewsNight"'s major headlines previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) More stories previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Washington: Susan Candiotti) The decision by President Bush's administration to try American Taliban fighter John Walker in a civilian court on charges of conspiracy to kill Americans outside the United States and helping terrorists featured; details given about his meeting with Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden. [Attorney General John ASHCROFT - says Walker chose terrorism and to embrace fanatics.] [On December 2, 2001, WALKER - comments.] Statement from Walker's family quoted. The timetable for Walker's trial discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with retired Army Major General Michael Nardotti about the Walker case. [From Washington, NARDOTTI - explains why Walker is not being tried for treason; comments on the affidavit evidence against Walker; explains the conspiracy charges in taking up arms against United States troops.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The transfer of more prisoners from the war in Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the discovery of a cache of weapons near the US-controlled airport in Kandahar reported.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The latest developments in the Enron scandal reviewed; details given of accounting firm Arthur Andersen's firing of its auditor for destroying Enron documents and of Wall Street's delisting of Enron's stock.
(Capitol Hill: Jonathan Karl) Congressional investigation of Enron and its political influence examined; statistics on Enron's political contributions and lobbying. [Senator Carl LEVIN - says the appearance is money can purchase influence.] The recusal of Attorney General John Ashcroft, the entire attorney general's office in Houston and possibly Senator Phil Gramm from the Enron case noted. [Common Cause president Scott HARSHBAGER - talks about money, influence and access.] The possibility that the Enron case will revive the issue of campaign finance reform noted. [Representative Marty MEEHAN - says the scandal may motivate Congress to pass campaign finance reform.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The case of the Roman Catholic Church, the pedophile priest and the trial of defrocked priest John Geoghan for molesting young boys in parishes in the Boston area introduced.
(Boston: Bill Delaney) Geoghan's sexual abuse trial in Boston previewed; details given about 30 years of child abuse by "Father Jack." [Sexual molestation victim Joseph DULONG - says Geoghan gave him a statue in a closed bedroom; adds that Geoghan was never disciplined for his actions.] [Last week, archdiocese Cardinal Bernard LAW - comments on assigning Geoghan.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with National Review writer Rod Dreher about the church's handling of child molestation cases. [From New York, DREHER - says the church hierarchy will not take responsibility for abusive priests and covers up the incidents; states the "old boys network" protects the church at the expense of victims of pedophiles; comments on the documents about Geoghan's actions that will soon be released; talks about the impact of pedophilia cases on people's view of the Catholic Church; cites examples of the Vatican covering up injustices in the church around the world; agrees that Cardinal Law has to go because of his behavior.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The debate in Malibu, California, over access to the beach examined; scenes shown from the beach and surrounding pricey real estate. [California Coastal Commission chair Sarah WAN - says Malibu beaches are public and easements allow access routes.] [BEACHGOER - cites the difficulty of public access.] [Malibu Lacosta Beach Club attorney Todd SLOAN - comments on access; defends the rights of the homeowners.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with stand-up comedian Mort Sahl. [SAHL - talks about his signature red sweaters, his comedy, his audience, the "Ed Sullivan" show.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview continued with stand-up comedian Mort Sahl. [SAHL - talks about the reporting on the war in Afghanistan, his years in the comedy business and the people he met, Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Story about Germans using Britney Spears' music to scare off wild pigs mentioned.
(Pinnacle National Park: Scott Herriott) The big pigpen around the Pinnacle National Monument in northern California featured; scenes shown of the million-dollar long fence to confine the wild pigs. [Pinnacle National Monument park biologist Amy FESNOCK, earth scientist Chad MOORE - talk about the pigs' rooting behavior.] [Pig hunting enthusiast Josh BRONES - talks about the insanity of chasing wild, ugly pigs.]