This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Aaron Brown) "The Whip" introduced.
(Washington: David Ensor; White House: Dana Bash; State Department: Andrea Koppel) "NewsNight"'s major headlines previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Page two & a half: more stories previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Statement from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice about Iraq & voluntary disarmament quoted.
(Washington: David Ensor) The case being made by President Bush's administration against Iraq reviewed; details given about the American intelligence evidence against Iraq. [Deputy defense secretary Paul WOLFOWITZ - says sources indicate that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will kill any scientist who cooperates with U.N. weapons inspectors; states we have a powerful case.] [Former CIA analyst Graham FULLER- says the US has to be frank about evidence against Iraq.] How the evidence may be laid out & how clear cut the pictures will be discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The question of allied support for the US against Iraq introduced.
(White House: Dana Bash) The US case for support for a war against Iraq examined; details given of support from Britain, Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic & Australia & some Arab nations, which will allow logistical support. [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER- says Bush is confident Europe will answer the call.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says we will be joined by many nations.] [Former supreme allied commander Gen. Wesley CLARK- says if the US goes without a U.N. resolution we will not have the same weight of legitimacy.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(State Department: Andrea Koppel) Powell's changing position on Iraq examined; details given of his stance now that inspections will not work. [October 30, 2002, POWELL - talks about weapons inspections.] [August 26, 2002, Vice President Dick CHENEY- says Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has perfected the "cheat & retreat" strategy.] [Brookings Inst. Ivo DAALDER- says Powell is now making the case against Saddam.] The sudden shift in "good soldier" Powell's view discussed.
(Baghdad: Nic Robertson) Preparations for war in Iraq featured; scenes shown from the streets of Baghdad of anti-American demonstrations & of U.N. weapons inspections; details given of growing Iraqi criticism of inspections. [National Monitoring Directorate Hossam Mohammed AMIN- criticizes UN visits & the issue of interviewing Iraqi scientists.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with former Senator George Mitchell about the case for war against Iraq. [From Washington, MITCHELL - says President Bush is trying to persuade the public that Iraq can only be disarmed by force; says the real issue is whether the US will continue through the U.N. process; predicts the American people will support the commander-in-chief if there is a war.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(On the US-Mexico border: Jason Bellini) A citizen's militia that operates along the Arizona-Mexico border to stop illegal immigrants & terrorists from crossing into the US featured; scenes shown. [Civil Homeland Defense Chris SIMOX- says America could be attacked; states our borders are not being protected.] [Several MILITIAMEN - comment.] [Derechos Humanos Isabel GARCIA- says they are vigilantes.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The hearings in Louisiana into the "friendly fire" attack by two US pilots on Canadian ground forces; the announcement of quarterly losses by McDonald's & death of actress/singer Nell Carter reported. [At Barksdale Air Force Base, widow Marley LEGER- reacts to the apologies from the pilots.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The arrest in Kuwait of a man for killing an American on Tuesday; the unrest in Caracas, Venezuela, in the ongoing general strike against President Hugo Chavez & the discovery in China of a small dinosaur linked to birds reported.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live in-studio interview held with "Rolling Stone" magazine managing editor Ed Needham† & "Newsweek" reporter Seth Mnookin† about the story that gay men are actively seeking to contract the AIDS virus. [NEEDHAM - says a small group of gay men are seeking to become HIV positive; states both doctors confirm what they say & that facts were checked.] [MNOOKIN - quotes the article that claims there is an enormous trend among the gay population; states the doctors denied their quotes; questions "conflations" in the "Rolling Storm" article.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) How WAVY-TV in Norfolk, Virginia, is reporting the cold weather in the South presented; scenes shown of snow with reporters' voiceovers & field reports.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The wake in New Jersey for seven-year-old Faheem Williams, who died after being abused, shown.
(New York: Beth Nissen) The story of retired New York City cop Det. Jerry Giorgio, who has been devoted to solving the 1991 murder of "Baby Hope," presented; details given about the case; photos & the gravesite shown. [GIORGIO - comments on the horrible site of the murdered girl; states he became emotionally involved in the "Baby Hope" case.]