This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) President Obama’s policy shift on prosecuting Bush administration officials who approved harsh interrogations of terror suspects examined; memo from former White House lawyer Jay Bybee justifying waterboarding quoted. [With Jordan's King Abdullah, OBAMA – says it will be more of a decision for the attorney general.] [On ABC’s “This Week,” White House chief of staff Rahm EMANUEL- says Obama believes they should not be prosecuted.] [Senator Dianne FEINSTEIN- calls for holding back judgment.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY- criticizes Bybee.] [From Fox News, former Vice President Dick CHENEY – says they did not put out the memos that show the success of the effort.] ["New York Times" Scott SHANE- comments on the tactics not being questioned when they were approved.]
(Studio: Brian Williams; White House: Chuck Todd) The Congressional pressure on Obama discussed.
(New York: Ron Allen) The court appearance of the pirate from Somalia accused in the attack on the cargo ship Alabama reviewed; details given of the dispute over Abdi Wali Muse’s age; scenes shown of Muse.
(Boston: Jeff Rossen) The arrest of Philip Markoff for the murder of a masseuse who advertised on craigslist featured; scenes shown of Markoff in court; details given about the evidence; statement from Markoff’s fiancée quoted. [Suffolk County assistant D.A. Jennifer HICKMAN- describes the murder of Julissa Brisman.] [Suffolk County D.A. Daniel CONLEY- says the defendant is a predator.] [Defense attorney John SALSBERG- says he is not guilty.] [Friend James KEHOE- reacts.]
(Supreme Court: Pete Williams) The Supreme Court hearing on strip searching students reviewed; details given about the case of then-middle schooler Savana Redding; courtroom sketches by Art Lien shown as remarks from Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter are quoted. [Now, REDDING - recounts what happened.] [ACLU Adam WOLF- says it was unreasonable.] [School district lawyer Matthew WRIGHT- speaks out for the health and safety of students.]
(Studio and Babylon, Iraq: Richard Engel) The popularity among Iraqis of former President Saddam Hussein’s Babylon palace as a tourist attraction featured; scenes shown from the site of the Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens and from inside the palace. [At the palace, Iraqi TOURISTS – react to seeing the palace, which had been prohibited before.]
(Kendallville, Indiana: John Yang) The Boomerang Backpacks program, which provides backpacks filled with food for the weekend for Kendallville, Indiana, elementary school students assembled by East Noble High School students, featured. [Teacher Mark COCKROFT- says we wanted to involve our high school students so they understood what it’s like to help the community.] [High school students Emma TIPTON, Kimberly SPRINGSTEAD- comment on volunteering.] [10-year-old Bryson STADTFELT, dad Eric STADTFELT- comment on people caring.]