Too much information. The head of WikiLeaks tells us why he's posted
more than ninety thousand secret documents on the war in Afghanistan.
From warden to inmate. In Cambodia, former prison head "Comrade Duch"
becomes the first Khmer Rouge official convicted for war crimes.
By the time they get out of Phoenix. With the passage of Arizona's
strict immigration law just days away, undocumented migrant workers are
leaving the state in droves.
A common census approach. The most Canadian of controversies is the
subject of the most Canadian of possible solutions: a compromise.
Primate suspects. South African tourists are infuriated by a rash of
thefts from cars -- and their ire is directed at perps you could call
the apes of wrath.
And...Number Two with a bullet. Fans of Kings of Leon love the band
from the bottom of their hearts -- but at a St. Louis concert, a group
of birds loves the band from the heart of their bottoms.
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that hates a stool pigeon.
the weekend, the website Wikileaks published more than ninety thousand
U.S. military logs relating to the war in Afghanistan. Depending on whom
you ask, the release is either a "criminal act" or one of the truest
snapshots of the mission so far. Regardless, it's one of the biggest
leaks in American history.
The man behind it is Julian Assange. He's the founder of Wikileaks. We reached him today in London.
One of the documents published by Wikileaks has caught the attention of As It Happens. That's because it tells a very different story than the one Canadians have heard.
U.S. military log is dated September 3rd, 2006. It was the second day
of one of the biggest military operations in Canadian history called
Operation Medusa. The log says that four Canadian soldiers were killed
by friendly fire. But Canadian forces have always maintained the men
were killed in combat.
called Michel Drapeau to help us understand this log and what it could
mean. He's a former colonel with the Canadian Forces. We reached him at
his home in Ottawa.
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Canadians, it seems, are quite passionate about their data.
week on the program, we spoke with Nils Veldhuis about the federal
government's decision to make the long-form census voluntary.
That had Talkback callers lining up to volunteer their opinions.
Steve Cheung of Toronto writes:
citizens of Canada, we only need to fulfill very few duties: taxes,
jury duty, and the long form census. These are part of the
responsibilities of being a citizen, a small sacrifice for the privilege
of living in Canada."
But Greg Willows feels that the government has no business sticking its nose in our business. He writes:
"This is not about doing our civic duties. It is about Corporate Canada wanting a cheap ride on the back of Canadians."
Sandy Poole of Ottawa called Talkback to ask why no one was considering
a compromise, rather than scrapping the mandatory long-form census
Well, Sandy, today,
the National Statistics Council stepped into the middle of the
battlefield and suggested that very thing -- a compromise.
McKinnon is the Chair of the Council, which is an advisory board to
Statistics Canada. We reached him in Victoria, British Columbia.
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Dateline, St. Louis, Missouri.Whenever you head out to see your
favourite band play, you know there's always a chance the gig will be
cancelled. The singer's hair dryer could break, the tour van could get a
flat, or some lackey backstage could have messed up the band's concert
rider -- you know, that list of demands musicians put out while on tour.
For example, rappers Eminem and 50 Cent both demand a masseur in their
game room; Cher needs a wig room; and Ozzy Osbourne needs an ear, nose
and throat doctor ready to administer him with a shot of B-12.
while some musicians go to extremes in their demands, others enjoy the
simpler things in life. Kings of Leon, for example, request
easy-to-procure items like "ultra-balm" tissues.
when the Nashville band cancelled its gig last Friday in St. Louis, it
wasn't because the tissues weren't there. It was because they were so
It seems that an
infestation of pigeons living in the rafters of the Verizon Amphitheatre
took a liking to the band. And they demonstrated their affection the
only way pigeons can. No sooner had the band begun to play than bass
player Jared Followill was hit with pigeon excrement. And the birds were
no one-hit wonders. They continued to strike the bassist throughout the
first two songs.
had warned Kings of Leon's management beforehand about the pigeon
problem, but the poop problem really came up -- or should I say down --
when opening acts The Postelles and The Stills essentially became
"covered bands," after their performances.
Thinking it unfair to cancel at the last minute, the Kings tried to
prevail -- but partway through their third song, the pigeons struck a
decisive blow. They hit Jared on the cheek, uncomfortably near his
mouth. At which point, the band left the stage. As drummer Nathan
Followill later tweeted, "it was too unsanitary to continue."
The band has since apologized, and refunds are being issued.
Speaking of "painted faces," here's Kings of Leon with their hit song, "Use Somebody."
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Well, that story almost makes me feel better about the colony of bats living on the ceiling of our studio.
Sshh. You'll wake them up.
Right. Sorry. We're going to take a short break now so that you can
hear the latest news and weather, and then we'll be back with more As It
Happens. When we return:
Comrade in shackles. The man in charge of the most notorious prison of
the Khmer Rouge era, Comrade Duch, is sentenced in Cambodia.
Dawson's clique. Former Montreal Expos hero Andre Dawson is in good
company, after he's inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
His sharp criticism was flat-out unacceptable. Reality-show judge Simon
Cowell is probably grumpier than ever, when he's faced with a lawsuit
for being mean.
Stay tuned. I'm LL.
And I'm DJ.
For the first time in Cambodia's history, a senior member of the Khmer
Rouge has been sentenced for crimes committed during the genocide of the
nineteen-seventies. Kiang Guek Eav, or Comrade Duch as he is more
infamously known, was sentenced today to thirty-five years in prison, by
the U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge Tribunal.
Comrade Duch ran the notorious S-21 prison in Cambodia's capital, Phnom
Penh. As head of the prison, Duch undertook and oversaw horrific acts
of torture against the inmates -- and was responsible for thousands of
During the trial, Comrade
Duch profusely apologized for his actions. Here is an excerpt of the
former prison warden talking to the tribunal back in November.
Guy De Launey has been following the trial of Comrade Duch for the BBC. We reached him in Phnom Penh.
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He had a bad knee, and played on an artificial field that was likened
to playing on concrete. In spite of that, Andre Dawson was named the
1977 National League Rookie of the Year in his first season with the
Montreal Expos. And ever since, Mr. Dawson has been one of the most
popular players in Expos history.
Yesterday, Andre "The Hawk" Dawson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
played with the Expos for ten years before going on to join the Chicago
Cubs. In his first season at Wrigley Field he was named the National
League MVP. Not bad for a thirty-three year-old guy with a bum knee.
his twenty-one year career, the centerfielder played with the Expos,
the Cubs, the Boston Red Sox and the Florida Marlins. He won eight Gold
Gloves, hit more than four hundred home runs, had more than three
hundred stolen bases -- and had eleven knee surgeries.
the ceremony yesterday, Andre Dawson reflected on the game he still
loves. Here's an excerpt of his induction speech, for the record.
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Whenever I go away on vacation, I do my best to blend in. For example, I
only bring two Hawaiian shirts with me when I visit the Caribbean. I
make sure to wear a tastefully mid-sized sombrero in Mexico City. And
under no circumstances do I sew a Canadian flag on the gigantic backpack
I cart around each day.
Like a lot
of people, I go through these efforts not only because I want to try to
experience the life of a local, but also because I don't want to stand
out to criminals who see tourists as easy prey.
it doesn't matter how hard visitors to Cape Town, South Africa try to
blend in. They've become the targets of a new type of criminal ... and
these guys aren't monkeying around. They're master thieves.
Theuns Vivian is Cape Town's destination development manager. We reached him at home.
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A woman is suing Simon Cowell for being mean.
Now, if this case gets to trial, you might imagine the jury would
return a verdict of, "Well, duh." Mr. Cowell -- who created the program
"Britain's Got Talent", on which he is a judge, and who also spent nine
seasons as a judge on "American Idol" -- is renowned for his unsparing
criticism. Or, to be a little less diplomatic, he's known as the
joyless, insensitive ogre whose only pleasure is crushing the dreams of
talent-show contestants like a steamroller crushes a robin's egg. Also,
it looks like he cuts his own hair with a hedge clipper. And his shirts
are too tight. But I digress.
was saying, you might imagine that suing Simon Cowell for being
withering is like suing a school of piranha for skeletonizing you. But
maybe Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai is trying to make a larger point.
Czikai -- who prefers to go by "Emma" -- appeared as a contestant on
"Britain's Got Talent" in May of 2009. She sounded like this:It's true
that Emma didn't really sound good. Which prompted this exchange with
Simon Cowell.Pretty standard stuff: someone does her best and fails --
and then the mean judge makes her failure much worse with insults. But
Emma thinks that standard stuff stinks.
now she is suing Simon Cowell and "Britain's Got Talent", accusing the
program and its judges of "exploitation, humiliation, degradation, and
barbarism." She wants four million dollars -- some of which will
compensate her for hurt feelings, and about half of which will make up
for "loss of earnings".
case probably won't proceed. She's already had one complaint rejected by
the U.K.'s media regulator. But even if her singing's a little
tone-deaf, Emma's public attack on reality-show bullying is
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It seems that there's no tactic like an old tactic.
Friday, we told you that BP is hiring academic experts to help it
defend itself in court. The company is facing several hundred lawsuits
over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Nelson of the American Association of University Professors told As It
Happens that the contract BP is offering those experts effectively
muzzles those best able to act as public watchdogs.
And that brought out the legal expert in Talkback.