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Pt 2: God & Country - The Abu Ghraib prison is a foreboding, dark gray compound that sits on the outskirts of Baghdad. It's now recognized world-wide as the place where American soldiers tortured and humiliated Iraqis after the U.S. invasion in 2003.
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Today's guest host was Margaret Evans.
It's Friday, July 4th ... Independence Day in the United States.
Earlier this week, Barack Obama quoted Mark Twain, saying "patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it."
Currently, John McCain has issued the following reply. "I knew Mark Twain. Mark Twain was a friend of mine. And Senator Obama, you're no Mark Twain."
This is The Current.
When you're talking about salmon, the phrase "Fry Willy" probably springs to mind more easily than "Free Willy." But when an estimated 30,000 farmed Atlantic salmon made a break for it earlier this week, it was hardly a heartwarming tale of newfound freedom. The salmon in question escaped from their pen at a fish farm off the coast of British Columbia, about 30 kilometres north of Campbell River. For Marine Harvest Canada, Canada's largest aquaculture company, that means big losses. For critics of fish farming, it's their worst fears brought to fruition raising the spectre of the further spread of sea lice and an increased threat to the habitat of the already depleted wild Pacific salmon stocks.
Solving the Great Escape
Clare Backman is the Community Relations and Environmental Compliance Director for Marine Harvest Canada. He joined us from Campbell River, British Columbia. And Jennifer Lash is the Executive Director of the Living Oceans Society. And she was in Sointula, British Columbia.
The Current requested an interview with Loyola Hearn, the Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans but he isn't available for the show. We also requested an interview with Stan Hagan, British Columbia's Minister of Agriculture and Lands, the department that regulates salmon farming in the province. He too was unavailable for comment.
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God & Country
The Abu Ghraib prison is a foreboding, dark gray compound that sits on the outskirts of Baghdad. It's now recognized world-wide as the place where American soldiers tortured and humiliated Iraqis after the U.S. invasion in 2003.
Joshua Castille is going to take us inside Abu Ghraib this morning. He's a devout Christian with a deep love of literature and philosophy. And back in 2004, he found himself working in Abu Ghraib as an interrogator for the United States military.
Freelance journalist Tina Pittaway went to meet Joshua Castille at his home in Iowa City and produced this documentary. It's called "For God and Country" and it first aired on The Current last October.
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