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The Torture Architects: Bush's Yes Men Testify

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D.C. SNAPSHOT: Bush Lawyers on Child Torture and Burial Alive
by Harry Hanbury on Jun 26, 2008
John Yoo and David Addington, two leading architects of the Bush administration's policies on torture, testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Even seemingly simple questions yielded evasive answers.
 
 
 
 
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Nick Penniman - Director

Before conceiving and starting the American News Project, Nick Penniman served as the Washington Director of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, the publisher of The Washington Monthly, the editor of TomPaine.com, the program director of the Campaign for America's Future, the associate editor of the American Prospect magazine, the director of the Alliance for Democracy and the editor of the Lincoln Journal. Over the course of his career, he has focused primarily on exposing political corruption, exploring the power and impact of corporate globalization, heralding the rise of independent media, challenging the decline of civic mindedness, and bringing attention to the intersection of public health and the environment. He has served on multiple nonprofit boards, including the Homeless Empowerment Project and the Roosevelt Institution. He graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in philosophy. He grew up in St. Louis and currently lives in Maryland with his wife and two sons.

David Murdock - Executive Producer

David Murdock has worked with with Bill Moyers on his series, What Can We Do About Violence?, David Grubin on the Emmy Award winning Truman, and Ofra Bikel on her Frontline special, Innocence Lost: The Plea. Murdock produced a number of hour-long PBS shows with journalist Hedrick Smith, including Surviving the Bottom Line (about the New Economy), Seeking Solutions (on community-based movements), Dr. Solomon’s Dilemma (a Frontline special on managed health care). His story on the medically uninsured for the Critical Condition series on PBS earned Murdock the first of two Emmy nominations for investigative journalism. For three years, Murdock was a staff producer with National Geographic Television, shooting and producing stories all over the world -- from Bolivian silver mines to Australian billabongs. Most recently, Murdock produced an hour of The Mysterious Human Heart for David Grubin Productions and PBS and a report on humanitarian efforts in Africa for Bill Moyers Journal. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English literature.

Davin Hutchins - Managing Producer

Davin Hutchins has 13 years of experience in television journalism. He has worked with CNN, CNN International, Headline News, Reuters, BBC World, IRIN News, Witness.org, Internews and TechTV. His assignments have taken him to Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Iceland, France, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands as well as locations throughout the United States. Hutchins directed The Art Of Flight, his debut feature documentary, which was featured at AFI Fest, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and Bangkok International Film Festival. Hutchins holds an M.A. in Middle East studies from the American University in Cairo and two B.A.s in journalism and history from California State University: Fresno. He reads and writes classical and colloquial (Egyptian) Arabic. In addition to his work at the American News Project, where he spearheaded the site's core functionality, Hutchins also founded and designed NomadsLand in Washington, D.C., an international community devoted to social-issue documentaries.

Harry Hanbury - Senior Producer

Over 10 years as a freelancer and, most recently, as a senior producer with New Media Mill, Harry Hanbury has specialized in producing, shooting, and editing public-interest videos. His clients have included Advocates for Youth, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the Alliance for Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Gamaliel Foundation, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Save Darfur Coalition. In 2000, Hanbury produced documentary shorts for the Discovery Channel, filming in South Africa, the Bahamas, and Galapagos. And from 1998 to 2004, he worked with six Hollywood studios to produce dozens of shorts featuring Martin Scorsese, Brad Pitt, Ray Romano, and a long list of other celebrities. Hanbury’s career started in 1993, after receiving a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from New College of Florida.

Tala Dowlatshahi - Producer

Tala Dowlatshahi is a journalist who has worked for Amnesty International in London and various UN agencies in New York and Geneva. Since 2002, Dowlatshahi has served as a U.S. Representative of Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans Frontieres) -- the Paris-based media watchdog organization. She has chronicled stories in Afghanistan, Colombia, Eritrea, Eastern Europe, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda. She has also been featured on CNN International, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Reuters, Hoy Newspaper, Globo Television-Brazil, Counter-Spin-WBAI/Pacifica Radio New York, Radio America-Washington DC, KGO Radio for ABC News- San Francisco, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and in various humanitarian news programs. She is an associate member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Interactive EMMYs, the International Peace Academy, New York Women in Film and Television and the Overseas Press Club of America. She holds a B.A. in mass communications from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. in international politics from New York University.

Ted Roach - Coordinating Producer

Recently relocated to Washington D.C., filmmaker Ted Roach has been producing, directing and editing films and television projects since graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996 (BA US History). In April 2008, he, along with one other producer, won the award for Best Documentary at the Malibu International Film Festival for a film he edited and produced, "Somay Ku; A Uganda Tennis Story". In 2007, his film "The Gentleman Don La Mancha", written, directed and edited by Roach while receiving a Directing and Editing Certification at the Los Angeles Film School, won the Best Student Film award at the Mexico International Film Festival, after spending three years on the international film festival circuit, highlighted by being nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2007 European Independent Film Festival in Paris, and appearing in the Newport Beach, Boston International, and Dances with Films Festival (LA). He is currently finishing up an MFA Film degree at American University in Washington, DC.

Garland McLaurin - Coordinating Producer

Garland McLaurin has worked in the area of television and film for nine years. Prior to the American News Project, McLaurin has produced worked for Verizon Fios 1, National Geographic and Retirement Living Channel. McLaurin holds a B.A. in radio-TV-film from Howard University and studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the M.F.A. film program. He has taught classes on film in South Africa and at Howard University and has received grants for his work from DC Commission of the Arts and the Princess Grace Foundation.

Eve Qureini - Associate Producer / Operations Manager

Eve Qureini has 15 years of documentary photography experience, working in Morocco, Haiti, Spain, England, Germany, France, and the United States. She has shot video for PBS and News Channel 7(WJLA). Her magazine work includes The Washington Monthly and Jazz Times. She is a native Washingtonian.

Danielle Ivory - Associate Producer

Before joining the American News Project, Danielle Ivory worked with Bill Moyers as a senior fellow and research director at the Schumann Center for Media & Democracy and Public Affairs Television. In the past, she has worked as a production assistant with Weekend Edition Sunday on National Public Radio and as a reporter for The Nation, one of Thailand's national English-language newspapers. Ivory holds an M.Phil in modern history from the University of Oxford, where she wrote her dissertation on the history of car accidents, and an A.B. in history from Princeton University.

David Sullivan - Production Intern

David is currently a graduate student at Regent University working
towards his Masters in Cinema and Television. Before enrolling in the graduate program, David spent three years working for NBC News in Washington, DC. He also spent the summer of 2007 in Brussels working on a reality show entitled The Ripple Effect where he assisted in production and edited dailies.

American News Project - Advisory Board

Joan Konner, Chair: Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Long-time TV producer and documentary filmmaker. Producer of more than 50 documentaries and many television series. Recipient of 16 Emmy Awards, the Peabody and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.


Leo Hindery, Jr.: Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners. Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation, a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Director of the Paley Center for Media and Teach for America, a Member of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia School of Journalism, and former Chairman of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and C-SPAN.


Mark Lloyd: Vice president of strategic initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Affiliate professor of public policy at Georgetown University. Emmy Award-winning journalist and a former producer and reporter for NBC and CNN.


Fran Rodgers: Entrepeneur and independent media advocate. Founder of the corporate consulting firm WFD. Named one of the 25 most influential working mothers in the America by Working Mother magazine. Recipient of the Columbus Award for Discovery from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. National Winner of Entrepeneur of the Year Award in Social Responsibility (Inc Magazine and Ernst and Young.)


Hedrick Smith: Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor. Producer and correspondent of more than 20 award-winning PBS prime time specials and miniseries. Author of several national best-selling books, including "The Russians" and "The Power Game: How Washington Works."

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