Kresta in the Afternoon – March 18, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – McCotter Calls for AIG Break Up

    Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), Chairman of Republican House Policy Committee and the first member of Congress to oppose the Wall Street bailout, is calling for the dismantling of AIG. He says AIG has affronted and defied the public and its representative government.  This ‘too big to fail’ company that is now 80 percent owned by the American taxpayer, is now lavishing its executives with $165 million in bonuses. For what? Abject failure? He’s here to make his case.

    Second Topic – Charges Against Haditha Marine Chessani Dropped ... Again. Is this the end of the story?

    The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington D.C. has unanimously upheld a lower court ruling dismissing criminal charges against Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani for his alleged role in the Haditha incident in Iraq on Nov. 15, 2005. Chessani is the highest ranking officer facing criminal charges as a result of the incident that left one Marine dead and 11 others wounded during the day-long battle against al-Qaida led and financed insurgents. Seven other Marines, three officers and four enlisted men were also charged in the case. All except one of them has been exonerated. Even though he wasn’t present, Chessani was criminally charged with failing to launch a full investigation into the incident. The government has yet to announce whether it will pursue another appeal. He has been represented by the Thomas More Law Center and one of the attorneys at the center of the case, Brian Rooney, is to discuss the victory.

    Third Topic – Kresta Comments

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