Charlottesville–Right Now: Fire Chief Charles Werner joins Coy Barefoot

1.5.11 Fire Chief for the City of Charlottesville Charles Werner joins Coy to discuss the recovered piece of steel from 9/11. The Charlottesville Fire Department has been selected as one of the stations nationwide which will receive a piece of steel from the World Trade Center towers. This specific piece comes from the North Tower- the second tower to fall- and Chief Werner talks about the plans for where this piece will find its eventual home. As a related note, the conversation covers the development plane for the upcoming station to be built on Fontaine Avenue.

Gitmo and “The Response”

In our previous show we reflected on several of the movies showcased at this year’s Virginia Film Festival. In today’s show, we will examine “The Response,” a short film about the Guantanamo Bay War Tribunals and the plight of Guantanamo detainees by Sig Libowitz, screened at this year’s Virginia Film Festival.

During the course of the seven years since 9-11, the United States and its elected representatives have made calculated moves to deal with the declared “War on Terror.” Because of the nature of this global war, which is based more in backrooms around the world than on battlefields, it has become increasingly difficult to have concrete ideas about whom and where we are, or should be fighting.

Because of the clandestine nature of the war, the measures to combat it have also taken a more covert form, including… Abu Ghraib… and more recently, Guantanamo Bay. These Prisoner Detentions Camps were set up in an effort to isolate suspected enemy combatants from battle regions and interrogate them so that the war in the Gulf, and on Terror could be mitigated.

For more information about the show or to see the full text, visit the Oscar Show’s blog