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Military tribunal 'cause for concern'
Senator Hillary Clinton
Senator Clinton voiced concern about the current US Administration

On Sunday, 6 July 2003, Breakfast with Frost featured an interview with Senator Hilary Clinton

The former First Lady of the United States, Senator Hillary Clinton gave a wide-ranging interview about her time in the White House, the current American political scene and her own future ambitions.

She insisted that her 30-year marriage to Bill Clinton was an "on-going incredible relationship" as well as a political partnership, and that, in her new role as a New York Senator, she was "trying to stand up for the same policies" her husband Bill represented.

Marriage to Bill an "on-going incredible relationship"
Senator Hilary Clinton

She talked of her friendship with the Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife - saying she admired Cherie Blair greatly: "Given all that she's had to contend with, she has performed extraordinarily well."

American foreign policy questioned

Mrs Clinton voiced her concerns about the current US administration under President George Bush and particularly about the direction of American foreign policy.

"There's nothing secret about it, it is wide open and very public that there's a well-organised, well-financed agenda that is quite right- wing and many of the people in the current administration certainly ascribe to that particular political perspective," she said.

"They are people who have a very strong view of America's supremacy - which I agree with in terms of our standing in the world today - but pursue the end of that power and America's leadership in ways that are very different, not just from the Clinton administration, but the first Bush, the Reagan [administrations], on back to the Second World War."

Concerns over military tribunal

She re-affirmed her support for the US-led military action in Afghanistan and Iraq. But she voiced concern about the continuing detention of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and the prospect that some of them, including two Britons, could be tried and even sentenced to death by an American military tribunal.

"Britain has a great stake in this," she said, "And I think that there certainly is grounds for your asking that, you know, British citizens be subjected to whatever process Britain has."

BBC called to apologise

Also on the programme, the Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell MP talked about the continuing row between the government and the BBC - repeating calls for the BBC to apologise for the claim that intelligence reports on Saddam Hussein's weapons capability were "sexed up".

Culture Secretary, Tessa Jowell MP
"... a real sense of anger about the damage that this allegation can cause"
"There is a real sense of anger about the damage that this allegation can cause, and the apparent refusal of the BBC to say whether or not the allegation is true," she told Peter Sissons.

Commenting on newspaper reports that the BBC Director General Greg Dyke is determined not to back down and had said it was a case of "do or die" for the Corporation, Ms Jowell said:

"It's a great pity that Greg is digging or appears to be digging himself in, in that way, if what is reported is true, if he actually said that."

BBC future 'not affected'

But she said the dispute would not affect discussions about the future of the BBC, in the run up to the renewal of its charter in 2006.

"It is perfectly possible to separate this row now, which can be very shortly concluded, from the wider and absolutely crucial question of charter review for the BBC, the role of the BBC in modern broadcasting," she said.

London's Olympic Games bid

Another guest on the programme was the President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge - who talked about London's bid to stage the 2012 Olympic Games.

He said the games would go to the city which offered the best package in terms of infrastructure, sports venues, security and transport.

"The choice will not be decided by reputation or by the glitter of the city. It's going to be decided by what you can offer to the athletes in terms of quality," he said.

Olympic oarsman as ambassador

He also repeated his doubts about the decision to field David Beckham as London's ambassador - suggesting the oarsman Sir Steve Redgrave would have been a better choice:

The newspapers were reviewed by Ruthie Henshall and Sir Peter Stothard
Ruthie Henshall and Sir Peter Stothard reviewed the newspapers
"What is the relevance of having a football player coming to us and saying please give us the games when you know that he is not going to play," he asked. "

"Steve has won five consecutive gold medals, he's an icon in sport and ... is really someone who has a record."

The programme also featured an interview with Dame Julie Andrews - star of the Hollywood musicals "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins" - who said she doubted whether she would ever sing again professionally, following failed surgery on her throat.

The newspapers were reviewed by the actress Ruthie Henshall and the former editor of The Times Sir Peter Stothard.


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