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February 1, 2002

Does the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) threaten American democracy? NOW reports on a little known provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), called Chapter 11, that was designed to protect investors if foreign governments tried to seize their property. Some foreign companies are using it to challenge American laws, regulations, and jury verdicts. NOW also profiles "The Invisible Ones" — undocumented workers who are victims of September 11. What is the fate of these victims of the World Trade Center tragedy and how should America respond?

In Depth

Felix: The Invisible Ones

What Did Enron's Ken Lay Discuss with Vice President Dick Cheney at Their Private Meeting?

The Invisible Ones: Dozens of undocumented aliens are missing after the 9/11 tragedy — who should their families turn to?

Trading Democracy: NAFTA's Chapter 11 allows multinational corporations have acquired the power to demand compensation if laws aimed at protecting the environment or public health harm them financially.

Voices: NOW goes to Perry, Iowa to ask "What makes an American?"


Harry Shearer

Humorist and sage Harry Shearer gives us the REAL State of the Union.

Poet Profile

Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

Poet Shirley Geok-lin Lim reads "Learning to love America."


Find out more about the issues discussed on NOW this week.

Read the complete transcript.


What Enron Wants (Frontline)
Producers: Lowell Bergman and Steven Johnson
Editor: Vincent Liota

Trading Democracy excerpt
Producer: Sherry Jones
Editor: Jennifer Beman White

Invisible People
Producers: Elena Mannes and Howard Weinberg
Editor: Lewis Erskine

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