Patrick Cockburn, discusses “The Surge: A Special Report” which he wrote for the Independent, where he is Middle East correspondent: the split between the Sadr and Hakim factions; American propaganda that Iran is behind Sadr and the Mahdi Army and the “new” EFP bombs; the widespread humanitarian catastrophe; the occupation and sectarian war it has created, divisions in Kurdistan, the crisis in Kirkuk, predictions in the event of an eventual withdrawal, the redirection toward the Sunni insurgency, the unimportance of Allawi, Maliki or anyone else America installs in power, the danger to U.S. soldiers in Iraq if Cheney bombs Iran and predictions for the short and long term.
Historian and journalist Gareth Porter, discusses the Israeli government, Israeli Lobby and neoconservative’s responsibility for pushing the United States toward war with Iran since 2002, split opinions in the run-up to war with Iraq, the neocons recently announced upcoming propaganda push and the scoop that he can prove the Cheney regime has known since before they started lying about it that the Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) are made in Iraq by Iraqis not by Iran trying to start a war with us.
Nelson Linder, head of the Austin NAACP discusses Ron Paul’s message of liberty and the local cops’ policy of murdering unarmed black folks when they feel like it.
The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, heroic crusader against the American government’s use of torture and author of the renowned No Comment blog at the Harper’s magazine Website, explains how the Bush/Cheney administration continues to fight for their right to torture people, the roles played by former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and likely replacement Michael Chertoff in crafting U.S. torture policy, the overall politicization of the Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney scandal and bogus prosecutions of political opponents, NSA/AT&T wiretaps and the “State’s Secrets Privilege,” the Stab in Maliki’s back in Iraq, preparations for war with the Iranians and the legal framework being set up in order for the government to torture them too.
Corbett Edge O’Meara, a defense attorney from Detroit, discusses the horrendous persecution of his client, Omar Shishani, for testifying for the defense in the bogus case of the “Detroit Sleeper Cell.”
Warren Richey, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, discusses the case against Jose Padilla, the state’s inability to prove the extent of his involvement with al Qaeda and the broad conditions under which the government will now detain an American citizen without trial.
Lew Rockwell, founder and president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, discusses the corruption of the modern conservative movement, the detrimental effects the Federal Reserve System has on the economy, and how it perpetuates the warfare/welfare state.
(Due to non-profit rules a shortened version without the Ron Paul discussion ran on Antiwar.com. This is the whole interview. Just the Ron Paul part of the conversation here.)
Presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul discusses the economic consequences of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the scars of PTSD and the administration’s betrayal of wounded veterans, how nice it would be if the War Party had to clean up the DU, why the U.S. should withdraw from Iraq as soon as physically possible, the role of the Military-Industrial-Complex in determining foreign policy, the likelihood and possible consequences of war with Iran for our troops in Iraq, our economy, and our liberty, why all the tax money spent militarily “securing” recourses is being wasted due to a mistaken and outdated mercantilist understanding of economics, the failure of the Congressional Democrats to check the war powers of the president, why U.S. intervention on behalf of Israel is bad for us, bad for them and bad for their neighbors, America’s deteriorating relationship with Russia and China and why the U.S. government should stay out of Darfur.
Scott Horton, assistant editor at Antiwar.com and director of the radio project, debunks the War Party’s excuses for war with Iran. (It sounds funny because it was recorded on the interviewee end.)
Gareth Porter, historian and reporter for IPS News, explains how the American occupation only exacerbates the situation in the Iraq, how local Sunnis have always been better equipped than the U.S. to handle al Qaeda in Iraq and debunks the administration’s propaganda about Iran in Iraq.
Mikey Weinstein, former Reagan White House counsel, president and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and author of the book, With God On Our Side: One Man’s War Against an Evangelical Coup in America’s Military discusses the American Taliban takeover the Armed Services and the I.G.’s newest whitewash.