Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, author of the book Chain of Command and many important articles about the Bush administration’s Iran policy, discusses his new one for The New Yorker magazine, “Preparing the Battlefield,” Secretary Gates’s warning about long term consequences of an air attack, the turning over of much of America’s covert action under the control of the Joint Special Operations Command to avoid oversight, the backing of Sunni radicals in Iran, Baluchistan, Kurdistan etc. in order to try to provoke the Iranian government into escalating as an excuse for war.
Anthony Gregory, writer for the Independent Institute, the Future of Freedom Foundation, and LewRockwell.com, discusses the Republican crimes which increase the warfare/welfare/police state and how the Congressional Democrats go along, not out of fear that they’ll be called cowards, but because they simply want the power for themselves.
Brian Doherty, senior editor at Reason magazine and author of Radicals for Capitalism, discusses the recent Supreme Court decision on gun control in Washington D.C., how the court avoids issues it finds discomforting, the history of the court’s rulings on gun laws and the question of to what degree the 2nd Amendment pertains to self defense from other private citizens and to defense from tyranny in government.
Dr. Gordon Prather, Antiwar.com’s in-house nuclear physicist, discusses the chaos of the Bush regime’s policies against the “Axis of Evil” and global non-proliferation regime, from trying to frame North Korea with the same bogus intel as they used on Iraq to trying to connect Iran and North Korea with the Israeli-bombed facility in Syria, the U.S.’s nuclear deals with India, how A.Q. Kahn’s stolen intel scheme was falsely claimed by George Tenet to be a CIA success story, the vague credentials of nuke “expert” David Albright Ph.D and how the Bush team has put us in far more danger from nuclear proliferation.
Trevor Lyman of Break the Matrix.com discusses the strange bedfellows project forming alliances with Glenn Greenwald and other prominent voices to stop the retroactive immunity that Congress is trying to give to the telecom industry for their crimes against Americans and hopes that going forward they will be able to continue to combine their influence to save the Bill Of Rights.
Clay Ramsay of WorldPublicOpinion.org discusses their new poll out about world public opinion on torture, how only 53% of Americans oppose torture in all circumstances, the vast politicization of the torture issue in America, how most Americans would rather conform with the law than basic morality, American opinion in favor of talking with Iran over war and Iranian perspectives on their own regime.
Melvin Goodman, author of Failure of Intelligence: The Rise and Fall of the CIA, discusses problems with the CIA, how the serial intelligence manipulator Robert Gates was brought in to replace Rumsfeld only after Rumsfeld started talking about withdrawal, the history of distorting intelligence to fit the policy, how the military runs the intelligence apparatus, Congress’s indifference to the Constitutional crisis and our inevitable failures in Iraq and the militarily-led war on terror.
Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan, discusses the American media’s abandonment of the Iraq war as a topic worth covering, the humanitarian catastrophe that continues to deteriorate, the “excess deaths” in Iraq since the invasion, the total number of Iraqis killed with American complicity over the years, America’s government’s on-off relationship with Saddam Hussein, the failure of the “surge” to allow for 5 million refugees to return to their homes.
Chris Hedges, co-author of the new book Collateral Damage: America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians, discusses the recent talk of lifting the blockade against Gaza and the horrific conditions and collective punishment inflicted by Israel, how the U.S. troops in Iraq are in an atrocity producing situation, the black-out by the U.S. media of the brutal reality of the Iraq occupation, the civilian killing “flying check points,” how the Bush regime converted the mass Muslim sympathy towards the U.S. following 9/11 into wide-spread resentment and al Qaeda’s best recruitment tool and how another attack on America will most likely turn us into a total police state.
The Other Scott Horton, heroic international human rights lawyer, journalist for Harper’s magazine and steadfast opponent of torture, discusses his new article for The New Republic, “Travel Advisory,” the Supreme Court’s reversal of the War Party’s end-run around habeas corpus, how Bush continually ignores Supreme Court decisions, the many war crimes committed by the Bush administration principals and their lawyers, how prosecution might proceed in foreign states, how “the war council” plotted the whole torture regime, the many people who have been killed under U.S. custody, the charade of the military tribunal system, how our policy of torture is the terrorists best recruiting tool and the danger of a total police state.
Eric Margolis discusses the widening of the hopeless U.S. occupation of Afghanistan into Pakistan, America’s siding with the formerly pro-Soviet Tajik and Uzbek forces against the Pashtuns, the hatred of U.S. actions by most of the people of Pakistan, the relative lack of danger that Pakistan’s nukes could get loose or be used, how Americans don’t recognize they are living in an empire, U.S. plans to invade Afghanistan before 9/11, why the U.S. let Bin Laden escape and the AQ Kahn nuclear black market network.
Tom Engelhardt, proprietor of TomDispatch.com and editor of the new book, The World According to Tomdispatch: America in the New Age of Empire, discusses his recent article “The Greatest Story Never Told” about the immense permanent military bases the U.S. has built throughout Iraq, how most Americans are oblivious to this, the lack of media coverage of the U.S. bombing escalation of Iraq, how Americans would react if we were attacked, how few Americans grasp the enormous number of civilians killed by the U.S in Iraq, the 20% of Iraqis either dead or exiled, and the little, if any, change the presidential candidates will bring to the American empire.
Gareth Porter discusses his recent article “Fearing Escalation, Pentagon Fought Cheney Iran Plan,” about how the military leadership foiled Cheney’s plan of bombing Iran last summer by shifting the debate to the escalation factor, the rabid madness of Dick Cheney, how the Air Force’s over-confidence is encouraging his desire to bomb Iran, the media black-out of the questions surrounding probable Israeli origins of the “smoking laptop,” and what you can do to help avoid another war.
Lew Rockwell discusses his recent talk at the Future of Freedom Foundation conference about modern wars’ dependence on inflation by the Federal Reserve, how the Fed fueled WWI to help the Morgan empire, why governments prefer to debase a currency rather than tax or borrow, how the Fed not only inflates the currency but redistributes wealth from the poor to the politically-connected rich, creates the booms and busts of the business cycle, and makes the warfare state possible, the government’s corruption of language to hide it’s crimes, importance of Austrian economic thought and how all acts committed by the state would be crimes if carried out by regular citizens.