Rep. Ron Paul discusses his view of the causes of the economic crisis and what should and shouldn’t be done about it.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service News Agency, discusses Stanley McChrystal’s role in extralegal assassinations and the Bagram prison torture program, Rumsfeld’s attempt to divert covert special operations from the somewhat accountable CIA to the Pentagon, the mixed messages in U.S. personnel and strategy changes in Afghanistan and how the U.S. continues to create enemies to justify staying in Iraq.
Larisa Alexandrovna, managing investigative news editor for Rawstory.com, discusses the possible treason in Valerie Plame’s outing, the subsequent loss of CIA covert contacts with the A.Q. Kahn network (that may have supplied al-Qaeda with weapons), evidence of the U.S. scheming to start a war with Iran as early as December 2001 and what living in a police state really looks like.
Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses Hillary Clinton’s emphatic rejection of any kind of Israeli settlement growth, the Obama administration’s (first in a generation) hard-line on Israel, the low probability of a Palestine/Israel 2-state solution even with a settlement freeze and allegations that Netanyahu sees Iran as Amalek – eternal biblical persecutor of Jews.
Eric Margolis, author of American Raj: Liberation or Domination, discusses the U.S. pressure behind Pakistan army attacks in the northwest tribal region, the exaggerated threat of global terrorism, British and U.S. efforts to thwart a European competitor to NATO and U.S. threats to Canada of a trade embargo if it didn’t contribute troops to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Jonathan Hafetz, staff attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Project, discusses Obama’s refusal to end military commissions, the U.S. government’s gaming of the courts to avoid an adverse Supreme Court ruling on indefinite detentions, some details on Ali Saleh Kahlah Al Marri’s military detention and the excessive deference given to presidential authority.
Clive Hamilton, author of the article “Bush, God, Iraq and Gog” at Counterpunch.org, discusses G.W. Bush’s seemingly sincere desire to fight Iraqi and al-Qaeda incarnations of the biblical bogeymen Gog and Magog, the possibility that the U.S. does indeed fight religious wars and the increasingly diverse but still exclusive Skull and Bones society at Yale.
Gordon Prather, former nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, discusses the Russian influenced history of N. Korea’s nuclear program, broken U.S. promises in the 1994 Agreed Framework, the Bush administration shutdown of diplomatic relations with N. Korea and the current NPT/IAEA-free environment that facilitated a N. Korean nuclear weapon test.
Jeff Frazee, Executive Director of Young Americans for Liberty, discusses his attempt to build an inclusive youth organization that produces politicians in the mold of Ron Paul, the importance of a political education based on liberty and individual rights and how the Right is ripe for a revival of limited government and antiwar ideals.
David Rose, contributing editor for Vanity Fair, discusses the torture case of Binyam Mohamed, why the over-the-top U.S. threats to the UK over torture documents in his case may be at the request of the British government, the “007″ agent that exposes British claims of ignorance about torture as lies and the story behind the U.S. rejection of a 2004 reconciliation with Iraq’s Sunni leaders which led to the deaths of a million people.
Independent journalist Jeremy Scahill discusses the continuous 18 year history of the U.S. bombing of Iraq, the Guantanamo Immediate Reaction Force (IRF) that brutalizes prisoners and even a U.S. soldier, Obama’s failure to improve detention facilities and how the Spanish Guantanamo torture investigation is proceeding apace while the U.S. dawdles.
David Bromwich, professor of literature at Yale University, discusses Edmund Burke’s warnings on excessive concentrations of power, misleading coverage of the Obama/Netanyahu conference in which the New York Times exaggerated Obama’s hawkishness on Iran and the administration’s position on a Palestinian state.
Chalmers Johnson, author of the indispensable Blowback trilogy, discusses the evolution of his view of the Cold War and American empire since the fall of the Soviet Union, the inevitable collapse of the U.S. dollar and world empire, Obama’s LBJ guns and butter trap, the kicking-out of the empire by the people of Latin America, the danger of further intervention in Pakistan, the ongoing rape of Okinawa and America’s relationship with Russia.
Lawyer and freelance journalist Daphne Eviatar discusses Obama’s plan to keep Bush’s Military Commissions Act powers over the American people and bring the Guantanamo legal system to the U.S. and the recent Supreme Court ruling
Jeff Riggenbach, author of Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism, discusses the role of Charles Beard and Harry Elmer Barnes in advancing revisionist U.S. history, court historians who fight to preserve a mythology of benevolent government actions, drastic changes in the meaning of politically descriptive terms like “liberal” and “conservative” and moving away from a war/presidential perspective of history to a focus on economic/social science issues.