Eugene Bird, president of the Council for the National Interest Foundation, discusses Obama’s leaked plan for a Palestinian state, evictions and house demolitions in non-Jewish areas of East Jerusalem, increasing agreement among foreign policy elites that Israel must make concessions and how Iran’s nuclear issue is exaggerated by Israel to divert attention away from the Palestinian issue.
Ray McGovern, retired CIA senior analyst, discusses his confidence that a torture investigation will reach the highest levels of government, the inadequate public outrage that allows Obama to ignore Bush administration crimes, the DOJ memos that brushed aside legal protections against torture and the severe criminal penalties in the 1996 War Crimes Act.
Buffalo attorney and libertarian activist James Ostrowski discusses his strategy to try to keep the tea parties a libertarian movement, prevent astro-turfing by the war party and find common cause with conservatives out of power, plans for antiwar protests on September 5, how the G.I. bill increased college enrollment, lowered standards and is used to lure young people into the Army.
Peace activist Cindy Sheehan discusses how to keep the antiwar movement alive during a Democratic presidency, the activist groups willing to trade integrity for Washington access, the universal right to life and liberty and Camp Casey’s move to Martha’s Vineyard during Obama’s vacation there.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the pressure brought to bear on the IAEA to condemn Iran, attempts to undermine the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, the never-ending stream of fabricated evidence used to frame Iran and the split within the IAEA between moderates and the Department of Safeguards.
Philip Giraldi, contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine and columnist for Antiwar.com, discusses the long-awaited deposition of Sibel Edmonds, Marc Grossman’s 2001 outing of CIA front group Brewster Jennings, the failure of the MSM to cover news outside the left-right paradigm, the incredible level of corruption in the U.S. government and the influence of Turkish and Israeli lobbies in Congress.
The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the partly released CIA Inspector General’s report, how any serious torture investigation will lead to Dick Cheney, the OLC’s issuance of get-out-of-jail-free cards instead of legal advice and the debunking of Cheney’s claim that torture saves American lives.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses how Afghan election violence is a portent of things to come, Hamid Karzai’s lead in the “vote for me or I’ll burn down your house” category, Afghan warlords preparing to stuff ballot boxes and how U.S. claims that Iran is supplying arms to Iraq ignore the vibrant Middle East black market.
Freelance journalist Petra Bartosiewicz discusses her MotherJones article “A Thousand Little Gitmos,” the low barrier of material support to terrorism charges, secret evidence used by government prosecutors and FBI sting operations that create crimes out of thin air.
Best selling author and BBC Newsnight reporter Greg Palast explains why Obama is a charming liar on his health reform plan, govt. mandated private insurance is fascism, not socialism, Obama’s backroom deals with big pharma is akin to Cheney letting Ken Lay formulate US energy policy, Medicare still not able to negotiate for lower bulk drug purchases and the debate whether a public or free market health care system is best.
Internationally syndicated columnist Eric Margolis discusses Mike Huckabee’s opinion that there are no Palestinians, the financial-military-industrial complex, the exclusion of occupation opponents from the Afghan elections and how the U.S. is pushing for independent Kurdish and South Sudanese states.
Anthony Gregory, research analyst at the Independent Institute, discusses the definition and history of habeas corpus, the unfortunate fact most Americans are either pro-Obama or pro-war, the Obama administration’s fight to deny habeas rights to Bagram prisoners and the continuing trend of presidents who embrace total executive authority.
Thomas E. Woods, author of Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse, discusses the debt some progressive causes owe to states’ rights, vintage 1812 war propaganda that sounds alarmingly like the run-up to the war in Iraq, state nullification of unconstitutional federal laws and the undue respect given to the Supremacy Clause.
Chris Floyd, author of Empire Burlesque – High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium, discusses U.S. drug interdiction in Afghanistan that is more about playing favorites than eradication, how Obama is following the game plan of the worst president in recent history, the background behind Somalia’s humanitarian disaster and the U.S. gift of 80 tons of weapons to Somalia’s black market.
Justin Raimondo, editorial director of Antiwar.com, discusses the Democratic antiwar activists who rolled over for Obama, the insanity of the “clear, hold, build” strategy in Afghanistan, the rise of neoliberal think-tanks, the dependence of foreign policy on domestic constituencies, the U.S. pursuit of Central Asian oil routes and how a viable pro-peace, pro-liberty movement is decades away from fruition.