Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter discusses the overblown “gotcha” revelation of the “secret” Iranian nuclear facility, how the wonkish debate over IAEA Additional Protocol minutiae turned into accusations that Iran is building nukes, the secret Saudi, U.K. and U.S. funding of opposition candidates in the Iranian election and the likely disastrous results of a war with Iran.
Melvin Goodman, former senior Soviet analyst at the CIA, discusses the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) response to torture investigation naysayers, early indications that the investigation will focus on low-level operatives instead of policy makers, the Washington Post’s role as CIA apologist and how the U.S. occupation of Iraq is shaping up to be this generation’s “Forgotten War.”
Independent journalist Dahr Jamail discuses the mistreatment of conscientious objectors on U.S. military bases, systemic “warehousing” of AWOL and injured soldiers, the redeployment pressure faced by soldiers with serious brain injuries or PTSD and the support network available for those seeking conscientious objector status.
Jean MacKenzie, Afghanistan reporter for GlobalPost.com, discusses how the Taliban protection racket takes a cut of U.S. reconstruction funds, the Afghan dislike of (even the kinder, gentler U.S. version) all foreign occupations, the Afghanistan opium trade that is too deeply entrenched to stop and Gen. McChrystal’s assessment that 500 thousand more troops will be needed over 5 years.
Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com blogger and former constitutional lawyer, discusses the high success rate of Gitmo detainees in habeas corpus hearings, the legal uncertainty over the extent of U.S. government powers, Obama’s use of the AUMF as a one-size-fits-all legal justification, how a unilateral executive branch is preferable to Congressionally codified bad behavior and the $200 million dollar bribe needed to offload former Gitmo Uighur prisoners on Palau.
Indian Austro-libertarian Sauvik Chakraverti discusses India’s election law which only admits socialist parties, their problem of having too few urban centers that become overcrowded and expensive, the disastrous transportation infrastructure, his hope to one day open an Austrian economic institute in India, the need to open borders and trade with Pakistan and China.
Brad Friedman, author of BradBlog.com, discusses, war, peace and our bogus left-right political spectrum.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) discusses the overwhelming popular support for auditing the FED, the surreptitious method of funding wars through inflation instead of direct taxation, the case for withdrawing from Afghanistan and Ben Bernanke’s refusal to change course and acknowledge flaws in his economic theory.
Investigative journalist Philip Weiss discusses the divide between establishment foreign policy realists and neocons on Israel/Palestine issues, the Goldstone fact-finding mission’s conclusion on Israeli crimes in Gaza, the ability of narrowly focused interest groups to dominate U.S. policy and the hard reality of life in the Gaza Strip.
Jim Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses the post 9/11 roundup and detention of innocents, the FBI practice of searching the phonebook to find Muslim “suspected terrorists,” the minor immigration violations turned into long prison terms through coerced confessions, how John Ashcroft expanded the definition of “treason” to include criticism of government actions and the persistence of “sovereign immunity” claims in the post-Enlightenment Western world.
Philip Giraldi & Joe Lauria discuss the MSM’s refusal to investigate Sibel Edmonds’s blockbuster allegations, the wide and deep bipartisan corruption at the highest levels of U.S. government, how big media’s money and influence is needed to assist in pushing the story forward, the close working relationship between the American-Turkish Council and AIPAC and how Douglas Feith and Richard Perle helped turn U.S. government officials into foreign intelligence assets.
Eric Margolis, author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet, discusses the massing of Indian troops on the India/China border, how nearly every border dispute outside the Western world stems from British imperialism, the little-known Chinese presence in Kashmir and the difficulty in keeping tabs on the “finger in every pie” U.S. foreign policy.
Robert P. Murphy, scholar at the Mises Institute and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal, discusses the 2008 bank bailout, interest paid on FED deposits provides disincentive for bank lending, the danger of massive unemployment and inflation, why the Fed’s boom-bust cycles keep getting worse and why Cap-n-Trade is a bunch of crap.
Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, discusses his new film “The Most Dangerous Man in America,” simulations that indicate nuclear war would be more destructive than previously thought, how the practice of killing civilians en masse in WWII became the premise of U.S. nuclear war planning, cancellation of the European missile defense shield and the staggering difference in destructive force between an H-bomb and every other weapon preceding it.