Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald discusses the Justice Department’s proposal to keep 50 Guantanamo inmates imprisoned forever without trial, the current 3-tiered justice system that provides the most generous legal forum that still guarantees a conviction, the problem with conferring “prisoner of war” status on Guantanamo detainees and the unaccountable “presidential assassinations” authorized by the Bush and Obama administrations.
The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the journalists attempting to rebut his Guantanamo “suicides” expose, the strong resemblance of Joe Carter’s critiques to those of a Department of Defense public affairs officer, the hassle of dealing with straw man arguments, more evidence that Camp “No” does indeed exist, the ease of controlling the flow of information within a secure military installation and how government “conspiracies” are often nothing more than staying “on message.”
David Bromwich, professor of literature at Yale University, discusses American ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry’s recommendation against a troop surge that Obama ignored, Eikenberry’s concern that continued US assistance will indefinitely delay Afghan independence and self sufficiency, Obama’s decision to forgo an Iraq Study Group-type reevaluation of policy on Afghanistan, the odd NYT note (end of article) that Robert Gates watched the military-coup movie Seven Days in May, Obama’s odd and infuriating contradictions between his speech-making and policy choices and why US resources would be better spent preventing a failed state in Mexico rather than Afghanistan.
Major Todd E. Pierce, a Judge Advocate General representing Guantanamo inmate Ali al-Bahlul, discusses the appeal of his client’s conviction for – among other things – making al Qaeda propaganda videos, how Congress exceeding its authority by passing the Military Commissions Act (MCA), pertinent First Amendment and court precedent issues, the misuse of the “define and punish” clause in Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution, the effective worldwide criminalization of any expression of dissent against the US government and how existing laws and courts were perfectly capable of handling terrorism cases.
Kelley B. Vlahos, contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine, discusses the latest attempt by anti-Hugo Chavez members of Congress to get Venezuela on the “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list, unlikely allegations of collusion between al Qaeda and the FARC in drug smuggling operations, Israel’s promotion of a Hamas/Hezbollah/S. America link, the terrible New Yorker articles of Jeffrey Goldberg and the big logical leap of inferring government sponsorship of terrorism from the donations of individuals.
This interview was conducted by Antiwar Radio producer Angela Keaton.
Gene Jones, president of Florida Veterans for Common Sense, discusses his organization’s resolution opposing the Afghan War escalation, the (literally) incalculable cost of national defense, the strain on the military from too many deployments and the ridiculous plan to have 100,000 troops in Afghanistan to fight 100 members of al Qaeda.
Mark Ames, regular writer for The eXiled, discusses Russia’s transition from neoliberal Yeltsin to nationalist Putin, the US “economic hit men” advisers to Yeltsin who facilitated the rise of the oligarchs, the huge decline in Russian life-expectancy rates in the 1990s, the trail of economic disasters left in Larry Summers‘ wake, how the “cakewalk” victory of Gulf War I increased American bravado and militarism, the end of US meritocracy and why a more vigorous opposition is needed to stop the War Party.
Robert Dreyfuss, author of The Dreyfuss Report blog for The Nation, discusses the conflict between Obama and Gen. Petraeus over an Afghanistan withdrawal timetable, why a left-right alliance is unlikely because of intransigence on domestic issues and disinterest in foreign policy, the shifting Iraqi political coalitions that may indicate another poor electoral showing for Shiite religious parties and why the shut-out of US oil companies vying for Iraqi oil contracts lessens the incentive for military occupation.
This interview is conducted by Antiwar Radio producer Angela Keaton.
Jonathan Williams, coordinator of the Student Peace Action Network, discusses his anti-recruitment presentations that focus on educating kids on the realities of – and alternatives to – military service, the Army Experience Center (AEC) near Philadelphia that uses military props and video games to recruit and why new benefits in the revised GI Bill should not be counted on.
James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses the two-party conspiracy against justice since the Independent Counsel’s expiration in 1999, the thousands of illegal FBI wiretaps excused as mere “technical violations” by apologists, the dumbing down of the Bill of Rights and the barriers to enforcing a police state in the US.
Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the Brookings Institution study that recommends codifying indefinite detention without trial, the government’s refusal to release some Guantanamo detainees who won their habeas corpus hearings and how the never ending “war on terror” complicates the traditional practice of holding prisoners “for the duration.”
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) discusses his disinterest in political parties, the slippery slope from indefinitely detaining foreign terrorism suspects to designating domestic criminals “enemy combatants,” why the US empire is more likely to end from the dollar’s collapse than a reasoned decision to return to a republic, the diminishing returns from intelligence spending and why reestablishing gold and silver as currency is a good idea.
Christopher Manion, columnist for the weekly Catholic newspaper The Wanderer, discusses the two conflicting currents within the Conservative momement, the marked difference between Sarah Palin’s carefully crafted image and her actual policy positions, the rotten core of the GOP that is best left to the next generation to fix, the public’s misguided reliance on symbolism to categorize political figures and why neoconservatives are more correctly called neoliberals.
Michael Hastings, author of the article “The Day Democracy Died in Iraq,” discusses US withdrawal plans that are hinged on an orderly Iraqi election in March, the surge’s failure to effect Sunni/Shia political reconciliation, Ahmed Chalabi’s involvement in banning Sunni and secular candidates and why the promise of military aid will likely guarantee Iraqi acceptance of US forces remaining beyond 2011.
Shawn Haugh of HeartsOfLiberty.org calls for donations for libertarian activist and former LP presidential candidate Michael Badnarik who recently suffered a massive heart attack.