Category: Interviews

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Antiwar Radio: Jacob Hornberger

Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision that will end Chicago’s handgun ban, the Slaughterhouse cases in 1873 that set legal precedent on the Fourteenth Amendment’s limitations, the common interpretation of the Second Amendment as the right to armed self defense rather than protection from government tyranny, open questions on what gun rights limitations the SCOTUS will find reasonable and why the radicalism of the Declaration of Independence makes many Americans uncomfortable.

Antiwar Radio: Alan Grayson

This interview was conducted by director Eric Garris.

Florida Congressman Alan Grayson discusses building Congressional support for his “War is Making You Poor” bill, bipartisan cooperation with Ron Paul on the “Audit the Fed” bill, why it’s harder than ever to justify the continuing war in Afghanistan, Obama’s broken campaign promises and disappointing leadership and why Grayson has become the top target of Republicans for the 2010 House elections.

Antiwar Radio: Anand Gopal

Independent journalist Anand Gopal discusses his interview with Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar about peace talks with the Karzai government, the probable short tenure of whatever political entity (including the Taliban) fills the void after US departure, why COIN-inspired night raids that succeed in killing Taliban commanders are still counterproductive and why Hamid Karzai’s dominion is even less than his derogatory “Mayor of Kabul” title suggests.

Antiwar Radio: Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses Afghanistan policy with Gen. David Petraeus in charge, how the military has achieved ideological hegemony in the US, Obama’s window of opportunity to deflect blame for failure in Afghanistan and why Petraeus was close to declaring defeat in Iraq before his 2007 testimony to Congress.

Antiwar Radio: Will Grigg

Will Grigg, author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses the police assault on bedridden 86-year old Lona Varner, the dissolution of the chronically-troubled Maywood CA police department and the trend toward military-style civilian law enforcement.

Antiwar Radio: Larry Siems

Larry Siems, principal author on the ACLU project The Torture Report, discusses his effort to summarize the thousands of Bush administration torture documents obtained through FOIA requests, the dozens of US citizens targeted for extrajudicial assassination by the Obama administration, John Durham’s long investigation into the CIA’s destruction of torture tapes and the massive opposition within the FBI and other agencies against torture.

Antiwar Radio: Andy Worthington

Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses the nearly 75% success rate of Guantanamo detainee habeas hearings, why Gitmo inmate Mohammed Hassan Odaini – despite winning his habeas case and being cleared for release by the Bush and Obama administrations – remains in custody, the government’s incredibly flimsy evidence against the so called “worst of the worst” and how Washington political games and moral cowardice prevents justice from being served.

Antiwar Radio: Bruce Schneier

Internationally renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier discusses Joe Lieberman’s proposal for an internet “kill switch,” why shutting down the internet during a crisis would cause more harm than good and how controversial websites like WikiLeaks use data redundancy spread out in different countries to prevent being shut down.

Antiwar Radio: Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings, author of the article “The Runaway General” in Rolling Stone magazine, discusses the controversy surrounding his profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal (who has now been relieved of command in Afghanistan).

Antiwar Radio: Ann Wright

Former State Department diplomat Ann Wright discusses her reasons for joining the Gaza aid flotilla, her firsthand account of the Israeli raid on the MV Mavi Marmara and Challenger 1, the use of collective punishment to effect regime change and Obama’s silence on the death of nine activists including a US citizen.

Antiwar Radio: Shayana Kadidal

Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney of the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights, discusses the Supreme Court decision on the “material support” for terrorism case Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, the Court’s continued deference to “wartime” decisions made by the executive and legislative branches, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s lead role in arguing the government’s position in the case, why teaching the Tamil Tigers about representative democracy could land you in prison, the Clinton administration’s broadened application of economic sanctions and the wisdom in treating terrorists like criminals instead of waging a “war on terror.”

Antiwar Radio:Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt, author of The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s, discusses American ignorance of the unprecedented US empire of bases, fighting one-sided impersonal wars by remote control, forgotten lessons from George Orwell’s 1984, why the USAF plan to run the world from Guam and Diego Garcia won’t be easy, another Green Zone-style US “embassy” planned for Islamabad in Pakistan and why the Obama administration seems to be floundering without the intense (if deluded) strategic vision of the Bush era.

Antiwar Radio: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz, managing news editor at, discusses Israel’s revised list of goods allowed into Gaza, smuggling tunnels from Egypt that provide “luxury” goods for a few politically connected Gazans, running the clock out on an international flotilla investigation, Obama’s gutless presidency and why Turkey is at a crossroads.

Antiwar Radio: Rep. Ron Paul

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) discusses the hope for a new political realignment around the issues of peace, the Bill of Rights and ending corporate welfare, his support for the “War is Making You Poor” Act, how government insolvency can lessen restrictions on individual liberty and why the US only needs a small defensive military supplemented by volunteer militias.

Antiwar Radio: John Dennis

This interview was conducted by director Eric Garris.

John Dennis, 2010 Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in California’s 8th Congressional District (Nancy Pelosi’s seat), discusses his chances for success in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, NSA warrantless wiretapping at AT&T in San Francisco that Pelosi was likely aware of, how Ron Paul’s liberty movement can coexist with the Palin wing of the Tea Party and why Pelosi hasn’t had to run a real campaign since the Reagan administration.

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