The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the huge growth in the Department of Justice since its inception and its current questionable role as a legal defender of government crimes, the double standard where – for domestic propaganda purposes – the government can talk about hit-lists for U.S. citizens but when the practice is challenged in court the topic becomes a state secret, the end of any logical limits on executive power and the suicide of DOJ prosecutor Nicholas Marsh just before the scheduled release of a report on his alleged misconduct.
Jess Sundin, member of the Anti-War Committee and an FBI raid target, discusses the FBI’s raid of her home that included the confiscation of personal items and the serving of a grand jury subpoena, the notoriously broad “material support” for terrorism statute that was used to justify the search warrant and the nationwide solidarity protests in support of the raid victims and the First Amendment.
Jeremy Sapienza, Senior Editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the failed repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” despite the best efforts of pop stars and the contradictory manner of antiwar leftists advocating for domestic gay rights without considering the consequences for international human rights.
Karen Kwiatkowski, columnist at lewrockwell.com and retired USAF lieutenant colonel, discusses the unauthorized hit squad of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, why those who complain about “tying the hands” of the military are really asking for a free pass to murder civilians, how the high military suicide rate indicates government-approval for killing doesn’t lessen individual guilt caused by immoral actions and why an economic embargo against Washington is long overdue.
Christina Tobin, Founder and Chair of The Free and Equal Elections Foundation, discusses the U.S. agreement with Costa Rica that allows 7,000 Marines to expand the War on Drugs in Central America, U.S. economic pressures that are forcing Costa Ricans to get on board with big agribusiness and abandon any ideas about marijuana legalization and how reformed election laws will help put and end to the two party duopoly in the U.S.
Ali Gharib, New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy and LobeLog writer, discusses the FBI raids on antiwar activists’ homes, how Israel put Iran in “Axis of Evil” after 9/11, the Global War on Terror’s conflation of national resistance groups (and any enemy of Israel) with international terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, neoconservative warmongers re-using the Iraq War playbook to gin up support for an attack on Iran, the tangled neocon web of familial relationships and the new cottage industry of neophyte Koran “scholars” quoting passages out of context to portray Islam as a religion bent on world domination.
Jeff Paterson, Project Director of Courage to Resist, discusses the work being done by the Bradley Manning Support Network, Ehren Watada‘s successful war refusal based on the Iraq War’s illegality (and the Pentagon’s fear of bad press), pending Canadian legislation that would force the government to accept American Iraq War resisters and how the Pentagon repeatedly deploys soldiers who are physically or mentally damaged and unfit to fight.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses Gen. Petraeus’s decision to double down in Afghanistan rather than deescalate and blame the quagmire on his predecessors, evidence of a civilian-military rift on war decisions with Obama failing to control policy and his generals near open rebellion, how the media love fest over Gen. Petraeus gives him unprecedented influence in the political process and why – for the sake of the republic – the permanent U.S. war footing must end soon.
Matthew Hoh, Director of the Afghanistan Study Group, discusses the circumstances that promted his resignation as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in Afghanistan, the changing establishment consensus that is increasingly at odds with Afghanistan policy and the fact that – despite the hype about Gen. Petraeus’s strategy refresh – COIN doctrine has been in effect since 2005.
James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses the farcical Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the failure of U.S. courts to check rampant government criminality, the “battered citizen syndrome” that leaves Americans too scared of external threats to protest their lost liberties and why 2012 may be the last chance to elect Ron Paul and stop our national suicide.
Paul Kawika Martin, Organizing and Policy Director at Peace Action, discusses how the U.S.-Russia START Treaty is stuck in expiration limbo as midterm election political wrangling pushes back a Senate vote, the importance of calling your senators and telling them to get the ball rolling on a new nuclear arms treaty, Republican delaying tactics that seek to deny the embattled Obama administration a legislative success and why Obama’s encouraging pledge to forgo nuclear annihilation threats against non-nuclear armed countries unfortunately makes an exception for Iran.
Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses his 8-part exposé on the 176 remaining prisoners in Guantanamo, the nearly 600 inmates already released that put the lie to “worst of the worst” claims, Obama’s political decision not to release Yemeni prisoners no matter their innocence, Taliban foot soldiers fighting the Northern Alliance pre-9/11 unfairly lumped together with actual terrorism suspects and how the Abu Zubaydah case proves that evidence obtained through torture cannot be relied upon.
Elaine Cassel, civil liberties attorney and author of The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft have Dismantled the Bill of Rights, discusses the 9th Circuit Court’s decision – based on state secrets privilege – that denies Binyam Mohamed due process for his rendition and torture by the CIA and proxy groups, the legal immunity enjoyed by judges and prosecutors from gross misconduct (other than taking bribes), why a court ruling against NSA warrantless wiretapping isn’t enough to stop a determined Executive Branch and how the Republican Party’s spellbound descent into conspiratorial nonsense continues unabated.