Frida Berrigan, journalist and activist blogger at Witness Against Torture, discusses the Day of Action Against Torture protest starting on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the White House and Justice Department in Washington; and why Congress, Obama, and the DOJ will continue the perversion of justice at Guantanamo until sufficient political pressure is brought to bear.
Frida Berrigan, columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses US dominance of the global weapons market, the costly domestic upgrade cycle that is perpetuated by defense contractors selling current generation high-tech weapons abroad, the relatively low number of jobs created with money spent on the military compared to other sectors of the economy and how weapons manufacturers create demand for their products by promoting belligerent US foreign policy.
Frida Berrigan, columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses the frantic U.S. defense contractors lobbying for stimulus money while promising job creation, the prospect of a militarized outer space, Lockheed Martinâ€™s overpriced and unnecessary F-22 Raptor and why the commonly held assumption that World War II ended the Great Depression must be challenged.
Frida Berrigan, co-author of the article â€œWho Rules the Pentagon?â€, discusses Obamaâ€™s distinctly non-reformist national security team, the need to reevaluate the meaning of â€œnational defenseâ€ amidst a U.S. empire of bases, the struggle between realists and neocons over weapons procurement dollars and the public relations campaign of defense contractors to base Pentagon funding on a percentage of GDP.
Frida Berrigan, Senior Program Associate of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, discusses the Status Of Forces Agreement (SOFA) being negotiated with Iraq to allow the U.S. military to stay forever, demands for total legal immunity and at least 58 military bases, the escalating rhetoric against Iran, the danger in sending the army into Pakistan and Bushâ€™s continued failure in negotiating with North Korea.