James Ridgeway, Senior Washington Correspondent for Mother Jones, discusses the general detainment conditions in US prisons, in light of Bradley Manning’s mistreatment; the “Angola 3” prisoners held in solitary confinement for almost four decades; the forgotten Eighth Amendment to the Constitution; using solitary confinement as a baseline condition, rather than a temporary punitive measure; why prison culture is indicative of extreme American ignorance or just barbarism; and the few politicians willing to stick their necks out for indicted criminals, for little to no political gain.
James Ridgeway, Senior Washington Correspondent for Mother Jones, discusses his 2007 article â€œIn Search of John Doe No. 2: The Story the Feds Never Told About the Oklahoma City Bombing,â€ the neo-Nazi movementâ€™s 1983 plot to blow up the Murrah Federal Building, frivolous criminal charges made against ATF agent Carol Howe that prevented her from testifying for the defense at McVeighâ€™s trial, how the OKC bombing continues to be used as a political club against anti-government groups and how the mainstream media dismisses skeptics of conventional wisdom as â€œconspiracy theorists.â€
James Ridgeway, DC bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine, discusses his new article, â€œIn Search of John Doe No. 2: The Story the Feds Never Told About the Oklahoma City Bombing;â€ the ordeal of Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue and his brother Kenneth, who was tortured and murdered by government agents in his Oklahoma prison cell in a case of mistaken identity â€“ they thought he was Richard Guthrie (likely one of the many neo-Nazi â€œJohn Doesâ€ involved in the Oklahoma City bombing), the Treasury and Justice Department informants inside the plot, complicity by the media and Congress in the cover-up, the DoJâ€™s prosecution of their own best witness in order to obstruct justice in the McVeigh and Nichols trials, and the possible role of former German army officer Andreas Strassmeir.