Kevin Zeese, Executive Director of VotersForPeace and Co-Chair of Come Home America, discusses his article “Dismissal Is the Only Option in Bradley Manning Case;” the prosecution’s withholding of government damage-assessment reports, which could help disprove Manning’s “aiding the enemy” charge; statements from President Obama and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (last paragraph) that bolster an “unlawful command influence” defense; and whether Judge Col. Denise Lind will rule fairly, resisting the government pressure and bribes that accompany cases of this magnitude.
Kevin Zeese, Executive Director of VotersForPeace and Co-Chair of Come Home America, discusses whistleblower Bradley Manning’s treatment at Fort Leavenworth prison; why the UN torture investigator is still being denied a private interview with Manning; how Manning’s chance for a fair military trial has been greatly impaired by Obama’s pronouncement of his guilt; the common ground shared by protesters – from the Left and Right – against government corruption; and why relying on the UN to enforce the rule of law isn’t ideal, but is almost required while all means of legal redress are denied.
Kevin Zeese, Executive Director of VotersForPeace and Co-Chair of Come Home America, discusses Come Home America’s tripartite approach to building a successful, broad-based antiwar movement; the notable signatories from all over the political spectrum who have signed the letter urging President Obama and the Congress to end the wars right now; why war is good for the economy – if you happen to own a bank or Lockheed Martin; Obama’s fundraising events that cost more for admission than the average American earns in a year; and why the peace movement needs to shatter the perception carried forward from the Vietnam-era, that only leftist hippies too lazy and cowardly to fight would oppose war.
Kevin Zeese, Executive Director and co-founder of VotersForPeace, discusses his article “Is a Broader Peace Movement Finally Here?” on Antiwar.com; the Come Home America letter signed by luminaries from the Left, Right and libertarian crowd; bringing together the most politically diverse and potentially most effective antiwar movement since before WWII; why military spending cuts are off the table for Congress, despite the ailing economy; the mirage of US democracy; and why Congress’s refusal to approve the Libya War is a real mark of progress.
This recording is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of April 22nd. The KPFK archive is here.
Kevin Zeese, Executive Director and co-founder of VotersForPeace, discusses Obama’s declaration that Bradley Manning “broke the law” – despite awaiting a military trial ostensibly for the purpose of determining guilt or innocence – and how that makes a fair trial impossible; Obama’s bogus reasoning on why Manning is a criminal but Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg is not; Manning’s noble motives for leaking documents to WikiLeaks, if the Wired chat logs are to be believed; the Collateral Murder video and evidence of war crimes in Iraq; and a chronicle of Manning’s torture while in custody at the Quantico Marine brig.
Kevin Zeese, Executive Director and co-founder of VotersForPeace, discusses the successful efforts of activists and alternative media to bring Bradley Manning international attention; the pro-Manning “hecklers” at a pricey Obama fundraising event in San Francisco; the decentralized “democratized media” ready to fill the void left by the thoroughly discredited mainstream media; and the groundbreaking WikiLeaks model of disseminating government information to the public.
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Rep. Ron Paul will be on to talk about his new book: Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom. Buy it here.
Bio: Dr. Ron Paul is the Republican Congressman for the 14th congressional district of Texas.Â PaulÂ serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, the Committee on Financial Services and is Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy where he has been an outspoken critic of American foreign and monetary policy. He has gained prominence for his libertarian positions on many political issues, often clashing with both Republican and Democratic Party leaders.
Kevin Zeese will be on to talk about the recent developments in the Bradley Manning case. Read his latest here.
Bio: Kevin Zeese directs Come Home America and is on the steering committee of the Bradley Manning Support Network. He is the Executive Director and co-founder of VotersForPeace. Zeese also served as the Executive Director of Democracy Rising, is an attorney, and a long term peace advocate. Zeese took a leave from VotersForPeace for most of 2006 while he was running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland. Zeese was a founding member of the Montgmery County Coalition Against the War in Maryland and has worked with various non-profit organizations on peace, justice, and democracy issues since 1978.
Phil Giraldi will be on to discuss the latest out of Syria.
Bio: Phil Giraldi is a former “counter-terrorism” specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and a columnist and television commentator who is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a group that advocates for more even handed policies by the U.S. government in the Middle East. Giraldi served the CIA for eighteen years in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain and speaks those nations’ languages.
He has written columns on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues for The American Conservative magazine, Huffington Post, and Antiwar.com and op-ed pieces for the Hearst Newspaper chain. He has been interviewed by Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, FOX News, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation, al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya and other outlets. During the 2008 presidential primaries,Â GiraldiÂ served as a foreign policy adviser to Ron Paul.
Doug Bandow will be on to discuss Libya.
Bio: Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest,Wall Street Journal, and Washington Times. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. Bandow has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a J.D. from Stanford University.
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Kevin Zeese, Executive Director and co-founder of VotersForPeace, discusses the newly launched Bradley Manning advocacy fund, that exists to counter the smearing of Manning in mainstream media; why he should be released on bail while awaiting trial; the foundations of democracy – consent of the governed and an informed citizenry – that Manning claimed were his motivations for leaking documents, if Wired‘s chat logs are to be believed; and why the outcome of his trial can only benefit the cause of press freedom, since he’ll be a hero if acquitted and a martyr if convicted.
Kevin Zeese, Executive Director and co-founder of VotersForPeace, discusses the collection of left-right antiwar essays in Come Home America and the prospect of a politically diverse movement against war and empire; how diverting money from military spending to civilian uses would boost the economy; the big three unifying issues: corporate welfare, empire, and the Bill of Rights; and how Rand Paul has dared to question the politically sensitive issue of US foreign aid, even advocating cutting off Israel from the US dole.
Kevin Zeese, Executive Director and co-founder of VotersForPeace, discusses the December 16th White House protest designed to kick start the antiwar movement; what the Veterans for Peace organization is all about; the WikiLeaks is Democracy signed statement of support for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks; and uniting Left and Right around the core values of peace and the Bill of Rights.
Kevin Zeese, Executive Director and co-founder of VotersForPeace, discusses the failed left-of-center antiwar movement, how a broad-based antiwar coalition can keep the pressure on during the ebb and flow of Democrat-Republican politics, the remarkable Martin Luther King, Jr. Riverside church speech and why current trends indicate that we face a lifetime of constant war.
Kevin Zeese and David T. Beito discuss the formation of a full-spectrum political alliance against militarism and empire, the unwavering commitment of Democrat and Republican leadership to the military-industrial complex, the mediaâ€™s unwillingness to discuss (much less debate) US empire and how you can help the fundraising effort for a broad-based peace movement.
Kevin Zeese, president of Common Sense for Drug Policy, discusses Nelson RockefellerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contribution to mandatory minimum drug sentencing, the losing proposition of continued drug prohibition, Joe BidenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s drug-warrior credentials and the successful Dutch and Swiss decriminalization and treatment programs.
Kevin Zeese, president of Common Sense for Drug Policy, discusses Nelson Rockefeller’s contribution to mandatory minimum drug sentencing, the losing proposition of continued drug prohibition, Joe Biden’s drug-warrior credentials and the successful Dutch and Swiss decriminalization and treatment programs.