Author: Scott

5/12/17 Retired Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis on a new US troop ‘surge’ in Afghanistan

Retired Lt. Col. Daniel L Davis discusses why previous US troop increases didn’t help win any battles for the hearts and minds of Afghans, and why this newest mini-surge being considered by the Trump administration won’t either. Over 15 years after the US occupation of Afghanistan, the Taliban is still a dominant force in much of the country, the US has no idea what conditions would constitute “victory” and merit withdrawal, and the rationale that further intervention is critical to the American national interest isn’t remotely believable – yet America’s longest war continues anyway.

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5/12/17 Sonia Kennebeck on her documentary film National Bird about America’s drone wars

Sonia Kennebeck, an investigative journalist and filmmaker, discusses her film National Bird about the people most effected by America’s legally and ethically questionable drone wars. The US-based operators and analysts who pick targets to kill with missiles from half a world away suffer from guilt and increased rates of suicide. Many survivors of attacks have seen their families killed and wonder why women and children were targeted as suspected terrorists.

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5/8/17 Conn Hallinan on how the US lead in nuclear weapons technology could lead to another arms race or nuclear war

Conn Hallinan, a Foreign Policy In Focus columnist, discusses how improvements in the accuracy of US submarine-based nuclear missiles are ending an era of mutually assured destruction (MAD) nuclear policy, and leading to a dangerous first-strike doctrine. Other nuclear-armed rival states like Russia and China will be forced to counter with more missiles armed with more warheads – leading to a new arms race and increasing the odds of an accidental launch leading to a widespread humanity-ending nuclear war.

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5/8/17 John Kiriakou on the CIA’s illegal torture program and his time in prison for blowing the whistle on it

John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer and author of Doing Time Like A Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison, discusses why he refused to participate in the CIA’s so-called enhanced interrogation program after 9/11, and why he – as a whistleblower – was the only CIA officer to be jailed over it. Kiriakou also discusses his 30 month sentence and how he survived the brutality of the American prison system.

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5/8/17 David D’Amato on the legal origin of the US government’s State Secrets Doctrine

David D’Amato, an adjunct law professor and policy advisor at the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the 1953 Supreme Court case United States v. Reynolds, and how the decision gave the State Secrets Privilege formal recognition, effectively removing judicial oversight and allowing the government to withhold evidence and exempt itself from lawsuits by claiming they endanger national security.

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5/5/17 Nasser Arrabyee on the Yemeni casualties of war

Nasser Arrabyee, a Yemeni journalist and film-maker, discusses Saudi Arabia’s apparently imminent attack on the port of Hodeida, where much of Yemen’s desperately-needed humanitarian supplies come from; why the UAE no longer supports Saudi-backed President Hadi; the separatist forces that defy the popular will of Yemenis to remain a united country; and why the continuing war’s only beneficiary is Al Qaeda/ISIS.

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5/5/17 Ramzy Baroud on Palestinian resistance to 70 years of Israeli occupation and domination

Ramzy Baroud, a journalist, author, and editor of Palestine Chronicle, discusses why Palestinians in Israeli jails are on a hunger strike; Israel’s Orwellian attempt to rewrite history by prohibiting the 1948 Nakba’s commemoration and attempting to change the occupied West Bank to its biblical name; and how Jewish and non-Jewish critics alike are challenging Israel’s founding myths.

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5/5/17 Chris Deliso on US meddling in Macedonia’s government, and the European backlash against refugee migration

Chris Deliso, author of Migration, Terrorism, and the Future of a Divided Europe: A Continent Transformed, discusses the indications that US Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily is trying to orchestrate a coup without the knowledge or approval of the Trump administration; how a select few insiders are getting rich off the refugee migration industry, with George Soros-funded NGOs leading the way; and how US intervention in MENA has created instability, increased terrorism, and allowed the revival of a slave-trade in Africa.

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5/3/17 Trevor Aaronson on terrorism-related trials, FBI entrapment, and criminal justice since 9/11

Trevor Aaronson, a contributing writer at The Intercept, discusses his 4-part series on the nearly 800 people prosecuted by the US government on terrorism-related charges since 9/11, supposedly for serious crimes endangering the lives of Americans. However, most of them didn’t commit a violent act, more than 400 have been released, and others were the victims of entrapment by informants working for law enforcement agencies.

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5/3/17 Trita Parsi on Politico’s hit piece on the Iran nuclear deal

Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, discusses the continued attacks by war hawks on the Iran nuclear deal and the whole idea of diplomatic give-and-take. Politico writer Josh Meyer’s recent article makes a big deal about the American-Iranian prisoner swap that happened at the same time the nuclear deal was implemented, and implies that the Obama administration made undisclosed and excessive concessions to secure it.

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4/30/17 Gareth Porter on the Deep State’s real priorities in the war on terror

Gareth Porter, an award-winning investigative journalist and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discusses why the entire war on terror since 2001 has been a “bait-and-switch” operation wherein the US pretends to fight terrorism while sacrificing the safety of Americans to back the interests of regional allies like Saudi Arabia.

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04/28/17 – Sheldon Richman on The Libertarian Institute’s future and US policy on North Korea – The Scott Horton Show

Sheldon Richman, Executive Editor of The Libertarian Institute and author of many books, discusses The Libertarian Institute’s future without co-founder William Norman Grigg, who recently passed away; the slate of new up-and-coming libertarian writers and the general expansion of the movement; the upcoming release of Grigg’s book on the wrongful imprisonment of Christopher Tapp and Scott Horton’s book on Afghanistan; and why North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is rightfully concerned about US-backed regime change against non-nuclear armed states.

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04/26/17 – Theodore Postol on the White House’s false claims regarding the April 4th Syrian nerve agent attack – The Scott Horton Show

Theodore Postol, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy at MIT, discusses his critique of the White House Intelligence Report claiming that the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun on April 4th. Postol debunks claims that photos of a metal tube inside a crater are evidence of a Syrian air attack that released sarin gas. A more plausible scenario is that a Russian air strike on an ammunition dump created a large explosion, dispersing toxic chemicals over a large area that could have caused the mass casualties seen on video.

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04/26/17 – Grant F. Smith on secret US aid to Israel (beyond the billions already known about) – The Scott Horton Show

Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, DC, discusses how difficult it is to get any information out of US intelligence agencies by using a Freedom of Information Act request, especially when it relates to CIA-budgeted aid to Israel or Israel’s nuclear weapons program.

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04/26/17 – Joey Lawrence on the Kurdish militias fighting on the front lines in Iraq and Syria – The Scott Horton Show

Joey Lawrence, a professional photographer and war documentarian, discusses Obama’s initial military intervention in Syria to save the Yazidis from a massacre on Mount Sinjar in 2014; why Turkish President Erdogan dares attack the Kurdish YPG militia with embedded US troops nearby; and whether the US will turn its back on its Kurdish allies once the war against ISIS is over.

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