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Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

6/6/18 John Pfaff on the Perverse Incentives of Punishment

Fordham Law Professor John Pfaff joins the show to discuss his article for TheAppeal.org “The Perverse Incentives of Punishment.” Pfaff begins by sharing the story of a sheriff in Alabama who kept the remaining funds from feeding prisoners in the county jail for himself—and used the money to buy himself a beach house. Scott then discusses the true problem with private prison systems, and why even libertarians should be against private prisons. Pfaff then explains why prosecutors have considerable financial incentives to charge defendants with felonies rather than misdemeanors and makes the case why it’s so hard for “smart on crime” to overcome “tough on crime.” Scott then puts the question to Pfaff—if we’re going to have a public police and judicial system, why should they be allowed to vote or unionize? Finally the two discuss why the analytical problem is clear, but the political solution requires creative consideration.

John Pfaff is a professor of law at Fordham University. He is the author of “Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform.” He writes regularly at Appeals.org. Follow him on Twitter @JohnFPfaff.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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6/6/18 Ray McGovern on Trump’s National Security Council Warmongering with Iran

Ray McGovern returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “Bolton Flunky Fleitz Raises Stakes for Iran.” McGovern explains why the role of the NSC and the cabinet play a vital role in national security and foreign policy decisions and gives the background on Fred Fleitz, John Bolton’s new chief of staff. McGovern then shares his memories of working with Colin Powell and how a “smart saluter” was tricked into spreading George W. Bush and the neocons’ lies. McGovern then delves into the Trump administration’s own version of Iraq—the web of lies they’re creating about Iran.

Recommended: “Israel Backs Limited Strike Against Syria,” by Jodi Rudoren (The New York Times)

Ray McGovern is the co-creator of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and the former chief of the CIA’s Soviet analysts division. Read all of his work at his website: raymcgovern.com.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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6/1/18 Daniel Lazare on how the spooks are spooking themselves over Russiagate

Daniel Lazare returns to the show to discuss his latest article for Consortium News, “Spooks Spooking Themselves.” Lazare begins by expressing his disbelief in the consensus view that the DNC was in fact hacked. He makes the case instead, by reviewing the timeline of the claims that Russia colluded with the Trump administration to secure the election for Donald Trump, that the whole thing has been an intelligence operation from the beginning, citing much from Jane Mayer’s piece about the Christopher Steele dossier in the New Yorker. Lazare then shares his utter exasperation that the two good ideas Donald Trump raised during the election—rapprochement with Russia and opposing regime change in Syria—are the two areas where Liberals have been most critical of his policy. Finally the two discuss whether Trump, defeater of Bushes and Clintons, can muster any good foreign policy wins.

Daniel Lazare is the author of The Frozen Republic: How the constitution is Paralyzing Democracy and a regular contributor at Consortium News. Find all of his work at his website and follow him on Twitter @dhlazare.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/30/18 Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen preview their new documentary, ‘Killing Gaza’

Journalists Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen join the show to discuss their new documentary “Killing Gaza.” Blumenthal and Cohen describe how they each came to identify as Jewish anti-Zionists, the radical rightward shift in Israeli domestic politics, and the pro-Zionist and anti-Semitic views of the American evangelical Christian community. Then they transition to their new documentary “Killing Gaza” and how they set about documenting the hell they witnessed in the wake of the 51-day war in 2014. Blumenthal and Cohen share a handful of the stories of the people that they spoke to in Gaza and discuss the story of the recent protests and the self-immolation of Fathi Harb.

Director and writer of “Killing Gaza,” Max Blumenthal is a senior editor of the Grayzone Project and the author GoliathRepublican Gomorrah, and The 51 Day War. Follow Max on Twitter @MaxBlumenthal.

Cinematographer and editor Dan Cohen is a correspondent for RT American and filmmaker. His website is dancohenmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @dancohen3000.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/29/18 Michael Bell on his conversation with the cop who killed his son

Michael Bell returns to the show to discuss the latest developments in his pursuit for truth and justice for his son who was killed by the police in 2004. Bell relives the details of his son’s death and the events that led up to his killing. Bell then talks about his secretly-recorded conversation with the cop who pulled the trigger, which is included in Free Thought Project’s article, “Dad Confronts The Cop Who Killed His Unarmed Sun, Secretly Records It.”

Michael Bell is a retired U.S. air force lieutenant colonel. His website is MichaelBell.infowhere you can watch his documentary “Forensically Impossible” and sign his petition to re-open the case into his son’s death.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/25/18 Philip Weiss on the Gaza protests and the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

Philip Weiss returns to the show to discuss his recent trip to Israel and Palestine, where he attempted to see the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem and get as close to the Gaza border as possible. Weiss and Scott discuss the tragedy of the Israeli massacre of unarmed Palestinians, the history of Israel-Palestine diplomacy, whether there can be any sliver-lining found in Trump’s overt support for Israel. Weiss then discusses the changes he’s seen in the American Jewish community’s views towards Israel, which Weiss believes are reflected in generational differences. He then reviews the impact that Sheldon Adelson has had on Trump’s foreign policy and American diplomatic relations with Israel.

Philip Weiss is the long-time editor of Mondoweiss.net. Follow him on Twitter @PhilWeiss.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.
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5/23/18 Nadine Dahan on the on-going siege of the Libyan city of Derna

British journalist Nadine Dahan joins Scott to discuss her article for Middle East Eye, “Haftar forces launch fresh attack on besieged Libyan city of Derna.” Dahan discusses the factional politics and power struggle within Libya, and the power grab by the American-Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar. Scott then asks, “Will Libya ever be truly unified again?” In response Dahan details the many pitfalls in unifying the country, chief among which is the fact that everyone in the country is armed. Dahan then describes the horrors on the ground in the city of Derna, which has been under siege for more than two years by the Libyan National Army—after helping to expel ISIS from the country.

Nadine Dahan is a British journalist who writes regularly for the Middle East Eye. Follow her on Twitter @NadineDahan.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/21/18 Eric Margolis on the latest massacre of Palestinians and the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict

Foreign correspondent Eric Margolis joins Scott to discuss Israel-Palestine, the history of Palestinian suffering, how the future of the conflict might be resolved or exaggerated. Margolis recalls his mother’s reporting on Israel-Palestine, and the consequences and threats she endured, takes up the possibility that Trump’s overwhelming support for Israel could turn it into a bipartisan issue, and discusses the close relationship between Israel’s right wing and American Evangelists. Finally Scott and Margolis discuss the latest developments in the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen.

Eric Margolis is a foreign affairs correspondent and author of “War at the Top of the World” and “American Raj.” Follow him on Twitter @EricMargolis and visit his website, ericmargolis.com.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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5/21/18 Peter van Buren reports on his recent trip to Iran

Peter van Buren returns to the show to discuss his recent trip to Iran during which Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran Deal and the United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Van Buren wrote about his experience in a commentary piece for Reuters, “I just visited Iran. Here’s what I heard about the U.S.” Van Buren discusses his experience in Iran and the conversations he had, the consequences of withdrawing from the Iran Deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the Heritage Foundation, and whether the Iranian regime is under real threat from a popular uprising.

Peter Van Buren worked for 24 years at the Department of State including a year in Iraq. He is the author of “We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People” and the novel “Hooper’s War.” He is now a contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine. Follow him on Twitter @WeMeantWell.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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5/18/18 Richard Garfield on the excess death rate of the 1990s U.S. sanctions in Iraq

Richard Garfield, author of “Morbidity and Mortality among IraqiChildren from 1990 through 1998” joins Scott to set the record straight about the true consequences of American economic warfare in Iraq during the Clinton-era sanctions. Garfield describes the different methodologies of determining mortality rates and their respective limitations. He then addresses the shortcomings and major criticisms of UNICEF’s findings that the sanctions led to half-a-million excess deaths. Finally Scott and Garfield discuss the efficaciousness of the Oil-For-Food program.

Richard Garfield is a professor emeritus of nursing at Columbia University. He currently works at the Center for Disease Control.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

6/15/18 Sheldon Richman on Trump, North Korea and Iran

Sheldon Richman, Executive Editor of the Libertarian Institute and author of TGIF “The Goal Is Freedom” every Friday on the Institute’s site, is interviewed on his new article “Trump, North Korea, and Iran”. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen...

6/18/18 Aaron Mate on the Russia Investigation

Aaron Maté, host and producer of “The Real News” and author for The Nation, is interviewed on his new article “The Mueller Indictments Still Don’t Add Up to Collusion“. Alleged Russian interference in the US Election, Paul Manafort’s crimes, Michael Flynn, and James...

06/11/18 Tommy Raskin on the Myth of Rwanda

Tommy Raskin, antiwar writer and frequent author at antiwar.com, is interviewed on his article “Spinning Rwanda in the Grand Cult of US Empire“. The article explains how Helen Epstein, in her book “Another Fine Mess”, details the United States intervention in Rwanda...

6/8/18 Ray McGovern on the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty

Ray McGovern returns to the show to discuss the history of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967. McGovern details the actions of the Israeli forces, the heroic actions of crew member Terry Halbardier, and the fateful decisions of American politicians to cover...

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