Chase Madar, author of The Passion of Bradley Manning, discusses Manning’s defense lawyer David Coombs’ motion to dismiss – based on Bradley’s mistreatment in pretrial custody; the brave psychiatrists at the Quantico brig who protested Manning’s treatment, even though they were pressured by a general; and why similar treatment of other prisoners is all too “cruel and usual” in the US prison system.
Chase Madar, author of The Passion of Bradley Manning, discusses his article “Do the WikiLeaks War Logs Reveal War Crimes — Or the Poverty of International Law;” doubts about whether the “Collateral Murder” video shows war crimes in a legal sense; why the laws of war aren’t easily applied to the asymmetrical, occupation-type conflicts since WWII; how the UN provides “window dressing on great-power politics;” and the selective enforcement of military law (see Lt. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich v. Bradley Manning).
Chase Madar, member of the National Lawyers Guild, discusses his article “Bradley Manning, American Hero” on tomdispatch.com; why the US government is in dire need of direct supervision/occasional outing by insiders; media campaigns designed to make dissidents and whistleblowers appear crazy (evidenced by Manning hit pieces); and what happened to our free market of ideas – a cornerstone of America’s founding philosophy.
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Congressman Ron Paul will be on to discuss Libya and the latest out of Congress.
- Gates slams Kucinich over ‘dangerous’ call to end Libya war.
- House Rejects Bill to Defund NATO Operations in Libya.
- Ron Paul: We Are Laying The Groundwork For A Future American Dictator.
Bio: Dr. Ron Paul is the Republican Congressman for the 14th congressional district of Texas. Paul 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.
Chase Madar will be on to discuss the use of torture by the United States. Read his latest here.
Bio: Chase Madar is an attorney in New York and a member of the National Lawyers Guild. He writes for TomDispatch, the American Conservative magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Huffington Post, The Nation and the London Review of Books.
Adam Morrow will be on to talk about the latest developments in Egypt and Gaza.
Bio: Adam Morrow is a journalist for IPS News, working out of Cairo Egypt
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Chase Madar, member of the National Lawyers Guild, discusses his American Conservative Magazine article “Torture’s Comeback;” the US torture lobby’s attempt to credit enhanced interrogation, conducted between 2003-2006, for bin Laden’s location and execution in 2011; the growing American appetite for torture (10 years after 9/11) especially among moderates, the evangelical right, establishment liberals, and the Cheney family; why torture is the most effective at producing false confessions and lying a country into war; the torture regime’s roots in domestic criminal justice and the war on drugs; and the competing claims of anti-torture interrogator Matthew Alexander and pro-torture Bush administration speechwriter Marc Thiessen.
Chase Madar, member of the National Lawyers Guild, discusses his mock â€œOpening Statement for the Defense of Bradley Manning, Soldier and Patriot;â€ Manningâ€™s disillusionment with US â€œdemocracy buildingâ€ in Iraq, that amounted to repressing free speech and rounding up critics of government for detention and torture; a list of his alleged leaks, from the Collateral Murder video to the State Department â€œCablegate,â€ that Americans have the right to know about; the obligation of soldiers to take action against inhumane treatment; the lack of evidence that Manning and Julian Assange have â€œblood on their hands;â€ and the long American tradition of patriotic whistleblowers from within the military.
New York civil rights lawyer Chase Madar discusses the case of child-soldier-turned U.S. kidnapping-torture victim Omar Khadr, lousy PR victories from convictions of cooks and a chauffeur, bogus â€œwar crimesâ€ charges against someone accused of throwing a grenade on a battlefield, reasons to disbelieve that the kid threw the grenade in the first place, the tortured confession, the failure of the American people to insist on the old law, why the Canadian government doesnâ€™t want the kid back and Jay Bybeeâ€™s job as a federal judge.