James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses his article “TSA – Tenth Anniversary of a National Nightmare;” why individual TSA employees are part of the problem, since they could choose a non-coercive line of work; the expensive “bad attitude” fines for mouthing off to a TSA agent; the many air travelers who are grateful for their creeping totalitarian state; the lack of any significant success stories to justify the TSA’s immense budget, and how the 9/11 Commission betrayed Americans by producing a whitewashed report.
James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses his article “Dying to Corrupt Afghanistan;” Hamid Karzai’s empty promises of reform as Afghanistan claims the title of most corrupt government in the world; Mitt Romney’s eager prostrating to the military in a time when “support the troops” has exempted the whole institution from public reproach; and why it’s no coincidence every country the US is about to go to war with has a (supposedly) crazy ruler who can’t be negotiated with.
James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses the PATRIOT Act’s ten year anniversary and its legacy of unlimited government power; why there’s nothing more permanent that a temporary government program; the silence of Democrats who stopped protesting the PATRIOT Act’s provisions once Obama took office; why a large majority of Americans have no problem with their government assassinating “bad guys” deemed too inconvenient or difficult to prosecute; and why the MSM thinks Ron Paul is crazy for challenging unlimited police powers, even while the TSA turns Tennessee into East Germany.
James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses his article “America’s Sham War on Terrorism;” how the meaning of “terrorism” has been twisted, so that it never applies to government violence, no matter the motive; the resistance movements throughout modern history that have fought against state aggression, only to be called terrorists; and why, though we are in dark times, the republic isn’t dead yet.
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James Bovard will be on to discuss his two latest pieces:
Bio: James Bovard, who serves as a policy advisor to The Future of Freedom Foundation, is a frequent contributor to Playboy, American Spectator, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, New Republic, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Newsweek.
Dr. Michael T. Heany will be on to discuss his study on the antiwar movement, entitled: The Partistan Dynamis of Contention: Demobilzation of the Antiwar Movement in the United States.
- Read the study here
- Read an article about the study here
Bio: Dr. Michael T. Heany is Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan. Michael Heaney examines the organizational dimensions of American politics. His research focuses on the role of intermediary institutions–especially interest groups, political parties, and social movements–in shaping the political process and policy outcomes.
Alan J. Kuperman will be on to discuss his piece False pretense for war in Libya. Read the article here.
Bio: Alan J. Kuperman Is Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Prior to joining the LBJ School faculty in 2005, Kuperman was Resident Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy. At the LBJ School, he teaches courses in global policy studies, is Coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Program, and leads a Pentagon-funded project on Constitutional Design and Conflict Management in Africa.
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James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses his article, “Uncle Sam’s big plans for your hard-earned tax dollars;” the two-party “consensus of rascals” on US foreign policy; the “best and brightest” government policymakers who are blinded by arrogance, tunnel vision and echo chambers; and the confusion about whether disastrous foreign policy decisions are made by design, incompetence, or some combination thereof.
James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses the Obama administrationâ€™s claim that they have the right to kill American citizens without a trial, without notice, and without any chance for targets to legally object; the unfortunate American tendency toward blind deference to the law even (and especially) when it is unjust; how George W. Bush was given a GOP standing ovation as a reward for trashing the Constitution; and why the WikiLeaks issue is an excellent yardstick for measuring a personâ€™s dedication to freedom and individual liberty.
James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses the farcical Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the failure of U.S. courts to check rampant government criminality, the â€œbattered citizen syndromeâ€ that leaves Americans too scared of external threats to protest their lost liberties and why 2012 may be the last chance to elect Ron Paul and stop our national suicide.
James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses the FBIâ€™s flagrant abuse of national security letters that apparently entitles them to even more eavesdropping power, the lawsuits and sabotage efforts likely heading WikiLeaksâ€™ way, how media sycophancy enables the know-nothing Congress and why Bob Barrâ€™s 2008 Presidential Committee needs help paying its bills.
Antiwar Radio 5/18/10: Margaret Roberts, Muhammad Sahimi, James Bovard, Bob Murphy and Debra Sweet 11-1pm 95.9 in Austin or stream from http://kaosradioaustin.org
James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses Bill Clintonâ€™s definition of terrorism: when regular people act like governments do, the Republican Partyâ€™s inability to criticize law enforcement during the Waco Congressional hearings, why the libertarian movement is stuck in limbo and the large portion of tea party protesters that love government when it is warring, wiretapping or waterboarding.
James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses the two-party conspiracy against justice since the Independent Counselâ€™s expiration in 1999, the thousands of illegal FBI wiretaps excused as mere â€œtechnical violationsâ€ by apologists, the dumbing down of the Bill of Rights and the barriers to enforcing a police state in the US.
James Bovard, policy advisor at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the prospect of mandatory national service in the U.S., the often dubious contributions made by AmeriCorps programs, the expansion of civil service budgets from the Clinton to Obama presidencies and the general dislike of compulsory service among Americans.
James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses the outrageous new FISA amendments, relative criminality of Nixonâ€™s wiretapping crimes to Bushâ€™s and relative courage of the Congress then to now, the lack of outrage among the population at large, the massive imperial court surrounding Washington DC and Americaâ€™s massive warfare-welfare-police state.
James Bovard, policy advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation and author of Feeling Your Pain, Freedom in Chains, Terrorism and Tyranny, The Bush Betrayal and Attention Deficit Democracy, sings high praise for Antiwar.com and their steadfastness in the face of all the pressure back in the early days of the War on Terrorism and the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, Bushâ€™s impeachable offense in claiming to the Congress that Iraq was tied to al Qaeda to justify the invasion, the precedent set when Congress let Reagan get away with his illegal support of the contras, Bob Barr vs. Bill Clinton back in the day and the general ignorance and sycophancy of the Washington press corps.