James Bovard

James Bovard discusses the U.S. attorney scandal, his hopes that more criminal activity will be revealed when Gonzales is forced out, Gonzales and Bush’s obstruction of the DoJ’s NSA wiretapping probe, Bush’s secret executive order “authorizing” torture, Rumsfeld’s “sovereign immunity,” the National Security Letter scandal, the government’s craven media sycophants, the hypocrisy of conservatives when it comes to their much-ballyhooed “rule of law” as it applies to Republicans in power, Scott’s short list of Bush administration lies, the phony 9/11 commission, the shameful failures of beltway “libertarians” in opposing war and torture, and Bob Barr.

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James Bovard is the author of Attention Deficit Democracy (St. Martin’s/Palgrave, January 2006), and eight other books. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New Republic, Reader’s Digest, and many other publications. His books have been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean.

The Wall Street Journal called Bovard “the roving inspector general of the modern state,” and Washington Post columnist George Will called him a “one-man truth squad.” His 1994 book Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty received the Free Press Association’s Mencken Award as Book of the Year. His Terrorism and Tyranny won the Lysander Spooner Award for the Best Book on Liberty in 2003. He received the Thomas Szasz Award for Civil Liberties work, awarded by the Center for Independent Thought, and the Freedom Fund Award from the Firearms Civil Rights Defense Fund of the National Rifle Association.

His writings have been been publicly denounced by the chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Postmaster General, and the chiefs of the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as by many congressmen and other malcontents.


Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges discusses the ignorance of John McCain, the media’s ignoring and whitewashing of the horrors of battle, the mythic narrative of war as honor and glory, the danger of war with Iran, and the rise of Pat Robertson style Christian Right nationalists.

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Chris Hedges, currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City and a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. Hedges, who has reported from more than fifty countries, worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, where he spent fifteen years. He is the author of the bestselling War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, which draws on his experiences in various conflicts to describe the patterns and behavior of nations and individuals in wartime. The book, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, was described by Abraham Verghese, who reviewed the book for The New York Times, as “…a brilliant, thoughtful, timely and unsettling book whose greatest merit is that it will rattle jingoists, pacifists, moralists, nihilists, politicians and professional soldiers equally.”

Hedges was part of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism and he received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. The Free Press published his most recent book, Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America in June 2005. The book was inspired by the Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski and his ten-part film series The Decalogue. Hedges writes about lives, including his own, which have been consumed by one of the violations or issues raised by a commandment. The Christian Century said of the book: “Far from the grandstanding around stone tablets in front of an Alabama courthouse comes Losing Moses on the Freeway, a refreshing reflection on the ten great Mosaic laws that is muted yet monumental in its own right.”

Hedges is also the author of What Every Person Should Know About War, a book he worked on with several combat veterans. Robert Pinsky, reviewing this book in The New York Times, called the book “…arresting, peculiar” and “significant.” “Neither jingoistic nor pacifist,” Pinsky wrote, “the book is about the moral authority of information, as it applies to the present and future nature of war.”

Hedges published American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America in January 2007 with The Free Press. The Christian right is a movement the former seminarian has criticized in articles such as his cover story in the May 2005 issue of Harpers’ magazine called “Soldiers of Christ.”


Les Roberts

Dr. Les Roberts from Columbia University discusses the famous Johns Hopkins/Lancet studies of “excess civilian deaths” in Iraq since 2003, the UK government scientists who told Tony Blair that Lancet had, if anything, underestimated the dead at 655,000 (more than the Rwandan genocide of 1994), the deliberate efforts of the U.S. government to suppress numbers of the dead.

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Les Roberts, PhD, holds has a Masters degree in public health from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins. He did a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 4 years. In 1994, he worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during their civil war. He previously served as the Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee. He is a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering where he teaches each fall. He teaches a class entitled Water and Sanitation in Complex Emergencies and the 7-week quantitative component of the Program’s Investigative Methods in Complex Emergencies course.


Donald Barlett and James Steele

Award-winning investigative reporting team Donald Barlett and James Steele, both contributing editors to Vanity Fair, talk about their new article, “Washington’s $8 Billion Shadow,” about Military Industrial Complex welfare recipient Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), their political connections, incompetence, propaganda, and the impunity with which they operate.

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Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele are one of the most widely acclaimed investigative reporting teams in American journalism. They have worked together for more than three decades, first at The Philadelphia Inquirer, (1971-1997) where they won two Pulitzer Prizes and scores of other national journalism awards, then at Time magazine, (1997-2006) where they earned two National Magazine Awards, becoming the first journalists in history to win both the Pulitzer Prize for newspaper work and its magazine equivalent for magazine reporting, and now at Vanity Fair as contributing editors. They also have written seven books.


Sam Provance

Former Army Sgt. Sam Provance, featured in the HBO documentary “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib,” talks about his experience [.pdf] as a computer expert at Abu Ghraib prison, the fake investigations into the tortures that took place there and the betrayal of Senator Lindsey Graham.

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Former Army Sgt. Sam Provance was one of the heroes of the Abu Ghraib scandal, the only uniformed military intelligence officer at the Iraqi prison to testify about the abuses during the internal Army investigation. When he recognized that the Pentagon was scapegoating low-level personnel, he also gave an interview to ABC News.

For refusing to play along with the cover-up, Provance was punished and pushed out of the U.S. military. The Pentagon went forward with its plan to pin the blame for the sadistic treatment of Iraqi detainees on a handful of poorly trained MPs, not on the higher-ups who brought the lessons of “alternative interrogation techniques” from the Guatanamo Bay prison to Abu Ghraib.

The Congress, which was then controlled by the Republicans, promised a fuller investigation. Provance submitted a sworn statement. But Congress never followed through, leaving Provance hanging out to dry.


Bill Barnwell

Minister and LewRockwell.com regular Bill Barnwell explains the corrupt doctrine behind “Pastor” John Hagee’s War Party ministry.

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Bill Barnwell is a pastor and writer from Michigan. He holds both a Master of Ministry degree and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.


James Bovard

James Bovard, author of a ton of great books, including Attention Deficit Democracy, talks about the fun he had at the DC antiwar protest back in January, his belief that the Attorney General is about to be fired, the Murray Waas’s story about his obstruction of the NSA wiretapping probe, the possibility that if more torture papers come out Bush may be removed from power, the pro-freedom conservatives, the White House Iraq Group, the craven American media, the U.S. attorney scandal, and the sickness of of former UN ambassador John Bolton and his self-congratulations at prolonging the Lebanon war.

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James Bovard is the author of Attention Deficit Democracy (St. Martin’s/Palgrave, 2006), and eight other books. He has written for the New York Times, War Street Journal, Washington Post, New Republic, Reader’s Digest, and many other publications. His books have been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean. He is a contributing editor for the American Conservative and a frequent contributor to Freedom Daily.

The War Street Journal called Bovard “the roving inspector general of the modern state,” and Washington Post columnist George Will called him a “one-man truth squad.” His 1994 book Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty received the Free Press Association’s Mencken Award as Book of the Year. His Terrorism and Tyranny won the Lysander Spooner Award for the Best Book on Liberty in 2003. He received the Thomas Szasz Award for Civil Liberties work, awarded by the Center for Independent Thought, and the Freedom Fund Award from the Firearms Civil Rights Defense Fund of the National Rifle Association.

His writings have been been publicly denounced by the chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Postmaster General, and the chiefs of the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as by many congressmen and other malcontents.


Stephen Grey

Stephen Grey, journalist and author of Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program, discusses the “extraordinary rendition” of terrorism suspects to countries like Syria and Morocco in the war on whatever-they-call-it-now, the corruption of the CIA officers involved, the total lack of accountability, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and Abu Zubaydah.

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Stephen Grey is a freelance journalist based in London, UK. He writes mainly about security issues and Iraq, for the Sunday Times of London, New York Times, the Guardian, the Times, the Atlantic Monthly and the BBC’s Newnight and BBC Radio Four.


Emi MacLean

Emi MacLean from the Center for Constitutional Rights discusses Friday’s New York Times story about Robert Gates’s attempt to have the Guantánamo prison closed and how he was thwarted by the attorney general and vice president, how at least two people were held there for two years after being determined to simply be refugees rather than terrorists, and her belief that many of the people there are innocent.

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Emi MacLean is a Legal Fellow with the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights.


Joshua Kors

Joshua Kors discusses his article for the Nation How Specialist Town Lost His Benefits,” about a decorated soldier who has been thrown in the garbage can by the government he served, the paper-thin “personality disorder” excuse that has been used to deny 22,500 disabled soldiers their benefits in the last six years (after lying to them of course) and how much money the DoD will save.

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Joshua Kors is a freelance journalist based in New York. Research support was provided by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute.


Chris Floyd

Chris Floyd discusses the rendition of an American citizen to Ethiopia until he admits he’s al Qaeda, the nearly unremarked-upon proxy war for the Warlords in Somalia, the arrogant ignorance of America’s political establishments and the distracted apathy of the American people.

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Chris Floyd is an award-winning American journalist, and author of the book, Empire Burlesque: High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Regime. For more than 11 years he wrote the featured political column, Global Eye, for The Moscow Times and the St. Petersburg Times in Russia. He also served as UK correspondent for Truthout.org, and was an editorial writer for three years for The Bergen Record. His work appears regularly CounterPunch, The Baltimore Chronicle and in translation in the Italian paper, Il Manifesto, and has also been published in such venues as The Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Journalism Review, The Ecologist and many others. His articles are also featured regularly on such websites as Information Clearing House, Buzzflash, Bushwatch, LewRockwell.com, Antiwar.com, and many others. His work has been cited in The New York Times, USA Today, the Guardian, the Independent and other major newspapers.

Floyd co-founded the blog Empire Burlesque with webmaster Richard Kastelein, who created the site using open-source software. Floyd is also chief editor of Atlantic Free Press, which was founded and designed by Kastelein. loyd has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years, working in the United States, Great Britain and Russia for various newspapers, magazines, the U.S. government and Oxford University.


Anthony Arnove

Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal discusses his recent TomDispatch column “Four Years Later… and Counting” about the terrible destruction America has wrought in Iraq and prospects for a new political realignment against Empire and the central state here at home.

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Anthony Arnove is the editor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People’s History of the United States, the long-awaited primary-source companion to A People’s History of the United States. He is also editor of Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War and a collection of interviews with Howard Zinn, Terrorism and War. An activist based on Brooklyn, New York, he is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and Haymarket Books, and is a member of the National Writers Union and the International Socialist Organization. He also has contributed to The Struggle for Palestine and has written for Z Magazine, The Nation, In These Times, Monthly Review, the Financial Times, and other publications.


Michael Scheuer

Former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer discusses Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda, their true motives, how best to fight against them, torture, the escape at Tora Bora, the FBI and CIA in the months before September 11th, the 9/11 Commission sham, the Israeli art students, the Israel and Saudi lobbies, reports that a Pakistani general financed Mohammed Atta, Bojinka, Bill Clinton’s 10 blown chances to get bin Laden and the total lack of evidence of a Saddam-al Qaeda connection.

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Michael Scheuer is a 22-year veteran of the CIA and the author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror.


Bill Minutaglio

Bill Minutaglio, author of First Son: George W. Bush & The Bush Family Dynasty and The President’s Counselor: The Rise to Power of Alberto Gonzales, discusses the story of attorney general and his relationship with the President and his likely future.

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Bill Minutaglio has distinguished himself as an award-winning Texas journalist with the Abilene Reporter-News, San Antonio Express-News, Houston Chronicle, and Dallas Morning News, where he has worked since 1983 as a special writer. His work has appeared in many national publications including Talk, where he is a contributing writer, and the New York Times. He has coauthored two books and served as a contributing author to three others. He lives in Austin with his two children and his wife, Holly.


Leon Hadar

Leon Hadar, foreign policy analyst and author of Sandstorm: Policy Failure in the Middle East, discusses the difference between what the neocons were trying to accomplish, the sad facts of what’s happened and the way things could have been instead.

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Dr. Leon Hadar is a former United Nations bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post, he is the Washington correspondent for Singapore Business Times and a contributing editor for the American Conservative magazine. Hadar has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy and has been interviewed by broadcasting outlets like CNN, BBC and FOX News. He has taught at American University and Mount Vernon College and has been affiliated with think tanks such as the Institute on East-West Security Studies and the Center for International Development and Conflict Management. A graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Hadar earned his MA degrees from the schools of journalism and international affairs and the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, and his Ph.D. in international relations from American University. He is the author of Quagmire: America in the Middle East (Cato Institute, 1992) and of Sandstorm: Policy Failure in the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).


Helen Caldicott

Dr. Helen Caldicott, author of Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, War in Heaven: The Arms Race in Outer Space, discusses the incredible amount of nuclear weapons in the hands of the United States and Russia and the non-threats of Iran and North Korea, Reagan and Gorbachev’s near agreement to abolish them in 1987, the danger of Pakistani nukes falling into the hands of Taliban types, Israel’s nukes, what a 20-megaton H-bomb would do to Phoenix, Three Mile Island, the damage at the local nuclear plant, and hears from a caller – a former U.S. military nuclear missile launcher – how she changed his life.

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Dr. Helen Caldicott is founder and president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute. For over 35 years, Dr. Caldicott has been active in spreading information about the hazards of nuclear weapons and nuclear war. The organization she co-founded in 1978, Physicians for Social Responsibility, was co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985, and a documentary based on a lecture she gave in 1981, on the topic of nuclear war, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (short) in 1982. Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938, she currently divides her time between Australia and the U.S. For more information about Helen Caldicott.


Joshua Frank

Joshua Frank, author of Left Out: How Liberals Helped Re-elect George W. Bush, explains the relationships between the major Democratic presidential candidates and the Israel Lobby and the negative consequences.

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Joshua Frank was born and raised in Montana and and now lives in New York. He is the author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush published by Common Courage Press (2005) and co-editor along with Jeffrey St. Clair of the forthcoming Red State Rebels to be published by AK Press in March of 2008.

He has appeared as a political commentator on MSNBC as well as numerous radio programs. His investigative reports and columns have appeared in many publications, among them: CounterPunch, Z Magazine, Alternet, Guerrilla News Network, Lew Rockwell, Common Dreams, Antiwar.com, Clamor, Metro New York, Green Left Weekly, Left Turn Magazine, and Anderson Valley Advertiser.

He has also contributed essays for several books: Dime’s Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils published by CounterPunch/AK Press (2004). Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate published by Haymarket Books (2006). Beyond Borders published by Worth Publishers (2006). As well as the introduction to Ward Churchill’s forthcoming book, Speaking Truth in the Teeth of Power, to be published by AK Press in early 2007.

Joshua Frank edits BrickBurner.org, and along with Kim Petersen and Sunil Sharma, DissidentVoice.org.


Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas, author of Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public, laments the tragedy of the Iraq war, now beginning its fifth year, the lives/votes trade that the Democrats are so quick to make to gain power, her favorite press secretary, the travesty Judith Miller, Jeff Gannon and how she got her seat back.

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Commonly referred to as “The First Lady of the Press,” former White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas is a trailblazer, breaking through barriers for women reporters while covering every President since John F. Kennedy. For 57 years, Helen also served as White House correspondent for United Press International. She recently left this post and joined Hearst Newspapers as a syndicated columnist.

Born in Winchester, Kentucky, Helen Thomas was raised in Detroit, Michigan where she attended public schools and later graduated from Wayne State University. Upon leaving college, Helen served as a copy girl on the old, now defunct Washington Daily News. In 1943, Ms. Thomas joined United Press International and the Washington Press Corps.

For 12 years, Helen wrote radio news for UPI, her work day beginning at 5:30am. Eventually she covered the news of the Federal government, including the FBI and Capitol Hill.

In November, 1960, Helen Thomas began covering then President elect John F. Kennedy, following him to the White House in January, 1961 as a member of the UPI team. It was during this first White House assignment that Thomas began closing presidential press conferences with “Thank you, Mr. President.”

In September, 1971, Pat Nixon scooped Helen by announcing her engagement to Associated Press’ retiring White House correspondent, Douglas B. Cornell at a White house party hosted by then President Nixon in honor of Cornell.

Thomaswas the only woman print journalist traveling with then President Nixon to China during his breakthrough trip in January, 1972. She has the distinction of having traveled around the world several times with Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, during the course of which she covered every Economic Summit. The World Almanac has cited her as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in America.


Marjorie Cohn

Marjorie Cohn discusses the firing of the U.S. attorneys, particularly Carol Lamm (the one who prosecuted Duke Cunningham and Dusty Foggo), the new PATRIOT Act provision that makes it so that the Attorney General can appoint new U.S. attorneys without Senate confirmation, Gonzales’s Soviet theory of state-granted rights and his lifting of the phrase “quaint and obsolete” in regards to torture provisions in the Geneva Conventions from the German Nazis.

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Marjorie Cohn is president of the National Lawyers Guild and a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, and international human rights law. She lectures throughout the world on human rights and US foreign policy.


Giuliana Sgrena

Giuliana Sgrena discusses her new book, Friendly Fire: The Remarkable Story of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq, Rescued by an Italian Secret Service Agent, and Shot by U.S. Forces, the circumstances of her captivity and release, how U.S. troops shot her and her rescuers as she was finally on her way to safety and why they should have known who she was at the time of the shooting.

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On February 4, 2005, while reporting in Iraq for the Italian daily newspaper Il Manifesto, leading Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena was kidnapped by a group of Iraqis and held hostage for one month. On the day of her release, as she was being escorted to Baghdad International Airport by Italian security, U.S. forces fired on her vehicle. The attack killed Major General Nicola Calipari, the number two man in Italian military intelligence, as he shielded Sgrena.


Jacob Hornberger

Future of Freedom Foundation president Jacob Hornberger decries America’s descent into totalitarianism, what the KSM “confession” reveals about Bush’s bogus Star-Chamber tribunals for “enemy combatants” at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and what it portends for the rest of us.

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Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at The Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, publisher of The Freeman.

Freedom Daily. Fluent in Spanish and conversant in Italian, he has delivered speeches and engaged in debates and discussions about free-market principles with groups all over the United States, as well as Canada, England, Europe, and Latin America, including Brazil, Cuba, Bolivia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Argentina.

He has also advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on FOX New’s Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows. His editorials have appeared in the Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, La Prensa San Diego, El Nuevo Miami Herald, and many others, both in the United States and in Latin America. He is a co-editor or contributor to the eight books that have been published by the Foundation.


Justin Raimondo

Antiwar.com editorial director Justin Raimondo discusses the role of the Israel lobby in pushing for the war in Iraq and the next one in Iran, Pelosi’s green light to Dick Cheney and the loss of domestic liberty that always accompanies foreign empire.

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Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of Antiwar.com. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus Books, 2000). He is also the author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (with an Introduction by Patrick J. Buchanan), (Center for Libertarian Studies, 1993), and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans (1996).

He is a contributing editor for The American Conservative, a Senior Fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, and an Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.


Charley Richardson and Nancy Lessin

Charley Richardson and Nancy Lessin, co-founders of Military Families Speak Out do just that – in this case against the so-called “surge” of troops into Iraq and Afghanistan, the impotence political games of the Democrats, the completely ignored antiwar mandate from the American people last November, the scum that is Congressman Obey, his lie that it is to abandon the troops for Congress to mandate that money may only be spent on their safe withdrawal.

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Military Families Speak Out is an organization of people opposed to the war in Iraq who have relatives or loved ones in the military. Our membership currently includes over 3,000 military families, with new families joining daily. If you have family members or loved ones in the military and you are opposed to this war, JOIN by sending an e-mail to us at mfso@mfso.org


David Corn

David Corn Washington editor of the Nation and co-author of Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal and the Selling of the Iraq War discusses his fun humiliating George F. Will on ABC’s This Week for his blatant hypocrisy, why Libby deserved to be convicted, why it’s a canard that Armitage was the first to reveal Wilson’s wife to Novak, Cheney’s role in lying us into war and punishing those who contradicted him, the time Novak lied directly to my face about Rove and whether the Democrats will ever get their act together and hold real investigations.

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David Corn is the Washington editor of The Nation, the oldest political weekly in America, and a Fox News Channel contributor. He writes on a host of subjects, including politics, the White House, Congress, and the national security establishment. He has broken stories on George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Colin Powell, Rush Limbaugh, Enron, the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA leak case, the Pentagon, and other Washington players and institutions. He currently writes a web column for The Nation called “Capital Games.”


Lou DuBose

Lou Dubose, author of Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency, discusses what a hypocritical coward Dick Cheney is, his long march to power through the Nixon and Ford years, how his crew out-smarted and out-maneuvered Bush’s crew to take control over the White House, the reasons why he and Powell didn’t want to go “all the way to Baghdad,” fun speculation about what craziness may be going on inside his head, what involvement the OVP had in lying us into war, his corrupt no-bid contracts, how the Cheney Cabal killed Iran’s attempt to give up everything in April 2003.

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Lou Dubose is the former editor of the Texas Observer, where he followed the career of George W. Bush. He has cowritten two Bush books with Molly Ivins, “Shrub” and “Bushwhacked.” He is the co-author, with Jan Reid, of “The Hammer: Tom DeLay: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress.” His newest is Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency.


Ray McGovern

Former veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern discusses his piece, “Why Cheney Lost It When Joe Wilson Spoke Out.”

Also: Senator Pat Roberts’ obstruction of the FBI and Senate investigations of the Cheney Cabal, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV’s cowardice and reasons why he thinks the chances Bush/Cheney will bomb Iran are now less than 50/50.

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Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years – from the John F. Kennedy administration to that of George H. W. Bush. He is a co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.


Michael Klare

Michael Klare, defense correspondent for the Nation, discusses his TomDispatch article “Bush’s Future Iran War Speech, Three Charges in the Case for War.”

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Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985. Before assuming his present post, he served as Director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. (1977-84).

Michael Klare serves on the board of directors of the Arms Control Association, the National Council of the Federation of American Scientists, and the advisory board of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch; he is also a member of the Committee on International Security Studies of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


James Marcinkowski

James Marcinkowski, a former CIA officer and classmate of Valerie Plame discusses the conviction of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the necessity of Congress stepping up to investigate the OVP/OSP crew, Plame’s “non-official cover,” status, Brewster-Jennings and Associates, etc.

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James Marcinkowski is a former CIA case officer and former administrative staff attorney in the Oakland County Michigan Prosecutor’s Office.


Sibel Edmonds and James Bamford

Former FBI contract linguist-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and investigative reporter James Bamford discuss the Department of Justice’s abuse of the “State’s Secrets Privilege” to keep Edmonds from telling all she knows about high-level corruption in the Turkish Lobby, the State and Defense Departments and the Congress, a new petition by over 30 organizations demanding hearings into her case and a new FBI whistle-blower, who’s letter the the Department of Justice’s Inspector General [.pdf] reveals that all those wiretaps Edmonds was transcribing were illegal – begun on warrants under the much easier to satisfy-Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in cases of public corruption.

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For background, listen to my February 28, 2007 interview with Sibel Edmonds expert Luke Ryland here.

Sibel Edmonds began working for the FBI shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. Until the spring of 2002 she worked in the FBI’s Washington field office translating top-secret documents pertaining to suspected terrorists. She first gained wide public attention in October of that year when she appeared on ‘60 Minutes’ on CBS and charged that the FBI, State Department, and Pentagon had been infiltrated by agents of a Turkish intelligence officer suspected of ties to terrorism. She also accused members of the FBI’s translation services of sabotage, intimidation, corruption and incompetence. On October 18, 2002, at the request of FBI Director Robert Mueller, Attorney General Ashcroft imposed a gag order on Ms. Edmonds, citing possible damage to diplomatic relations or national security.

James Bamford is the author of The Puzzle Palace: A Report on NSA, America’s Most Secret Agency. Published in 1982, it was the first book ever written about the National Security Agency and it became an immediate bestseller. He spent nearly a decade as the Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings where he won a number of journalism awards for his coverage national security issues. In 1997, as the media profession began turning away from international news coverage and focusing almost exclusively on Monica Lewinsky and other domestic political scandals, Bamford left ABC to work on Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency. Initially published in April 2001 to rave reviews, it also became a national bestseller. His book A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies remains one of the best resources on how the Cheney/Neocon cabal lied this country to war in Iraq. Bamford’s articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.


John Mueller

John Mueller, professor of political science at Ohio State University and author of Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats and Why We Believe Them and this great Foreign Affairs article, discusses the bogus “War on Terror,” the Fear Industry (public and private) and the waste and violations of rights that go along with them.

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John Mueller holds the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Mershon Center, and is professor of Political Science, at Ohio State University where he teaches courses in international relations and is the author of a book analyzing public opinion during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, War, Presidents and Public Opinion and of Retreat from Doomsday: The Obsolescence of Major War which deals with changing attitudes toward war.

Mueller has also published Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War and Quiet Cataclysm: Reflections on the Recent Transformation of World Politics. His Capitalism, Democracy, and Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery was published in 1999.

Mueller has published scores of articles in such journals as International Security, American Political Science Review, Security Studies, Orbis, American Journal of Political Science, National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Foreign Policy, as well as many editorial page columns and articles in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Reason, Washington Post, and New York Times. He has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the Nobel Institute in Olso, Norway.

Mueller is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also received several teaching prizes.


J.D. Cash

J.D. Cash, an investigative reporter for the McCurtain Gazette, discusses his investigation and recent developments into the story of the “Aryan Republican Army” neo-Nazi bank robbery ring (many of whom were undercover cops and informants) and their collaboration with Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, resulting in the deaths of 168 people and one of the largest cover-ups in American history. My previous interviews of Cash here.

MP3 here. (28:45)


Edward Peck

Edward Peck discusses America’s new found “diplomacy” with Iran and Syria, the situation in Iraq, the Bush regime’s lies about North Korea’s “uranium enrichment program,” and the possibility of war with Iran.

MP3 here. (19:06)

Peck, a former U.S. chief of mission in Iraq and former ambassador to Mauritania, was deputy director of the White House Task Force on Terrorism in the Reagan administration.


Christopher Deliso

From Skopje, Macedonia, Christopher Deliso discusses the Balkan Wars, the criminal/farcical international court system, the status of Kosovo, Bill Clinton’s missing mass graves and alliance with Osama, the complete failure of Western intervention to improve anything for anyone, the criminalization of speech in Germany and France and their attempts to foist their “hate” laws on all of Europe, and possible reverberations for our forgotten imperial missions in the event of war with Iran.

MP3 here. (54:00)

Balkanalysis.com director Christopher Deliso has lived and traveled widely in SE Europe and has a master’s degree with distinction in Byzantine Studies from Oxford University.

His many Balkan-related articles have appeared in a diverse range of publications, including: The Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, the St. Petersburg Times (US), United Press International, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Washington Times, TravelIntelligence.net, Antiwar.com, Counterpunch!, the Orange County Register, the Power & Interest News Report, Transitions Online, Hidden Europe Magazine, Gonomad.com, Kinetic Travel, Traveler’s Tales-Turkey, Eurasianet.org and Escape from America Magazine.