Glenn Greenwald

A Tragic Legacy: Bush Thinks His Evil is Good

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_27_greenwald.mp3]

Former civil rights attorney, blogger and author, Glenn Greenwald, discusses the ideas in his new book A Tragic Legacy: How a Good Versus Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency.

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Glenn Greenwald was previously a constitutional law and civil rights litigator in New York. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book How Would a Patriot Act?, a critique of the Bush administration’s use of executive power, released in May 2006. His brand new book, Tragic Legacy, was released this week.

Eric Margolis

America and Russia post-Cold War – Now We’re Them

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_25_margolis.mp3]

Veteran war reporter Eric Margolis discusses America’s relationship with Russia since the end of the Cold War and where we’re headed.

MP3 here. (44:46)

Award winning author, columnist, and broadcaster Eric S. Margolis has covered 14 wars and is a leading authority on military affairs, the Middle East, South Asia, and Islamic movements.

Micheal Kirk

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Micheal Kirk, producer for PBS Frontline, discusses his new documentary, Endgame, explains that Rumsfeld wanted for the U.S. to leave Iraq almost immediately after the invasion, and some of the various ad hoc “endgames” to get our troops out since 2003.

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Kirk, a former Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard, was Frontline’s senior producer from 1983 to 1987, and has produced more than 100 national television programs.

Seymour Hersh

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw061907syhersh.mp3 ]

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh discusses the torture of innocents at Abu Ghraib, the persecution of general Taguba, who led the initial investigation and the cover-up of the fact that it was all ordered from the very top.

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Seymour Hersh is an award winning investigative reporter currently writing for the New Yorker magazine.

Gareth Porter

Cheney Lies About Iran

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_21_porter.mp3]

Journalist and historian Gareth Porter debunks the lies of Dick Cheney regarding Iranian involvement in sending weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan, AIPAC and the American Warfare State and the danger of instability in Pakistani nukes falling into the hands of the crazies.

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Gareth Porter is a historian and journalist for InterPress Service. His latest book is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press).

Becky Akers

“Drop the Sippy Cup Lady! Drop It!”

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_20_akers.mp3]

Becky Akers, who regularly defends liberty from the pages of LewRockwell.com, discusses the national government’s Transportation Security Administration Nazis and their regular abuse of the rights and dignity of the American people.

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Becky Akers writes for LewRockwell.com and is writing a book about the TSA.

Gordon Prather

Clinton and Bush II Betrayed Program to Secure Former USSR Nuke Material

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_18_prather.mp3]

Nuclear physicist and Antiwar.com columnist Gordon Prather explains the efforts of Senators Nunn, Lugar and Domenici to collect the excess fissile material left over from the dismantling of the former USSR’s European based tactical nuclear weapons at the end of the Cold War and how Presidents Clinton and Bush II have thwarted these efforts. Also Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and Iran’s total lack of them.

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Physicist James Gordon Prather has served as a policy implementing official for national security-related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla. – ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the Senate Energy Committee and Appropriations Committee. Dr. Prather had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Don Craven, Ray McGovern

World War IV: A Letter to the President

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_18_craven_mcgovern.mp3]

Don Craven, director of the new film World War IV: A Letter to the President, and Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst featured in the movie, discuss the film and some of the themes within it: The neocons and the Israel Lobby, the lies regarding the “weapons of mass destruction” that led to war, the role of Christian Zionists in the War Party, Michael Ledeen’s admission of war crimes and possible consequences of war with Iran.

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Don Craven is a Texas businessman and former Bush campaign donor turned documentary film maker.

Ray McGovern is a retired CIA analyst of 27 years.

Warren Richey

Court Orders al Marri Receive Due Process

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_15_richey.mp3]

Warren Richey, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, discusses the recent ruling by the fourth circuit court that Ali Saleh al Marri, who has been held in a military dungeon for four years, after being arrested in Peoria, IL on accusations that he was an al Qaeda agent preparing to wage “computer warfare” against Wall Street.

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Warren Richey is the Miami and Washington staff reporter for the Christian Science Monitor.

Dilip Hiro

Nuclear Power, Weapons and the Future of the Middle East

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/awdiliphiro061207.mp3]

Journalist and author Dilip Hiro, discusses Iran’s nuclear program, Israel’s nuclear weapons, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the logic of nuclear deterrence.

MP3 here. (34:08)

Born in the Indian sub-continent, Dilip Hiro was educated in India, Britain and America, where he received a master’s degree at Virginia Polytechnic & State University. He then settled in London in the mid-1960s, and became a full-time writer, journalist and commentator. He has published 28 books.

Raje Hage

Lebanon on the Brink of Disaster

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_14_hage.mp3]

Raje Hage, a friend of the show from Beirut, explains his view of the situation in Lebanon, some history, last year’s war, Hezbollah, Syria, Iran, Israel, the Redirection and his hopes for some form of unity government.

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Raje Hage is an Antiwar.com fan from Beirut, Lebanon.

Aaron Glantz

US Am Become Death, Destroyer of Worlds

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_12_glantz.mp3]

Investigative reporter Aaron Glantz, author of How America Lost Iraq, discusses the U.S. government’s destruction of Iraq society and the lives of millions of people – including many U.S. veterans who are apparently considered the enemy by the government who sent them to war.

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Independent journalist Aaron Glantz has visited Iraq three times during the U.S. occupation and has also reported from more than a dozen countries across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He is the author of How America Lost Iraq. More information is available at his Web site.

Robert Parry

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw061107robertparry.mp3]

Investigative reporter Robert Parry of ConsortiumNews discusses Robert Gates’ decision to replace Peter Pace as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Scooter Libby situation.

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Robert Parry, who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek, has written a new book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq.

Charles Goyette

Some Bad News and a Reason for Hope

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_11_goyette.mp3]

Antiwar Radio host Charles Goyette discusses the War Party on the radio, the despicable lies of Joe Lieberman, the censored press conference of Vladimir Putin and what he said, the post-9/11 hysteria of the American people, the hope inspired by the presidential candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul, what makes him completely different from the rest of them, the inevitable consequences of American economic policy, and the possibility of war with Iran.

MP3 here. (41:39)

Charles Goyette, recently honored as “Best Phoenix Talk Show Host” by the New Times, is a familiar voice to radio listeners all across Arizona and increasingly to listeners across the country. Thanks to his outspokenness and the clarity of his positions, radio listeners everywhere are finding they can’t get enough of “America’s Most Independent Talk Show Host!”

John V. Walsh

Left, Right and Prospects for Peace

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_08_walsh.mp3]

John V. Walsh, Professor of physiology at UMass and regular contributor to Counterpunch, discusses the left and right, the Democrats and Republicans, realignment against the empire, the push for an invasion of the Sudan and that time Bill Clinton bombed their antibiotics factory – sentencing untold numbers of people to death from easily curable diseases.

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John Walsh, a frequent contributor to CounterPunch.com and Antiwar.com, is a member of the Green Rainbow Party of MA. He is also a member of Physicians for a National Health Program. Some years ago he ran for U.S. Congress and won the endorsement of the Boston Globe.

Gareth Porter

Dick Cheney, Osama bin Laden Want US War on Iran

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_08_porter.mp3]

Gareth Porter, historian and journalist for IPS News, explains the confluence of interests between Osama bin Laden and Dick Cheney, who both want a U.S. war against Iran, the false accusations against that country which would supposedly justify an aggressive war (such as the lie that they are buddies with Osama and that they are supplying the bombs killing Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan), the likelihood that Cheney would use nuclear weapons as 9 out of 10 Republican presidential candidates called for in the third debate in New Hampshire.

MP3 here. (45:00)

Gareth Porter is a historian and journalist for InterPress Service. His latest book is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press).

Sydney Levy

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International human rights activist Sydney Levy of Jewish Voice for Peace discusses the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War, his quest for peace in Palestine and his belief that there is a possible solution within reach, how a change in U.S. policy would be helpful, the march in DC this Sunday and Monday and how to fight the influence of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.

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Sydney has worked in nonprofits for almost 15 years in a professional capacity, and specifically in human rights work for 10, focusing on the rights of sexual minorities, people with HIV/AIDS, immigrants, and refugees. He has also organized community participation demanding diversity of ownership and content in the media. Sydney has gained valuable experience in corporate accountability campaigns with companies such as Comcast and AT&T.

Born in Venezuela to immigrants from Egypt, Sydney speaks Spanish and Hebrew, dabbles in French, and enjoys reading secular Ladino literature. He lived in Jerusalem for seven years, where he got his Masters degree in Jewish History from the Hebrew University.

Joe Wilson

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw060607joewilson.mp3]

Former ambassador Joe Wilson discusses the sentencing of “Scooter” Libby to 30 months in prison for committing perjury in the investigation into the War Party’s leaking of the identity of Wilson’s wife, former covert CIA operative Valerie Plame and the CIA’s suppression of her book.MP3 here. (10:53)

Joseph C. Wilson 4th, former United States ambassador to Iraq and Gabon, and husband of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, is an international business consultant.

Elsie DeLaere

Nation Building in Salt Pit Dungeons

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_06_delaere.mp3]

Elsie DeLaere from Amnesty International describes the humanitarian catastrophe [.pdf] in Afghanistan, the salt pit dungeon and other secret prisons, torture, executions, famine, air strikes, the reemergence of the Taliban, the emergence of the “United National Front” in opposition to Hamid Karzai’s “presidency,” the plight of women and children, widespread corruption, the degree to which locals favor the U.S. occupation or don’t.

MP3 here. (36:38)

Elsie DeLaere has traveled to Afghanistan multiple times to instruct new teachers and represents Amnesty International.

Larisa Alexandrovna

The Not So Secret Covert War Against Iran

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_05_alexandrovna.mp3]

Larisa Alexandrovna, investigative reporter for RawStory.com, discusses the not very secret covert war against Iran, the “have the military do it instead of the CIA” loophole in the oversight statutes, different levels of covert operators, the outsourcing of terrorism to the MEK and Jundullah, in Iran, Fatah al-Islam in Lebanon, why it seems it was Cheney’s crew who leaked the story of this “new” CIA finding to Brian Ross last week and more.

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Larisa Alexandrovna is a journalist, essayist and poet. She is currently managing news editor for Raw Story, and contributes regularly to other publications in the alternative press. She also hangs out at her blog, At-Largely.

Her work is cited by mass media outlets such as Rolling Stone, New York Times, Mother Jones, and other notable publications. She is best known for her reporting on domestic intelligence issues and foreign military affairs.

Jim Lobe

Faction Fights in DC, Iraq

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_01_lobe.mp3]

Jim Lobe, Washington correspondent for InterPress Service, discusses the situations in DC and in Iraq and how things seem to be playing out: The “surge,” Baker-Hamilton, al Qaeda, Sunni Arabs, Sadr, the Iran factions, the Kurds and the Turks, and the neocons big meeting in the Bahamas and their hopes for sabotaging Rice’s diplomatic efforts.

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Jim Lobe, works as Inter Press Service’s correspondent in the Washington, D.C., bureau. He has followed the ups and downs of neo-conservatives since well before their rise in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Steve Clemons

Cheney Trying to End-Run Bush, Start Iran War

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_01_clemons.mp3]

Steve Clemons, senior fellow at the New America Foundation and keeper of the influential blog The Washington Note, explains Dick Cheney and his neocon cabal’s attempt to make an end run around President Bush and get us into a war with Iran whether he wants to or not, where the “realists” stand, the layers of lower level neocons we’ve never heard of, the “news” of CIA covert action in Iran, Bush’s meeting with the Joint Chiefs and some of the possible consequences if we do go to war.

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Steven Clemons directs the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America’s interests in the world with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America’s democratic way of life. He is also a Senior Fellow at New America, and previously served as Executive Vice President.

Publisher of the popular political blog The Washington Note, Mr. Clemons is a long-term policy practitioner and entrepreneur in Washington, D.C. He has served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, Senior Policy Advisor on Economic and International Affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and was the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center.

Prior to moving to Washington, Mr. Clemons served for seven years as Executive Director of the Japan America Society of Southern California, and co-founded with Chalmers Johnson the Japan Policy Research Institute, of which he is still Director. He is a Member of the Board of the Clarke Center at Dickinson College, a liberal arts college in Carlisle, Pa., as well as an Advisory Board Member of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. He is also a Board Member of the Global Policy Innovations Program at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs and a member of the board of the Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund.

Mr. Clemons writes frequently on matters of foreign policy, defense, and international economic policy. His work has appeared in many of the major leading op-ed pages, journal, and magazines around the world.

Robert A. Pape

Suicide Terrorism is Caused by Foreign Occupation

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_06_01_pape.mp3]

Professor Robert A. Pape explains the research behind his book Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, why Rep. Ron Paul is correct that groups who engage in suicide terrorism can only recruit in the name of fighting against foreign occupation – rather than devotion to any religion, promises of virgins in Heaven or a plot to take over the world – and why our government’s denial of this fact and its policy of regime change puts Americans in greater danger.

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(My first interview with Professor Pape from July, 2005, and an accompanying article I wrote can be found here.)

Robert A. Pape is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago specializing in international security affairs. His publications include Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism (Random House 2005); Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War (Cornell 1996), “Why Economic Sanctions Do Not Work,” International Security (1997), “The Determinants of International Moral Action,” International Organization (1999); “The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism,” American Political Science Review (2003); and “Soft Balancing against the United States,” International Security (2005). His commentary on international security policy has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, as well as on Nightline, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and National Public Radio. Before coming to Chicago in 1999, he taught international relations at Dartmouth College for five years and air power strategy for the USAF’s School of Advanced Airpower Studies for three years. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago in 1988 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982. His current work focuses on the causes of suicide terrorism and the politics of unipolarity.