Joshua Frank

Hillary Clinton: Blood-Thirsty Warmonger

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_07_26_frank.mp3]

Joshua Frank, co-editor of DissidentVoice.org and author of Left-Out!: How Liberals Helped Re-elect George W. Bush, discusses the impending global tyranny of a Hillary Clinton administration, her association with war criminals such as Richard Holbrooke, the sad fact that most little d-democrats out there will vote for her anyway and some serious flaws in our electoral system.

MP3 here. (37:33)

Joshua Frank is co-editor of Dissident Voice and author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush (Common Courage Press, 2005), and along with Jeffrey St. Clair, the editor of the forthcoming Red State Rebels, to be published by AK Press in March 2008. Read other articles by Joshua, or visit Joshua’s website.

Greg Palast

Iraq’s Oil Spoils

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_07_25_palast.mp3]

Greg Palast, investigative reporter for BBC Newsnight and author of Armed Madhouse, explains the oil game in Iraq, the deal behind the U.S. attorney scandal, Hillary Clinton’s shameful corruption and her husband’s pardon of arch-criminal Mark Rich, and the deal struck by Republicans to impeach Bill only for the silly sex scandal instead of his felonious relationship with the Indonesian Riady family billionaires as long as the Democrats promised not to expose the Republican’s felonious connections to the American Koch family billionaires.

MP3 here. (39:05)

Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Armed Madhouse (Penguin 2006). His first reports appeared on BBC television and in the Guardian newspapers. Author of another New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Palast is best known in his native USA as the journalist who, for the Observer (UK), broke the story of how Jeb Bush purged thousands of Black Florida citizens from voter rolls before the 2000 election, thereby handing the White House to his brother George. His reports on the theft of election 2004, the spike of the FBI investigations of the bin Ladens before September 11, the secret State Department documents planning the seizure of Iraq’s oil fields have won him a record six “Project Censored” for reporting the news American media doesn’t want you to hear. He returned to America to report for Harper’s magazine.

Jacob Hornberger

How to Not Be a Good German

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_07_25_hornberger.mp3]

Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation discusses the circumstances in which the German people accepted the rise of the Nazi Reich, the use of crisis as an excuse to destroy liberty, the writ of habeas corpus, the unitary executive theory, Bush’s new Executive Order granting the Treasury Department to seize the property of whoever they deem threaten their criminal Iraq policy, Ron Paul, and his recent Restoring the Republic conference.

MP3 here. (48:54)

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.

Robert Dreyfuss

US Continues to Back Iran in Iraq

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_24_07_scott_goyette_show_4dreyfuss.mp3]

Investigative reporter Robert Dreyfuss explains why America supports the Iran factions in Iraq against the Shia and Sunni nationalists who are attempting to create a multi-ethnic coalition government.

MP3 here.

For nearly fifteen years Robert Dreyfuss has worked as an independent journalist who specializes in magazine features, profiles, and investigative stories in the areas of politics and national security. In 2001, he was profiled as a leading investigative journalist by the Columbia Journalism Review, and two of his articles have won awards from The Washington Monthly. In 2003, Dreyfuss was awarded Project Censored’s first prize for a story on the role of oil in U.S. policy toward Iraq.He has appeared on scores of radio and television talk shows, including Hannity and Colmes on Fox News, C-Span, CNBC, MSNBC, Court TV, and, on National Public Radio, The Diane Rehm Show and Public Interest with Kojo Nnamdi, and Pacifica’s Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

Based in Alexandria, Va., Dreyfuss been writing for Rolling Stone for at least a decade, and currently covers national security for Rolling Stone’s National Affairs section. He’s a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, and a senior correspondent for The American Prospect. His articles have also appeared in The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, Newsday, Worth, California Lawyer, The Texas Observer, E, In These Times, The Detroit Metro Times, Public Citizen, Extra!, and, in Japan, in Esquire, Foresight and Nikkei Business. On line, he writes frequently for TomPaine.com, and produced a popular blog for Tom Paine called The Dreyfuss Report.

Dreyfuss is best known for ground-breaking stories about the war in Iraq, the war on terrorism, and post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy. In 2002, he wrote the first significant profile of Ahmed Chalabi by a journalist, for The American Prospect. Also in 2002, he wrote the first analysis of the war between the Pentagon and the CIA over policy toward Iraq, which included the first important account of the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans. Other stories in The American Prospect included detailed accounts of neoconservative war plans for the broader Middle East. In 2004, he co-authored what is still the most complete account of the work of the Office of Special Plans in manufacturing misleading or false intelligence about Iraq, for Mother Jones, entitled “The Lie Factory.”

Before 9/11, Dreyfuss wrote extensively about intelligence issues, including pieces about post-Cold War excursions by the CIA into economic espionage, about the CIA’s nonofficial cover (NOC) program, and about lobbying by U.S. defense and intelligence contractors over the annual secret intelligence budget.

Among his many other pieces, Dreyfuss has profiled organizations, including the Democratic Leadership Council, the Center for American Progress, the National Rifle Association, the NAACP, the Human Rights Campaign, and Handgun Control. He has also profiled Vermont Governor Howard Dean, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, conservative activist Grover Norquist, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, Senator John McCain, and, in 1999, Texas Governor George W. Bush. One of his most important pieces was the result of a weeks-long visit to Vietnam in 1999, where he wrote about the effects of Agent Orange dioxin in Vietnam since the 1970s. His stories on the privatization of Social Security and the politics of Medicare and Medical Savings Accounts have been widely cited.

Dreyfuss is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). He graduated from Columbia University.

Philip Giraldi

US, Al Qaeda Prepare for War With Iran

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_24_07_scott_goyette_show_3giraldi.mp3]

Former CIA counter-terrorism officer and Antiwar.com columnist Philip Giraldi debunks the War Party’s claims that Iran backs al Qaeda, explains U.S. support for the terrorist groups Mujahadeen-e-Khalq and Jundullah against Iran, and the two most likely circumstances in which Cheney will use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against them.

MP3 here.

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is a partner in Cannistraro Associates, contributing editor at the American Conservative magazine and is a regular columnist for Antiwar.com.

Juan Cole

Iranian President Didn’t Threaten to ‘Wipe Israel Off the Map’

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_24_07_scott_goyette_show_2cole.mp3]

Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan, debunks the War Party’s claim that the president of Iran has threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.”

MP3 here.

Juan R. I. Cole is Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively about modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. His most recent book is Sacred Space and Holy War. His blog, Informed Comment, is a widely read source for Middle East news and commentary.

Dr. Gordon Prather

Iran Can’t Make Nukes

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_24_07_scott_goyette_show_1prather.mp3]

Nuclear physicist Dr. Gordon Prather debunks the War Party’s claims about Iran’s nuclear program.

MP3 here.

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.

Gareth Porter

EFPs: Made in Iraq, Not Iran

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_24_07_scott_goyette_show_5porter.mp3]

Investigative reporter and historian Gareth Porter debunks the War Party’s claims that Iran’s government is killing American soldiers and marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, neocrazy media sycophant Michael R. Gordon’s lies on behalf of the Vice-President’s office and its stovepipe, the truth about Iran’s attempted grand bargain of 2003 [.pdf] and the threat of America and Iran’s friends in Iraq turning on U.S. troops in the event of war.

MP3 here.

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.

Justin Raimondo

Neocons: Red on the Inside; Red, White and Blue on the Outside

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_24_07_scott_goyette_show_6raimondo.mp3]

Antiwar.com editorial director Justin Raimondo debunks the War Party’s claims that there is anything conservative about neoconservatism.

MP3 here.

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.

Helen Thomas

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw071307helenthomas.mp3]

Helen Thomas, dean of the White House press corps talks about her frustrations with the war in Iraq and trying to get a straight answer out of the boy emperor.

MP3 here.

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.

Daniel Ellsberg

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw071807ellsberg.mp3]

Daniel Ellsberg, heroic antiwar activist and the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, compares and contrasts the Iraq and Vietnam wars and discusses the abdication by the cowardly Congress of their authority over the American government’s war powers, torture, his wish that more whistleblowers would come forward and David Petraeus’ dishonor.

MP3 here. (19:05)

Daniel Ellsberg was born in Detroit in 1931. After graduating from Harvard in 1952 with a B.A. summa cum laude in Economics, he studied for a year at King’s College, Cambridge University, on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Between 1954 and 1957, Ellsberg spent three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as rifle platoon leader, operations officer, and rifle company commander.

From 1957-59 he was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows, Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard in 1962 with his thesis, Risk, Ambiguity and Decision, a landmark in decision theory which was recently published. In 1959, he became a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation, and consultant to the Defense Department and the White House, specializing in problems of the command and control of nuclear weapons, nuclear war plans, and crisis decision-making. He joined the Defense Department in 1964 as Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs), John McNaughton, working on Vietnam. He transferred to the State Department in 1965 to serve two years at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, evaluating pacification on the front lines.

On return to the RAND Corporation in 1967, he worked on the Top Secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68, which later came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1969, he photocopied the 7,000 page study and gave it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; in 1971 he gave it to the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. His trial, on twelve felony counts posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, which led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon.

Since the end of the Vietnam War, Daniel has continued to be a leading voice of moral conscience, serving as a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, government wrongdoing and the urgent need for patriotic whisteblowing.

To encourage national security whistleblowing, Daniel launched the Truth-Telling Project in 2004 with “A Call to Patriotic Whistleblowing.” The Project aims to reach current government insiders, journalists, lawyers, lawmakers, and the American public with an urgent appeal for revealing the truth about government cover-up and lies before the next war. Collaborating with the ACLU, National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), the Project on Government Oversight, and other organizations, the Truth-Telling Project provides a personal and legal support network for government insiders considering becoming truth-tellers.

Daniel’s book Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers reached bestseller lists across the nation. It won the PEN Center USA Award for Creative Nonfiction, the American Book Award, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Prize for Non-Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

In 2005 the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation awarded Daniel their first Fellowship for his lifetime commitment and continued efforts toward the advancement of peace, nuclear disarmament, and truth-telling.

In August 2005 the Ellsberg Fund for Truth Telling was established to enable Daniel to continue the work he is uniquely qualified to do as a prominent whisteblower—speaking, writing and activism to encourage more national security whistleblowing and to alert the nation to the dangers of government abuses of power.

In December 2006 Daniel was awarded the 2006 Right Livelihood Award, known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” in Stockholm, Sweden. He was acknowledged “for putting peace and truth first, at considerable personal risk, and dedicating his life to a movement to free the world from the risk of nuclear war.” (Read his acceptance speech here.)

Daniel continues to serve as a public speaker, giving lectures at conferences and universities, and countless press, radio and Internet interviews. His recent essay, “The Next War”, featured in the October 2006 issue of Harpers magazine, urges government officials to reveal truths about government secrecy and nuclear planning—with documents—to avert a possible attack on Iran.

Daniel Ellsberg lives in Northern California with his wife, Patricia Marx Ellsberg. Their son, Michael Ellsberg, is a freelance developmental editor and lives in Buenas Aires. His oldest son, Robert Ellsberg, is publisher and editor-in-chief of Orbis Books. His daugher, Mary Carroll Ellsberg, is senior program officer of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH). He has 5 grandchildren.

Daniel is currently working on a nuclear memoir on the dangers of the nuclear policies of the U.S. and other nuclear states and a call for worldwide nuclear glasnost.

Ken Silverstein

Turkmenistan: Central Asian Tyranny of the Future!

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_07_13_silverstein.mp3]

Ken Silverstein, Washington Editor of Harper’s magazine, and author of the Washington Babylon blog discusses the heroic character of “the other” Scott Horton and Silverstein’s undercover investigative work in reporting the role of powerful DC lobbying firms in propagandizing the American people and determining American foreign policies.

MP3 here. (39:39)

Ken Silverstein is the Washington Editor for Harper’s Magazine and writes Washington Babylon for Harper’s online.

Dr. Pauline Baker

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw2007-07-10drpaulinebaker.mp3]

Dr. Pauline Baker, president of The Fund for Peace, discusses the recent report on “failed states,” the factors which qualifies one as such, why Iraq is in second place on the list, Zimbabwe’s inflationary tyranny, Pakistan and Afganistan’s precarious positions.

MP3 here. (17:34)

Pauline H. Baker is President of The Fund for Peace, a research and educational organization that works to prevent war and alleviate the conditions that cause war. The FfP specializes on the diagnosis and resolution of conflicts associated with weak and failing states and on foreign policy responses. Dr. Baker pioneered the development of CAST, the Conflict Assessment System Tool, that provides a model for the early warning and assessment of post-conflict policies. CAST was the basis for the Failed States Index, published by Foreign Policy magazine and the FfP. A political scientist with over 40 years of experience working, Dr. Baker also taught at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Georgetown University’s School of Advanced International Studies. She was also a professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and staff director of the African Affairs Subcommittee. She has published over 80 articles, essays and books. She received her Doctorate from UCLA and her undergraduate degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University.

Denis Collins

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw2007-07-10deniscollins.mp3]

Denis Collins, Libby trial juror #9, formerly a reporter with the Washington Post, and author of Spying: The Secret History of History and Nora’s Army discusses him time on the juror in the case of Scooter Libby.

MP3 here. (29:25)

Denis Collins, an American journalist who has written for the Washington Post, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Miami Herald, served as juror #9 in the trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Jr., relating to the Plame affair, and was the first juror to comment publicly about the trial. He is a former reporter for the Washington Post and the author of two recent books: Spying: The Secret History of History; and Nora’s Army.

He is a resident of Washington, D.C.

Ray McGovern

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/awraymcgovern071207.mp3]

Fomer CIA analyst Ray McGovern gives his view of DHS head Chertoff’s “gut feeling” that something very bad is going to happen, “faith-based” intelligence in general, the actual threat of terrorist attacks versus our government’s hysterical scare-mongering – due largely to the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, the public’s demand for Bush and Cheney’s removal from office, Libby’s get out of jail free card, the latest NIE, why the U.S. should withdraw from Iraq, Cheney’s “plenary powers,” the modern conservative movement’s contempt for the constitution, No, the “whole world” did not think there were WMD in Iraq, No, al Qaeda in Iraq is not responsible for most of the violence there, No, the thousands of American Muslims rounded up after 9/11 were not terrorists, and the “50% chance” of war with Iran.

MP3 here. (38:14)

Ray McGovern is a retired CIA analyst and co-founder of VIPS.

Brendan O’Neill

How Do-Gooder Liberals Internationalized al Qaeda

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_07_12_oneill.mp3]

Brendan O’Neill, journalist, columnist, blogger, and editor of Spiked-Online in Merry Old England, discusses the politically correct victim mentality of al Qaeda terrorists like Ayman al Zawahiri and the Manichean view of and support given by Western liberal internationalists in and out of government for the al Qaeda movement in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990’s and the terrible consequences.

MP3 here. (39:34)

Brendan O’Neill is the editor of Spiked, the ’sassy, irreverent, UK-based online magazine of news and opinion’, in the words of the San Francisco Chronicle. (Read the Press Gazette’s coverage of his becoming editor here.) He started his career in journalism at spiked’s predecessor, Living Marxism, until it was forced to close in 2000 following a notorious libel action brought by ITN. His personal website is here.

Max Blumenthal

The Politics of Armageddon

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_07_30_blumenthal.mp3]

Max Blumenthal discusses the theology and politics of John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel as he documented for the Huffington Post.

MP3 here. (20:17)

Max Blumenthal is a Puffin Foundation writing fellow at the Nation Institute based in New York City. His work has appeared in The Nation, Salon, The American Prospect, The Huffington Post and the Washington Monthly. He is a research fellow for Media Matters for America. Click here to read his blog.

Related: Bill Barnwell from March 27th.

Greg Mitchell

Michael R. Gordon and the Times Lying Us Into Another War

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_07_06_mitchell.mp3]

Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor & Publisher, discusses New York Times/War Party propagandist Michael R. Gordon’s tenuous grasp of the truth, the failure of his editors to make the slightest effort to reign him in and the failure of American newspaper editors in general to oppose the war despite the fact that 77% of the American people are against it.

MP3 here.

Greg Mitchell is the author of six nonfiction books. His articles – including many on baseball – have appeared in New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, TV Guide, Mother Jones, Sport magazine, Quest, and other publications. Mitchell was a senior editor at Crawdaddy for many years. He lives in Nyack, New York.

Chris Floyd

It Doesn’t Have to be Like This

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_07_05_floyd.mp3]

Chris Floyd (who’s Website is apparently being hacked), author, columnist, blogger and activist, discusses the phony war on terrorism, the politics of fear, racism and imperialism, America’s murderous regime change in Somalia and belligerent attitude toward Russia.

MP3 here.

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. Floyd 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.

Robert Dreyfuss

US Backs Iran in Iraq, Blames Them for Everything

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_07_02_dreyfuss.mp3]

Investigative reporter Robert Dreyfuss reports on efforts of Iraq nationalists to forge a multi-ethnic unity government against the determined efforts of the Cheney administration to back the Iranian factions, SCIRI and the Da’wa Party and the failure of most Americans to demand hard news and the media to supply it.

MP3 here. (43:37)

For nearly fifteen years Robert Dreyfuss has worked as an independent journalist who specializes in magazine features, profiles, and investigative stories in the areas of politics and national security. In 2001, he was profiled as a leading investigative journalist by the Columbia Journalism Review, and two of his articles have won awards from The Washington Monthly. In 2003, Dreyfuss was awarded Project Censored’s first prize for a story on the role of oil in U.S. policy toward Iraq.He has appeared on scores of radio and television talk shows, including Hannity and Colmes on Fox News, C-Span, CNBC, MSNBC, Court TV, and, on National Public Radio, The Diane Rehm Show and Public Interest with Kojo Nnamdi, and Pacifica’s Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

Based in Alexandria, Va., Dreyfuss been writing for Rolling Stone for at least a decade, and currently covers national security for Rolling Stone’s National Affairs section. He’s a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, and a senior correspondent for The American Prospect. His articles have also appeared in The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, Newsday, Worth, California Lawyer, The Texas Observer, E, In These Times, The Detroit Metro Times, Public Citizen, Extra!, and, in Japan, in Esquire, Foresight and Nikkei Business. On line, he writes frequently for TomPaine.com, and produced a popular blog for Tom Paine called The Dreyfuss Report.

Dreyfuss is best known for ground-breaking stories about the war in Iraq, the war on terrorism, and post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy. In 2002, he wrote the first significant profile of Ahmed Chalabi by a journalist, for The American Prospect. Also in 2002, he wrote the first analysis of the war between the Pentagon and the CIA over policy toward Iraq, which included the first important account of the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans. Other stories in The American Prospect included detailed accounts of neoconservative war plans for the broader Middle East. In 2004, he co-authored what is still the most complete account of the work of the Office of Special Plans in manufacturing misleading or false intelligence about Iraq, for Mother Jones, entitled “The Lie Factory.”

Before 9/11, Dreyfuss wrote extensively about intelligence issues, including pieces about post-Cold War excursions by the CIA into economic espionage, about the CIA’s nonofficial cover (NOC) program, and about lobbying by U.S. defense and intelligence contractors over the annual secret intelligence budget.

Among his many other pieces, Dreyfuss has profiled organizations, including the Democratic Leadership Council, the Center for American Progress, the National Rifle Association, the NAACP, the Human Rights Campaign, and Handgun Control. He has also profiled Vermont Governor Howard Dean, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, conservative activist Grover Norquist, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, Senator John McCain, and, in 1999, Texas Governor George W. Bush. One of his most important pieces was the result of a weeks-long visit to Vietnam in 1999, where he wrote about the effects of Agent Orange dioxin in Vietnam since the 1970s. His stories on the privatization of Social Security and the politics of Medicare and Medical Savings Accounts have been widely cited.

Dreyfuss is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). He graduated from Columbia University.

Joseph Wilson

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/AW070307JOEWILSON.mp3]

Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson reacts to Bush’s commutation of Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s prison sentence.MP3 here. (16:13)

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.

Nat Hentoff

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw070207nathentoff.mp3]

Nat Hentoff discusses the bad advice that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has given George Bush that it’s okay to torture people, the U.S. attorney scandal, the prison at Guantanamo Bay and the Hamdan decision.

MP3 here. (16:32)

In addition to his weekly Village Voice column, Hentoff writes on music for the Wall Street Journal. Among other publications in which his work has appeared are the New York Times, the New Republic, Commonweal, the Atlantic and the New Yorker, where he was a staff writer for more than 25 years. Hentoff’s views on journalistic responsibility and the rights of Americans to write, think and speak freely are expressed in his weekly column, and he has come to be acknowledged as a foremost authority in the area of First Amendment defense. He is also an expert on the Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court, student rights and education.

Dahr Jamail

Unembedded Reporter Covers Iraq

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw070207dahrjamail.mp3]

Unembedded investigative reporter Dahr Jamail discusses the situation in Iraq, Maliki’s tenuous position, the catastrophe that has befallen the average Iraqi, tensions building up on the border between Turkey and Kurdistan and claims that Iran and Hezbollah are responsible for America’s troubles there.

MP3 here. (16:43)

In late 2003, Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource. He is now writing for the Inter Press Service, The Asia Times and many other outlets. His reports have also been published with The Nation, The Sunday Herald, Islam Online, the Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, and the Independent to name just a few. Dahr’s dispatches and hard news stories have been translated into French, Polish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Turkish. On radio as well as television, Dahr reports for Democracy Now!, the BBC, and numerous other stations around the globe. Dahr is also special correspondent for Flashpoints.

Dahr has spent a total of 8 months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country. In the MidEast, Dahr has also has reported from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Dahr uses the DahrJamailIraq.com website and his popular mailing list to disseminate his dispatches.

Norman Solomon and Lorretta Alper

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw0629normsolomon.mp3]

Norman Solomon and Lorretta Alper discuss their new movie War Made Easy, and the similarity of the propaganda techniques from Vietnam, the current Iraq war and the next one in Iran.

MP3 here.
Norman Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. He has been writing the weekly “Media Beat” column since 1992. Solomon’s latest book, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, was published in 2005.

Solomon is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts.
His book “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You” (co-authored with foreign correspondent Reese Erlich) was published in 2003 by Context Books. Loretta Alper, has been on the staff of MEF since the summer of 2000, when she was hired as a freelance producer. Since joining MEF full-time in 2001, she has produced a number of titles and served as the Executive Producer on several others.

Loretta graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in English and Communication, and she also holds a Master’s degree in Secondary English Education from UMass. She became interested in media literacy while a high school English teacher. After teaching for six years, Loretta joined the staff at MEF eager to produce video resources for teachers to utilize in their work as media educators. She has produced videos on topics ranging from media coverage of female athletes to advertising in schools to American television’s representations of working class people. She is currently producing War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death, an analysis of American war propaganda featuring media critic Norman Solomon and narrated by Sean Penn.