Gareth Porter

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Gareth Porter continues his reporting on the coming U.S. attack on Iran. His new article: “For Neocons, Iran Aim Is Still Regime Change,” depicts the Neocons flawed assumptions – including their backward-belief that the liberated Shi’ite in Iraq would support the U.S. and destabilize Iran and their “realization” that they’ll just have to bomb the place instead.

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Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005). He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

Dr. Porter was both a Vietnam specialist and an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and was Co-Director of Indochina Resource Center in Washington. Dr. Porter taught international studies at City College of New York and American University. He was the first Academic Director for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Washington Semester program at American University.

Luke Ryland

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Luke Ryland, proprietor of the blogs Against All Enemies and Let Sibel Edmonds Speak, discusses the story of former contract FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, her newly announced willingness to defy her gag order in order to get her story out, the stonewalling of the courts and the Congress, her credibility and accusations of criminal activities against various prominent Congressmen, cabinet members, neoconservatives, military industrial complex executives, and lobbyists for Israel and Turkey.

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Luke Ryland blogs at Against All Enemies, Let Sibel Edmonds Speak, Kill the Messenger, Disclose Denny, and WotIsItGood4. He lives in Tasmania.

Ed Shultz

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Syndicated radio show host Ed Shultz discusses his recent conversation with Senate majority leader Harry Reid about the Democrats refusal to end the war, their cowardice, the danger of war with Iran and the presidential campaign.

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Ed Shultz is a progressive radio talk show host.

Candace Gorman

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Candice Gorman discusses the plights of her clients who are locked up in the Guantanamo Bay prison, how the U.S. dropped thousands of leaflets over Afghanistan promising millions of dollars in rewards to turn in Arabs to U.S., how the U.S. labels most Gitmo prisoners as enemies of whichever state they happen to be from, the catalog of violations of the Bill of Rights, Article 1, Section 9 and other basic premises of American criminal justice, their difficulties in even getting lawyers to represent them at all, how the military force-feeds those who want to die, how they refuse to treat deathly ill prisoners who want to live, the verifiable innocence of the vast majority of Gitmo detainees past and present, Col. Moe’s comparison of his own behavior to that of the Communist dictatorship in North Korea, the administration’s good fortune in ruling a country where only three reporters even bother covering Guantanamo at all, the classification of her notes on her client’s accusations of torture, and what you can do about it.

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Candice Gorman is an attorney for two Guantanamo detainees, runs The Guantanamo Blog and has written many articles for In These Times and Huffington Post. She is the principal in the law firm of H. Candace Gorman. The firm concentrates in Civil Rights and employment litigation. The firm handles both individual and class action lawsuits for Plaintiffs under the various civil rights statutes, anti-discrimination laws and under ERISA. In 2004, Attorney Gorman argued and won a unanimous decision before the United States Supreme Court in Jones vs. R.R. Donnelley. Attorney Gorman has lectured widely on the subject of civil rights and employment litigation.

Donald Barlett and James Steele

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Investigative reporting team Barlett and Steele discuss the approximately 9 billion dollars “missing” in Iraq, Paul Bremer and Alan Greenspan’s denials on the matter, the fact that the “accountants” in charge were a couple in San Diego who did no accounting at all, what might have actually happened to the money, the involvement of the neocons at the Pentagon and the SAIC mercenary force.

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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.

Jacob Hornberger

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“…Like Napoleon or Santa Anna.”

Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the bogus war on terrorism and how the al Qaeda problem should be handled instead, the U.S. government’s hypocrisy on terrorism as revealed by the case of Luis Posada Carriles, the case of Ramzi Yousef, “Islamofascism,” the destruction of liberty in security’s name, the difference between America and the U.S. government, the Waco-Iraq analogy, the principles of the Magna Carta, the American Revolution and the Ron Paul Revolution and the deadlocked jury in the case of the Holy Land Foundation.

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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.

Greg Barker

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Greg Barker, producer of the Frontline documentary Showdown With Iran, explains how the Bush/Cheney administration refused to hear Ayatollah Kahmenei’s attempts to make peace, the role of Flynt Leverette and Hillary Mann, the hanging out to dry of the Iranian peace-makers, the current march to war and the neocons’ claim that the Iranians would rise up and help the U.S. attack their government.

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Greg Barker produced, wrote, and directed FRONTLINE’s epic two-hour 2004 special Ghosts of Rwanda — the culmination of six years of interviews and research into the social, political, and diplomatic failures that converged in the 1994 genocide that killed 800,000 Rwandans. The Boston Globe called the film “riveting, appalling television … one of [FRONTLINE’s] most powerful programs in years” and the film won honors including the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Sidney Hillman Award, a Banff Television Festival Award, and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Barker’s other projects for FRONTLINE include Campaign Against Terror (2002), which recounts the behind-the-scenes story of the U.S. and world response to 9/11, and The Survival of Saddam (2000), an examination of Saddam Hussein. For the fourth hour of FRONTLINE’s News War series (2007), Barker traveled to the Middle East to examine the rise of Arab satellite TV channels and the growing influence of Al Jazeera. He also produced Part II of FRONTLINE’s four-hour series The Age of AIDS (2006), which won the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton.

Gareth Porter

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Gareth Porter discusses the impending bombing of Iran, the false accusations about Iranian involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, how the casus belli has been changed from their nuclear program to the “EFPs” being used in Iraq due to the Joint Chief’s opposition and how the neocons continue to push through their agenda due primarily to the failure of Condoleezza Rice to check Dick Cheney.

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Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005). He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

Dr. Porter was both a Vietnam specialist and an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and was Co-Director of Indochina Resource Center in Washington. Dr. Porter taught international studies at City College of New York and American University. He was the first Academic Director for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Washington Semester program at American University.

Warren Richey

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Warren Richey, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor discusses the Jose Padilla case, Padilla’s $1.00 lawsuit against the Government, the government’s claim that none of his “clearly established rights” were violated, and the damage to Padilla’s psyche as the result of the torture he suffered at the hands of the U.S. military.

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Warren Richey is a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor.

Matt Taibbi

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Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi discusses the sad sight that is John McCain’s last campaign to be President, his failed PR stunt in the Baghdad market, his pandering to John Hagee and the Christianists, his waffling, flip-flopping, lying and scaremongering.

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Matt Taibbi is a roving national reporter and columnist for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire, a collection of his writings about the 2004 election. He lives in New York City.

David Livingstone Smith

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David Livingstone Smith, author of Why We Lie and The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War, discusses the competing narratives of war, the human “taste” for mass killing and the conflicting aversion to hurting others, the similarities in the ways in which chimpanzees and people wage war and the danger of the collectivist mindset.

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David Livingstone Smith teaches  philosophy at the University of New England. He earned his M.A. from Antioch University and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of London, Kings College, where he worked on topics in the philosophy of mind and psychology.  David’s books include Freud’s Philosophy of the Unconscious (Kluwer, 1999), Approaching Psychoanalysis: An Introductory Course (Karnac, 1999), Psychoanalysis in Focus (Sage, 2002) and, most recently Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind (St. Martins Press, 2004).  His most recent book The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War  was published by St. Martins Press in 2007.

Mark Danner

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Mark Danner, writer for the New York Review of Books and author of The Secret Way to War: The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War’s Buried History, discusses George Bush’s faith in himself as revealed by the recently disclosed transcript of his meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Aznar in February, 2002, and how it keeps getting innocent people killed, the narratives of “enhanced interrogations” and “weapons inspections” that make torture and aggressive war acceptable and “legal,” Bush’s belief, in spite of all evidence, that everything he does is right no matter what, the relevance of his former life as a cheerleader to his mindset today, the infighting between the neocons in the DoD and the State Department and the CIA, the administration’s accusations that racism against Arabs was somehow responsible for European opposition to the war, Bush’s refusal of the option of exile for Saddam, the decision to install the Iranian-backed SCIRI/Da’wa Party types in power and the recent decision to stab them in the back and “redirect” toward the Ba’athists again, the question of whether the Bush/Cheney regime always meant to break Iraq apart and the danger of war with Iran.

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Mark Danner, longtime staff writer at The New Yorker, frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and professor at Berkeley and at Bard, writes about foreign affairs and American politics, including Latin America, Haiti, the Balkans and the Middle East. He speaks and debates widely about America’s role in the world.

Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges, veteran war reporter and author of War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning and many other books, discusses the convergence of the Egyptian and American national security states as their puppet military dictatorship kidnaps and tortures people at the best of the U.S. government, the incompatibility of the rule of law and a republican form of government with empire and oligarchy, the “ghost prisons” and “ghost detainees,” held by the U.S. government around the world, the tortured (and false) testimony of Ibn-al Shaykh al-Libi which was used by Colin Powell in his UN speech to justify aggressive war against Iraq, how Mamdah Habib was threatened with rape by an animal, the perhaps thousands of victims of these crimes, his article about American war crimes in Iraq (soon to become a book), the Egyptian war against domestic dissidents, the long term consequences of abandoning law and the American population’s preference for Amusing Ourselves to Death.

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Chris Hedges has been a war reporter for 15 years most recently for the New York Times. He is author of What Every Person Should Know About War, a book that offers a critical lesson in the dangerous realities of war. He’s also author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.

Melissa Goodman

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Melissa Goodman an attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Program, discusses the U.S. military’s expanded role in spying on Americans, how the FBI and DoD have used hundreds of thousands of National Security Letters (NSL’s) to circumvent the law to that end, how NSL recipients have been gagged from speaking out, the Supreme Court’s decision to decline to hear a torture case on the grounds that it would expose state secrets, how the FISA court’s location inside the Dept. of Justice building symbolizes their relationship and how the government’s claims of “State Secrets Privilege” has been used to cover-up their lies since it’s first use over 50 years ago.

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Melissa Goodman is a Staff Attorney on the ACLU’s national security project and litigates cases concerning surveillance, excessive government secrecy, torture and detention, and the freedoms of speech and association. Most recently, she has been counsel in the ACLU’s lawsuits challenging warrantless NSA surveillance, the Patriot Act, the government’s practice of ideological exclusion, and the CIA’s abduction and detention of Khaled El-Masri, a victim of the CIA’s practice of “extraordinary rendition.” Goodman is a graduate of New York University College of Arts and Science, and New York University Law School.

Brandon Mayfield

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Oregon attorney Brandon Mayfield discusses his persecution at the hands of the FBI, their holding him as a “material witness” in order to deny him basic due process, the false accusations linking him to the March 2004 train bombing in Madrid, Spain, how the FBI refused to budge on their crazy conspiracy theory until the Spanish authorities proved his innocence beyond doubt, the government’s use of “sneak and peek” warrants against him and his family, the chilling effect on the attorney-client privilege from new Justice Department “guidelines” and the prosecution of Lynn Stewart and how his lawsuits against the government have led a federal district court judge to strike two provisions from the PATRIOT Act.

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Brandon Mayfield is an attorney in Portland, Oregon, not a terrorist.

Michael Kirk

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Documentary filmmaker Michael Kirk discusses his PBS Frontline specials The Dark Side and Cheney’s Law, Cheney’s attempt to consolidate power in the presidency and break the law, the importance of the hospital room shakedown of former Attorney General John Ashcroft, the conflict between John Yoo and Jack Goldsmith’s interpretations of presidential power and the role of Cheney lawyer David Addington.

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Michael 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. He was online earlier this season to talk about “The War Behind Closed Doors” and “The Man Who Knew,” and during the 2001-2002 season to discuss “Did Daddy Do It?“; “American Porn“; “Gunning for Saddam“; and “Target America.”

Glenn Greenwald

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Glenn Greenwald, former Constitutional lawyer, blogger and author of A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, discusses the merger between the U.S. national government and the telecommunications industry, revelations from the trial of former Qwest chief, the “Protect America Act,” the complicity of the Democrats and the media, the history of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the fact that the NSA has been breaking the law since long before the 9/11 attacks, the unprecedented level of secrecy and power in Washington D.C., some more about the sycophantic media, our Orwellian state of permanent war and some reasons for hope.

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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 is A Tragic Legacy.

Scott Ritter

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Author, former Marine and UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter joins Charles in the studio to discuss some of the repercussions of being right, the rewards for those who lie us into war, the high probability of a war with Iran, the complicity of the Democrats in Congress, the military’s readiness for a fight, the extent of the Iranian nuclear program, the history of the weapons inspections in Iraq, how the Clinton government prevented him and his colleagues from finishing their work in the 1990’s, the fight between the vice president’s office and the professional military over the next war and why relying on them to stand up to Bush/Cheney is a bad idea.

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As a chief weapons inspector for the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, Scott Ritter was labeled a hero by some, a maverick by others, and a spy by the Iraqi government. In charge of searching out weapons of mass destruction within Iraq, Ritter was on the front lines of the ongoing battle against arms proliferation. His experience in Iraq served as the basis for his book Endgame, which explored the shortcomings of American foreign policy in the Persian Gulf region and alternative approaches to handling the Iraqi crisis, and for Iraq Confidential, which detailed his seven year experience as a weapons inspector.

Scott Ritter has had an extensive and distinguished career in government service. He is an intelligence specialist with a 12-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps including assignments in the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. Rising to the rank of Major, Ritter spent several months of the Gulf War serving under General Norman Schwarzkopf with US Central Command headquarters in Saudi Arabia, where he played an instrumental role in formulating and implementing combat operations targeting Iraqi mobile missile launchers which threatened Israel.

In 1991, Ritter joined the United Nations weapons inspections team, or UNSCOM. He participated in 34 inspection missions, 14 of them as chief inspector. Ritter resigned from UNSCOM in August 1998, citing US interference in the work of the inspections.

He is the author of many books, including “Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein” and most recently “Target Iran: The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change.” He lives in New York State. Ritter was born in Florida, and raised all over the world in a career military family. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, with a B.A. in Soviet History.

Clive Stafford Smith

Clive Stafford Smith, legal director of Reprieve, lawyer for more than 50 of the men at Guantanamo, author of The Eight O’clock Ferry to the Windward Side: Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay, discusses the “enemy combatants” held at “Gitmo,” why he’s doing what he’s doing, how the men ended up there, torture, the secrecy surrounding the situation, examples of innocent men being held there and the remaining ghost prisoners around the world.

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Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of defendants facing the death penalty in the USA.

Monica Benderman

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Monica Benderman, wife of conscientious objector Sgt. Kevin Benderman, author of Letters from Fort Lewis Brig: A Matter of Conscience, explains the story of her husband’s persecution at the hands of the government for objecting to the war in Iraq.

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Monica Benderman is the wife of conscientious objector, Sgt. Kevin Benderman.

Bill Astore

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Ret. Lt. Col. Bill Astore, author of the recent article, “Saving the Military from Itself,” discusses the strain on the U.S. military, the Petraeus Report fraud, the necessity of withdrawal from Iraq, “troop support” and the difference between the war against al Qaeda and the occupation of Iraq.

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William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), earned a doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford in 1996. He has taught military cadets at the Air Force Academy, officers at the Naval Postgraduate School, and now teaches at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. His books and articles, focusing primarily on military history, include Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism (Potomac Press, 2005).

Philip Giraldi

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Philip Giraldi, former DIA and CIA officer, partner at Cannistraro Associates, Francis Walsingham Fellow for the American Conservative Defense Alliance and Antiwar.com columnist, discusses his August, 2005 report about Cheney’s order to SAC to draw up plans for nuking Iran, his recent report in the American Conservative about the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel agreeing on war with Iran to the complete surprise of Secretaries Gates and Rice, the recent Israeli attack on Syria and his information that the target was an air defense system, the disinformation campaign in the media that the target was some kind of make-believe nuclear weapons program between North Korea and Iran, the Israeli/neocon agenda for regime change in the Middle East, and the story behind the “accidental” transfer of nuclear weapons to Barksdale.

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Philip Giraldi is a former DIA and CIA officer, partner at Cannistraro Associates, Francis Walsingham Fellow for the American Conservative Defense Alliance, contributing editor at the American Conservative magazine and columnist at Antiwar.com.

Lisa Graves

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Lisa Graves, deputy director of the Center for National Security Studies, discusses the new House bill tweaking the power of the president to tap phones without warrants that they just gave him with the “Protect America Act,” the reduction of the rights of Americans to those of people on enemy battlefields and retroactive immunity provided to American corporations for conspiring with the government to tap without warrants.

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Lisa Graves is the deputy director of the Center for National Security Studies.

Keith Halderman

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Keith Halderman, editorial assistant at the Trebach Institute and blogger at Liberty and Power, discusses the sordid history of America’s war against some drug users.

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Keith Halderman completed his BA in International Relations at Pennsylvania State University and a BA in Social Science Education at the University of South of Florida. He holds a MA in American History from the University of South Florida. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in American History at American University. He has published articles on the medical use of marijuana in the 19th century, the U.S. Army’s study of marijuana use in Panama conducted during the 1920s and Blanche Armwood the first Executive Secretary of the Urban League in Tampa Florida. His dissertation topic looks at marijuana prohibition in the 1930s from a Public Choice perspective. He is a long time activist with both the Libertarian Party and the drug law reform movement. He works as an editorial assistant with the Trebach Institute.

Jon Basil Utley

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Jon Basil Utley, former South American correspondent for Knight-Ridder newspapers and founder of Americans Against World Empire, tells the story of his father’s arrest and murder by the Soviet Communists at the Vorkuta Gulag, his mother, Freda’s world travels documenting the horrors of Communism afterward and the baneful influence of America’s Armageddonites on our current foreign policy.

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Jon Basil Utley is associate publisher of The American Conservative and Robert A. Taft Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. A former correspondent for Knight Ridder in South America, Utley has written for the Harvard Business Review on foreign nationalism and was for 17 years a commentator on the Voice of America. He is director of Americans Against World Empire.

Gene Lyons

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Syndicated columnist Gene Lyons discusses the demonization of Iran’s powerless president, the state of their democracy compared to the neighbors, consequences of recent elections around the Middle East, Bush’s lifelong hostility to learning, the impossibility of the American Empire’s survival of a war in Persia, possible domestic consequences, the neocon “idea” that the Iranians would take our side if we bombed them, the abject ignorance and gullibility of the American population, the rift between the Ayatollahs and al Qaeda, the fact that Iranians are human individuals and Hillary Clinton’s vote for Kyle-Lieberman, dogs, Mike Huckabee, Iran again, and Wesley Clarke’s predictions about what would happen in Iraq back in 2002.

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Gene Lyons, National Magazine Award winner and columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, writes a weekly column for Newspaper Enterprise Association. A Southerner with a liberal viewpoint, Lyons comments on politics and national issues with a distinct voice. Lyons has been a columnist with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 1994. He previously spent five years as general editor at Newsweek, and was associate editor at Texas Monthly for a year. In 1980, he won the National Magazine Award for Public Service for the Texas Monthly article “Why Teachers Can’t Teach.” A prolific author, Lyons has written hundreds of articles, essays and reviews for such magazines as Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Slate and Salon. His books include The Higher Illiteracy (University of Arkansas, 1988), Widow’s Web (Simon & Schuster, 1993), Fools for Scandal (Franklin Square, 1996) and, with Joe Conason, The Hunting of the President: The Ten Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton (St. Martin’s, 2000). Mozark Productions’ “The Hunting of the President,” a documentary based on the book of the same title and produced and directed by Harry Thomason, is an official selection of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Lyons graduated from Rutgers University and earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He taught at the Universities of Massachusetts, Arkansas and Texas before becoming a full-time writer. A native of New Jersey, Lyons has lived in Little Rock with his wife Diane, an administrative vice president at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, since 1972. They have two sons.

Bob Watada

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Bob Watada discusses the case of his son Ehren, the first U.S. Army officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq, his military judge’s decision to throw the case out when it looked like he may be acquitted, attempt to try him twice for the same crime in violation of the 5th amendment to the Constitution of the United States and recent intervention by the civil federal courts.

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Bob Watada is the father of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first American officer to refuse his orders to deploy to Iraq.

Jeff Taylor

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Jeff Taylor, author of Where Did the Party Go?: William Jennings Bryan, Hubert Humphrey, and the Jeffersonian Legacy, discusses the Hamiltonian legacy of Empire, corporatism and war, the flaws in modern liberal and conservative ideologies, factional fights and compromises within the establishment, the war-mongery of Barack Obama, .

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Jeff Taylor is a political scientist in Minnesota and is the author of Where Did the Party Go?: William Jennings Bryan, Hubert Humphrey, and the Jeffersonian Legacy, he has written for Green Horizons Quarterly, Chronicles, Counterpunch.org, LewRockwell.com, For details, see: http://popcorn78.blogspot.com.

Paul Jacob

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Paul Jacob, longtime libertarian activist and columnist for Townhall.com, discusses his persecution at the hands of the State of Oklahoma for participating the democratic process.

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Paul Jacob is a Senior Advisor at The Sam Adams Alliance, a Townhall.com member group. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web, via e-mail, and on radio stations across America.

For most of the last decade, Jacob was the term limits movement’s leading voice, running U.S. Term Limits, the nation’s largest term limits group. Paul continues to serve on the group’s board of directors and as a senior fellow.

Michael Hirsh

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Michael Hirsh, senior editor at Newsweek, discusses the neoconservatives providing the foreign policy expertise to the Rudy Giuliani campaign, their conflation of all Muslim resistance anywhere together into “Islamo-fascism,” and the lessons of North Korea for Iran.

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Michael Hirsh covers international affairs for Newsweek out of Washington. He was the magazine’s foreign editor from January 2001 to January 2002, and helped to guide Newsweek’s award-winning coverage of the September 11 attacks and the war on terror. Before that he was a senior editor/chief diplomatic correspondent in the Washington bureau, writing about foreign affairs and international economics.

Barrett Tillman

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Barrett Tillman, author of What We Need: Extravagances and Shortages in America’s Military, discusses the lack of preparedness before invading Iraq, problems with M-16 rifles, the billions wasted on unwarranted equipment while troops in the field go without the very basics, the corruption of the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Complex, the unnecessary F-22 and F-35 fighters and the threat of IEDs to our soldiers in Iraq.

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Barrett Tillman is the world’s most prolific U.S. naval aviation author, having published over two-dozen titles on the World War 2 period alone. He has written numerous books for Osprey in recent years including the much acclaimed Hellcat Aces of World War 2 from the Aircraft of the Aces series.

William Hartung

William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, discusses the American arms trade, the U.S. government’s scolding of Russia for the same behavior on a smaller scale, the companies that make up the American Military-Industrial-Complex, China’s arms sales and the UN small arms treaty.

MP3 here. (13:02)

William D. Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, is the author of How Much Are You Making on the War Daddy?: A Quick and Dirty Guide to War Profiteering in the Bush Administration and a contributor to Sean Costigan and David Gold, editors, Terrornomics.

Becky Akers

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Becky Akers discusses the case of Carol Anne Gotbaum who was killed while being detained by cops at the Phoenix airport, how the government’s control over TSA and countless other entities results in waste and mismanagement, the benefits of free-market security and America’s descent into despotism.

MP3 here.

Becky Akers has written many great articles for LewRockwell.com which can be found here.

Wesley Clark

Gen. Wesley Clark, former supreme allied commander of NATO, Democratic presidential candidate and author of A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country, explains why he thinks Iran should be denied the ability to produce nuclear weapons (which they don’t even have anyway), but that Bush should talk with them instead of starting another war, U.S. control of oil resources, why the War Party has no legitimate claim on the exclusive ability to support the troops and why they fight.

MP3 here. (19:05)

During thirty-four years in the United States Army Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. After his retirement in 2000, he became an investment banker, author, commentator, and businessman. In September 2003 he ran as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States.

Chalmers Johnson

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Chalmers Johnson, author of the indispensable Blowback trilogy, discusses the economic costs of empire, his belief that Bush has decided against war with Iran, the failure of the American people and the structure of the Republic to prevent executive branch tyranny, Admiral Fallon’s dangerous insubordination for a good cause and the future of blowback against the United States, the secrecy of the national security state and Israel’s recent bombing of Syria.

MP3 here. (33:10)

Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific. He taught for thirty years, 1962-1992, at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California and held endowed chairs in Asian politics at both of them. At Berkeley he served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and as chairman of the Department of Political Science. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics and political science are all from the University of California, Berkeley. He first visited Japan in 1953 as a U.S. Navy officer and has lived and worked there with his wife, the anthropologist Sheila K. Johnson, every year between 1961 and 1998.

Johnson has been honored with fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation; and in 1976 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written numerous articles and reviews and some sixteen books, including Peasant Nationalism and Communist Power on the Chinese revolution, An Instance of Treason on Japan’s most famous spy, Revolutionary Change on the theory of violent protest movements, and MITI and the Japanese Miracle on Japanese economic development. This last-named book laid the foundation for the “revisionist” school of writers on Japan, and because of it the Japanese press dubbed him the “Godfather of revisionism.”

He was chairman of the academic advisory committee for the PBS television series “The Pacific Century,” and he played a prominent role in the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Losing the War with Japan.” Both won Emmy awards. His most recent books are Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2000) and The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic, which was published by Metropolitan in January 2004. Blowback won the 2001 American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation.

John Hagee

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John Hagee, President and CEO of John Hagee Ministries, pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio and author of In Defense of Israel and Jerusalem Countdown, discusses the End of the World, fig trees, Noah’s Ark, the treachery of Senator Reid, the ambition of Gen. Petraeus, his program to encourage divestment from Iran, his belief that the President has the authority to start wars without the consent of Congress, the battle of Armageddon, and the return of Jesus Christ.

MP3 here. (18:51)

John Hagee is the founder and pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, is the President and C.E.O. of John Hagee Ministries which telecasts his national radio and television ministry carried in America on 160 T.V. stations, 50 radio stations, eight networks and can be seen weekly in 99 million homes and is the founder of Christians United for Israel.