Pat Buchanan

Was WWII Really ‘The Good War’?

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Pat, Buchanan, politician, author, syndicated columnist and broadcaster discuses his new book, Churchill, Hitler, and The Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, Scott McClellan’s allegations against Bush, the mistakes that Winston Churchill and other British politicians made in dealing with Hitler, Churchill’s desire for war against the Germans, the destruction of the British Empire and the creation of the Cold War, Bush’s admiration of Churchill, comparison of today’s and previous dictators to Hitler, the false comparison of today’s Iran to Hitler’s Third Reich and the reduction of the American standard of living and the U.S. dollar.

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Pat Buchanan is an American politician, author, syndicated columnist and broadcaster. Buchanan was a senior adviser to American presidents, Nixon, Ford and Reagan, and was an original host on CNN’s Crossfire. He sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1992 and 1996. He ran on the Reform Party ticket in the 2000 presidential election. He co-founded The American Conservative magazine and launched a foundation named The American Cause. He has been published in Human Events, National Review, The Nation and Rolling Stone. His new book is called Churchill, Hitler, and The Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World.

Andy Worthington

Making Up ‘Law’ as They Go Along

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Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, discusses his recent article on the trials of sixteen Guantanamo “detainees,” how Australian David Hicks is too traumatized to tell his story, Omar Khadr, the Canadian child soldier being held despite international law, how Salim Hamdan’s legal case caused the Supreme Court to rule the original incarnation of the military commissions illegal, Mohamed Jawad, another minor, charged with harmlessly throwing a grenade, there’s Ahmed al-Darbi who’s giving the commissions a hard time by refusing to play a part in his show trial, KSM, Ramzi bin al Shib, the reasons behind the dropping of the charges against al Qatani, the “requestioning” of the tortured in a ridiculous attempt to wipe the torture slate clean, how the whole military commission system resembles a patchwork of lies to excuse lies, the hundreds of years it has taken to develop Anglo-American traditions of law to protect liberty, the shame of its abandonment and necessity of its return, the results of the fake terror scares tortured out of the innocent, half-wit, crazy man, Abu Zabayduh, the superiority of the FBI’s good cop approach to interrogation, the DoJ IG report [.pdf] about the FBI’s “War Crimes” file on the Guantanamo and the sordid details of several of the other eleven trials now in process.

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Andy Worthington is a historian based in London. He is the author of The Guantánamo Files, the first book to tell the stories of all the detainees in Guantanámo. He writes regularly on issues related to Guantánamo and the “War on Terror” on his Web site.

Vincent Bugliosi

Prosecute Bush for Murder

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Vincent Bugliosi, author and former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, discusses his new book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Bush’s plot to lie the people into war, the deaths of over 4,000 American troops and over 100,000 Iraqis, Bush’s October 7th, 2002 speech in Cincinnati, Ohio contradicting the National Intelligence Estimate, Condoleezza Rice’s culpability, Bush’s meeting with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and intention to provoke Saddam Hussein into war, the people’s complicity, the false connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks, the Niger Uranium claim in the 2003 State of the Union address and the possible reasons behind Bush wanting to begin the Iraq War.

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Vincent Bugliosi is a bestselling author and former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney. His new book is called, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. As a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, he successfully prosecuted Charles Manson and several other members of his “family” for the 1969 murders of Sharon Tate and six others. He lost only one of the 106 felony cases he tried as a prosecutor, which included winning 21 out of 21 murder cases.

Rep. Ron Paul

Peace and Liberty

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Ron Paul, Republican congressman from Texas and current presidential candidate, discusses his new book, The Revolution: A Manifesto, the issues discussed in his book, the revelations of former press secretary Scott McClellan regarding the Bush administration’s propaganda campaign in the run-up to war, the Asia Times article on the proposed attack of Iran by the Bush administration by August, the status of his presidential campaign, the enthusiasm of his supporters, the reach of the campaign and the message, the status of the GOP delegates won by Ron Paul during the campaign, the rumor that Ron Paul is negotiating to speak at the Republican National Convention, the rally planned, Bob Barr’s nomination as the Libertarian presidential nominee, the status of the Iraq War and whether or not Congress will stop it, the status and the future of the U.S. dollar, the possible consequences of attacking Iran on the oil market and the U.S. dollar and the need for dissolution of the Federal Reserve.

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Ron Paul is a Republican United States Congressman from Lake Jackson, Texas, a physician, a bestselling author, and a 2008 U.S. presidential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Ron Paul was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a 1976 special election. He won his first full term to the U.S. House in 1978. In 1988, Ron Paul ran for president of the United States in the Libertarian Party and won the presidential nomination that year. Paul’s new book is The Revolution: A Manifesto.

Cliff Schecter

The Real McCain

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Cliff Schecter, political commentator and consultant, discusses his new book, The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Him and Why Independents Shouldn’t, the counter rally against a John McCain fundraiser in Phoenix, his medical records, the status of his health, his fundraising tactics and the lobbyist connections, who Cliff Schecter is going to vote for in the presidential election, Bush’s signing statements, possible vice presidential candidates, McCain’s incompetence on economic issues, the shutdown of the PNAC website, the alleged attack by John McCain on a member of Congress, McCain’s preacher controversy, the resignations of lobbyists in the McCain campaign for having represented foreign dictators and takes questions from callers.

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Cliff Schecter is a political commentator and political consultant. He is the author of his new book, The Real McCain. Schecter is a Senior Fellow at Working America, the community-based affiliate of the AFL-CIO, and is presently working on his dissertation to complete a Ph.D in American History from American University.

Michael Schwartz

Memorial Day for Iraqis

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Michael Schwartz, Professor Sociology at Stony Brook University and author of the new book War Without End: The Iraq War in Context, discusses his latest TomDispatch article, “River of Resistance,” the true scale of the destruction of Iraq, various studies of Iraqi casualties, direct responsibility of the U.S. military for the majority of the hundreds of thousands of violent Iraqi deaths since 2003, the plight of the refugees and the dire poverty of many of those who remain, the West Bank-ization of Baghdad with life-strangling concrete walls, various past neocon fantasies about the position the Empire would be in by now, the complete destruction of the Iraqi economy by Viceroy Bremer and his edicts, the wreaking of the empire over the backs of the people of Iraq, the abuse of the term “free market” by American imperialists and leftists who oppose them and the responsibility of the major media in America for denying the humanity of those our government murders.

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Michael Schwartz, Professor Sociology at Stony Brook University, has written extensively on popular protest and insurgency. His analysis of America’s Iraq War have appeared regularly at Tomdispatch.com, as well as the Asia Times, Mother Jones, and Contexts. His forthcoming Tomdispatch book, War Without End: The Iraq War in Context explores how the militarized geopolitics of oil led the U.S. to dismantle the Iraqi state and economy while fueling a sectarian civil war.

Jacob Hornberger

Restoring the Republic

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Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the upcoming “Restoring The Republic: Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties” conference on June 6-8 in Reston Virginia, why libertarianism ought to be the real center of Left and Right, how libertarian views are those of the founders and the only hope to save America from statism and empire, the importance of habeas corpus in a free society, the backgrounds of the conference speakers and the problem of conservative state worship.

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Jacob 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 and 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.

Christopher Coyne

“Exporting Democracy” Cannot Work

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Christopher Coyne, author of After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy, discusses the economics of American empire, the true motivations behind the slogan of “spreading democracy,” the domestic problems of intervention including bloated budgets, bureaucracies and lost liberty, how politicians, bureaucrats, and government contractors’ incentives are the opposite of private business – success is punished and failure is rewarded, leading to increased budgets, more employees and more power, the thoroughly bipartisan crony capitalism in Washington DC, the reasons why Germany and Japan were “successful” interventions and the urgent need for renewed skepticism towards the government among the American population.

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Christopher Coyne is an assistant professor of economics at West Virginia University. He is also the North American Editor of The Review of Austrian Economics and a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center. He contributes to the blog, The Austrian Economists. His book, After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy, published by Stanford University Press, is now available.

John Cusack

War Inc.

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Actor, writer and producer John Cusack discusses his new satire War Inc., which opens Friday, May 23rd, in New York and Los Angeles, his outrage at the criminality of modern American war profiteers, the need for a grassroots bumrush of the first showings to guarantee national distribution, some critics’ complaints that the movie “hits too close to home,” the great journalists whose work has inspired him, the socialization of the costs of all these private armies onto the American tax payer, the outsourcing of interrogation, the betrayals of the Democrats, the banality of evil, the short-changing of the troops while private mercenaries cash in and militarism in the movies. (Watch out! A few bad words.)

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Transcript.

John Cusack is an actor, writer and producer.

Gareth Porter

Iran is Not Killing US in Iraq

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Dr. Gareth Porter discusses his article: “Where are those Iranian weapons in Iraq?” and how the U.S. war party has had to de-emphasize their assertions that EFP’s in Iraq are coming from Iran, he exposes as total lies the U.S. claims of Iran arming the Shi’ite militias in Iraq, how the White House continues to divulge preposterous propaganda reports, the role of the compliant media in continuing these false allegations, how the Sunni resistance in Iraq is patiently waiting for the opportune moment to re-emerge, and how Iran would not try to destabilize the Maliki government since he is their servant.

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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.

Byron Dorgan

Rampant War Corruption

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Byron Dorgan, U.S. Senator from North Dakota, discusses the corruption within the al-Maliki government in Iraq, the State Department’s corruption in Iraq, American military equipment ending up in the hands of the insurgency, Halliburton Iraq’s contracts, the situation of Iraqi judge al-Radi and the Iraqi Public Integrity Commission, the incompetence of President Bush regarding the management of the Iraq War, and the recent controversial comments by President Bush before the Israeli Knesset.

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Byron Dorgan is a U.S. Senator from North Dakota. Byron L. Dorgan was re-elected to a third term in the U.S. Senate in November 2004 with nearly 70 percent of the vote after serving two previous terms in the Senate and six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1996, he has served in the Democratic Leadership as an Assistant Democratic Floor Leader, and since 1998, also as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy committee. He is the first North Dakotan to serve in the Senate Leadership. In addition, Senator Dorgan serves on four other Senate Committees. He is Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, Chairman of the Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee within the Appropriations Committee. Also, he is Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee within the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, and he is a senior member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee where he chairs the Interstate Commerce, Trade and Tourism Subcommittee.

Ed Offley

The Sinking of the U.S.S. Scorpion

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Ed Offley, author of Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon, discusses the book, the secret confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the Scorpion, a synopsis of the U.S. attack submarines that were available in 1968, the mission that the Scorpion was involved in, the official story told by the Pentagon, his research process in writing the book, the contradictions that were said between the official Pentagon story and the story later told by the commanding admirals, the expression of remorse among the admirals that lied during the official U.S. Navy investigation, the culture of secrecy in the U.S. Navy, the decision making process in not making the Scorpion sinking become a major incident between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, the anniversary observation in Norfolk, Virginia, the lack of media coverage, the mystery surrounding the sinking of a Soviet submarine by the U.S. Navy weeks before and advantages in Naval intelligence that North Korea and the Soviet Union achieved with the seizing of the U.S.S. Pueblo.

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Ed Offley is a veteran military columnist and reporter with more than 24 years of experience in covering U.S. military operations. He wrote a book on the tragedy and the cover-up of the sinking of the U.S.S. Scorpion, Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon. As editor of DefenseWatch magazine during 2001-2005, Offley helped launch the publication and guided its development into a nationally recognized journal of issues affecting active-duty soldiers and reservists, veterans and military families. In its four years of online operation, DefenseWatch and SFTT.org have received nationwide recognition for a number of major breaking news reports.

Scott Horton

FBI ‘War Crimes File’ Coverup

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The Other Scott Horton (no relation), heroic international human rights lawyer, journalist for Harper’s magazine and steadfast opponent of torture, discusses the new Department of Justice Inspector General report revealing the “War Crimes File” kept by FBI agents stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the dropping of the charges against alleged “20th hijacker” Mohammed al Qatani, a military judge’s recent dismissal of one of the members of the prosecution team after he pushed to have the “sexiest” cases timed to go to “trial” during the presidential election season, the coverup of the war crimes file by DoJ higherups, likely Alice Fischer and Michael Chertoff (now the head of the DHS), the participation of the very highest authorities in the Bush administration, the torture of Abu Zubaydah, John Yoo and Doug Feith’s war against the Geneva conventions, the convergence of America and China’s criminal justice systems, the CIA “ghost prisons,” Iraqi and Afghan jails and renditions to Ethiopia, Morocco, Jordan, Thailand, etc. and the holes in the various recent bans on torture.

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The Other Scott Horton is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine and pens the blog No Comment. A New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict, Horton lectures at Columbia Law School. A life-long human rights advocate, Scott served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Scott recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association.

Bill Kauffman

America’s Antiwar Right

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Bill Kauffman, author of Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism, discusses the different categories of anti-war and anti-empire individuals, the uselessness of the label “conservative,” how Bush’s false promises of a humble foreign policy helped expose him as a prep-school cheerleader rather than the cowboy he claims to be, John McCain’s lack of character, the history of our empire, how the war party has betrayed the legacy of George Washington, the founders’ anti-militarism, the theft of Hawaii, how one intervention usually leads to others, how ex-commies hijacked the conservative movement in the 1950’s, Pat Buchanan’s journey to the peace camp and the smearing of the America First Committee by the Roosevelt camp.

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Bill Kauffman is a Jeffersonian, an anarchist, a cheerful enemy of the state, a reactionary Friend of the Library, and a peace-loving football fan. His Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle American Anti-Imperialism has just been released by Holt/Metropolitan.

Scott Horton

Liars, Imbeciles Drive Iran Policy

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Scott Horton, host of Antiwar Radio at Antiwar.com and KAOS 92.7FM in Austin, Texas, discusses the Jerusalem Post story regarding the Bush administration’s plans to attack Iran, Bush’s speech to the Knesset, the probability of an attack and John McCain’s smug ignorance about the Iranian political leadership and war in Iraq.

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Scott Horton is the host of Antiwar Radio for Antiwar.com and KAOS 92.7FM in Austin, Texas. He is also assistant editor for Antiwar.com.

Mohamad Bazzi

US Harms Peace Efforts

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Mohamad Bazzi, Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses his recent article in Newsweek about the prospects for peace in the Middle East, the peace talks between Israel and Syria over the Golan Heights, the Bush administration’s policy of isolating Syria, their close alliance with Iran, Turkey’s role in the Israeli-Syrian talks, the State Department’s recent contact with the Syrian ambassador to the U.S., U.S. involvement in the Middle East, the situation in Lebanon between the Seniora government and Hezbollah and takes questions from callers.

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Mohamad Bazzi is Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a former Middle East bureau chief at Newsday. He is currently working on a project about Hezbollah and the Shiite community in Lebanon.

Ray McGovern

What’s to Stop Them?

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Former CIA analyst and antiwar activist Ray McGovern discusses his open letter to Adm. Fallon and the probability of a U.S. attack on Iran, the history of Robert Gates and his weak influence on Bush, the corporate media’s corrupt relationship with the state, the Pentagon’s bogus Iranian arms expose and the near total indifference of the press, Adm. Fallon’s firing for speaking out against attacking Iran, the Air Force’s role, the insanity of John McCain, the unconstitutionality and illegality of our aggressive wars, Congress’s impotence in deterring the White House from attacking Iran, Bush’s life-long lack of accountability, how The Project For The New American Century blueprint for world domination and neocon “Israel first” foreign policy has made the U.S. and Israel less secure, the role of Elliot Abrams and Dick Cheney in fomenting the next war, possible disastrous consequences, the Israeli government’s attack on the U.S.S. Liberty to hide their war crimes in 1967 and the U.S. government’s role in the cover-up.

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

Mark Engler

How Not to Rule the World

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Mark Engler, analyst with Foreign Policy in Focus and author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy, discusses the disputes between the different factions behind our global empire, the differences in the doctrines of corporate and imperial globalization, the misuse of the term “free-trade” by politicians to describe their mercantilist/fascist policies, how the neocons’ alienating the U.S. from the international organizations has hurt the empire’s domination of the world economy, the IMF/World Bank’s loss of power and influence over the third world, the tension between a state of democracy and empire and the numbers Republican business leaders are now contributing to Democrats over Republicans.

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Mark Engler, an analyst with Foreign Policy in Focus, is the author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy (just published by Nation Books). He can be reached via the website Democracy Uprising.

Philippe Sands

Torture Team

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Philippe Sands, professor of law at University College London and author of Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values, discusses Douglas J. Feith’s role in coming up with the twisted excuse for abandoning the Geneva Conventions in the name of saving them, the “necessity” excuse invoked by participants in the decision making process, the dismissal, last week, of the charges against the tortured “20th hijacker” al Quatani, the complete lack of evidence against him, his understanding that the torture at Guantanamo was limited to a few cases, the migration and escalation of “aggressive” interrogation tactics and the threat to the bad apples at the top of America’s torture policy due to the immunity clause of the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

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Philippe Sands is Professor of Law and Director of the Center on International Courts and Tribunals in the Faculty, and a key member of staff in the Center for Law and the Environment at University College London. His teaching areas include public international law, the settlement of international disputes (including arbitration), and environmental and natural resources law.

Philippe is a regular commentator on the BBC and CNN and writes frequently for leading newspapers. He is frequently invited to lecture around the world, and in recent years has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto (2005), the University of Melbourne (2005) and the Universite de Paris I (Sorbonne) (2006, 2007). He has previously held academic positions at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Kings College London and , University of Cambridge and was a Global Professor of Law at New York University from 1995-2003. He was co-founder of FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development), and established the programmes on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the European Journal of International Law and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (Blackwell Press). In 2007 he served as a judge for the Guardian First Book Prize award.

As a practicing barrister he has extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the European Court of Justice. He frequently advises governments, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector on aspects of international law. In 2003 he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel. He has been appointed to lists of arbitrators maintained by ICSID and the PCA.

Mary Tillman

The True Pat Tillman Story

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Mary Tillman, mother of late U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman, discusses her new book, Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman, the problems with the investigation and the cover-up surrounding her son’s death, the culture of deceit and cover-up in the Pentagon, the role of Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, the problems with getting the truth behind her son’s death, Pat’s views of the Iraq War, the president’s political pandering in connection with Pat Tillman’s death, the destruction of Pat’s military diary and uniform.

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Mary Tillman is a special education teacher in San Jose, California and mother of late U.S. Army Ranger, Pat Tillman. She recently wrote her first book as a tribute to Pat, Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman. She writes of her son’s brief but remarkable life and the military’s betrayal of Pat and his family. She paints an portrait of the guiding principles that defined her son and that ultimately led him, in death, into the hearts and minds of people all over the world.

Scott Ritter

90% Chance of War Against Iran

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Scott Ritter, the former chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq and author of Target Iran: The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change, discusses the Chicago city council’s attempt to bring attention of the possibility of war with Iran to the Illinois congressional delegation, the effectiveness of city council’s antiwar resolutions, Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ attempt to focus attention on Iraq instead of Iran, Cheney’s role, the chances he’s giving that the U.S. will attack Iran, Iran’s influence in Iraq, the bad Ho Chi Minh Trail analogy, Iran’s possible response to a U.S. military attack, the scenario of a what a war between the U.S. and Iran would look like, Iran’s air defense system, why a U.S. strike on Iran would be the worst thing for Israeli national security, the president’s lack of constitutional authority to go to war, and takes questions from callers.

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Scott Ritter is the former chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. He is the author of “Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement.” Scott Ritter has been noted for his criticism of United States foreign policy in the Middle East. Prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Ritter publicly argued that Iraq possessed no significant weapons of mass destruction. He has become a popular anti-war figure and talk show commentator because of his stance.

Mike Kohn

Blow Your Whistle

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Mike Kohn, general counsel of the National Whistleblower Center in Washington, D.C., discusses the need for whistleblowers in public life, the recent raid of the Office of the Special Counsel by the FBI, the culture of cronyism in government, the risk whistleblowers take in their careers, how the culture of secrecy and loyalty begins in government, the Sibel Edmonds story, the state secrets privilege, Scott Bloch’s lack of credentials in connection to working at the Office of the Special Counsel, the Office of the Special Counsel’s effectiveness of protecting whistleblowers during Scott Bloch’s tenure, the nature of the laws on behalf of whistleblowers and the rewarding of bad behavior in the government.

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Since 1984, Mr. Kohn has successfully represented whistleblowers in numerous cases (both at trial and on appeal), has testified in Congress on behalf of whistleblower reforms and worked directly with the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee on drafting the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate whistleblower protections. He has successfully litigated many of the nation’s landmark precedents establishing whistleblower rights and has represented whistleblowers in numeorus high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder case, the World Trade Center bombing cases, the Oklahoma City bombing case and the Linda Tripp-Privacy Act case.

Philip Giraldi

A Plot to Bomb Iran

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Philip Giraldi, former DIA and CIA officer and columnist for Antiwar.com, discusses the possibility of war against Iran, the difference between a contingency plan and a plan of implementation, Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ opposition, the possible shape of a limited attack, the genesis of the thought behind a war and its possible consequences, the United States’ contacting of Iran through its Kurdish allies, U.S. support for dissident groups and bombing attacks inside Iran, the lack of Iranian made weapons inside Iraq, Iran’s support for Shi’ite militias in Iraq, the decision making process on conducting a military attack against Iran, Turkish military operations inside northern Iraq, the neoconservatives’ ability to conduct revisionist history, the lack of national media coverage on the possibility of a military attack against Iran, the lack of sourcing by the national media, why the presidential candidates are not talking about it and the leaks coming out of the British Intelligence Service.

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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.

Alex Abella

RAND’s Empire

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Alex Abella, reporter, screenwriter and author of Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the American Empire, discusses the origin and mission of the RAND Corporation, his access to the RAND archives in order to research its history, well known public figures that were once a part of RAND, how RAND brings its ideas into the attention of public policy officials, how instrumental RAND has been in formulating U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War, the foundation of rational choice theory in public policy, the problems with RAND’s studies on the Soviet Union’s nuclear and military forces, RAND’s effect on John F. Kennedy’s administration, RAND’s undermining of the policy of détente, the links between RAND, Ahmed Chalabi, and the Iraq War, Leo Strauss, the Project for the New American Century, and the culture at the RAND Corporation.

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Alex Abella is a New York Times Notable Book author, Emmy-nominated TV reporter and screenwriter. He is the author of his new book, Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the American Empire. Abella’s non-fiction work includes Shadow Enemies, a non-fiction account of a plot by Adolf Hitler to start a wave of terror and destruction in the United States. Abella’s other writings include a legal thriller, The Killing of the Saints, featuring a Cuban-American hero, Charlie Morell, who’s a lawyer and private investigator. The novel, published by Crown in 1991, was a New York Times Notable Book. Paramount Pictures optioned The Killing of the Saints and commissioned Alex to write the screenplay. Alex’s second novel, The Great American, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1997. The Great American recounts the true adventures of William Morgan, a U.S. Marine who fought in the mountains of Cuba with Fidel Castro. The sequels to The Killing of the Saints, Dead of Night and Final Acts, were published in quick succession. The trilogy has won praise from critics and prominent writers such as Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker and Robert Ferrigno.

Eric Boehlert

Pentagon Propaganda Machine

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Eric Boehlert, senior fellow at Media Matters for America and author of Lapdogs: How The Press Rolled Over for Bush, discusses the Pentagon’s army of retired generals sent out to disseminate the war party’s propaganda, how the corporate media failed to promote alternative viewpoints to the invasion, the power and danger of “groupthink,” and John McCain’s free-ride from the media.

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Eric Boehlert is senior fellow at Media Matters for America, a former senior writer for Salon and author of Lapdogs: How The Press Rolled Over for Bush.

Suroosh Alvi

Heavy Metal in Baghdad

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Suroosh Alvi, co-founder of VICE magazine, discusses his new documentary, Heavy Metal in Baghdad, its subject – the only Iraqi metal band – Acrassicauda and the war torn times surrounding their creation.

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Suroosh Alvi was born in Toronto and studied Philosophy at Montreal’s McGill University. After completing his undergrad he worked at a record label in Minneapolis, taught English in Slovakia, and worked on the railroad in Western Canada. In 1994, halfway through his Master’s in Psychology at the University of Toronto, Suroosh returned to Montreal and co-founded VICE Magazine Publishing. Since then, the company has grown into one of the world’s most influential independent media sources with distribution in 22 countries. Additionally, VICE has diversified into book publishing, television, feature films, and music. Suroosh is the co-author of The VICE Guide to Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, is the head of VICE Records, and is a producer for VBS.TV. He has traveled to Pakistan, Afghanistan, the West Bank, Gaza, Iraq and Beirut, corresponding and producing documentaries. Heavy Metal in Baghdad is Suroosh’s feature film directorial debut. Suroosh lives in New York City. His parents are from Lahore, Pakistan.

Eric Margolis

Neocons Push for More Horrible Wars

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Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent for Canada’s Sun National Media and author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet, discusses the new hype about Israel’s bombing of the supposed Syrian/North Korean nuclear facility in September 2007, the North Korean uranium enrichment program which still does not exist and which they still won’t fess up to, Israeli peace negotiations with Syria over the Golan Heights on the eve of further war, the two countries’ relative strength, the insane neocon “the Iranians want to be bombed and taken over by the MEK” theory, new war plans being drawn up, various ways that Iran could strike back, the bogus threat of the “Shi’ite Crescent,” the very real willingness of the Iranians to negotiate and do business with the U.S., the motivations which drive the al Qaeda movement, pro-Americanism in France and the NATO/EU Army question.

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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. He is the author of War at the Top of the World. See his website.

Dean Ahmad

Libertarianism and Islam

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Dean Ahmad, president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute and co-author with Rose Wilder Lane of Islam and the Discovery of Freedom, discusses the so-called clash of civilizations, Western misconceptions about Islam, extremist instigators on both sides, how bin Laden’s primary reasons for the Fatwa against America are political not religious, how Islam and Christianity are closely related, misquotations of the Koran’s advice on violence and his view of the possibility that Scottish Enlightenment philosopher John Locke and some of the early Spanish “proto-Austrian School” economists were inspired by Islamic scholars.

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Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D, president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute is an internationally known interdisciplinary scientist, author of Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer’s Perspective on Religion and Science. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Maryland where he teaches courses on religion and progress and on religion, science and freedom. He also teaches a course on Islam, Science and Development at Georgetown University for the Center on Muslim-Christian Understanding.

Mary Ruwart

Libertarianism and War

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Mary Ruwart, author of Healing Our World in an Age of Aggression and Libertarian Party presidential candidate, discusses the similarities in how our government provoked 9/11 and the attack on Pearl Harbor, how our militaristic over-reaction to 9/11 has hindered our apprehension of Bin Laden and increased the danger of terrorism, how America needs to nurture free trade policies to build relationships with foreigners, our misguided immigration policies, how an armed populace would reduce crime and may have prevented 9/11, the threats to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, how slashing governmental regulation will boost the economy and job market, how she means to pick up where Ron Paul left off with her Libertarian run for president, and how the American people should decide our foreign policy.

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Mary J. Ruwart, Ph.D. is a former pharmaceutical research scientist and Assistant Professor of Surgery. She has worked extensively with the disadvantaged in low-income housing and was a contender for the 1992 Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential nomination. Her scientific, political, and community activities have been profiled in several prestigious biographical works, including American Men and Women of Sciences, World’s Who’s Who of Women, International Leaders in Achievement, and Community Leaders of America.

Dr. Ruwart is the author of Healing Our World in an Age of Aggression.

Paul Verkuil

Outsourcing Empire

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Paul Verkuil, professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and author of Outsourcing Sovereignty: Why Privatization of Government Functions Threatens Democracy and What We Can Do About It, discusses the increasing privatization of government, the new phenomenon of the hiring out of the actual enforcement functions of the state, the lack of adequate oversight and criminal accountability and how the many domestic functions of government being privatized are making it even worse and the beginnings of Congressional interest in curtailing the worst excesses.

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Paul Verkuil is a professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. His research emphasis is in administrative law, and government regulation. Professor Verkuil was dean of the Cardozo Law School from 1997 to 2001. He has served on the law faculty of the University of North Carolina, as dean of Tulane Law School, and as president of the College of William and Mary. Professor Verkuil is co-author of Administrative Law and Process (4th ed. 2004) and Regulation and Deregulation (2nd ed. 2004).

Gareth Porter

Mahdi Army, Then Iran

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Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist, discusses the war party’s many excuses to justify attacking Iran, how Cheney has been delayed in the attack by Sadr’s ability to strike at Americans in Iraq in response, Cheney’s successful gambit of trapping Rice and Gates into agreeing that the Mahdi Army must be defeated, how Admiral Fallon lost the fight with General Petraeus and his job because he wanted to bring most troops home by 2009 and how the U.S. military has it’s hands full by fighting against the majority of the majority in the Mahdi Army.

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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.

Candace Gorman

Al Hajj Freed, Others at Gitmo Still Languish

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Candace Gorman, Chicago lawyer representing 2 prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, discusses the release of al Jazeera cameraman, long-term Guantanamo prisoner Sami al-Hajj, some of the horrific circumstances of his capture, his “crime” of refusing to become an informant, the continued denial of medical treatment to her client Al-Ghizzawi who has been subject to double jeopardy after even the bogus tribunal found that he was not an “enemy combatant,” the refusal of multiple military officers to participate in the persecution of these men and the government numbers which show that 92% of the Gitmo detainees are completely innocent of ties to al Qeada.

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Candace Gorman is an attorney for two Guantanamo detainees, runs The Guantanamo Blog and has written many articles for In These Times and the 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.