Lew Rockwell

Smash the Warfare State!

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Lew Rockwell, founder and President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, discusses his new podcast interview program, Joe Biden’s long term and central role in promoting the warfare state, demagoguery and omission at the Democratic convention, the reality of America’s empire and the elective emperor who rules it, the important new book We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now, why murder is still murder even if a government employee does it, the big lie of government provided safety and myth of a peace loving American population, why its fun to oppose evil, the growing militarism of the domestic police state, the terrible danger in “privatizing” the state’s police powers such as tax collections and prisons, the possibility that the Georgian crisis was deliberately precipitated in order to boost the Republicans’ fortunes in the November election, the bogus nature of the first Cold War and now the second, the sanity of the old imperial establishment only as compared to the new, Democracy as subservience to the U.S. government, how the state can always use its own failures as the excuse to increase its power as it is doing now in the financial markets and the need for a realignment toward peace and freedom.

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Lew Rockwell is the founder and President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, Vice President of the Center for Libertarian Studies in Burlingame, California, and publisher of the political Web site LewRockwell.com. He served as Ron Paul’s congressional chief of staff between 1978 and 1982. Check out his new podcast show here.

Abdulkadir Abdirahman

America’s Brutal Regime Change in Somalia

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Abdulkadir Abdirahman, president of Somali Cause, discusses the humanitarian catastrophe resulting from America’s proxy war waged by Ethiopian forces there since December, 2006, the million-plus refugees from Mogadishu and surrounding areas, America’s alliance with the brutal warlords from the days of “Operation Restore Hope” and “Black Hawk Down,” and the rotting corpses they leave wherever they go, the American excuse of al Qaeda terrorism and “Islamic extremism,” the former Soviet-, now American-backed murderous dictator of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, the relative peace and security which had been finally been achieved for a short time in Somalia before America came and destroyed it, his experience during “Restore Hope,” the three men “wanted for questioning by the FBI” as suspects in the 1998 Africa embassy bombings whose supposed presence served as the pretext for this invasion and the increase in the radicalization of the Somali population, his group’s efforts to educate congressmen on the subject, his call for UN peacekeepers in order to try to please the U.S., but end the Ethiopian occupation.

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Abdulkadir Abdirahman is president of Somali Cause.

Luke Ryland

The CIA, the Neocons and the Nuke Black Market

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Luke Ryland discusses the A.Q. Kahn nuclear secrets peddling network, its correlation to the Sibel Edmonds case, the CIA’s knowledge of the network since the mid ‘70’s, the six years of deafening silence by Congress and the media about Sibel’s case and how the nuclear black market, neocons, and the Israeli and Turkish lobbies are connected.

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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.

Adam Isacson

Biden’s Plan Colombia

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Adam Isacson, director of programs at the Center for International Policy, discusses the history of Plan Colombia, the terrible humanitarian situation there, the murderous criminality of the government, right-wing paramilitary death squads and FARC guerrillas alike, the FARC’s choice in the mid-nineties to go ahead and align themselves with cocaine traffickers, Joe Biden’s role in pushing military aid through the U.S. Senate, the economic illiteracy behind the coca spraying projects in Latin America, his belief that Biden has at least learned a bit from his mistakes and has begun to back off from his earlier enthusiasm for military aid, the blowback from 20th century American-sponsored fascism represented in the election of leftists across Latin America, accusations about President Uribe’s history with the cocaine trade and organization of death squads and the pressure on congress from greedy helicopter manufacturers and union members to continue the foreign drug wars.

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Adam Isacson is director of programs at the Center for International Policy.

Gareth Porter

War is the Health of the State

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Gareth Porter, independent historian and investigative journalist for IPS News and Antiwar.com, discusses the themes in his article “Georgia War Rooted in US Self-Deceit on NATO,” how the national security bureaucracy dominates American policy to the detriment of the rest of Americans’ interests, the rise of the empire after World War II, how American Cold War policy pushed China toward Russia until the 1970s, the imperial bureaucrats desire to expand NATO up to the Russian border to weaken them, the often conflicting views between the American military and corporate policy ambitions and the multitude of excuses given to retain our many hundreds of military bases around the world.

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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.

Daniel Levy

There are Better Options

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Daniel Levy, senior fellow and director of the Middle East Initiative at the New America Foundation, discusses the need for Israel to adopt a diplomatic foreign policy, prominent Israeli officials opposed to attacking Iran, the remaining danger of an Israeli attack, how hard-line rhetoric empowers Iran’s hawks in return, the disastrous effects any attack on Iran would have, the process for the upcoming Israeli election, the consequences of conflating all of Israel and America’s enemies and the new liberal U.S.-Israeli lobbying organization J-Street.

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Daniel Levy is a senior fellow and director of the Middle East Initiative at the New America Foundation and was a negotiator in the Rabin and Barak governments in Israel.

Ed Fremer

No Accountability for Negligence in the Army

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Ed Fremer, whose son Michael was crushed to death in an Army training accident, discusses the Army’s repeated lies about the cause of his death, the fact that one cannot sue the Army over such incidents due to the Supreme Court invented “Feres doctrine” and details the Army’s negligence that led to his son’s senseless death.

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Ed Fremer is the father of Michael Fremer, who was killed in an Army training excercise in Lousiana.

Robert Higgs

Philip Dru in Power

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Robert Higgs, senior fellow at the Independent Institute and author of Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government, discusses the legacy of Woodrow Wilson’s Cheney, Edward Mandell House, House’s rise to power and links to big money men, Philip Dru Administrator: A Story of Tomorrow – the blueprint for a fascist America written by House in 1910-11, how House took advantage of Wilson’s narcissism to get America into World War I, the consequences of American intervention in that war, the concept of the “ratchet effect” of government expansion explained in Crisis and Leviathan, why most perceived governmental “failures” are really successes if you understand the intentions, the true character and beneficiaries of the American empire, the economics of the world’s oil market and the buried truth that all of state power is rooted in fear.

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Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, and the University of Economics, Prague. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Higgs is the editor of The Independent Institute books Opposing the Crusader State, The Challenge of Liberty, Re-Thinking Green, Hazardous to Our Health? and Arms, Politics, and the Economy, plus the volume Emergence of the Modern Political Economy.

His authored books include Neither Liberty Nor Safety, Depression, War, and Cold War, Politická ekonomie strachu (The Political Economy of Fear, in Czech), Resurgence of the Warfare State, Against Leviathan, The Transformation of the American Economy 1865-1914, Competition and Coercion, and Crisis and Leviathan. A contributor to numerous scholarly volumes, he is the author of more than 100 articles and reviews in academic journals.

Glenn Greenwald

Bloggers Thrash Feds, Times, Post on Anthrax Cover-Up

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Glenn Greenwald, legal affairs columnist and blogger for Salon.com and author of Great American Hypocrites, discusses the FBI and national media’s attempt to hijack the truth surrounding the anthrax case, their post-mortem conviction of Bruce Ivins, the left/right/libertarian realignment against the warfare/police state and Glenn’s interview with Mort Halperin about his flip-flop on the Constitution-shredding FISA amendments bill.

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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 books How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy. His latest is Great American Hypocrites.

Greg Palast

War: Why Your Gas is So Expensive

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Greg Palast, reporter for Harper’s magazine and Rolling Stone, explains how the primary goal of oil companies is to use the war power of the national governments to restrict supplies in order to artificially increase the price of oil, the consequences of the war in Iraq on the price we pay, the fight over control of Caspian oil in the Georgian conflict, the chicken-egg argument about the role of the oil companies and the Pentagon itself in pushing all this imperial expansion, the hidden government taxation in your price of gas per gallon, the truth that the taxpayer bailouts of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are ultimately bailouts for foreign holders of U.S. debt rather than home owners, and his new project “Steal Back Your Vote.”

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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.

Gareth Porter

AP Disseminates Bogus War Propaganda

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Gareth Porter, independent historian and investigative journalist for IPS News and Antiwar.com, deconstructs the incredibly lousy reporting of one Pamela Hess from the Associated Press, whose recent article “Quds, Hezbollah training hit squads in Iran” is in the running for the Olympic Gold Medal in Pentagon stenography and false accusations, explains the complex truth behind the U.S. and Iraqi governments’ relationship with Iran, the 2 and a half year history of the Cheney Cabal’s claims that Iran is responsible for the higher quality land mines in Iraq, the fiction of Mahdi Army “Special Groups,” Maliki’s distancing from the U.S. and thwarting of Cheney’s plan for a major assault on the Mahdi Army this summer, some of the many holes in the AP’s case, Pamela Hess’s justification for helping the Pentagon to cover up and disseminate half-truths and the need for the people who are able to contradict the official line to get their voices out.

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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.

Scott Horton

A Unique View on Georgia Conflict

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The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer and journalist and blogger for Harper‘s magazine, discusses his relationship with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, the Rose Revolution of 2003, Saakashvili’s problems with Rupert Murdoch and ties with the neocons, George Washington’s policy against entangling alliances and its undoing since World War II, the value of American education and diplomacy over high explosives, Cheney and the War Party’s need for a steady supply of enemies, his view that the three day war earlier this month represents a power-grab by the Russians as revenge for Western recognition of the independence of Kosovo, some history behind various ethnic conflicts in the region, the need for peaceful resolutions to these conflicts, his view that the crisis was a consequence of the various promises made to Georgia by the neocons pretending to override State Department policy which boosted Saakashvili, combined with the criminal negligence and inattention of George Bush and Condoleezza Rice, amounted to a “yellow light” to Russia to go ahead, and the disgusting politics behind the Guantanamo show trials.

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The Other Scott Horton is a contributor to Harper’s magazine and writes 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.

Pat Buchanan

US Out of the Caucasus!

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Pat Buchanan, conservative commentator and author, most recently of Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War, discusses the crisis in Georgia, why he thinks the Russian action on behalf of South Ossetia was justified, comparisons between Russian moves in the Caucasus to interwar Germany and Britain, the stupidity of the war guarantees and new missile defense systems going into Eastern Europe, the limits of American imperial power and the question of whether the administration gave Saakashvili the green light to attack South Ossetia.

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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.

Ray McGovern

Demand Accountability for Pre-war Lies

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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, discusses his new open letter to Colin Powell, he and Powell’s similar backgrounds growing up in the Bronx and time spent working together in the White House in the 1980s, the withholding of the Sabri and Habbush no-WMD intelligence before the Iraq war from Powell and other leading figures in the Bush cabinet, the necessity of a Congressional investigation and a Powell’s testimony about what really happened, Rep. John Conyers duty as chair of the judiciary committee, Bush’s trip to CIA headquarters on Thursday and the Bush family tradition of pardoning their loyal underlings for crimes committed at their direction.

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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.

Joe Lauria

Scheunemann and Georgia

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Joe Lauria, freelance reporter and co-author with former senator Mike Gravel of the new book A Political Odyssey, discusses his article “The Personification of the Military-Industrial Racket,” McCain foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann’s long, diabolical history as a chief neocon and war-salesman, McCain’s side-jobs as a foreign asset first for Iran and now Georgia and how luring Russia to retaliate against Georgia may have been instigated to strengthen McCain’s campaign and ratchet up arms sales.

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Joe Lauria is a New York-based investigative journalist. A freelance member of the Sunday Times of London Insight team, he has also worked on investigations for the Boston Globe and Bloomberg News. Joe’s articles have additionally appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Montreal Gazette, The Johannesburg Star, The Washington Times, New York Magazine, ARTnews and other publications. He is the author with former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Mike Gravel of A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man’s Fight to Stop It, published by Seven Stories Press, with a foreword by Daniel Ellsberg.

Gordon Prather

Missile Defense and Iran’s Program

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Dr. Gordon Prather discusses the different uses for varying yield nuclear weapons for missile defense, the tactical and strategic handicaps of our missile defense systems, what it takes to build a nuclear weapon and the difference between a nuclear weapons program and what the Iranians are doing.

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

Eric Margolis

America’s Destructive Asian Empire

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_08_14_margolis.mp3]

Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent for Canada’s Sun National Media and author of War at the Top of the World, discusses the complicated politics of the Caucasus region, U.S. and Israeli arming and training of Georgian troops, the Ossetia fiasco, McCain’s foreign policy handler Randy Scheunemann and his relationship with the Saakashvili regime, the fight within the military industrial pentagon complex over whether to focus on imperial occupations or preparing for war with great powers, the dangerous foolishness of NATO expansion, the self-serving hypocrisy of America and Russia’s leaders, the ignored U.S. sponsored regime change in Somalia, McCain’s 3AM moment and emulation of the Kaiser, the rift between Pakistan and India over religion, Kashmir and Afghanistan, Dick Armitage’s threat to totally destroy Pakistan after 9/11 and the new great game in Central Asia.

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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.

Brendan ONeill

Empire, Russia Clash in Caucasus

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Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked Online, discusses the conflict between Georgia and Russia over Ossetia, including the blame due the U.S. for supporting and arming Georgia, the hypocrisy of western leaders and media for condemning Russia while they sow catastrophe in the Balkans and Iraq, Russia’s motivation, U.S. infiltration of the region under the guise of the “War on Terror,” and the bankruptcy of the American-Anglo empire’s claim of moral authority.

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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.

Patrick Cockburn

Iraq War Coverage

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Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent, discusses the slightly less violent, yet still horrific, conditions in Iraq, the fear and violence that dominates daily life there, the various factions influencing Maliki, the Sunni “Awakening” movement and the volatile tensions in Kurdistan.

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Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent of The Independent, has been visiting Iraq since 1978. He was awarded the 2005 Martha Gellhorn prize for war reporting in recognition of his writing on Iraq. He is the author of, his memoir, The Broken Boy (Jonathan Cape, 2005), and with Andrew Cockburn, Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession (Verso, 2000), The Occupation: War, Resistance and Daily Life in Iraq (Verso, 2006) and Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia revival and the Struggle for Iraq.

Gareth Porter

How Tenet Betrayed the CIA

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_08_08_porter.mp3]

Gareth Porter discusses his recent article “How Tenet Betrayed the CIA on WMD in Iraq,” the revelations in Ron Suskind’s book, the systemic cherry-picking of intelligence to justify the decision to invade Iraq, George Tenet’s priorities, Doug Feith’s possible involvement in the forgeries and the schism between America’s imperial intentions and outcomes.

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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.

Joe Lauria

For Sale: West’s Nuclear Secrets

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_08_08_lauria.mp3]

Investigative reporter Joe Lauria discusses the series he co-wrote for the London Times about the Sibel Edmonds case, including the 30 year Washington connection to the A.Q. Kahn nuclear black-market operation, the difficulty in corroborating stories about such a secretive subject, the inability of American mainstream media to diverge from the status quo, how the Tinner family fits into the story and the history of the military-industrial-congressional complex as told in the new book he’s co-authored with former senator Mike Gravel, A Political Odyssey.

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Joe Lauria is a New York-based investigative journalist. A freelance member of the Sunday Times of London Insight team, he has also worked on investigations for the Boston Globe and Bloomberg News. Joe’s articles have additionally appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Montreal Gazette, The Johannesburg Star, The Washington Times, New York Magazine, ARTnews and other publications.He is the author with former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Mike Gravel of A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man’s Fight to Stop It, published by Seven Stories Press, with a foreword by Daniel Ellsberg.

Scott Horton

The Bogus “Trial” of Salim Hamdan

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_08_07_horton.mp3]

The Other Scott Horton, international human rights lawyer and contributing editor to Harper’s magazine, discusses the “conviction” of Bin Laden’s driver Salim Hamdan, the distinctions which crimes constitute “war crimes,” the illegitimacy of the military tribunals and how they are being timed to help the Republican Presidential campaign, the need to uphold the Nuremberg Principles, Cheney’s central role in the administration, how he allowed top al Qaeda to escape into Pakistan, how the charade of our moral supremacy is exposed by our legal hypocrisies and the improbability of prosecution for the Bush regime’s crimes.

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The Other Scott Horton is a contributor to Harper’s magazine and writes 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.

Dahr Jamail

Iraq Still in Chaos

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_08_07_jamail.mp3]

Dahr Jamail, reporter for IPS News and author of Beyond the Green Zone, discusses the new effort by the Maliki government to allow the former Sunni insurgency – now known at the “Sons of Iraq” or “Concerned Local Citizens” – into the police forces in Baquba in order to fight “al Qaeda in Iraq,” the various militias’ within the government and their primary loyalties, precarious politics in Kirkuk, Maliki’s statements in favor of American withdrawal, the irony of the U.S. backing the also-Iranian-backed Dawa Party and Supreme Islamic Council since the elections of ’05 and danger to U.S. troops in the event of war with Iran.

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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.

Glenn Greenwald

Ivins Being Hatfilled in Anthrax Case?

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_08_05_greenwald.mp3]

Glenn Greenwald, author and legal blogger for Salon.com, discusses his new radio show, new developments in the 2001 anthrax case, the FBI’s smear campaign against dead physicist Bruce Ivins, media trumpeting of government claims, the widespread fear created and power gained by the anthrax attacks and questions about Washington insiders’ taking Cipro before the attacks.

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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 books How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy. His brand new one is Great American Hypocrites.

Michael Scheuer

Iraq and al Qaeda

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Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit and author of Marching Toward Hell, discusses the new revelations in Ron Suskind’s new book about an alleged White House order behind the forged link between Saddam Hussein and Mohamed Atta and his work which debunked any real Iraq-al Qaeda connection in January of 2003.

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Michael Scheuer is a 22-year veteran of the CIA and the author of Through Our Enemies Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America, Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq and Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror.

John Judis

McCain’s Devolution

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John B. Judis, senior editor of the New Republic and author of The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, discusses the importance of Trotskyism to neoconservative thought, John McCain’s change from skeptic to cheerleader for intervention, relationship with the neocons and the dangerous mix between his volatile temperament and his views on foreign policy.

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John B. Judis is a senior editor of New Republic, where he has worked since 1984 and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Judis is the author of The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

Judis’ articles have appeared in American Prospect, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Washington Monthly, American Enterprise, Mother Jones, and Dissent. He has written five books, including The Emerging Democratic Majority (with Ruy Teixeira), The Parodox of American Democracy, and William F. Buckley: Patron Saint of the Conservatives.

Warren Richey

Hamdan’s Star Chamber ‘Trial’

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Warren Richey, crime reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, discusses the first Guantanamo military commission “trial” of Bin Laden’s driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the extremely low bar the government is trying to set as precedent by trying such a low level bin Laden associate first, Hamdan’s doom to stay detained as an enemy combatant for the rest of his life whether convicted or aquitted of war crimes, the possibility that the Boumedine case could be used as precedent for those “convicted” at Guantanamo to appeal to civilian federal courts, the ability of the federal courts to handle terrorism cases as they did in the 1990s and some remaining open questions.

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Warren Richey is a crime reporter for the Christian Science Monitor.

Larry Velvel

Pushing for War Crimes Trials

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Larry Velvel, dean of the Massachusetts School of Law and sponsor of the upcoming Justice Robert Jackson Conference On The Planning For Prosecution Of High Level American War Criminals, featuring Francis Boyle, Vincent Bugliosi, Philippe Sands and others, discusses the many crimes of the Bush administration, the history of unaccountability of our leaders, the legal gymnastics perpetrated by the Bush regime lawyers, the immunity clauses of the Military Commission Act and how they might effect potential foreign prosecutions of American war criminals.

MP3 here. (34:20)

Lawrence R. Velvel is the Dean of Massachusetts School of Law and a professor of law. Mr. Velvel is a 1960 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1963 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he served on the law review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He was a law professor from 1966-1978, first at the University of Kansas and then at Catholic University . He has been a partner in major law firms in Washington , D.C. , and was the first chief counsel of an organization established to write United States Supreme Court briefs in support of state and local governments. He has been active in Supreme Court litigation, constitutional law, antitrust law and complex litigation. He is the author of a book dealing with constitutional aspects of the Vietnam war, of seventeen law review articles and of twenty-three articles for legal and daily newspapers. He has written thirty-three United States Supreme Court briefs and is editor of the MSLAW journal called The Long Term View.