Scott Horton Interviews Frida Berrigan

Scott Horton, September 29, 2008

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Frida Berrigan, Senior Program Associate of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, discusses the Status Of Forces Agreement (SOFA) being negotiated with Iraq to allow the U.S. military to stay forever, demands for total legal immunity and at least 58 military bases, the escalating rhetoric against Iran, the danger in sending the army into Pakistan and Bush’s continued failure in negotiating with North Korea.

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Frida Berrigan is Senior Program Associate of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. Previously, she served for eight years as Deputy Director and Senior Research Associate at the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute at the New School in New York City. She has also worked as a researcher at The Nation magazine.

Ms. Berrigan is a columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus and a contributing editor of In These Times magazine. She is the author of reports on arms trade and human rights, U.S. nuclear weapons policy, and the domestic politics of U.S. missile defense and space weapons policies. She has been a featured expert on national and regional radio outlets, and regularly speaks on national security issues to citizen’s organizations and at major conferences throughout the United States.

3 Responses to “Frida Berrigan”

  1. Well, we still haven’t left Japan or Germany so what do you expect?
    Thanks for bringing light to this.

    I’m pretty sure this was the plan all along, because um, that’s what they wrote down when they planned it. “They” meaning first the Israelis with Oded Yinon then later the Defense Plan and Guidance Strat from Neocons Wolfowitz and Libby then later the PNAC papers. Modern Mien Kampf.

    Immunity from trial is amazing. If you have read the book Blackwater by Jeremy Sachill.

    Everything is semantics. If you call a treaty an agreement a SOFA then its not a treaty and doesn’t need senate ratification. Instead of POWs who would have rights from Geneva Conventions just call them insurgents then they are not Prisoners of War but just Prisoners and subject to torture and no trails. They just rename everything. Instead of insurance just call it a credit default swap and avoid state regulation. Instead of a mercenary call them contractors and act like attacks on them are attacks on “civilians”. Instead of murdering civilian Iraqis, call them “collateral damage” and no one is responsible. Instead of communism call it a corporate bail out. Instead of ethnic cleansing call it a “settlement plan.” Instead of an occupation call it a war of terror. Call something that can launch missiles a missile “shield”.

    Obama has no plan other than to shift troops around. Iran is next to be blamed on helping Al Qaeda after the next false flag. Obama will keep the bases throw more troops into Afghanistan, money to Georgia, no change with Israel etc.

    The deregulation started with McCain’s bill in 2000.

    Oh and Scott Ritter pointed out on this show a while back that 10 years away from a nuclear bomb means step Zero. That is how long it takes when you start with nothing. So it’s misleading when they say its just 10 years away as if they have already been working on it for years. And they are not 5 years away its still 10. And to get 235 from 238 is not easy. They need it above 90% and have less than 3% at best.

    And Israel has nukes made secretly and illegally. They are not subject to any inspections. And as she pointed out Pakistan has nukes and the dictator is teetering with a public that straight up hates the evil empire.

  2. Yankees, come home.

  3. Good post antinodons !! You gotz their number………….You could add……Call SPYING, “Sharing information with allies” [giving secret intelligence to Israel] …………. Call TREASON [lying the Country into war on false information and forged documents] spreading freedom……………….. Call the anthrax attacks a terrorist attack……..Call 911 a sneak attack

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