Thomas E. Woods


Thomas E. Woods, author of Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse, discusses Seymour Melman‘s [.pdf] research into the societal repercussions of a military economy, the diversion of research scientists from the private sector to Cold War military programs, the transformation of the U.S. university system into a DOD jobs program and the corruption of defense contractors into companies that can’t compete in a free market.

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Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books. A senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Andy Worthington


Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses longtime CIA ghost-prisoner Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, Guantanamo habeas corpus cases that reveal most “evidence” is from confessions by other prisoners made under duress, Bagram’s function as a SCOTUS-free zone and Dick Cheney’s supposed 9-11 transformation into, well, Dick Cheney.

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Andy Worthington writes for Counterpunch, the Future of Freedom Foundation and He is the author of The Guantanamo Files and blogs at

Ira Chernus


Ira Chernus, professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, discusses the dominant narrative of Israel: a vulnerable Western-style democracy in a sea of hostile Arab nations, the destructiveness of race and class based stereotypes, the Israeli and Palestinian peace groups ignored by the media and the lessening stigma of publicly criticizing Israel.

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Ira Chernus is a professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of Monsters To Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin. His article “Palestinian Violence Overstated, Jewish Violence Understated” appears on

Daphne Eviatar


Daphne Eviatar, writer for The Washington Independent, discusses the torture evidence against Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad that Obama’s DOJ won’t drop, routine torture at Bagram, Eric Holder’s use of verbal gymnastics to avoid explicitly calling the Bush wiretapping policy a crime and the disappearance of the “enemy combatant” designation but not the policy of indefinite detention.

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Daphne Eviatar writes for The Washington Independent. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Nation, Harper’s magazine and other publications.

Rachel Morris


Rachel Morris, author of “Shock and Audit: The Hidden Defense Budget,” discusses the real defense budget numbers, Obama’s promise to stop using supplemental bills to pay for U.S. wars, the lack of penalties against defense contractors that don’t perform and the overriding power of Congress to save endangered weapons programs.

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Rachel Morris is the Washington bureau editor for Mother Jones. Previously she was an editor at the Washington Monthly and an assistant editor at Legal Affairs. Her writing has also appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review and the Guardian, among other publications.

Patrick Cockburn


Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the emphatically relative phrase “Baghdad is better,” imminent U.S. withdraw from Iraqi cities, former Sunni insurgents – gone mainstream – that can’t go back again, the status of Kurdish post-invasion land grabs and the awarding of Iraqi oil contracts to foreign corporations.

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Patrick Cockburn was awarded the 2009 Orwell Prize for political writing in British journalism. He is the Middle East correspondent for The Independent and a frequent contributor to Cockburn is the author of The Occupation: War, resistance and daily life in Iraq and Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Battle for the Future of Iraq.

Eric Margolis


Internationally syndicated columnist Eric Margolis discusses the Western media’s hyping of a new color-coded revolution in Iran, the recent history of the U.S. rigging elections abroad, cultural and political divides in Iran exacerbated by a youthful population, U.S. mission creep from Afghanistan into Pakistan, hypocritical U.S. complaints about Iran’s crackdown while Middle East allies don’t allow elections at all and how Kabul is becoming the new Saigon.

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Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times and Dawn. He is a regular columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and a contributor to The Huffington Post. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.

As a war correspondent Margolis has covered conflicts in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Sinai, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, El Salvador and Nicaragua. He was among the first journalists to ever interview Libya’s Muammar Khadaffi and was among the first to be allowed access to KGB headquarters in Moscow. A veteran of many conflicts in the Middle East, Margolis recently was featured in a special appearance on Britain’s Sky News TV as “the man who got it right” in his predictions about the dangerous risks and entanglements the US would face in Iraq.

Margolis is the author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet and American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World.

Glenn Greenwald


Glenn Greenwald, former constitutional lawyer and current blogger, discusses the firing of Washington Post journalist Dan Froomkin, the dominance of mainstream Democrat vs. Republican talking points in the media, maverick illegal actions of the Bush administration codified into law under Obama and how governmental secrecy enables all other abuses of power.

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Glenn Greenwald was a constitutional lawyer in New York City, first at the Manhattan firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and then at the litigation firm he founded, Greenwald, Christoph. Greenwald litigated numerous high-profile and significant constitutional cases in federal and state courts around the country, including multiple First Amendment challenges. He has a J.D. from New York University School of Law (1994) and a B.A. from George Washington University (1990). In October of 2005, Greenwald started a political and legal blog, Unclaimed Territory, which quickly became one of the most popular and highest-trafficked in the blogosphere.

Upon disclosure by the New York Times in December 2005 of President Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program, Greenwald became one of the leading and most cited experts on that controversy. In early 2006, he broke a story on his blog regarding the NSA scandal that served as the basis for front-page articles in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, all of which credited his blog for the story. Several months later, Sen. Russ Feingold read from one of Greenwald’s posts during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Feingold’s resolution to censure the president for violating FISA. In 2008, Sen. Chris Dodd read from Greenwald’s Salon blog during floor debate over FISA. Greenwald’s blog was also cited as one of the sources for the comprehensive report issued by Rep. John Conyers titled “The Constitution in Crisis.” In 2006, he won the Koufax Award for best new blog.

Greenwald is the author of A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok and Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics.

Joshua Frank


Joshua Frank, regular writer at, discusses the Democratic Party’s love for war, Obama’s LBJ moment as the war in Afghanistan becomes his own, how the fugitive status of Osama bin Laden remains a useful propaganda tool and the antiwar common ground that makes allies of political opponents.

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Joshua Frank writes for and He is the author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush and Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland.

Philip Weiss

Is Israel really a beacon of Western democracy?


Investigative journalist Philip Weiss discusses Netanyahu’s right-wing biblical rhetoric in response to Obama’s groundbreaking Cairo speech, the U.S. media’s long-awaited questioning of Israeli settlements, Israel’s accelerating departure from Western values and the sub-human living conditions forced on Gaza residents.

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Philip Weiss is an investigative journalist who has written for The Nation, New York Times Magazine, The American Conservative, Jewish World Review and other publications. He is the author of American Taboo : A Murder in the Peace Corps and writes the blog “Mondoweiss“.

Jason Ditz

Truth behind Iranian elections remains elusive


Jason Ditz, managing news editor at, discusses how the Iranian election news is dominated by state-run media, Iran’s high voter turnout that was thought to favor opposition candidates – who had surprisingly poor showings – and Ahmedinejad’s pronouncement in Russia that the U.S. empire is economically unsustainable.

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Jason Ditz is the managing news editor at

Patrick Doherty

Poll results make Ahmedinejad victory plausible


Patrick Doherty, Deputy Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, discusses the Iranian government crackdown that reinforces the perception of electoral fraud, the popular Iranian discontent with autocracy, the dearth of legitimate polling in Iran that increases uncertainty and how Ahmedinejad’s tough negotiating with the U.S. is seen by some as the Persian equivalent of Nixon going to China.

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Patrick C. Doherty is Deputy Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. The American Strategy Program aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America’s interests in the world with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America’s democratic way of life. Mr. Doherty is also Director of the foundation’s U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative, which seeks to take advantage of recent developments to move U.S.-Cuba policy in a more sensible direction to the benefit of both countries. He also serves as a Co-Director of the Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency Initiative.

Before joining New America, Mr. Doherty was Director of Communications at the Center for National Policy, a congressionally focused national security think tank. He was also a senior editor at, an online journal of politics and policy based in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for all content related to national security, macroeconomics, energy, and the environment, and wrote a twice-weekly editorial about America’s strategic challenges.

Mr. Doherty previously spent ten years in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and the Caucuses working on conflict management and post-conflict peacebuilding. He served as European Regional Advisor to Catholic Relief Services and as a consultant to the Organization of African Unity in Ethiopia and to the Israeli and the Palestinian Authority’s education ministries. He also taught African politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mr. Doherty holds a master’s degree in security studies from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he was a co-founder of the Institute for Human Security, and a bachelor’s degree from the School of International Service at American University.

Winslow T. Wheeler

Gates vs. Congress on military spending priorities


Winslow T. Wheeler, Director of the Straus Military Reform Project, discusses the fight between Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Congress over the Pentagon budget, the neglect of U.S. combat training in favor of expensive weapons systems, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst study of military spending and job creation and how Congress would rather chase Pentagon pork than perform its oversight obligations.

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Winslow T. Wheeler writes regularly for, where his article “Back From the Dead: Pentagon Pork!” appears. Wheeler spent 31 years working on Capitol Hill with senators from both political parties and the Government Accountability Office, specializing in national security affairs. Currently, he directs the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center for Defense Information in Washington. He is author of The Wastrels of Defense and the editor of a new anthology: ‘America’s Defense Meltdown: Pentagon Reform for President Obama and the New Congress’.

In the Senate, Wheeler worked for Jacob K. Javits, R-N.Y., Nancy L. Kassebaum, R-Kan., David Pryor, D-Ark., and Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M.  He was the first, and according to Senate records the last, Senate staffer to work simultaneously on the personal staffs of a Republican and a Democrat (Sens. Pryor and Kassebaum). In 2002, Wheeler authored an essay, under the pseudonym “Spartacus,” about Congress’ reaction to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks (“Mr. Smith Is Dead: No One Stands in the Way as Congress Lards Post-September 11 Defense Bills with Pork”). When Senators complained about Wheeler’s criticisms, he was invited to resign from his position with the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee. He is now a senior fellow and director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information.

Wheeler authored a 2002 essay on Congress’ authorization of war against Iraq, “The Week of Shame: Congress Wilts as the President Demands an Unclogged Road to War,” and he wrote various commentaries on Congress and national security, which have appeared in The Washington Post, Proceedings of the Naval Institute, Government Executive, Defense Week, Barron’s, Army Times, CounterPunch, and elsewhere. As a Senate staffer, Wheeler worked extensively on hundreds of bills and amendments that are now U.S. law. These included the War Powers Act, multiple proposals to reform Pentagon procurement, and to require more realistic weapons tests and more accurate reports about them to the secretary of defense and Congress. While at the GAO, Wheeler directed comprehensive studies on the U.S. strategic-nuclear triad and the air campaign of Operation Desert Storm. Both studies found compelling evidence that prevailing conventional wisdom about the performance of both U.S. and foreign weapons systems, such as Soviet strategic nuclear delivery systems and U.S. “high tech” tactical weapons, was highly inflated and unsupported by the evidence available in the Department of Defense.

Daniel Luban

Why the neocons prefer Ahmadinejad


Daniel Luban, writer for IPS news via Jim Lobe’s blog, discusses the neocon preference for Ahmadinejad over his moderate rivals, the aborted attempt by congressional leaders to fast-track sanctions just prior to Iran’s election, the continuance of “Obama is a secret Muslim” as a staple of right-wing propaganda and how a viable Palestinian state requires the dismantling of Israeli settlements.

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Daniel Luban writes on Jim Lobe’s IPS news blog.

Ben Manski

National campaign to bring the guard home


Ben Manski, Executive Director of Liberty Tree, discusses the Bring the Guard Home! campaign that seeks to end the illegal use of national guard units deployed abroad, the historical U.S. change from a republican system of state militias to an imperial army and the reassertion of state governor control over the guard.

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Ben Manski is a Wisconsin attorney. He serves Liberty Tree as Executive Director, editor of the Liberty Tree Journal, and as a Fellow. Ben received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2005, and a B.A. in Sociology with a focus in Rural Sociology from the UW-Madison in 1999. Ben Manski served as co-chair of the Green Party of the United States from 2001 through 2004. He was employed on the staffs of a number of environmental, social justice, pro-democracy, and education advocacy organizations throughout the 1990s, and played leadership roles in many others. Ben currently serves as President of the Press Connection Foundation.  He is a member of the Speak Out! Speakers and Artists speakers bureau.

Anthony Gregory

Whoever wishes peace must fight statism


Anthony Gregory, research analyst at the Independent Institute, discusses the DHS’s report’s (.pdf) overly broad characterization of right wing extremism, ideological profiling that debases individual rights, the conflation of anti-government sentiment with violent extremism and how the best way to prevent mass violence is to limit centralized government power.

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Anthony Gregory is Editor-in-Chief at Campaign for Liberty and a Research Analyst at The Independent Institute. He earned his bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of California at Berkeley and gave the undergraduate history commencement speech in 2003. Mr. Gregory is also the recipient of the Ron Paul Liberty in Media Award for his Independent Institute article, “An Anniversary that We Must Never Forget.” His articles have appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, East Valley Tribune (AZ), Contra Costa Times, The Star (Chicago, IL), Washington Times, Vacaville Reporter, Palo Verde Times, and other newspapers, and he regularly writes for numerous news and commentary web sites, including, Future of Freedom Foundation, Rational Review, etc. Mr. Gregory is currently writing an Independent Institute book on individual liberty and the writ of habeas corpus.

Kenneth Ballen

New survey: Iranians like Americans


Kenneth Ballen, president of the non-profit Terror Free Tomorrow: The Center for Public Opinion, discusses the polling results of the Iranian public that show a large majority of Iranians have favorable opinions of Jews and Christians and want a more democratic society.

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Ken Ballen has spent more than 20 years on the frontlines in law enforcement, international relations, intelligence oversight and congressional investigations. As a federal prosecutor, Ken successfully prosecuted international terrorists. Ken also prosecuted major figures in organized crime, international narcotics and one of the first cases in the United States involving illegal financing for Middle Eastern terrorists. Ken served as Counsel to the House Iran-Contra Committee under Chairman Lee Hamilton, where he was a lead investigator responsible for questioning key witnesses during the nationally televised hearings. Among other assignments on Capitol Hill, Ken also served as Chief Counsel to a bi-partisan Senate special investigative committee with Senator John McCain and as Chief Counsel to the House Steering and Policy Committee, where he directed policy initiatives on crime prevention and security, intelligence oversight and select national security matters for the U.S. House of Representatives. Ken received his J.D. with honors in 1980 from Columbia Law School, where he was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He is also an honors graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, obtaining a M.A. in International Affairs. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1977

Howard Jones

The lessons of the Bay of Pigs


Howard Jones, history professor at the University of Alabama, discusses the lesson of blowback not learned from the Bay of Pigs fiasco, how JFK’s attempt to maintain plausible deniability increased the invasion plan’s potential to fail, Castro’s post-invasion conversion to communism and alliance with the USSR and the tangled web of JFK assassination theories.

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Howard Jones is a University Research Professor in the history department at the University of Alabama. He is the author of The Bay of Pigs, a volume in the “Pivotal Moments in American History” series, Death of a Generation: How the Assassinations of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War, Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the Diplomacy of the Civil War and many more books.

His current projects include War So Horrible: Union and Confederate Foreign Relations During the Civil War, My Lai, Theodore Roosevelt: Diplomat and Destiny at Sea: The Alabama Crisis During the Civil War.

Bill Kelsey

Liberal imperialism in Afghanistan


Bill Kelsey, libertarian activist and former NGO-employed international relief pilot, discusses the dangers of overzealous and naive humanitarianism, the political and economic forces that determine which Afghan poppy fields are eradicated and which are left alone, the increasingly impersonal nature of combat with remote controlled drone aircraft and how slow evolutionary social change is more sustainable than quick-fix NGO plans.

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Bill Kelsey is a libertarian activist and former international relief pilot for a non-governmental organization.

Shane Bauer

US-created Iraqi death squad running wild


Shane Bauer, freelance journalist and Arabic speaker living in the Middle East, discusses civilian abuse claims against the Iraq Special Operations Forces (ISOF), the actual Salvadoran paramilitary trainers in Iraq that made the “Salvador option” more than analogy, the plight of Iraqi refugees abroad and how Maliki is using the ISOF – which is accountable only to him – to consolidate his power.

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Shane Bauer is the author of the article “Iraq’s New Death Squad” in The Nation. He is a freelance journalist and Arabic speaker living in the Middle East.

Scott Horton

More new info on Bush-Cheney torture regime


The Other Scott Horton, international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the ACLU’s ongoing legal action to get torture photos released, another bogus 16 words in Bush’s 2002 State of the Union address, the propaganda value of executing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed vs. giving him a full and fair trial and how Dick Cheney browbeat DOJ lawyers into giving permissive torture legal opinions before hiding behind them.

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The other Scott Horton both writes the No Comment blog and is a Contributing Editor for Harper’s Magazine. 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.

Juan Cole

Obama’s Cairo speech and Lebanon’s election


Juan Cole, author of Engaging the Muslim World, discusses Hezbollah’s electoral defeat in Lebanon, the influence Obama’s Cairo speech may have had in getting moderates elected, Hezbollah’s popular decline after it put on a domestic show of military force in 2008  and the contrast between Obama’s acknowledgment of Iran’s right to a civilian nuclear power program and Hillary Clinton’s no-nukes bellicosity.

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Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also recently authored Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He has been a regular guest on PBS’s Lehrer News Hour, and has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Democracy Now! and many others. He has also given many radio and press interviews. He has written extensively about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has commented extensively on the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the increasing conflict with Iran. He has a regular column at He continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shi`ite. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads some Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years, and continues to travel widely there. A bibliography of his writings may be found here.

Laurence M. Vance

Christianity and War, Us versus Them


Laurence M. Vance, author of Christianity and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State, discusses the discouraging poll that correlates support for torture with practicing Christianity, the devotion to the military and the Republican Party that trumps religious faith, the bigotry that enables killing on a massive scale and why God doesn’t need U.S. help to protect Israel.

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Laurence M. Vance writes from Pensacola, FL. He is the author of Christianity and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State. His newest book is The Revolution that Wasn’t.

Will Potter

‘CMU’ prisons used for silencing political prisoners


Award-winning reporter Will Potter discusses the new Communication Management Unit (CMU) prisons for domestic “second tier terrorists,” the CMU restrictions designed to silence political prisoners and the shifting definition of “terrorism” that is used to define certain political crimes but not others.

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Will Potter is an award-winning reporter who focuses on how lawmakers and corporations have labeled animal rights and environmental activists as “eco-terrorists.” Will has written for publications including The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News and Legal Affairs, and has testified before the U.S. Congress about his reporting. He is the creator of, where he blogs about the Green Scare and history repeating itself.

Ray McGovern

USS Liberty survivor belatedly awarded Silver Star


Ray McGovern, former senior analyst at the CIA, discusses USS Liberty survivor Terry Halbardier’s belated Silver Star award, LBJ’s personal involvement in preventing military aid from reaching the besieged USS Liberty, two major theories explaining why Israel attacked the ship and Adm. Mike Mullen’s groundbreaking mention of the Liberty in an apparent attempt to dissuade Israel from attacking Iran.

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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. His articles appear on Consortium News and

Philip Giraldi

US works with terrorists to destabilize Iran


Philip Giraldi, contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine and columnist for, discusses the duplicitous U.S. practice of engaging in diplomacy with Iran while clandestinely destabilizing their government, the shortsighted U.S. policy of supporting terrorist groups if they oppose the U.S. enemy du jour, the good sense foreign policy of minding your own business and how Obama seems to have ruled out military action on Iran.

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Philip Giraldi is a former CIA and DIA counter-terrorism officer, member of the American Conservative Defense Alliance and contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine. His Smoke and Mirrors column is a regular feature on

William Brand

20 years since Poles began destroying USSR


William Brand, writer for the Krakow Post, discusses the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the end of the USSR, the 1989 Polish open elections where communist candidates were trounced, Gorbachev’s made-good promise to end military crackdowns and the flood of other Soviet bloc countries that followed Poland’s lead (some not so peacefully).

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William Brand is an American expatriate living in Poland.

Gareth Porter

Israel fabricated Iran ‘laptop’ files


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the new developments in the “smoking laptop” story and the strongest evidence yet that Israeli intelligence, using the MEK as a front, created the laptop forgery to frame Iran for pursuing nuclear weapons.

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Gareth Porter’s articles appear on the Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and on

Isaac Luria

J Street lobby pushes for 2-state solution


Isaac Luria, Campaigns Director for J Street, discusses his organization’s attempt to represent the majority opinion of American Jews on Israel policy, Obama’s limited time to leverage his political capital and push for a 2-state solution, why a second Israel lobby is good news for progressive U.S. politicians and how evenhanded U.S. diplomacy lessens the influence of radicals in Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.

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Isaac Luria is Campaigns Director for the progressive pro-peace, pro-Israel lobby, J Street.

Eric Margolis

North Korea and the US weapons industry


Eric Margolis, author of War at the Top of the World, discusses the dangerous situation created by excessive U.S. and N. Korean bluster, the military-industrial complex’s anticipation of profits from a conventional weapons buildup, the limited U.S. military options against N. Korea and the foreign aid extortion game played by North and South Korea, the U.S. and Japan.

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Eric Margolis is a regular columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and a contributor to The Huffington Post. He is the author of the article “OK Mr. Gates. What Now?” on