Kurt Haskell


Kurt Haskell, Detroit area attorney and passenger on the “Christmas bomber” flight 253, discusses the arrest of a second man that an FBI agent insinuated was carrying a bomb, the inconsistent statements from the FBI and US Customs – particularly from spokesman Ron Smith – and an account of the sharply dressed man of Indian appearance who helped suspected bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab board the plane in the Netherlands.

MP3 here. (26:38) Transcript here.

Kurt Haskell is an attorney in the Detroit suburb of Taylor. He was a passenger on terrorist-attacked Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and has given numerous accounts of his experience to the media.

Philip Giraldi


Former CIA and DIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses evidence that documents touted by the London Times contradicting the 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate on Iran are forgeries, the history of Rupert Murdoch-owned media passing along propaganda from Israeli and British intelligence, how bogus news stories create a deeply ingrained false narrative and distort public perception, the overwhelming Congressional support for warlike sanctions on Iran, the possibility Osama bin Laden is long-dead and how ending military occupations would almost completely eliminate terrorism. (The other bogus article Scott was trying to think of.)

MP3 here. (53:05)

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is a contributing editor to The American Conservative and a fellow at the American Conservative Defense Alliance. His Smoke and Mirrors column is a regular feature on Antiwar.com.

Andy Worthington


Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses Brian Ross’s ABC News report linking released Gitmo inmates with the Northwest Airlines bomb attempt, the popular belief that both guilty and innocent Gitmo inmates can never be released, blowback from US airstrikes in Yemen and the fading John Durham CIA torture tape investigation.

MP3 here. (30:04)

Andy Worthington writes for Counterpunch, the Future of Freedom Foundation and Antiwar.com. He is the author of The Guantanamo Files and blogs at AndyWorthington.co.uk. His new documentary movie Outside the Law: Stories From Guantanamo is available on DVD.

Michael Anthony


Interview conducted by Antiwar Radio producer Angela Keaton.

Michael Anthony, author of Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq, discusses the military’s neglect of suicidal soldiers, officers more interested in self-promotion than doing their jobs, veterans’ struggles with family life and homelessness and how the process of becoming a man in the military sometimes involves refusing orders.

MP3 here. (14:10)

Michael Anthony is the author of Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq. After graduating high school, Michael joined the Army Reserves, went through basic training, and then went through job training to become an Operating Room Medic. One year later he returned home and enrolled in college to begin his first semester. Almost immediately upon finishing his first semester he was shipped off to Wisconsin to train for four months before he would leave and spend his next year in Iraq. Michael is now back in the States and working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in creative writing.

Michael Prysner and James Circello


Michael Prysner and James Circello, staff members of March Forward!, an antiwar organization for active duty soldiers and veterans, discuss the bigotry ingrained in military culture that dehumanizes the enemy du jour, the class struggle between enlisted soldiers and officers, the intentional “draw fire” missions that boost an officer’s career while endangering troops, double-dipping retired generals who get paid to propagandize for more war, the continued deployment of soldiers with PTSD and the Pentagon’s fear of a mass GI desertion.

MP3 here. (30:09)

Michael Prysner joined the U.S. Army when he was 17 years old, between his junior and senior year of high school. He left for basic training in June 2001, and spent six months training at the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Academy, where he was taught to operate a radar system used to call air strikes and artillery barrages on vehicle convoys. He was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, N.Y., and in March 2003 his company was attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade to take part in the initial invasion of Iraq.

Of this experience, Michael wrote: “Once in Iraq, there was no computer screen separating me from the suffering civilian population. Because of the Bush administration’s failure to anticipate the resistance of the Iraqi people, there was an inadequate number of soldiers in my unit, and I ending up having to do a myriad of different jobs. I spent 12 months in Iraq, doing everything from prisoner interrogations, to ground surveillance missions, to home raids. It was my firsthad experiences in Iraq that radicalized me. I believed I was going to Iraq to help liberate and better the lives of an oppressed people, but I soon realized that my purpose in Iraq was to be the oppressor, and to clear the way for U.S. corporations with no regard for human life.

“I separated from the Army in 2005, by which time I had begun to make sense of my experiences in Iraq, and understood that the occupation I was a part of was a crime against humanity. I understood that illegal conquering of Iraq was for profit, carried out by a system that serves a tiny class of superrich whose endless drive for wealth is at the expense of working people in the United States and abroad.

“I left this Army with a new understanding of the system under which we all live, and the nature of U.S. foreign policy. But, I still had the same drive to fight for freedom, justice and equality as I did when I joined, and I understood that fighting for those things meant fighting against the U.S. government, not on behalf of it.”

James Circello enlisted in the United States Army as an Airborne Infantryman in September 2001.

He served with various units throughout Europe and deployed with the 173rd Airborne Brigade during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Of this experience, James writes: “During the occupation of Iraq, the truth about what the United States government has done to the country of Iraq became more apparent. Open waste water flowed through neighborhood streets where children played soccer. Families were thrown out of their homes with simple accusations from others. Vehicles were taken on sight by the military if individuals couldn’t provide proper documents claiming they own the vehicle. These events and others helped in strengthening my opposition to the so-called ‘War on Terror.’”

In April 2007, while his unit was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, James Circello deserted the military. Months later, he issued an open letter to the U.S. government declaring he had officially resigned from the military. While AWOL he delivered speeches along the devastated Gulf Coast, making the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan personal to many of Hurricane Katrina’s survivors.

In November 2007, James Circello turned himself in to the military at Fort Knox and was discharged administratively within three days.

Glenn Greenwald


Glenn Greenwald, former constitutional lawyer and current Salon.com blogger, discusses the media driven myth of a truly oppositional US political system, hypocritical progressive support for the same Obama policies that were denounced during the Bush administration, how conservative outrage over FDR’s New Deal and LBJ’s Great Society subsided when the programs were continued by Republican presidents, the unusual upholding of the Constitution in ACORN’s lawsuit (PDF) against Congress and the open question of whether the Supreme Court will allow indefinite detentions of “enemy combatants.”

MP3 here. (42:25)

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.

Candace Gorman


Candace Gorman, Chicago civil rights attorney representing two Guantanamo detainees, discusses the delays in getting habeas corpus hearings for her clients, the inadequate health care afforded Gitmo inmates, Matthew Waxman‘s role in having “enemy combatant” status reviews redone until the results were favorable to the government, why detainees headed to Illinois will probably get military tribunals and Gorman’s own attempt to sue the NSA for tapping her phone.

MP3 here. (28:08)

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.

Martin Chulov


Martin Chulov, Baghdad correspondent for the Guardian of London, discusses the ecological disaster in Iraq, diversion of water from the Tigris and Euphrates by Syria, Turkey and Iran, the fate of Iraq’s Marsh Arabs, greatly increased birth defects in Fallujah, the few remaining foreign journalists covering Iraq and the near-certainty that the US occupation will soon be over.

MP3 here. (31:00)

Martin Chulov is the Baghdad correspondent for the Guardian of London.

Will Grigg


Will Grigg, author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses the RAND Corporation’s Army-commissioned study for a militarized “Stability Police Force,” the attempted legalized circumvention of Posse Comitatus and the end of distinction between civilian and military law enforcement, the slippery slope from a civilian criminal suspect to an enemy combatant and the tyrannical reign of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

MP3 here. (40:08)

Will Grigg writes the Pro Libertate blog and is the author of Liberty in Eclipse.

Andrew Cockburn


Andrew Cockburn, author of Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy, discusses the historical and continuing US support for Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, how the CIA and State Department stymied attempts to stop A.Q. Kahn early on and how US safeguarding efforts allow Pakistan’s nukes to be more fully and rapidly deployed.

MP3 here. (12:13)

Andrew Cockburn is the author of Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy, One Point Safe and co-author of Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein. He is co-producer of the documentary film American Casino and frequently writes at Counterpunch.org.

Tom Engelhardt


Tom Engelhardt, editor of TomDispatch.com, discusses the multitude of “other” surges in Afghanistan overshadowed by the troop deployments, the costs excluded from Obama’s 30 billion dollar surge estimate, the unfounded belief that a Democratic president can’t end a war, the difficulty of defining – much less achieving – success in Afghanistan and how Bush’s wars continue even though the geopolitical strategy that created them is gone.

MP3 here. (37:52)

Tom Engelhardt created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. He is the author of The World According to Tomdispatch: America In The New Age of Empire, The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation and Mission Unaccomplished. Each spring he is a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ellen Cantarow


Ellen Cantarow, author of the article “Living by the Gate From Hell” at TomDispatch.com, discusses the Israeli barrier wall’s effective annexation of Palestinian territory, the change in West Bank Jewish settlements from temporary trailers to elaborate housing developments, agricultural gates operated by Israel that control when Palestinians can access their own land, how Palestinians are denied a right of return while foreign descendants of Jews can claim citizenship and how a partial West Bank/Galilee land swap would rid Israel of a large part of its Arab population.

MP3 here. (38:43)

Ellen Cantarow, a Boston-based journalist, first wrote from Israel and the West Bank in 1979. Her work has been published in the Village Voice, Grand Street, and Mother Jones, among other publications, and was anthologized by the South End Press. More recently, her writing has appeared at Counterpunch, ZNet, and Alternet.

Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the Seton Hall report (pdf) that casts doubt on the “suicide” death of three Guantanamo inmates in 2006, the highly redacted and delayed release of the military’s cover-up investigation, indications that less than ten percent of all Gitmo prisoners may be serious terrorists, the legal immunity enjoyed by high governmental officials during the Bush and Obama administrations and why Justice Antonin Scalia’s Opus Dei affiliation may influence his views on torture.

MP3 here. (54:01)

The other Scott Horton is a Contributing Editor for Harper’s magazine where he writes the No Comment blog. 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.

Patrick Cockburn


Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the Iraq bombings that undermine Nouri al-Maliki’s claim of improved security in Baghdad, the US government spin machine that defines terrorist attacks as indicators of progress, the difficulty of fighting and winning wars against failed states, the marked decline in Iraq’s Sunni population and the strange US determination to pacify Afghanistan.

MP3 here. (35:18)

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 CounterPunch.org. 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.

Charles Goyette


Charles Goyette, our long-lost former co-contributor to Antiwar Radio and author of The Dollar Meltdown: Surviving the Impending Currency Crisis with Gold, Oil, and Other Unconventional Investments, discusses how the Iraq war went from “paying for itself” to costing trillions, the individuals responsible for the US financial crisis, the widespread use of accounting tricks and phony balance sheets to delay bankruptcy, the declining worth of all the world’s paper currencies, India’s landmark gold purchase, how the FED’s low interest rate policy discourages much-need saving and how alternative currencies could keep markets functioning should the US dollar collapse.

MP3 here. (1:12:38)

Charles Goyette is an award winning morning drive-time radio host from Phoenix, AZ. He is a libertarian commentator, who is noted for his outspoken anti-war views, his opposition to the war in Iraq, and his economic commentary. He is the author of the book The Dollar Meltdown: Surviving the Impending Currency Crisis with Gold, Oil, and Other Unconventional Investments.

Jeff Frazee


Jeff Frazee, Executive Director of Young Americans for Liberty, discusses YAL’s mission statement of educating and promoting libertarian-minded candidates for public office, their primary focus on the Constitution, antiwar issues and limited government, Ron Paul’s success at increasing public awareness of the FED and monetary policy and why avoiding divisive debates on secondary issues is essential for an inclusive organization’s survival.

MP3 here. (18:14)

Jeff Frazee served as National Youth Coordinator for Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee and worked exclusively with Congressman Paul to start the Campaign for Liberty and host the Rally for the Republic. Prior to the campaign, Jeff worked as a Deputy Campus Services Coordinator for the Leadership Institute and interned for Ron Paul’s congressional office in the summer of 2005. He is a graduate of Texas A&M, Class of 2005, with a degree in Telecommunications & Media Studies and a minor in Political Science.

Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses Obama’s compromise decision on troops for Afghanistan that pleased nobody, the divergent goals and methods of al Qaeda and the Taliban, serious logical flaws in the “disrupting terrorist safe havens” rationale for war in Afghanistan, the Democratic Party strategy of acceding to any military demands and the obstacles to a third-party uranium encrichment deal with Iran.

MP3 here. (46:55)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and Antiwar.com.

Becky Akers


Becky Akers, columnist at Lewrockwell.com, discusses the TSA’s plan to see every air traveler naked, harsh criminal penalties for resisting body searches, the TSA’s failure to discover or thwart a single terrorist and why concerned citizens and locked cockpit doors provide better security than a multi-billion dollar government agency.

MP3 here. (22:01)

Becky Akers, an expert on the American Revolution, writes frequently about issues related to security and privacy. Her articles and columns have been published by Lewrockwell.com, The Freeman, Military History Magazine, American History Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Post, and other publications.

Scott Ritter


Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter discusses the post-Gulf War politicization of United Nations weapons inspections, the rigid 100 percent compliance mandate that guaranteed Iraqi failure, how Madeleine Albright halted invasive inspections that could have verified Iraq’s disarmament, Bill Clinton’s determination to keep sanctions on Iraq until Saddam Hussein was deposed, the misuse of UN inspectors as intelligence agents and provocateurs, the attempt to assassinate Hussein during Operation Desert Fox, Ritter’s personal attempts to debunk the propaganda leading up to the 2003 Iraq War, Colin Powell’s much ballyhooed and easily disproven (even at the time) 2003 UN presentation and why the US is populated with sheep instead of citizens.

MP3 here. (58:21)

Scott Ritter is a former Marine Corps intelligence officer and a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq. He writes for truthdig.com and is the author of numerous books, including Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement and Target Iran: The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change.

Update: Your host mis-paraphrased the reporting of Andrew Cockburn. What he said was that the UN that was preempted from telling the truth by Albright, rather than her being preempted by Bill Clinton. –S.H.

Petra Bartosiewicz


Freelance journalist Petra Bartosiewicz discusses the nearly guaranteed guilty verdicts for terrorism trials in federal courts, the government’s ability to restrict crucial non-vetted evidence from the defense and even the prosecution, court precedents that weaken the Bill of Rights and how the political pressure on the FBI to catch terrorists often leads to prosecutions of entrapped patsies.

MP3 here. (26:42)

Petra Bartosiewicz is a freelance journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Her articles have appeared in The Nation, Mother Jones, Harper’s Magazine, NY Magazine and the LA Times.

David Weingarten


David Weingarten, producer of the documentary movie Unfair Dealing: The Toronto Homegrown Terror Threat, discusses the “Toronto 18” group of terrorist suspects accused of planning to make truck bombs and behead Canada’s Prime Minister, the role of police informants in procuring bomb-making materials and bringing the loosely affiliated group together and how extended pre-trial incarceration encourages guilty pleas.

MP3 here. (29:24)

David Weingarten is a Toronto-area broadcaster, the President of Bridgehead Productions, and the Webmaster of Weingarten.ca.

James W. Douglass


This interview is conducted by Antiwar Radio’s producer Angela Keaton.

James W. Douglass, author of the book JFK and the Unspeakable, discusses the feud between JFK and the CIA brought on by the Cuban Missile Crisis, conciliatory overtures to Khrushchev that angered both U.S. and Soviet cold warriors, JFK’s pivotal 1963 American University Commencement Address that may have led to his assassination, the rise of CIA “plausible deniability” covert actions and the mortal risk U.S. presidents take by defying the national security state.

MP3 here. (21:51)

James W. Douglass is a longtime peace activist and writer. He and his wife Shelley are co-founders of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington, and Mary’s House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Birmingham, Alabama. His books include The Nonviolent Cross, The Nonviolent Coming of God, and Resistance and Contemplation.