Will Grigg


Will Grigg, author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses the federal crackdown on the Michigan “Christian militia,” the fundamentally anti-American nature of sedition laws, the domestic origins of ostensibly military tactics like “clear and hold” and why anything resembling a militia is likely to be infiltrated with informants and agent provocateurs.

MP3 here. (31:42)

Will Grigg writes the blog Pro Libertate, hosts a show on the Liberty News Radio Network and is the author of Liberty in Eclipse.

Jesse Trentadue


Jesse Trentadue discusses the journey from investigating his brother’s “suicide” in federal custody to finding the truth about the Oklahoma City bombing, a recent court setback on FOIA requests that nevertheless revealed CIA involvement in the prosecutions of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, why the FBI must have had foreknowledge of the bombing, security video of the Murrah Building that is suspiciously edited or withheld, current Attorney General Eric Holder’s personal involvement in blocking investigations of Kenneth’s death in 1995 and how the OKC bombing is used by Democrats to browbeat militia groups and score political points.

MP3 here. (41:26) Transcript here.

Scott’s collection of OKC audio clips here.

Scott’s collection of Jesse Trentadue’s court files here.

Interviews of the late J.D. Cash, Roger Charles, James Ridgeway, Frederic Whitehurst, Rick Ojeda and others on the Oklahoma City Bombing available here.

Jesse Trentadue is an attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Glenn Greenwald


Glenn Greenwald, former constitutional lawyer and current Salon.com blogger, discusses the support among Leftists for criminalizing political “hate speech,” Attorney General Eric Holder’s preliminary investigation of detainee torture, the potentially unlimited scope of the “executive assassination ring” continued under Obama, why the word “terrorism” is too politicized to be usefully descriptive and how the recent US/Israel row has prompted many Americans to rethink their support for Israel.

MP3 here. (23:30)

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.

Stan Hemry


Stan Hemry, member of the Arizona Counter-Recruitment Coalition, discusses the private information made available to military recruiters through the No Child Left Behind Act, the best way to limit access to student records and opt-out of aggressive recruitment, the effective tactics of counter-recruitment and the role Gen. Stanley McChrystal played in the manipulation of Pat Tillman’s image and the coverup of his death.

MP3 here. (27:33)

Stan Hemry works with The Arizona Counter-Recruitment Coalition, a group of students, teachers, parents, veterans, and workers from the Phoenix metro area who provide information and perspectives to counter-balance the one-sidedness of military recruiters.

Barrett Brown


Barrett Brown, regular contributor to The Onion, discusses the apparent attack on WikiLeaks by several national intelligence agencies, how hyperlinks make internet-sourced information easier to fact check than traditional media, the upcoming release (April 5 at the National Press Club) of a WikiLeaks video that reveals a Pentagon murder-coverup and why effective data encryption is now more important than ever.

MP3 here. (39:47)

Barrett Brown is a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, Skeptic, True Slant and The Onion. His work has appeared in dozens of other publications and outlets. He serves as director of communications for Enlighten the Vote, a political action committee dedicated to the advancement of the Establishment Clause. He is the author of Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism, Intelligent Design and the Easter Bunny and the upcoming book Hot, Fat & Clouded: The Amazing and Amusing Failures of America’s Chattering Class.

Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr.


Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr., Chairman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, discusses Israel’s ability to drag the US into a war with Iran, the difficulty of destroying Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility even with bunker-busting bombs, Pentagon war games that exposed serious US vulnerabilities to Iranian retaliation, the need to vastly reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the US and Russia and why the aircraft carrier-based US Navy is becoming obsolete.

MP3 here. (36:55)

Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr. is Chairman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his policy work focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, missile defense, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, military policy, nuclear terrorism, and other national security issues.

Michael Hastings


Michael Hastings, author and contributor to True/Slant.com, discusses the backlash against religious political parties in Iraq, why Ayad Allawi’s thuggish past has increased his popularity, the massive security apparatus that enables an Iraqi Prime Minister to act like a strongman and why Iraqi Kurdistan is likely to become an independent state in the not-too-distant future.

MP3 here. (27:38)

Michael Hastings is the author of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story. In 2008, he covered the U.S. presidential elections for Newsweek, and before that he was the magazine’s Baghdad correspondent. His articles have appeared in GQ, Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, the LA Times, and other publications. His blog The Hastings Report focuses on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other foreign policy topics.

Grant F. Smith


Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses the unusual US/Israel public dispute following Israel’s snub of Joe Biden, credibility problems for US Middle Eastern client states that must pretend to care about the plight of Palestinians, the increasingly fragile fiction that the US and Israel have identical interests, the failure of the US to enforce the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act and how AIPAC seeks to control US trade agreements.

MP3 here. (27:52)

Grant F. Smith is the author of Spy Trade: How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy, America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government and Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal. He is a frequent contributor to Radio France Internationale and Voice of America’s Foro Interamericano. Smith has also appeared on BBC News, CNN, and C-SPAN. He is currently director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.

Ivan Eland


Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute, discusses the US contribution to violence and political instability in Somalia, how al Qaeda affiliate groups are primarily concerned with local issues and simply use the moniker for prominence and fundraising, nationalist movements that are mislabeled “Islamic” because mosques are often the only available forum for political dissent and how the US government characterizes Osama bin Laden as irrational in order to dismiss his stated grievances.

MP3 here. (23:08)

Ivan Eland is Senior Fellow at the The Independent Institute and a regular Antiwar.com columnist. He is the author of Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty, The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed, Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq and Putting “Defense” Back into U.S. Defense Policy: Rethinking U.S. Security in the Post-Cold War World.


Jon Basil Utley


Jon Basil Utley, director of Americans Against World Empire, discusses the insular and ignorant world views of pro-Israel evangelical Americans, how the strong outward appearance of the US empire belies the rotten core, gerrymandering’s deleterious effects on representative government and how rising interest rates threaten the US government’s ability to finance debt.

MP3 here. (44:46)

Jon Basil Utley is associate publisher of The American Conservative. He was a foreign correspondent in South America for the Journal of Commerce and Knight Ridder newspapers and former associate editor of The Times of the Americas. He is a writer and adviser for Antiwar.com and edits a blog, The Military Industrial Congressional Complex.

John V. Walsh


John V. Walsh, frequent contributor to Counterpunch.org, discusses Paul Krugman’s “economic chauvinism” regarding China’s currency valuation, provocative US military postures in Central and East Asia, China’s eons-long history of open trade and self defense and why the US should abandon the policy of “containing” China.

MP3 here. (30:36)

John V. Walsh is a scientist who lives in Cambridge, Mass. He is a frequent contributor to CounterPunch.org and Antiwar.com.

Luke Ryland


Luke Ryland, proprietor of the blog Let Sibel Edmonds Speak, discusses the disclosure of pre-9/11 FBI investigations that corroborate some of Sibel Edmonds’ previously unsupported claims, Turkish lobbies involved in Congressional bribery and drug trafficking, US foreign military aid (funded by taxpayers) that keeps the world awash in F-16s and lines the pockets of defense contractors and the best online resources for getting up to speed on Sibel Edmonds’ story.

MP3 here. (25:24)

Luke Ryland blogs at Against All Enemies, Let Sibel Edmonds Speak, Kill the Messenger, Disclose Denny, and WotIsItGood4. He lives in Tasmania.

Cindy Sheehan


Peace activist Cindy Sheehan discusses the start of the Peace of the Action civil resistance against war and empire in Washington, DC, the scarcity of both peace activists who are willing to challenge a Democratic president and pro-war hecklers who demand obedience to “Commander in Chief” Obama, the circumstances around Casey Sheehan’s death in Iraq in 2004 and how substituting the word “hero” for “victim” redirects blame from the US government to the enemy du jour.

MP3 here. (25:08)

Cindy Sheehan became a leader of the antiwar movement after her son, Casey, was killed in Iraq. Her efforts to get answers from President Bush, including a vigil in Crawford, Texas, have received national media attention. She has a website and radio show, is the author of Peace Mom: A Mother’s Journey through Heartache to Activism and wrote the introduction to 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military.

Cole Miller


Cole Miller, Founding Director of No More Victims, discusses the plight of children injured by the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, charitable giving that produces tangible results, why the visceral impact of seeing a child victim of war can’t be underestimated and how duplicating the No More Victims model of focused individualism could help victims of other injustices.

MP3 here. (26:09)

Cole Miller is the Founding Director of No More Victims. A freelance writer, Miller co-created and produced the environmentally focused radio series Isla Earth, which took top honors in the News Bureau category of the 2008 Los Angeles Press Club’s 50th Annual Journalism Awards. Miller travels frequently to the Middle East, and manages the day-to-day operations of NMV. He has appeared on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Al Jazeera, and his work has been profiled by People Magazine and many other publications.

Jesse Walker


Jesse Walker, managing editor of Reason magazine, discusses his experience at the recent Left-Right anti-empire/antiwar conference in DC, the large contingent of writers featured at Antiwar.com in attendance, finding an alternative to mundane and ineffective peace marches and the stumbling blocks that prevent broad coalitions from uniting around a common issue.

MP3 here. (24:28)

Jesse Walker is the author of Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America and the managing editor of Reason magazine and Reason.com.

Dahr Jamail


Dahr Jamail, author of The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, discusses the nostalgia many Iraqi women have for the (relative) gender and religious tolerance in the Saddam Hussein era, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s firm grip on power despite the low functionality of Iraq’s government, loopholes in the US-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement that could extend the occupation beyond 2011 and the disastrous results of the US invasion of Iraq so far.

MP3 here. (26:22)

Dahr Jamail is an independent journalist and author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq, and The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight In Iraq and Afghanistan. His Mideast dispatches can be found at his website, Alternet.org and Antiwar.com.

Jeff Frazee and Brian Beyer

This interview was jointly conducted by Scott Horton and Antiwar Radio producer Angela Keaton.


Jeff Frazee and Brian Beyer of Young Americans for Liberty discuss the current state of the youth antiwar movement, the establishment of YAL chapters in high schools and colleges across the country and the March 16 “moneybomb” fundraising event.

MP3 here. (18:32)

Jeff Frazee is the executive director of Young Americans for Liberty. He 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.

Brian Beyer is a high school student and member of Young Americans for Liberty. His blog entries are featured on the YAL website.

Christina Tobin


Christina Tobin, CEO of the ballot access consulting firm Free and Equal, Inc., discusses the onerous ballot access procedures that marginalize third-party candidates and enforce the two-party duopoly and how “top-two” primary reforms only make things worse.

MP3 here. (9:52)

Christina M. Tobin is the CEO of Free & Equal, Inc. and a candidate for Secretary of State in California. She most recently managed ballot access for the 2008 Ralph Nader Presidential Campaign. Tobin also organized the only nationally televised debates for third party Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates held in 2008.  She has also been a consultant to a variety of campaigns on a nonpartisan basis since 1996.

Patrick Cockburn


Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the four major political coalitions vying for power in Iraq, why sectarian conflicts (despite what most Iraqi’s say) remain the basis for Iraq’s political disputes, the multitude of forces working against a US presence in Iraq beyond 2011 and how the Marjah offensive marks a return to propagandized embedded journalism.

MP3 here. (28:13)

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.

Coleen Rowley


Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower, discusses the myth that FISA restrictions (and not incompetence at FBI and CIA headquarters) prevented critical intelligence sharing prior to 9/11, CIA Director George Tenet’s August 2001 “Islamic Extremist Learns to Fly” powerpoint briefing about Zacarias Moussaoui and why the creation of the DHS and increased centralization of intelligence organizations did nothing to fix 9/11 failures.

MP3 here. (29:17)

Coleen Rowley grew up in a small town in northeast Iowa. She obtained a B.A. degree in French from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and then attended the College of Law at the University of Iowa. She graduated with honors in 1980 and passed the Iowa Bar Exam that summer.

In January of 1981, Ms. Rowley was appointed as a Special Agent with the FBI and initially served in the Omaha, Nebraska and Jackson, Mississippi Divisions. In 1984, she was assigned to the New York Office and for over six years worked on Italian-organized crime and Sicilian heroin drug investigations. During this time, Ms. Rowley also served three separate temporary duty assignments in the Paris, France Embassy and Montreal Consulate.

In 1990, Ms. Rowley was transferred to Minneapolis where she assumed the duties of Chief Division Counsel, which entailed oversight of the Freedom of Information, Forfeiture, Victim-Witness and Community Outreach Programs as well as providing regular legal and ethics training to FBI Agents of the Division and additional outside police training.

In May of 2002, Ms. Rowley brought several of the pre 9/11 lapses to light and testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on some of the endemic problems facing the FBI and the intelligence community. Ms. Rowley’s memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller in connection with the Joint Intelligence Committee’s Inquiry led to a two-year-long Department of Justice Inspector General investigation. She was one of three whistleblowers chosen as Person of the Year by TIME magazine.

In April 2003, following an unsuccessful and highly criticized attempt to warn the Director and other administration officials about the dangers of launching the invasion of Iraq, Ms. Rowley stepped down from her (GS-14) legal position to resume her position as a (GS-13) FBI Special Agent. She retired from the FBI at the end of 2004 and now speaks publicly to various groups, ranging from school children to business/professional/civic groups, on two different topics: ethical decision-making and “balancing civil liberties with the need for effective investigation.”

Ms. Rowley authored a chapter in a book published in 2004 by the Milton Eisenhower Foundation entitled, Patriotism, Democracy and Common Sense: Restoring America’s Promise at Home and Abroad. She is also now an avid blogger on the Huffington Post.

Larisa Alexandrovna


Larisa Alexandrovna, Managing Editor of investigative news for RawStory, discusses the lies told about the US push for war with Iraq in Karl Rove’s new book, how the Bush administration “fixed the facts” around their Iraq policy, US bellicosity on Iran that is meant to assuage Israel’s fears of a competing regional power, Russian geopolitical successes against lightweight US strategists, why purple fingers are not necessarily indicative of democracy, the media’s obsession with “balance” at the expense of presenting facts or telling the truth and the difficult task of assigning appropriate blame to the public and media for complicity in Iraq War lies.

MP3 here. (49:55)

Larisa Alexandrovna is an investigative journalist, covering mostly national security and intelligence. She is currently the Managing Editor of investigative news for the Raw Story. She is a contributor to Alternet, The Huffington Post, and other publications.

Raed Jarrar


Raed Jarrar, Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committee, discusses the Iraqi political landscape in the wake of recent elections, the reemergence of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi in a popular non-sectarian nationalist coalition, how the US occupation has distorted Iraqi politics and prevented the formation of functional government, unfounded fears that a US withdrawal will incite a civil war and why Iraq’s “sectarian” strife is better understood as a political struggle between nationalists and separatists than a religious fight between Sunni and Shia.

MP3 here. (50:12)

Raed Jarrar maintains the In the Middle blog and is the Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committee.

Nate Cardozo


Nate Cardozo, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Open Government Legal Fellow, discusses the military’s illegal spying on Americans revealed in Department of Defense documents obtained through FOIA requests, EFF’s attempt to challenge the constitutionality of telecom immunity, the Obama administration’s use of “state secrets privilege” to stymie politically embarrassing lawsuits, the NSA’s massive and unaccountable electronic data-mining capability and the common practice of cops obtaining cell phone location information without a warrant.

MP3 here. (21:06)

Nate Cardozo is EFF’s Open Government Legal Fellow, focusing on the FOIA Litigation for Accountable Government (FLAG) Project. A refugee from BigLaw, Nate spent all of five months practicing corporate law before coming to his senses. Nate has a B.A. in Anthropology and Politics from U.C. Santa Cruz and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings.

Anthony Gregory


Anthony Gregory, Editor-in-Chief at Campaign for Liberty, discusses Obama’s rhetorical differences and policy similarities with the Bush administration, why the PATRIOT Act has (unfortunately) been around too long to be repealed, apologists who blame the “tough guy” Republican political trap for Obama’s hawkishness and why public support for torture and war has increased since Bush left office.

MP3 here. (29:26)

Anthony Gregory is Editor-in-Chief at Campaign for Liberty, a research analyst at the Independent Institute, a columnist at LewRockwell.com, a policy adviser for the Future of Freedom Foundation, a freedom activist, and a musician.

David R. Henderson

This interview is jointly conducted by Scott Horton and Antiwar Radio producer Angela Keaton.


David R. Henderson, author of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, discusses the “Across the Political Spectrum Against War and Militarism” conference in Washington, D.C., Milton Friedman’s prominent opposition to the draft in the late 60s, the need to minimize divisive fringe issues during antiwar protests and why conservatives squirm when they hear the words “peace” and “imperialism.”

MP3 here. (21:31)

David R. Henderson is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution and an associate professor of economics in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey and co-author, with Charles L. Hooper, of Making Great Decisions in Business and Life (Chicago Park Press). His latest book is The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (Liberty Fund, 2008).

David has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, the Jim Lehrer Newshour, CNN, and C-SPAN. He has had over 100 articles published in Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, Red Herring, Barron’s, National Review, Reason, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Christian Science Monitor. He has also testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.

Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the US military’s descriptive excesses that preceded their offensive on the Afghan “city” of Marjah, the US counterinsurgency strategy of establishing a favorable narrative to shape domestic public opinion, the winners and losers in the global war on terrorism and the military-industrial complex’s goal of permanent occupation.

MP3 here. (25:22)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. His writes for InterPress Service News Agency Counterpunch, Huffington Post, and Antiwar.com.

Meryl Nass


Meryl Nass, a practicing physician and blogger on anthrax-related issues, discusses the FBI’s flawed anthrax investigation, the persecution of innocent suspects (Ayaad Assaad, Steven Hatfill) that may have been set up as patsies, deliberately misrepresented evidence in the FBI’s case against Bruce Ivins and the possible link between anthrax vaccine and Gulf War Syndrome.

MP3 here. (25:33)

Meryl Nass is a doctor of internal medicine and an expert on bioterrorism, biodefense, anthrax and anthrax vaccine injuries. She has testified before Congress on the subjects of Gulf War illness, anthrax vaccines and bioterrorism. Her blog and anthrax-information websites can be found at AnthraxVaccine.org.

Philip Giraldi


Former CIA and DIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the usual suspects who are calling for war with Iran, the practical limitations on the U.S. military’s ability to fight a third concurrent war, the ploy of letting Israel start a war with Iran so the U.S. will be obligated to finish it, likely U.S. sponsorship of the terrorist organization (and former al Qaeda satellite group) Jundallah, birth defects in Iraq linked to depleted uranium and the terrible U.S. network news shows exemplified by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell’s conflicted reporting.

MP3 here. (30:48)

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.

Rep. Ron Paul


Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) discusses the budgetary limitations that expansive U.S. foreign policy imposes on domestic programs, the Dennis Kucunich resolution (co-sponsored by Rep. Paul) that will require a House of Representatives debate on the war in Afghanistan, wrongheaded government action on the coming dollar crisis and why the peace and liberty movement is best served by setting a good example and avoiding the politics of personality.

MP3 here. (13:34)

Congressman Ron Paul represents Texas’s 14th district. He is the author of The Revolution: A Manifesto, A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship and Freedom Under Siege. His archived columns for Antiwar.com appear at http://original.antiwar.com/paul

Nat Hentoff


Nat Hentoff, senior fellow at the CATO Institute, discusses the Elizabeth Cheney and William Kristol-backed Keep America Safe ad that implies Attorney General Eric Holder is a jihadist, widespread contempt and ignorance of protections guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, Obama’s “looking forward not backward” anti-prosecution policy that validates Richard Nixon’s thoughts on presidential impunity and why the Constitution can’t be preserved without an active and informed citizenry.

MP3 here. (24:42)

Nat Hentoff is a senior fellow at the CATO Institute and one of the foremost authorities on the First Amendment. His column, Sweet Land of Liberty, has been distributed by the United Feature Syndicate since 1992.

Hentoff has earned numerous awards and is a widely acknowledged defender of civil liberties. In 1980, he was awarded an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award for his coverage of the law and criminal justice in his columns. In 1983, the American Library Association awarded him the Imroth Award for Intellectual Freedom. In 1995, he received the National Press Foundation Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism, and in 1999, he was a Pulitzer finalist for commentary.

Hentoff was a columnist and staff writer with The Village Voice for 51 years, from 1957 until 2008. A jazz expert, Hentoff writes on music for The Wall Street Journal and Jazz Times. He has lectured at many colleges, universities, law schools, elementary, middle and high schools, and has taught courses in journalism and the Constitution at Princeton University and New York University. Hentoff serves on the Board of Advisors of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (F.I.R.E.) and is on the steering committee of the Reporters’ Committee for the Freedom of the Press.

Jim Lobe


Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses Obama’s current timidity in addressing the Palestinian problem despite his initial assertiveness, how Hillary Clinton’s lack of diplomatic skill has weakened Obama’s leverage with Israel, increased Palestinian and US interest in a “one state” solution and why ordinary Israelis won’t support a peace process unless the US is firmly committed to it.

MP3 here. (13:14)

Jim Lobe has served as correspondent and chief of the Washington bureau of Inter Press Service (IPS), an international news agency specializing in coverage of issues and events of interest to developing countries, from 1980 to 1985, and again from 1989 to the present. He blogs about foreign policy at Lobelog.com.

Since 9/11, Jim has focused much of his coverage on U.S. policy in the Middle East and the influence of neo-conservatives in the Bush administration. In addition to IPS, Jim has written for a number of internet publications, including Alternet, TomPaine.com, Foreign Policy in Focus, RightWeb, The American Prospect, the Asia Times, and the Daily Star of Beirut, among others. His articles appear regularly on Antiwar.com.

Helen Thomas


Longtime White House Press Corps reporter Helen Thomas discusses the culture of “softball” political journalism, Obama’s continuance of the US “nuclear ambiguity” policy regarding Israel and John Brennan’s ridiculous response to the question, “Why do the terrorists attack us?”

MP3 here. (13:29)

Helen Thomas is a columnist for Hearst Newspapers, member of the White House Press Corps and author of Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do and Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public.

Gareth Porter and Eric Margolis


Gareth Porter and Eric Margolis discuss Gen. McChrystal’s “government in a box” plan for Afghanistan, military actions that are motivated more by a desire to influence US public opinion than to achieve strategic gains, Obama’s secondary role in formulating foreign policy, the Pentagon’s exaggeration of “rogue state” threats in order to justify an enormous “defense” budget, the influence of oil pipeline politics on US policy in Central Asia and how the Pakistani government’s partial acquiescence to US pressure may inspire a military coup.

MP3 here. (52:44)

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

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 and other newspapers. He is a regular columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and a contributor to The Huffington Post. He 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.