Juan Cole

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_28_cole.mp3]

Juan Cole, author of Engaging the Muslim World, discusses the attack in Lahore, Pakistan against the Ahmadiyya religious minority, the propagation of conspiracy theories by the Pakistani government, Muqtada al-Sadr’s extensive community organization apparatus in Iraq and the blurred legal authority governing overlapping US civilian, CIA and military operations.

MP3 here. (27:35)

Juan Cole is the author of Engaging the Muslim World. He is a Professor of History at the University of Michigan and writes the “Informed Comment” blog at Juancole.com.

Gareth Porter

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_26_porter.mp3]

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the swiftly unraveling US disaster in Afghanistan, the short-lived “government in a box” Marjah model, US reliance on Wali Karzai (Hamid Karzai’s brother) for intelligence gathering, Gen. McChrystal’s continuation of night raids despite their ineffectiveness and why the upcoming operation in Kandahar may be the last gasp of US occupation.

MP3 here. (28:54)

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

Stephen Vladeck

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_26_vladeck.mp3]

Stephen Vladeck, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, discusses the legal challenges brought to bear against unconstitutional government actions, the Obama administration’s so-far successful effort to keep Bagram prison free from judicial oversight, the high burden of proof on a prisoner to show the location of his detention was explicitly chosen to skirt the law and language in the National Defense Authorization Act that potentially criminalizes defense lawyers who represent terrorist suspects.

MP3 here. (25:31)

Stephen I. Vladeck is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where his teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, national security law, constitutional law (especially the separation of powers), and international criminal law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, he was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration’s use of military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006), and has co-authored amicus briefs in a host of other lawsuits challenging the U.S. government’s surveillance and detention of terrorism suspects.

Vladeck has also drafted reports on related issues for a number of organizations, including the First Amendment Center, the Constitution Project, and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and he is a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy.

Vladeck is also a regular contributor to PrawfsBlawg and National Security Advisors; is the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on National Security Law, and Chair-Elect of the Section on New Law Professors; and is admitted to practice in the State of New York, Third Department.

Spencer Thayer

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_25_thayer.mp3]

Spencer Thayer, member of Chicago Cop Watch and the Jail Jon Burge Committee, discusses the numerous torture accusations against former Chicago police commander Jon Burge, the torture tactics used by the US in Vietnam that have since made a home in civilian law enforcement, the longstanding practice of Chicago politicians and prosecutors ignoring complaints against police abuse and the real physical dangers faced by activist proponents of alternative policing methods.

MP3 here. (35:03)

Spencer Thayer is a member and contributor to Chicago Cop Watch and the Jail Jon Burge Committee.

John Feffer

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_25_feffer.mp3]

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the diplomatic fallout following S. Korea’s conclusion that N. Korea sunk its battleship, indications that – despite the heated rhetoric – war will be avoided on the Korean peninsula, the breakdown of N. Korea’s prior NPT commitment thanks to the US government and the Japanese Prime Minister’s change of heart on a US military base on Okinawa.

MP3 here. (22:41)

John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. His webpage is JohnFeffer.com.

He is the author of several books and numerous articles. He has been a Writing Fellow at Provisions Library in Washington, DC and a PanTech fellow in Korean Studies at Stanford University. He is a former associate editor of World Policy Journal. He has worked as an international affairs representative in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee. He has studied in England and Russia, lived in Poland and Japan, and traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia. He has taught a graduate level course on international conflict at Sungkonghoe University in Seoul in July 2001 and delivered lectures at a variety of academic institutions including New York University, Hofstra, Union College, Cornell University, and Sofia University (Tokyo).

John has been widely interviewed in print and on radio. He serves on the advisory committees of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea. He is a recipient of the Herbert W. Scoville fellowship and has been a writer in residence at Blue Mountain Center and the Wurlitzer Foundation. He currently lives with his partner Karin Lee in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Jim Fine

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_21_fine.mp3]

Jim Fine, Legislative Secretary for Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), discusses the effort to add an exit strategy and withdrawal deadline to the Afghanistan supplemental spending bill in the Senate, the US push for Iran sanctions despite broad agreement they won’t work, Hillary Clinton’s tough talk on Pakistan and Gen. McChrystal’s admission that nearly nine years of US occupation has only produced a draw in Afghanistan.

MP3 here. (24:24)

As Legislative Secretary for Foreign Policy, Jim coordinates FCNL’s Iraq Peace Campaign, which is focused on working with Congress to set a date for the withdrawal of U.S. military troops from Iraq, to promote negotiations to bring armed groups fighting the Iraqi government back to the negotiations table, to participate in a regional peace process involving all of Iraq’s neighbors, and to fund the reconstruction of Iraq. A long-time Middle East scholar and peace activist, Jim has extensive knowledge about sources of conflict and cooperation within the region.

Jim has lived in Beirut, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and, briefly, in Baghdad. For over three decades he has traveled extensively throughout the region meeting with political, social, and religious leaders and developing relationships of trust and confidence. He has served as the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) International Affairs representative in the Middle East traveling to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. He has also worked with a Quaker high school in Ramallah, and with the Middle East Council of Churches.

Philip Giraldi

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_21_giraldi.mp3]

Former CIA and DIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses press reports that attempt to link Iran with al-Qaeda and build the case for war, the danger of a new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran based on perceived intentions rather than facts, neocon Frank Gaffney’s tireless warmongering and why Israel may have an opportunity to attack Iran in August.

MP3 here. (30:23)

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is a contributing editor to The American Conservative and a fellow at the American Conservative Defense Alliance. He writes regularly for Antiwar.com.

The Other Scott Horton

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_21_horton.mp3]

The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the secret “second prison” at Bagram in Afghanistan, changes made to the Army Field Manual (Appendix M) that allow the abuse of prisoners, Seymour Hersh’s upcoming exposé on US battlefield executions, civilian contractors providing intel for AfPak drone missile strikes, Christianity and just-war theory and Rand Paul’s disappointing stance on foreign policy.

MP3 here. (32:02)

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.

Will Grigg

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_19_grigg.mp3]

Will Grigg, author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses the police killing of seven year old Aiyana Stanley-Jones in Michigan, how the presence of a “First 48” A&E Network film crew influenced police tactics and priorities, why the media has a statist (not liberal or conservative) bias and how military rules of engagement in Afghanistan are more strict than those governing SWAT raids in the US .

MP3 here. (39:59)

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

Gareth Porter

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_19_porter.mp3]

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the just-disclosed US demand that Iran must stop all uranium enrichment before any negotiations are conducted, why further UN Security Council sanctions would need to be toothless to gain support from Russia and China, Hillary Clinton’s bad faith diplomacy that is weakening the US sphere of influence, parallels between US mission creep in Vietnam and Afghanistan and increasing evidence that US foreign policy decisions are made without regard for consequences.

MP3 here. (26:22)

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

Patrick Cockburn

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_19_cockburn.mp3]

Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the failure of Iraqi elections to create a functional government, inadequate basic services in Iraq after seven years of occupation, the tendency of countries with oil-based economies to become dictatorships and why the Kurds are better served in the short term by continued autonomy rather than an independent state.

MP3 here. (26:57)

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.

Muhammad Sahimi

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_18_sahimi.mp3]

Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California, discusses the Iran/Turkey/Brazil enriched uranium swap agreement, the predictable negative reception from Europe and the US, further demands upon Iran and continuing sanctions meant to queer the deal, Hillary Clinton’s last minute attempt to dissuade Turkey and Brazil from cooperating with Iran and why arguing for Iran’s rights under the NPT is not an endorsement of Ahmadinejad or the ayatollahs.

MP3 here. (19:24)

Dr. Muhammad Sahimi is a political columnist for Tehran Bureau. He is a professor of chemical engineering and materials science, and the NIOC Chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In addition to his scientific research, which has resulted in four books and nearly 300 published papers, he has been writing about Iran’s nuclear program and its internal developments for many years.

His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard International Review, the Progressive, Antiwar.com and Huffington Post. Muhammad has been a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists since 1986, and a contributor to its Partners for Earth program.

James Bovard

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_18_bovard.mp3]

James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses Bill Clinton’s definition of terrorism: when regular people act like governments do, the Republican Party’s inability to criticize law enforcement during the Waco Congressional hearings, why the libertarian movement is stuck in limbo and the large portion of tea party protesters that love government when it is warring, wiretapping or waterboarding.

MP3 here. (25:38)

James Bovard is a contributor to The American Conservative magazine and policy advisor at The Future of Freedom Foundation. He is the author of Attention Deficit Democracy, The Bush Betrayal and many other books.

Update:

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

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

Debra Sweet

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_18_sweet.mp3]

Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can’t Wait, discusses why crimes under Bush are crimes under Obama, the rapidly escalating US occupation of Afghanistan and the upcoming protest scheduled during Obama’s West Point commencement address.

MP3 here. (21:27)

Debra Sweet is the National Director of The World Can’t Wait. The World Can’t Wait organizes people living in the United States to repudiate and stop the fascist direction initiated by the Bush Regime, including: the murderous, unjust and illegitimate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; the global “war of terror” of torture, rendition and spying; and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed.

This direction cannot and will not be reversed by leaders who tell us to seek common ground with fascists, religious fanatics, and empire. It can only be possible by the people building a community of resistance – an independent mass movement of people – acting in the interests of humanity to stop, and demand prosecution, of these crimes.

Chris Hedges

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_14_hedges.mp3]

Chris Hedges, author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, discusses the antiwar movement’s many mistakes that have rendered it ineffective, the slow-motion fascist coup d’etat in the US, the dangers of unfettered capitalism, the pros and cons of secession movements and the near-unanimous Congressional approval of the extrajudicial assassination of US citizens.

MP3 here. (24:14)

Chris Hedges, whose column is published Mondays on Truthdig, is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. In 2009 the Los Angeles Press Club honored Hedges’ original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year and granting him the Best Online Column award for his Truthdig essay “Party to Murder,” about the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli assault on Gaza.

He has written nine books, including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, I Don’t Believe in Atheists and the best-selling American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. His book War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

Matthew Harwood

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_14_harwood.mp3]

Washington DC-based writer Matthew Harwood discusses the degraded moral principles in the US evident from the American public’s assent to torture, the prohibition against torture by Washington and Lincoln in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the limited investigations focused on “a few bad apples” instead of the torture choreographers in the Bush administration.

MP3 here. (26:28)

Matthew Harwood is a writer in Washington DC. He is the author of chapter 25, “Enjoining an American Nightmare,” in the book Attitudes Aren’t Free: Thinking Deeply About Diversity in the U.S. Armed Forces. His work has appeared in The Washington Monthly, The Huffington Post, The Columbia Journalism Review and elsewhere.

Tracey Harmon

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_12_harmon.mp3]

Tracey Harmon, member of the Ladies of Liberty Alliance, discusses her reasons for joining – and then leaving – the military, the influence of Ron Paul and Adam Kokesh on her adoption of libertarian non-aggression ethics, working with an NGO in Iraq to document the human rights abuses against the Kurds and where G.I. resisters can find resources and support networks.

MP3 here. (17:16)

Tracey Harmon is a member of the Ladies of Liberty Alliance and Iraq Veterans Against the War. She was honorably discharged as a conscientious objector by the Army.

Will Potter

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_11_potter.mp3]

Will Potter, founder of the GreenIsTheNewRed blog, discusses the prison-within-a-prison Communications Management Units (CMUs) designed to silence non-violent activist prisoners, limited oversight and questionable legal authority for CMUs, the tendency of governments to criminalize dissent from the left and right and why the erosion of individual rights (even of prisoners) negatively effects the whole society.

MP3 here. (23:39)

Will Potter is an award-winning independent journalist based in Washington, D.C., who has become a leading authority on “eco-terrorism,” the environmental and animal rights movements, and civil liberties post 9/11.

He has tracked how lawmakers and corporations have labeled animal rights and environmental activists as “eco-terrorists.” And he has closely followed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the Earth Liberation Front arrests in “Operation Backfire,” and the landmark First Amendment case of the SHAC 7.

Will has testified before the U.S. Congress on his reporting, and frequently speaks with journalists and in public forums about efforts to roll back civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism. Media interviews have included Democracy Now, United Press International and Air America. Speaking engagements have included the New York City Bar Association, Yale Law School and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, among many others.

He has written for publications including: The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Vermont Law Review, Legal Affairs, The Chronicle of Higher Education, In These Times, The Texas Observer, The Washington City Paper, Z and Counterpunch. His work has been circulated widely on political websites, and has appeared in Opposing Viewpoints (Greenhaven Press, 2006), Punishing Protest (National Lawyer’s Guild, 2007), Censored ’08 (Seven Stories Press, 2007), and course materials for universities. He created the news service GreenIsTheNewRed.com, where he reports on the Green Scare and history repeating itself.

His reporting on the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act has been recognized by Project Censored “for outstanding investigative journalism,” as one of the top 25 “stories that didn’t make the news” in 2007. He has also received the Mark of Excellence award for feature writing, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, in addition to recognition from Scripps Howard, and the Press Club of Dallas.

Will frequently ghostwrites op-ed columns for public figures—including a former U.S. president, members of Congress and a former assistant defense secretary—on civil liberties issues like the Patriot Act. They have appeared in publications like USA Today, The Washington Times and The Orlando Sentinel.

Will received his master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism.

Rep. Ron Paul

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_12_paul.mp3]

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) discusses the pitfalls his “Audit the Fed” amendment faces during the legislative process, vastly increased public awareness of the Federal Reserve and central banking, gold’s increase in value relative the dollar and why the US empire would be impossible to maintain without the Fed’s ability to monetize debt.

MP3 here. (10:28)

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

Robert Parry

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_12_parry.mp3]

Robert Parry, founder of ConsortiumNews.com, discusses new evidence that Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign struck a deal with Iran to extend the hostage crisis until after the election, quid pro quo arms deals between US-proxy Israel and Iran prior to the Iran Contra scandal, the heavy CIA influence in Reagan’s campaign and subsequent administration and why George H.W. Bush was much more “in the loop” than he admits.

MP3 here. (30:51)

Robert Parry is an investigative journalist who won the George Polk Award in 1984 for reporting on the Iran-Contra affair and uncovering Oliver North’s involvement in it. He is the founder and editor of ConsortiumNews.com and author of Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery and Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq.

Gareth Porter

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_11_porter.mp3]

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the unusually pessimistic Pentagon report on US progress in Afghanistan, pre-announced military offensives that prevent major confrontations with the Taliban, Hillary Clinton’s heavy-handed approach to diplomacy with Pakistan, NY Times writer David Sanger’s sudden realization that US foreign policy does indeed have consequences and why Israel is hesitant to violate US-controlled Iraqi airspace to strike Iran.

MP3 here. (28:11)

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

Jesse Walker

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_11_walker.mp3]

Jesse Walker, managing editor of Reason magazine, discusses the lack of compelling evidence so far against the Hutaree militia members, the distinction between tough talk and actual criminal conspiracy, how most militias are formed for defensive action against government abuses and why unique personal grievances tend to make anti-government violence the domain of individuals acting alone.

MP3 here. (17:41)

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.

Grant F. Smith

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_11_smith.mp3]

Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses the newly declassified GAO report (from 1978) on the diversion of US nuclear material to Israel, marginal investigations and possible coverups by the FBI and CIA, prosecutorial immunity for high-profile Americans who commit crimes for Israel’s benefit, billionaire Haim Saban’s considerable influence on the Democratic Party and why LBJ’s political debt to fundraiser Abraham Feinberg probably explains his disdain for the NUMEC investigation.

MP3 here. (37:24)

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.

Pepe Escobar

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_07_escobar.mp3]

Asia Times columnist Pepe Escobar discusses Brazil’s possible role as mediator (replacing hostile EU nations and the US) between Iran and the UN, the interplay of oil politics and full-spectrum dominance in US foreign policy, why the 1953 CIA-orchestrated overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddegh is still fresh in the minds of Iranians, speculation on the whereabouts and mortality of Osama bin Laden, the philosophical divide between the Taliban and al Qaeda and the psychology of the Times Square bomber.

MP3 here. (47:24)

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving Into Liquid War and Obama Does Globalistan.

Muhammad Sahimi

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_07_sahimi.mp3]

Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California, discusses the consistently wrong warnings from Western and Israeli sources about an imminent Iranian nuclear weapon, the lack of outcry over the Shah’s nuclear ambitions in the 1970s, clarification of Iran’s obligations under the NPT and additional protocol/subsidiary agreements and how persistent lies about Iran’s nuclear program overwhelm the efforts to debunk them.

MP3 here. (29:20)

Dr. Muhammad Sahimi is a political columnist for Tehran Bureau. He is a professor of chemical engineering and materials science, and the NIOC Chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In addition to his scientific research, which has resulted in four books and nearly 300 published papers, he has been writing about Iran’s nuclear program and its internal developments for many years.

His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard International Review, the Progressive, Antiwar.com and Huffington Post. Muhammad has been a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists since 1986, and a contributor to its Partners for Earth program.

Noah Shachtman

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_06_shachtman.mp3]

Noah Shachtman, contributing editor at WIRED magazine, discusses evidence that Army spy planes were tracking the communications of Times Square bomber suspect Faisal Shahzad, Pentagon discussions on equipping ICBMs with conventional warheads for rapid global-strike capability, Chinese missile technology that may overwhelm the Aegis ship defense system and Predator drone attacks that have gone from targeting specific terrorist suspects to generalized killing.

MP3 here. (24:54)

Noah Shachtman is a contributing editor at WIRED magazine, and the editor of this little blog right here. He’s written for The New York Times, Slate, Salon, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, among others. Before become a journalist and national security dork, Shachtman worked as a professional bass player, book editor, and campaign staffer on Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign. He lives in New York City. And he ain’t leaving.

Daphne Eviatar

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_06_eviatar.mp3]

Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the trial of Guantanamo prisoner Omar Khadr, the unconstitutional retroactive application of the Military Commissions Act, the US government’s apparent loss of faith in the civilian criminal court system, why the most radical of legal proposals come from supposed political “moderates” like Joe Lieberman, the sparse US mainstream media presence at Khadr’s hearings and the individual frustrations of those beholden to an unaccountable government.

MP3 here. (31:20)

Daphne Eviatar is a lawyer and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Legal Affairs, Mother Jones, the Washington Independent, HuffingtonPost and many others. She is a Senior Reporter at The American Lawyer, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First and was an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow in 2005 and a Pew International Journalism fellow in 2002.

Jack Hunter

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_05_hunter.mp3]

Jack Hunter, talk radio host and newspaper columnist, discusses the Barry Goldwater foundation of the modern American conservative movement, why Sean Hannity is too stupid to realize he’s a neocon, how Obama’s election has made conservatives easier to talk to about foreign policy and how neocons are losing their tightly held grip on Republican talking points.

MP3 here. (40:25)

Jack Hunter, a.k.a. the “Southern Avenger“, is a conservative commentator (WTMA 1250 AM talk radio) and columnist (Charleston City Paper) living in Charleston, South Carolina. He has a YouTube channel and a blog at Takimag.

Philip Giraldi

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_05_giraldi.mp3]

Former CIA and DIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the cloak-and-dagger media spectacle of a former CIA agent claiming to have knowledge of secret Iranian weapons, the possibility of an Israeli air strike on Iran this summer, how Israel sabotages US relations with Mideast rival countries, why it has become politically impossible for the US to rein in Israel and how the cost of maintaining US empire is the constant threat of blowback.

MP3 here. (51:48)

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is a contributing editor to The American Conservative and a fellow at the American Conservative Defense Alliance. He writes regularly for Antiwar.com.

Joe Lauria

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_05_04_lauria.mp3]

Independent investigative journalist Joe Lauria discusses the ongoing U.N. conference on nuclear nonproliferation, the Obama administration’s attempt to propose a nuclear-free Middle East without acknowledging Israel’s nuclear weapons, Hillary Clinton’s pronounced lack of diplomatic acumen, why South African-style nuclear disarmament might be in Israel’s future and how US foreign policy encourages nuclear proliferation.

MP3 here. (27:30)

Joe Lauria is a New York-based independent 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.

Peter Lance

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_04_30_lance.mp3]

Peter Lance, author of Triple Cross: How bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI–and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him, discusses Ali Mohamad’s infiltration of the U.S. government, the Egyptian core of al Qaeda, how the FBI could have prevented the 1993 WTC bombing, informant Emad Salem’s heroic attempt to infiltrate the Blind Sheik’s cell and later get him convicted of the bombing, FBI manager Carson Dunbar’s unbelievable arrogance and incompetence, field agent Nancy Floyd’s exemplary service, Lockheed Martin’s perpetual failure to fix the FBI’s computers, the 1995 Bojinka plot for non-suicide attacks on aircraft uncovered by the arrest of Abdul Hakim Murad and Wali Khan Amin Shah in the Philippines, why the KSM trial should be held in NYC, the hypocrisy of Andrew McCarthy – who made his career prosecuting terrorism cases in civilian venues – now demanding military trials or none at all, the time Ali Mohamad directly threatened federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald with the unleashing of al Qaeda sleeper agents and he didn’t do anything about it.

MP3 here. (120:00)

Triple Cross timeline [.pdf]

Peter Lance is a five-time Emmy-winning investigative reporter now working as a screenwriter and novelist. With a Masters Degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, Lance spent the first 15 years of his career as a print reporter and network correspondent.

Following the 9/11 attacks Lance began investigating the origins of the FBI’s original probe of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef. After visiting Yousef’s former bomb factory in the Philippines, he came away with 100’s of pages of classified documents proving that Yousef had set the 9/11 plot into motion as early as 1994.

Lance then went back and examined the FBI’s original efforts to stop Yousef in 1992 as he built the first WTC device. The result is his acclaimed investigative book from Harper Collins 1000 Years for Revenge.

Lance followed that book with Cover Up in 2004. In it he established evidence that federal officials entered into an “ends/means” decision in 1996 that buried a treasure trove of al Qaeda-related intelligence in order to preserve a series of Mafia-related cases in the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

In Triple Cross, the final book in Lance’s 9/11 investigative trilogy, he provides stunning evidence that senior FBI and Justice Dept. officials may have obstructed justice in their failure to monitor Ali A Mohamed, Osama bin Laden’s principal spy inside the United. States.

David Paul Hammer

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/10_04_30_hammer.mp3]

Death row inmate David Paul Hammer, author of Deadly Secrets: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing, discusses the mysterious “Major” and “Poindexter” characters that Timothy McVeigh claimed help instigate and advance the Oklahoma City bombing plot, Andreas Strassmeir’s role in leading the Aryan Republican Army’s military wing, why McVeigh believed that his execution would be faked – and therefore didn’t want an autopsy, Hammer’s claim that FBI agents offered him a life sentence in exchange for holding back his book, the strict limitations on media interviews of death row inmates despite court decisions allowing them, the FBI PATCON plan to infiltrate and discredit right-wing militia movements in the 1990s, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s connection to Elohim City informants and why John Does two and three were most likely Richard Guthrie and Michael Brescia.

MP3 here. (78:07)

David Paul Hammer is a prisoner on death row at Terre Haute prison, Indiana. During the time when Timothy McVeigh occupied a cell adjacent to his, Hammer claims McVeigh relayed numerous details about the Oklahoma City bombing.

Hammer is the author of the 2004 book Secrets Worth Dying For: Timothy James McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing and the new book Deadly Secrets: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing.