Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the CIA drone operators who believe their own jobs are counterproductive, how the Obama administration caters to domestic public opinion by extending policies that sound tough even though they are ineffective, US intelligence gathering on Iran that focuses on worst-case scenarios rather than plausible outcomes and why US military expansionism can’t keep pace with the newly radicalized populations it creates.

MP3 here. (28:54)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. He is the author of Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and

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  1. Gareth I deeply respect you…verify the translation in this post…Laptop is also mentioned in it

    This was first sent to


    This morning by using Google News / Iran I saw an item under “Iran Scientist in US ‘kidnap’ row: BBC”
    When I clicked on it I read “The Iranian Government says it has evidence that one of its Nuclear Scientists was abducted and being held in the US against his will”

    I was curious what kind of EVIDENCE that could be. So, based on the info provided by the article I continued searching using “Iran nuclear Amiri”. In Youtube I found a very important video in Farsi (length of 4:08 m). In this video the Iranian scientist explains how he was abducted by CIA and Saudis and was tortured by members of US intelligent Agencies in USA, forcing him to confirm in a TV program the lies that US government is basing its Iran policy on them

  2. part 2

    For those who speak Farsi here is the URL

    I thought since the content of this Farsi video is related to principles expressed in Race for Iran I better translate the important content and let you people know about it.
    Here is a quick translation:
    Today is 17th of Farvardin 1389 (April 5, 2010)… right now I, Shahram Amiri, professional (expert) and researcher of the University of Malek Ashtar am in Tucson Arizona USA.

    I was kidnaped on 13th of Khorad 1388 (May 3, 2009) in a joint operation of Terror and Kidnaping teams of the Intelligent Services of CIA and Estekbarat? of Saudi Arabia.

    I was transferred to an unknowable (unknown) house in Saudi Arabia. Inside this house I was injected with drugs for making me unconscious. When I woke up I was next to a Big American person on my way to USA.

  3. part 3

    During the eight months that I was kept in USA I was subjected to severe torture and psychological pressures by Interrogation teams of US Intelligent Agencies. The main aim of the pressures by these teams …by torturing me….in fact the objective was ….they were demanding I should take part in a TV interview with one of the US News Services….and confirm (claim) that I am an important verification of the Iranian Nuclear Program…and….I defected to USA with my own request….and…in this message of defection I carry a series of very important documents and credentials from my country together with a Laptop (computer) that contains secret document of Iranian Military Nuclear Program.

    The main goal of all this is to exert political pressure on Islamic Republic of Iran…in fact…convict (condemn) Iran…..also proving (verifying) these lies that US is continuously presenting against Iran.

  4. Here I ask the Human Rights Organizations and those who are involved in freeing the captives kept in foreign countries to take this case….in fact I was unjustly kidnaped from a third country and was brought to USA. My request is to use all their power and influence (actions) in order to free me.. facilitating my return to my beloved country of Iran.

    Now I direct my message to my endearing family…….if one day….really they see this (video) and hear my last words…I ask them to be patient.

    How did Amiri managed to produce and send the video to Iran? Is this like NIE that stopped Bush from attacking Iran? I had many puzzling questions after Iranians captured Rigi… this……is a patriotic American (or a group) helping Iran to stop another heinous war?.

    This morning I also found the false ABC claim of Amiri’s voluntary defection. Watch it it is very telling.

  5. Dr Porter so often provides insight and intelligence to his analyses on your show that it is all the more disappointing when he falls back on the tired old meme of 19 Muslim hijackers flying planes into buildings etc etc etc. The truth is so much more horrific. Can he answer one simple question? How did the aforesaid 19 alleged hijackers obtain top secret military grade nano-thermite and put in into WTC 1, 2 & 7 so they came down in ways that would otherwise defy the basic laws of physics?

    1. well, I'm not ameriKKKan so I can't be a traitor. But I must say, I remember that I did like that seemingly irrelevant ol' document of yours called the Constitution. What ever happened to that?!

  6. Scott, Gareth,

    In the following is the translation of the other video posted on Youtube (the source is unknown).

    I am puzzled. I hope someone could shed some light on this.

    Here is the translation for the second tape
    Greetings and thanks to opportunity given to me enabling me to directly talk to international community.

    I, Shahram Amiri citizen of Islamic Republic of Iran [currently] reside in USA and intend to continue my education here. Here I am free and assure everyone that I am safe and secure. The objective of this declaration is to put an end to all rumors and accusations presented against me during the last year.

    I am an Iranian and have taken no step against my country. My desire is to see Iran and its people on the peaks of progress and success.

  7. part 2

    Politically I am neutral and have no interest in political topics or discussions on any government or country. I don’t postulate (believe) in armament research and have no knowledge or experience on that field. I am just a simple researcher on health related physics studying and researching in the field of protection against radiation. During my stay in USA my goal is to obtain PhD in health related physics in order to promote the level of health and security of Iranians as well as the international community. After completing my education if I am provided safe and secure travel…(he didn’t complete this sentence). I hope my education here could be beneficial to Iranians and international educational and scientific communities.

    In this period of my educational and scientific activities here I am ardently missing my endearing wife Azar and my son Amir Hossein I know government of Islamic Republic of Iran will take care of my family and protect them. I want them to know that I will never leave them and always love them affectionately. My desire is, after finishing my education, to see them and join them again.

  8. part 3 (last)

    I am appealing to everyone to stop presentation of untrue assumptions.

    Finally, I am thanking and appreciating the understanding and proper support of the international community for the positive achievements of Iran and the successes of its glorious (proud) inhabitants.


  9. Drone-attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan are war crimes, insane, criminal acts of murder. The real problem, however, is that the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability. To make things even more absurd, they think they can avoid Nuclear Winter by putting three Earth-Penetrating MIRVs on each of the new missiles in Poland, Romania and on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria. Bob Aldridge "Whether on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". Of course, the result is Launch On Warning and Nuclear War by mistake because of the bloody fools in the Pentagon-quote Brigadier Harbottle.

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