Scott Horton Interviews Edward Hasbrouck

Scott Horton, January 08, 2011

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There is also a KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast version of this interview here.

Edward Hasbrouck, global traveler, author and privacy advocate, discusses US citizen Gulet Mohamed‘s alleged abduction and torture in Kuwait, and how the US government blocked his return home (and violated international law) by adding him to the no-fly list; the questionable Constitutionality of an extrajudicial no-fly list immune from court challenge; how DHS sifts through extensive travel records (PNRs) and tells the airlines who they can and can’t do business with; and how airports have become law-free zones much like Guantanamo.

MP3 here. (18:23)

Edward Hasbrouck is the author of The Practical Nomad travel book series. He is a journalist, consumer advocate, and travel expert. An avid traveler, his Identity Project blog “explores and defends the fundamental American right to move freely around our country and to live without constantly having to prove who we are or why we are here.”

13 Responses to “Edward Hasbrouck”

  1. Fantastic interview as always.

    Not e also that US citizens have long been denied egress from the USA via denial of passport issuance.

    This allegation probably needs some documentation but all I can give is contact to someone who claims such.

  2. The least one can do is demand halal eating on the next trip to give control freaks a hard time. Fill their database with garbage whenever you can!

  3. How does being on the Nofly list prevent this Somali-American from taking a boat to the US?

  4. Because he's currently in a Kuwaiti dungeon after having been shuffled off the airport?

    Glenn Greenwald writes:
    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald

    Approximately two weeks ago (on December 20), Mohamed went to the airport in Kuwait to have his visa renewed, as he had done every three months without incident for the last year. This time, however, he was told by the visa officer that his name had been marked in the computer, and after waiting five hours, he was taken into a room and interrogated by officials who refused to identify themselves. They then handcuffed and blindfolded him and drove him to some other locale. That was the start of a two-week-long, still ongoing nightmare during which he was imprisoned for a week in an unknown location by unknown captors, relentlessly interrogated, and severely beaten and threatened with even worse forms of torture.

    Mohamed's story was first reported this morning by Mark Mazzetti in The New York Times, who spoke with Mohamed by telephone, where he is currently being held in a deportation center in Kuwait. I also spoke with Mohamed this morning, and my 50-minute conversation with him was recorded and can be heard on the recorder below. Mazzetti did a good job of describing Mohamed's version of events. He writes that during his 90-minute conversation, "Mr. Mohamed was agitated as he recounted his captivity, tripping over his words and breaking into tears."

  5. Because he's currently in a Kuwaiti dungeon after having been shuffled off the airport?

    Glenn Greenwald writes:

    Approximately two weeks ago (on December 20), Mohamed went to the airport in Kuwait to have his visa renewed, as he had done every three months without incident for the last year. This time, however, he was told by the visa officer that his name had been marked in the computer, and after waiting five hours, he was taken into a room and interrogated by officials who refused to identify themselves. They then handcuffed and blindfolded him and drove him to some other locale. That was the start of a two-week-long, still ongoing nightmare during which he was imprisoned for a week in an unknown location by unknown captors, relentlessly interrogated, and severely beaten and threatened with even worse forms of torture.

    Mohamed's story was first reported this morning by Mark Mazzetti in The New York Times, who spoke with Mohamed by telephone, where he is currently being held in a deportation center in Kuwait. I also spoke with Mohamed this morning, and my 50-minute conversation with him was recorded and can be heard on the recorder below. Mazzetti did a good job of describing Mohamed's version of events. He writes that during his 90-minute conversation, "Mr. Mohamed was agitated as he recounted his captivity, tripping over his words and breaking into tears."

  6. Impressive stuff:
    http://hasbrouck.org/IDP/IDP-PNR-BRU-8APR2010.pdf
    http://hasbrouck.org/blog/archives/001855.html

  7. I knew this type of thing would start happening – next up is exile, just like in ancient Greece. We're not nasty, we don't kill people which would make us look bad, we just cut them away from everything they love and know like a man in outer space, it's horrible. And only an empire can do it. Although the British empire didn't.
    To me it seems as though a lot of this stuff is caused by the sheer malice of the people running these organisations, it's all personal, just like the gossipy diplomatic cables and the howls of anger at being *embarrassed* *personally* at their exposure.

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  9. Most Americans don't expect Justice anymore. The best they can hope for is to 'stay out of trouble' i.e. depend on luck to get through.

  10. Imperial banality of evil effected through stale bureaucratic inertia.

  11. What can one say? The government invites "blowback" with its heavy-handed, imperialistic foreign policy initiatives and then creates a police state to deal with the blowback. I mean, what can one conclude from this policy? I guess we should chalk it up to Bush/Obama brilliance from that great intellectual wasteland, "Foggy Bottom, USA."

  12. Why is it that the USG expect no blow back from Americans? The USG lies, steals,abuses it own citizens, forces contributions,withholding taxes, to carry out its crimes all over the world and they know that Americans are instilled with mindlessness, conditioned not to think or even know to discern thought from facts.That's why the USG/MIC, Mafia-Industrial-Complex, expects no blow back from the American sheeple whom pay taxes to be abused, lied to, steal, murders people around the world, tell the citizens of this country that they, the USG/MIC are criminals and tell the American people their is nothing they can do about it and well knowing in advance that this country are cowards and won't do anything about it.

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