Eli Clifton


Eli Clifton, National Security Reporter for ThinkProgress.org, discusses his co-authored report “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America;” naming the names of the organizations, bankrollers and bloggers that drive the fear and loathing of Muslims; why frenzies of bigotry and intolerance tend to disappear almost overnight, once the spell wears off; and a few positive signs, like Herman Cain and Rick Perry eschewing anti-Islamic rhetoric in their presidential primary campaigns.

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Eli Clifton is a National Security Reporter for ThinkProgress.org. Eli holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics. He previously reported on U.S. foreign policy for Inter Press Service, where he served as deputy Washington bureau chief. His work has appeared on PBS/Frontline’s Tehran bureau, The South China Morning Post, Right Web, Asia Times, LobeLog.com, and ForeignPolicy.com.

John Glaser


John Glaser, Assistant Editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the NY Times article “U.S. Tactics in Libya May Be a Model for Other Efforts” about a supposed victory for the “Obama doctrine;” resurrecting the “America is a force for good” meme, where foreign policy exists solely to prevent humanitarian disasters and spread freedom and democracy; the Libyan rebels’ racist reprisals against black Africans, failing to differentiate between pro-Gadhafi mercenaries and migrant workers; and why the overt media sympathy for the rebel cause will sour once Gadhafi is dead or deposed for good.

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John Glaser is Assistant Editor at Antiwar.com. He is a former intern at The American Conservative magazine and CATO Institute.

Pepe Escobar


This interview was broadcast on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles on August 26th.

Pepe Escobar, journalist and author of Obama Does Globalistan, discusses his article “R2P is now Right 2 Plunder” about the great fortunes to be made rebuilding Libya and extracting its natural resources; how al-Qaeda operative Abdelhakim Belhadj led the rebel onslaught on Tripoli; concern in Washington about the outcome of NATO regime change – helping install a Taliban-like regime in N. Africa won’t help Obama’s reelection chances; why the Saudi monarchy would prefer a friendly emirate, hard core Sunni government; and the huge stockpile of gold and money available to whatever new government takes hold.

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

An extreme traveler, Pepe’s nose for news has taken him to all parts of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination. Two weeks before September 11, 2001, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, Asia Times Online published his prophetic piece, “Get Osama! Now! Or else …” Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban’s retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China.

Angela Keaton


Angela Keaton, Antiwar.com Director of Operations, discusses the $30,000 in matching funds for donations over $100 (and maybe smaller ones too) and Antiwar.com’s part in making Ron Paul a household name and promoting the Come Home America antiwar alliance.

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Angela Keaton is Director of Operations at Antiwar.com. She can be reached by email at angela@antiwar.com or by phone at 323-512-7095.

Jason Ditz


Jason Ditz, managing news editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the latest events in Libya; Col. Gadhafi’s schoolboy crush on Condoleezza Rice; the massacre of loyalist soldiers, including some who were hospitalized for injuries; British special forces “boots on the ground” in a door-to-door manhunt for Gadhafi; parallels with Iraq in 2003, when the Bush administration was gloating about a seemingly easy victory and couldn’t imagine an effective insurgency; and US machinations to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan for another generation.

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Jason Ditz is the managing news editor at Antiwar.com. His op-ed pieces have been published in newspapers and other media around the world.

Lew Rockwell


Lew Rockwell, founder and Chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, discusses why Ron Paul is the first real peace candidate for president since Eugene McCarthy in 1968; the prime importance of foreign policy, since waging imperial wars abroad inevitably harms liberty and prosperity at home; Paul’s bold challenge to Rick Santorum’s Iran warmongering in the Iowa debate; why the US unnecessarily provoked the Cold War and kept it going; why democratic wars fail to differentiate between soldiers and civilians (the people ARE the government, right?); ending the morality double standard that prohibits individuals from grave acts but allows the government to kill and steal; and Dick Cheney’s book promotion media tour, where he defends torture, regrets he couldn’t start a war with Syria, and laughs all the way to the bank.

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Lew Rockwell is the founder and Chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, Vice President of the Center for Libertarian Studies in Burlingame, California, and publisher of the political Web site LewRockwell.com. He is the author of The Left, The Right and The State and served as Ron Paul’s congressional chief of staff between 1978 and 1982. Check out his podcast show here.

Will Grigg


Will Grigg, blogger and author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses the AP news story about the CIA/NYPD joint venture into “mapping” minority neighborhoods – essentially domestic spying; rendering moot the prohibitions on domestic CIA intelligence gathering and military law enforcement; why recruiting government informants through blackmail is a sign of creeping totalitarianism; why Americans are not protected by the rule of law, so long as the government can ignore it at will; and why the real threat to liberty is not from terrorists abroad, but from government at home.

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

Pepe Escobar


Pepe Escobar, journalist and author of Obama Does Globalistan, discusses his article “Welcome to Libya’s ‘democracy’” and whether Gadhafi’s apparent defeat is instead a strategic retreat – presaging a guerrilla war; how NATO filters all information from Libya’s National Transitional Council, making it very difficult for outsiders to determine what’s really going on; why eastern Libya may become an emirate ruled by heavily armed Islamists, much to the delight of the Persian Gulf monarchies; how Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron are all taking credit for a victory and reaping some domestic political rewards for it; why occupation forces will likely be composed of a Persian Gulf “task force;” and how the BRIC countries, opposed to Libya intervention from the start, are getting shut out of lucritive oil contracts.

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

An extreme traveler, Pepe’s nose for news has taken him to all parts of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination. Two weeks before September 11, 2001, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, Asia Times Online published his prophetic piece, “Get Osama! Now! Or else …” Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban’s retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China.

Nick Turse


Nick Turse, author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives, discusses his article “Uncovering the Military’s Secret Military;” how JSOC became “an almost industrial-scale counterterrorism killing machine” and the president’s own private army; rebuilding US special operations after the 1980 Iran hostage embarrassment and greatly expanding them after 9/11; how SOCOM has developed the clout and influence of an independent military branch, like the Navy or Army; the war-porn addicts in Congress who get excited by every Navy SEAL operation and fund them accordingly; and why the precision airstrikes in Libya were probably guided by special operations forces on the ground.

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Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian, essayist, and the associate editor of the Nation Institute’s Tomdispatch.com.  He is the author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives.

Eric Margolis


Eric Margolis, internationally syndicated columnist and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses the ragtag Libyan rebels entering Tripoli and seizing Gadhafi’s compound (courtesy of massive NATO air support); the similarity with Egypt’s governmental reforms, where the head autocrat is deposed yet former ministers and the power structure remain intact; why the disparate rebel factions, united in hatred of Gadhafi, will splinter and fight amongst themselves; and the return of European colonialism in N. Africa, as the British and French look to stay in Libya for the long term.

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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, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times and Dawn. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.

As a war correspondent Margolis has covered conflicts in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Sinai, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, El Salvador and Nicaragua. He was among the first journalists to ever interview Libya’s Muammar Khadaffi and was among the first to be allowed access to KGB headquarters in Moscow. A veteran of many conflicts in the Middle East, Margolis recently was featured in a special appearance on Britain’s Sky News TV as “the man who got it right” in his predictions about the dangerous risks and entanglements the US would face in Iraq.

Margolis 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.

Francis Boyle


Francis Boyle, Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses how in 2004 the FBI and CIA tried to make him an informant to betray his Arab and Muslim legal clients; how his refusal landed him on several terrorism watch lists, guaranteeing him a lifetime of harassment when traveling; the list of five thousand Arabs, Muslims and their sympathizers that the FBI interrogated and attempted to “turn;” the US government’s habit of rounding up entire groups of Americans (or planning to) and sending them to prison camps during a crisis – Constitution notwithstanding; and why we already live in a police state, which will become a military dictatorship after one more major terrorist attack.

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Francis Boyle is a Professor and scholar in the areas of international law and human rights. He is the author of Tackling America’s Toughest Questions: Alternative Media Interviews, BREAKING ALL THE RULES: Palestine, Iraq, Iran and the Case for Impeachment and many other publications.

Professor Boyle received a J.D. degree magna cum laude and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, he was a teaching fellow at Harvard and an associate at its Center for International Affairs. He also practiced tax and international tax with Bingham, Dana & Gould in Boston.

He has written and lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on the relationship between international law and politics. His Protesting Power: War, Resistance and Law (Rowman & Littlefield Inc. 2007) has been used successfully in anti-war protest trials. In the September 2000 issue of the prestigious The International History Review, Professor Boyle’s Foundations of World Order: The Legalist Approach to International Relations (1898-1922) was proclaimed as “a major contribution to this reinterrogation of the past” and “required reading for historians, political scientists, international relations specialists, and policy-makers.” That book was translated into Korean and published in Korea in 2003 by Pakyoungsa Press.

As an internationally recognized expert, Professor Boyle serves as counsel to  Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the Provisional Government of the State of Palestine. He also represents two associations of citizens within Bosnia and has been instrumental in developing the indictment against Slobodan Milosevic for committing genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Professor Boyle is Attorney of Record for the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, conducting its legal affairs on a worldwide basis. Over his career, he has represented national and international bodies including the Blackfoot Nation (Canada), the Nation of Hawaii, and the Lakota Nation, as well as numerous individual death penalty and human rights cases. He has advised numerous international bodies in the areas of human rights, war crimes and genocide, nuclear policy, and bio-warfare.

From 1991-92, Professor Boyle served as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations. He also has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, as well as  a consultant to the American Friends Services Committee, and on the Advisory Board for the Council for Responsible Genetics. He drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. That story is told in his book Biowarfare and Terrorism (Clarity Press: 2005).

In 2001 he was selected to be the Dr. Irma M. Parhad Lecturer by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary in Canada. In 2007 he became the Bertrand Russell Peace Lecturer at McMaster University in Canada. Professor Boyle is listed in the current edition of  Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.

Currently Professor Boyle lectures on international law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Marcy Wheeler


Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses her article “FBI Conducts Threat Assessment on Antiwar.Com Journalists for Linking to Publicly Available Document;” the convoluted chain of events that led the FBI to investigate Antiwar.com; how the file ended up in a FOIA request for the “Israeli Movers” sidebar to the 9/11 attacks; the few barriers to intrusive government investigation into the lives and businesses of private US citizens, thanks in part to the PATRIOT Act; and why the FBI viewed Justin Raimondo’s column, book and link to a list of terrorist suspects as possible evidence of spying on behalf of a foreign power.

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Blogger Marcy Wheeler, a.k.a. emptywheel, grew up bi-coastally, starting with every town in New York with an IBM. Then she moved to Poway, California, home of several participants in the Duke Cunningham scandal. Since then, she has lived in Western Massachusetts, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor, and — just recently — Western Michigan.

She got a BA from Amherst College, where she spent much of her time on the rugby pitch. A PhD program in Comparative Literature brought her to Michigan; she got the PhD but decided academics was not her thing. Her research, though, was on a cool journalistic form called the “feuilleton” — a kind of conversational essay that was important to the expansion of modern newspapers in much of the rest of the world. It was pretty good preparation to become a blogger, if a PhD can ever be considered training for blogging.

After leaving academics, Marcy consulted for the auto industry, much of it in Asia. But her contract moved to Asia, along with most of Michigan’s jobs, so she did what anyone else would do. Write a book, and keep blogging. (Oh, and I hear Amazon still has the book for sale.)

Marcy has been blogging full time since 2007. She’s known for her live-blogging of the Scooter Libby trial, her discovery of the number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, and generally for her weedy analysis of document dumps.

Marcy met her husband Mr. emptywheel playing Ultimate Frisbee, though she retired from the sport several years ago. Marcy, Mr. EW and their dog — McCaffrey the MilleniaLab — live in a loft in a lovely urban hellhole.

Trevor Aaronson


Trevor Aaronson, Investigative Reporting Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses his article “The Informers” that looks at the FBI’s prosecution of terrorism cases in the US; the huge increase of government informants since 2004, and whether they are exposing terrorist plots or manufacturing them; why an “entrapment” legal defense simply doesn’t work, even when it really should; and several specific cases of informants-run-amok, from Lodi, California to Miami, Florida.

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Trevor Aaronson is a 2010-11 Investigative Reporting Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, where he developed a yearlong project about the FBI’s informants in U.S. Muslim communities. He is also associate director and co-founder of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit journalism organization that produces reporting about Florida and Latin America in English and Spanish.

Aaronson’s independent journalism has been funded by the Carnegie Legal Reporting Fellowship and the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Previously, Aaronson was an investigative reporter and editor for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, where his stories ranged from local government investigations to reporting in Asia, Africa and South America. He was also formerly a staff writer for Village Voice Media’s newspapers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

His work has won more than two dozen national and regional awards, including from the Livingston Awards, Society of Professional Journalists and Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

Reza Marashi


Reza Marashi, Research Director for the National Iranian American Council, discusses the eight year prison sentence for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the American hikers accused of crossing the Iranian border and spying; why they are casualties of the non-existent diplomatic relations between the US and Iran; the hard work behind the scenes by lower level American diplomats seeking their release; and why a goodwill pardon by Iran’s President or Supreme Leader, timed for the 2011 UN General Assembly meeting or during Ramadan, could be in the works.

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Reza Marashi joined NIAC in 2010 as the organization’s first Research Director. He came to NIAC after four years in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his tenure at the State Department, he was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) covering China-Middle East issues, and a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk. Marashi is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters. His articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Tehran Bureau, the Huffington Post, Salon, Asharq Alawsat, the Daily Caller, and the Cairo Review of Global Affairs. He has been a guest contributor to the BBC, NPR, Financial Times, Reuters, Al Jazeera, ABC News, CBC News, Macleans, Fox News, The Daily Star and The National.

Eric Garris


Eric Garris, founder and director of Antiwar.com, discusses Justin Raimondo’s column “The FBI vs. Antiwar.com” about FOIA documents detailing a 2004 FBI investigation of Antiwar.com, its staff and particularly Raimondo himself; the FBI’s apparent interest in “Urban Movers” and the Israeli connection to 9/11; how the FBI got a FISA warrant to essentially conduct a counterterrorism investigation against Antiwar.com, a US-based non-profit media outlet; holding our collective breath until the un-redacted document is released in 2035; and how to keep charitable donations – large and small – anonymous.

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Eric Garris is the founder, managing editor, director and webmaster of Antiwar.com.

Adam Morrow


Adam Morrow, journalist with IPS News, discusses his article “Sinai Simmers in Security Vacuum;” how the killing of Egyptian border guards has further soured relations with Israel; why the Rafah crossing might close again, trapping residents of Gaza and enabling another “Cast Lead” type operation; why the 2004-06 Sinai resort bombings blamed on Islamic groups could have been false-flag attacks; and Egypt’s increasing displeasure with the Camp David Accords, which prevents troop deployments even while Israel conducts military operations inside Egypt’s borders.

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Adam Morrow writes for Inter Press Service News Agency.

John Glaser


John Glaser, Assistant Editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the seemingly victorious Libyan rebels (or was NATO the victor?); imagining Libya post-Gadhafi, with a devastated infrastructure, East/West schism, wrecked economy and human rights abuses galore; whether this is the end of foreign intervention or just the beginning; and the manic, self-destructive US empire, where limited resources are spread ever thinner.

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John Glaser is a former intern at The American Conservative magazine and CATO Institute.

Angela Keaton


Antiwar.com Development Director Angela Keaton discusses firing up the blog with new assistant editor John Glaser and intern Brian Beyer; the quarterly fundraising drive, now accepting silver/gold, livestock (space permitting), and old cars; how you can buy stuff at Cafe Press and Amazon or use a Capital One credit card to benefit Antiwar.com; and why you can’t get Antiwar.com’s intensive coverage of foreign policy from a news aggregator.

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Angela Keaton is Development Director at Antiwar.com and the producer of Antiwar Radio. She can be reached by email at akeaton@antiwar.com or by phone at 323-512-7095.

Stephen M. Walt


Stephen M. Walt, professor of international affairs at Harvard University and co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, discusses his article “When did the American empire start to decline;” locating the peak of US global dominance during the first Gulf War rout of Iraqi forces, following the Soviet collapse and “unipolar moment;” the big mistakes and missed opportunities that have degraded US power since then; the Clinton administration’s failed dual-containment policy on Iran and Iraq, intended to get Israel more interested in the Oslo Accords but instead creating blowback and eventually 9/11; Walt’s belief in the wise projection of power and self-inclusion in the foreign policy “realist” camp; and why a delayed Israel/Palestine resolution is bad for Arab states, the US and Israel.

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Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he served as academic dean from 2002-2006. He previously taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, where he served as master of the social science collegiate division and deputy dean of social sciences.

He has been a resident associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, and he has also been a consultant for the Institute of Defense Analyses, the Center for Naval Analyses, and Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

Professor Walt is the author of Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy (W. W. Norton, 2005), and, with coauthor J.J. Mearsheimer, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007).

He presently serves as faculty chair of the international security program at the Belfer Center for Science and international affairs and as co-chair of the editorial board of the journal International Security. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Foreign Policy, Security Studies, International Relations, and Journal of Cold War Studies, and co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs, published by Cornell University Press. He was elected as a fellow in the American academy of arts and sciences in May 2005.

Gale Courey Toensing


Gale Courey Toensing, writer for Indian Country Today, discusses her article “Andrew Jackson’s Actions Model Anti-Speech, Perpetual War Legislation;” admitted al-Qaeda member Ali Al-Bahlul’s conviction on material support for terrorism charges for making a YouTube video; how the prosecutors used Andrew Jackson’s 1818 invasion of Spanish Florida to round up runaway slaves (and his execution of two British men for inciting the Seminoles to “savage warfare”) as legal precedent; provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act that give the president incredibly broad powers to make war and imprison anyone, for nearly any reason, without charge or trial; and why it doesn’t make sense to charge non-Americans with treason or “aiding the enemy” charges.

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Gale Courey Toensing writes for Indian Country Today Media Network.

Daniel Larison


Daniel Larison, writer for The American Conservative Magazine, discusses the many prominent Democrats and Republicans trying to whitewash the MEK’s image; evidence that most US supporters are ignorant of the group’s terrorist credentials (and that the “M” stands for “Mujahadeen”); why MEK members are still regarded as traitors in Iran, and kooky ones at that; doubting their transformation from armed revolutionaries into peaceful democratic reformers; how the MEK got their unique blend of Islamic Marxism; and why de-listing the MEK from the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization list will provide a backdoor to war, not help a “popular Iranian resistance.”

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Daniel Larison writes the blog “Eunomia” at The American Conservative.

Kelley B. Vlahos


Kelley B. Vlahos, featured Antiwar.com columnist and contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine, discusses her article “Muslims Smash Right-Wing Stereotypes;” jumping to incorrect conclusions about race and religion in the UK riots; the informal loyalty oath already demanded of American Muslims; why conservatives should blame Bill Clinton instead of Islam for 9/11; and why American Muslims may soon experience the repression of their European counterparts.

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Kelley Beaucar Vlahos has spent over a decade as a political reporter in Washington DC. Currently, she is a contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine and its daily weblog, @TAC. She is also a Washington correspondent for the DC-based homeland security magazine, Homeland Security Today, a long-time political writer for FOXNews.com, a regular columnist for Antiwar.com and a contributor to CriminalJustice.Change.org

Dave Nalle


Dave Nalle, Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus‘s National Committee, discusses the RLC’s origin and Old-Right style politics; the RLC-endorsed Congressional Representatives who stood firm on the debt ceiling and rebuffed John Boehner’s compromise plan; Nalle’s press release “Texas RLC Sends Out Warning on Rick Perry;” why we should worry about the cabal of neoconservatives whispering foreign policy advice in Perry’s ear; his executive order mandating HPV vaccines for all Texas schoolgirls; and how Perry killed Texas’s anti-TSA bill on the sly.

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Dave grew up overseas and in Washington, DC with parents who were in the foreign service. He was educated at British and American schools, eventually completing high school at St. Albans School. As a child and teen he lived in Syria, Iran, Jordan, England and the Soviet Union and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.

He attended Franklin and Marshall College, where he earned degrees in English and History, headed the student chapter of Students for a Libertarian Society and worked as a regional organizer for the Ed Clark presidential campaign in 1980. During and shortly after college Mr. Nalle had a variety of political jobs in Washington, DC.

After moving to Texas in 1982, Mr. Nalle earned two graduate degrees at the University of Texas and taught college history in Austin for more than a decade. He also ran a small game publishing company called Ragnarok Press. His graphic design experience and graduate research on historical calligraphy led to an interest in digital type design. In 1989, he founded Scriptorium Fonts to market his original font designs and digital recreations of antique type and hand lettering, initially for the Commodore 64 and eventually primarily for Macintosh and Windows users.

Mr. Nalle serves as President of his local Lions Club and ran for State Representative in 2002. He resides in Manor, Texas with his wife, Patricia, and their two daughters.

Jeremy Sapienza


Jeremy Sapienza, Senior Editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the September United Nations referendum on Palestinian statehood; why semi-contiguous Bantustans don’t make for a viable state; the decades-long “peace process” sham between two totally unequal negotiating partners; and how Israel’s settlement expansion slowly expels Palestinians, establishes “facts on the ground” and limits international criticism.

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Jeremy Sapienza is Assistant Webmaster and Senior Editor at Antiwar.com.

Jason Ditz


Jason Ditz, managing news editor at Antiwar.com, discusses why Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s “turn towards dictatorship” is deemed beneficial to the US; reneging on a promise to put the 2008 Iraq Status of Forces Agreement to a popular referendum; five months of Libyan rebels claiming imminent victory; why, winning or not, the rebels are not the bastions of democracy; whether the NATO bombing campaign is saving civilians, or extending a bloody civil war; and how a 2012 breakthrough in Libya could help Obama’s reelection campaign.

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Jason Ditz is the managing news editor at Antiwar.com. His op-ed pieces have been published in newspapers and other media around the world.

Chris Hellman


Chris Hellman, Senior Research Analyst for the National Priorities Project, discusses his article “How Safe Are You? What Almost $8 Trillion in National Security Spending Bought You” at tomdispatch.com; how cutting projected DoD spending increases could solve future government spending cuts mandated by the recent debt ceiling compromise; why the homeland security industry needs to hype terrorism threats to justify hefty budgets in a time of austerity; why casual readers of Antiwar.com know more about foreign policy than nearly everyone in Congress; and the F-22 “mafia” that greased palms and twisted arms until the project was green-lighted.

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Chris Hellman is Senior Research Analyst for the National Priorities Project.

Chris joined NPP after serving as a military policy analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his work focused on national security spending, military planning and policy, base closures, major weapons systems, trends in the defense industry, global military spending, and homeland security. Prior to joining the Center, Chris spent six years as a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Defense Information. He also worked for two years as a military budget specialist at Physicians for Social Responsibility. Previously, Chris spent ten years on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer working on national security and foreign policy issues. He is a frequent media commentator on military planning, policy, and budgetary issues and is the author of numerous reports and articles. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Middlebury College in Vermont.

David Swanson


David Swanson, author of War is a Lie, discusses “The Military Industrial Complex at 50” national conference in Charlottesville, VA from September 16-18; the paltry defense spending cuts decried by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as a “doomsday mechanism” that will endanger national security; how Swanson helped turn former Congressman Bill Delahunt against the wars; and Paul Krugman’s half-serious plan to boost the economy by preparing for an alien invasion.

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David Swanson is Co-Founder of WarIsACrime.org (formerly After Downing Street), creator of ProsecuteBushCheney.org, Washington Director of Democrats.com and a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, the Backbone Campaign, Voters for Peace and the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution. He was the press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and worked three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Pepe Escobar


Pepe Escobar, journalist and author of Obama Does Globalistan, discusses why his article “Why the Syrian regime won’t fall” could prove false if major demonstrations break out in the largest urban areas, including Damascus and Aleppo; whether Turkey’s mediation can prevent the slaughter of civilian protesters in the street; the despots-in-waiting groomed by Saudi Arabia to fill vacancies in Syria and Yemen; the proposed Saudi Arabian “anti-terrorism” law that would send critics of the regime to prison for ten years; the crushed rebellion in Bahrain, thanks to stormtroopers from the GCC; and why we shouldn’t hold our breath for a democratic reform government in Yemen.

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

An extreme traveler, Pepe’s nose for news has taken him to all parts of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination. Two weeks before September 11, 2001, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, Asia Times Online published his prophetic piece, “Get Osama! Now! Or else …” Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban’s retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China.

Karen Kwiatkowski


Karen Kwiatkowski, columnist at lewrockwell.com and retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, discusses her run for Congress in Virginia’s 6th District; the media’s steadfast refusal to mention Ron Paul’s near-win in the Iowa straw poll – because he “can’t win;” why the RNC may have nominated John McCain in order to purposely lose the 2008 presidential election; why Congressional Reps should have to actually read and write the bills they vote on, instead of having aids and lobbyists do it for them (and should lose pensions and health benefits for good measure); how to convince the electorate to rein in the US empire, without actually saying “empire;” and why the steady drumbeat for war with Iran emerging from the Republican primaries must be stopped.

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Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D., is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, who spent her final years in uniform working at the Pentagon’s Near East/South Asia bureau (NESA). Her assignment was to work on policy papers for the Secretary of Defense and other top brass at the Pentagon. Shortly thereafter, she was assigned to a newly-formed bureau inside the Pentagon called the Office of Special Plans, which was created to help the Pentagon deal with issues in Iraq.

Deeply frustrated and alarmed, Kwiatkowski, still on active duty, took the unusual step of penning an anonymous column of internal Pentagon dissent that was posted on the Internet by former Colonel David Hackworth, America’s most decorated veteran. She lives with her freedom-loving family in the Shenandoah Valley, and among other things, writes for lewrockwell.com.

Stephen Glain


Freelance writer Stephen Glain discusses his article “The Pentagon’s new China war plan” at Salon.com; the dangerous standoff between US full-spectrum dominance and a policy denying any near-peer competitors, with China’s 3000 year history of regional authority; his book, State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire, about how the US has used the military to solve diplomatic problems since President Truman; why we shouldn’t expect a surge of State Department assertiveness with the liberal interventionist Hillary Clinton at the helm; how foreign policy has been removed as a topic of public discussion since the advent of an all-volunteer military; why China’s nuclear arsenal doesn’t deter the Pentagon from planning “limited” confrontations; and why it’s time for the US military to step aside and allow allied countries to field their own defense forces.

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Stephen Glain is a freelance writer with extensive experience as a foreign correspondent in Asia and the Middle East. He has written for the New Republic, the Atlantic Monthly, the Nation, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. His latest book, State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire, is just out from Crown. You can follow him on Twitter @sglain.

The Other Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses his article “A Setback for Obama’s War on Whistleblowers” and the unusual judicial check on Executive power; how the DOJ persecutes whistleblowers when they can’t be prosecuted; the Supreme Court decision that gives blanket immunity to prosecutorial misconduct; the two torture lawsuits progressing against Donald Rumsfeld because apparently government officials can only torture foreigners, not Americans, with impunity; and why another adverse SCOTUS ruling could effectively remove any process of legal recourse against the government.

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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.

Chris Woods


Chris Woods, documentary producer and freelancer for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, discusses his article “Drone War Exposed – the complete picture of CIA strikes in Pakistan;” the government’s general agreement with the total killed in drone strikes, and vehement disagreement about whether those people were civilians; how the Raymond Davis scandal soured the Pakistani government’s cooperation; how US government officials challenge the study’s methodology and conclusions in the media while hiding behind a veil of anonymity; and the devastation injuries of those “lucky” enough to survive a drone strike.

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Chris Woods is an award-winning London-based investigative journalist and documentary film maker. He specialises in world affairs, notably the global war on terror. For many years he was based at the BBC, working as a senior producer on flagship programmes Newsnight and Panorama.  More recently, he has written and directed major documentaries for Channel 4′s Dispatches and for Al Jazeera.  He has been with the Bureau since spring 2010.

Gareth Porter


This interview is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of August 12th.

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the infamous “laptop of death” documents from which the vast majority of “evidence” about Iran’s supposed clandestine nuclear weapons program comes from; the conspicuous mistakes in the documents that lead him to believe a foreign intelligence agency (probably Mossad) fabricated them; how Iran’s refusal to turn over military missile blueprints (which are none of the IAEA’s business) got them labeled “uncooperative” and sanctioned by the UN; and how the MEK launders information, passing off documents sourced from Israel as their own.

Porter’s relevant articles:

Iran Nuke Laptop Data Came from Terror Group

Iran Laptop Papers Showed the Wrong Missile Warhead

Report Ties Dubious Iran Nuclear Docs to Israel

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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 Antiwar.com.

Matt Barganier


Antiwar.com editor Matt Barganier discusses the best Antiwar.com articles of the week, including Grant F. Smith’s “Does AIPAC Have Only Two Major Donors;” Becky Akers’ “The TSA Exposed for Exposing Us – Again;” Justin Raimondo’s “Barbarians With BlackBerrys” about the British riots; and Ran HaCohen’s “Israelis Sick and Tired – but of What?” about the protests in Israel, where the limits of “guns and butter” spending have been reached. He also discusses the possibility of riots in the US due to economic dislocation; Hiroshima and Nagasaki anniversary articles, especially Ralph Raico’s piece; and Ivan Eland’s reasoning on why the MEK doesn’t belong on the State Department’s terrorist group list.

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Matt Barganier is the editor of Antiwar.com.

John Glaser


John Glaser, Assistant Editor at Antiwar.com, discusses his article “Senators Want ‘Crippling’ New Iran Sanctions” about the 92 senators eager to punish Iranian civilians (the neocons want in on it too); the staggering price Iraqis paid for twelve years of sanctions; a reminder that “terrorism” means inflicting harm on civilians to effect political change – even if a state does it; and the effective difference between limited sanctions in the Cold War era (when the Soviets would aid Cuba, for example, despite the US embargo) and today’s complete shutdowns.

MP3 here. (15:59)

John Glaser is a former intern at The American Conservative magazine and CATO Institute.

Philip Giraldi


Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the MEK’s rightful place on the State Department’s (admittedly flawed and politicized) terrorism list; why a lack of determined opposition (unlike to, say, Jonathan Pollard’s pardon) will probably get the MEK what it wants; why Americans never seem to catch on even after being lied into war again and again; Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire that specializes in printing propaganda about Iran from Israeli and British intelligence agencies; and the best way to get a “Persian summer” after the Arab spring: leave Iran alone and stop giving the regime an external enemy to blame for its problems.

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Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is a contributing editor to The American Conservative and executive director of the Council for the National Interest. He writes regularly for Antiwar.com.

Jason Leopold


Investigative reporter Jason Leopold discusses his article “Former Counterterrorism Czar Accuses Tenet, Other CIA Officials of Cover-Up” about Richard Clarke essentially blaming the CIA for failing to prevent the 9/11 terrorist attack by withholding the identities and whereabouts of two eventual hijackers; likely CIA efforts to recruit the hijackers and gain a desperately-wanted foothold inside al-Qaeda; the televised interview of Clarke by filmmakers John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski on Colorado Public Television; and information on Richard Blee, the barely-known replacement of Michael Scheuer at the CIA’s Alec Station (bin Laden unit).

MP3 here. (19:32)

Jason Leopold is an investigative reporter and the Deputy Managing Editor of Truthout. His in-depth coverage includes the US Attorney firing scandal, the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilsion and the Bush administration’s torture program. He is a two-time winner of the Project Censored award for his investigative work on Halliburton and Enron, and in March 2008, was awarded the Thomas Jefferson award by The Military Religious Freedom Foundation for a series of stories on the rise of Christian fundamentalism in the US military.

Leopold also received the Dow Jones Newswires Journalist of the Year Award in 2001 for his reporting on Enron and the California energy crisis. He has worked as an editor and reporter at the Los Angeles Times and was Los Angeles bureau chief of Dow Jones Newswires. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, News Junkie, a memoir.

Grant F. Smith


Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses his article “Does AIPAC Have Only Two Major Donors?” about the change in AIPAC’s donation list in the last few years, which makes the organization appear to be nothing more than a lobbying tool for a couple billionaires; why Steven Rosen’s defamation lawsuit against AIPAC isn’t getting anywhere, even though the documents brought to light would justify indicting the whole lobby for espionage; and the evidence that Rosen used classified information to derail Jesse Jackson’s political career.

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Grant F. Smith is the author of the new book America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government. 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.

Scott Peterson


Scott Peterson, staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor, discusses his article “Iranian group’s big-money push to get off US terrorist list;” the dozens of top former US officials on MEK’s payroll to lobby for terrorist group de-listing; refuting claims that the MEK’s terrorism is either ancient history or the work of fringe offshoot groups; US politicians making $20,000 for essentially saying “MEK is A-OK!” in a ten minute speech; suspicions that domestic Iranian organizations funding lobbying efforts may be front groups for foreign countries or intelligence agencies; and the similarities to the Iraqi National Congress, that helped lie us into war in 2003.

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Scott Peterson is a staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor.

Max Blumenthal


Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, discusses his article “Meet the Right-Wing Hatemongers Who Inspired the Norway Killer” at alternet.org; the Islamophobes, including Pamela Geller, advocating for state terrorism and the wholesale killing of Muslims and Leftists; Republican campaign gimmicks that include loyalty oaths for Muslim government employees (e.g. mail carriers); changing the law in order to successfully prosecute Muslim charities with no ties to terrorism; Blumenthal’s previous piece “The Great Fear” at tomdispatch.com; how Islamophobia remained benign during the Bush administration and began to flourish once “secret Muslim” Obama was elected; the moral connection between the US military using white phosphorus in Fallujah and the IDF using it in Gaza during “Cast Lead;” and how all the energy and outrage is on the Right, while the progressive movement remains timid and ineffective.

MP3 here. (27:41)

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a writing fellow for the Nation Institute. His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Brendan O’Neill


Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked, discusses his article “Syria and the Hole at the Heart of the Arab Revolts” about the stalemated Arab spring; why the London riots are more about mindless looting than any particular political grievance; waning US influence in the Middle East, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praises and condemns actions from afar, as a spectator; and how the lack of ideological congruence among rebels/protesters allows under-pressure despotic regimes to regroup and remain in power.

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Brendan O’Neill is the author of Can I Recycle My Granny?: And 39 Other Eco-dilemmas and the editor of Spiked. His archived articles can be found here.

Muhammad Sahimi


Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and political columnist on Iran issues, discusses how the MEK’s removal from the State Department’s terrorist group list will grease the wheels for war with Iran; the likely funding sources for the MEK’s many expenses, including lobbyists, lawyers, publications and television broadcasts; why Howard Dean and John Bolton should be arrested and charged with material support for terrorism; why the MEK’s “cult” moniker is not hyperbole; a Libyan-style war in Iran, where an MEK provocation and Iranian government counterattack could lead to US/NATO intervention; the MEK’s proclivity for channeling false information about Iran’s nuclear program to serve Western/Israeli interests; and why Iran’s Green Movement is not the preferred conduit for regime change.

Sahimi’s articles on the subject:

Don’t Remove the MEK From the Terrorist List

US Neocons’ New Overtures to Terrorist Opposition Group in Iran, Part 1

US Neocons’ New Overtures to Terrorist Opposition Group in Iran, Part 2

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Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of chemical engineering & materials science and the National Iranian Oil Company chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California, has published extensively on Iran’s political development and its nuclear program. He is the lead political columnist for the web site PBS/Frontline/Tehran Bureau, blogs at The Huffington Post, and contributes regularly to antiwar.com and National Public Radio on issues related to Iran.

Jason Ditz


Jason Ditz, managing news editor at Antiwar.com, discusses Muqtada al-Sadr’s proclamation that US troops (even if called “trainers”) remaining in Iraq beyond the 2011 deadline will be resisted; the possibility of another multi-year Iraq war starting back up; misleading news accounts from last year on the end of combat operations; yet another claim of military progress from Libya’s unreliable rebels; the antics of Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, who now claims he will help Libya become an Islamic state, after previous dire warnings about the same outcome; and the Obama administration’s apparent preference for a stronger strongman in Yemen to rule with an iron fist and crush the opposition.

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Jason Ditz is the managing news editor at Antiwar.com. His op-ed pieces have been published in newspapers and other media around the world.

Trita Parsi


Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, discusses the Mujahideen-e Khalq’s tendency to accuse their critics of working for the Iranian government; how constant US belligerence and the MEK’s violent radicalism serve as useful foils for the Iranian regime – discrediting dissidents and keeping the people in fear; how violent coups beget radical authoritarian governments, while nonviolent methods often deliver democratic results; the many former US officials now employed as well-paid lobbyists, working toward the MEK’s de-listing from the State Department’s terrorist group list; the implausibility of a Hamas, al-Qaeda or Hezbollah fundraising and lobbying event on Capitol Hill (though they share the same terrorist designation as the Congress-friendly MEK); and MEK’s loyal service to Saddam Hussein, helping put down the 1991 uprisings and acting as his shock troops throughout the 1990s.

MP3 here. (24:53)

Dr. Trita Parsi is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States, recipient of the Council on Foreign Relation’s 2008 Arthur Ross Silver Medallion and the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

He wrote his Doctoral thesis on Israeli-Iranian relations under Professor Francis Fukuyama (and Drs. Zbigniew Brzezinski, R. K. Ramazani, Jakub Grygiel, Charles Doran) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies while heading the largest Iranian-American organization in the US, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

Daniel Ellsberg


This interview is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of August 5th, available here.

Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, discusses his articles “A Hundred Holocausts: An Insider’s Window Into U.S. Nuclear Policy” and “Hiroshima Day: America Has Been Asleep at the Wheel for 64 Years;” the “cultural lag” phenomenon wherein the technology of mass destruction overtakes mankind’s moral capacity; the objections within the military to dropping the atomic bombs (because firebombing Japanese cities had been devastating enough and surrender was imminent); the H-bomb’s staggering destructive force as compared to an A-bomb; how the Russian and US “hair trigger doomsday machines” put us at perpetual risk of annihilation; how the relatively cool-headed George W. Bush (as compared to Cheney and McCain) kept the US out of potential nuclear wars; and the stagnant pace of disarmament, even though it could be done quickly and is absolutely essential.

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Daniel Ellsberg is the author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.

In 1959 Daniel Ellsberg worked as a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation, and consultant to the Defense Department and the White House, specializing in problems of the command and control of nuclear weapons, nuclear war plans, and crisis decision-making. He joined the Defense Department in 1964 as Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs), John McNaughton, working on Vietnam. He transferred to the State Department in 1965 to serve two years at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, evaluating pacification on the front lines.

On return to the RAND Corporation in 1967, he worked on the Top Secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68, which later came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1969, he photocopied the 7,000 page study and gave it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; in 1971 he gave it to the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. His trial, on twelve felony counts posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, which led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon.

Greg Mitchell


Greg Mitchell, author of the Media Fix blog for TheNation.com, discusses his article “The Great Hiroshima Cover-Up—And the Greatest Movie Never Made” at japanfocus.org; the long suppression of Hiroshima/Nagasaki footage taken by Japanese and American military film crews; the Hiroshima Memorial Mound, where the ashes of 70,000 people are buried; how the Truman administration directly intervened in the 1947 MGM film The Beginning or the End and how Americans have been brainwashed into believing the atomic bombs were necessary to end the war and save lives.

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Greg Mitchell, author of Atomic Cover-Up:  Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki and The Greatest Movie Never Made, was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. He now writes the Media Fix blog for TheNation.com and maintains a Twitter feed. He is the author of Hiroshima in America, So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits–and the President–Failed on Iraq and Why Obama Won: The Making of a President 2008. His newest book is The Age of WikiLeaks: From Collateral Murder to Cablegate (and Beyond).

Anthony Gregory


Anthony Gregory, research analyst at the Independent Institute, discusses his article “Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the U.S. Terror State” at LewRockwell.com; questioning the greatness and necessity of dropping atomic bombs on Japan; America’s unofficial civic religion of state-worship and war mythology; how the US war machine of the 60s and 70s continues to kill civilians in SE Asia; and how the war on terrorism has provided cover for the belligerence of bigots and racists.

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Anthony Gregory is a research analyst at the Independent Institute, moderator of the Beacon, policy adviser to the Future of Freedom Foundation and columnist for LewRockwell.com. He guest edits Strike the Root. His writing has appeared in such places as the Christian Science Monitor San Diego Union Tribune, Antiwar.com, the Journal of Libertarian Studies, Counterpunch, the American Conservative, Liberty Magazine, the Mises Institute blog, the Stress Blog, The Libertarian Enterprise and Liberty and Power, as well as in textbooks, journals and other outlets, and has been translated in several languages.

He wrote for Michael Badnarik’s 2004 campaign. He got his B.A. in history at UC Berkeley in 2003, where he wrote his thesis on the 1993 Waco disaster. He sings and plays in a rock band, the Melatones, and is an Eagle Scout. He gives talks frequently and is now writing an Independent Institute book on habeas corpus, detention policy and individual liberty.

Shawn Amoei


Shawn Amoei, foreign policy writer at the Huffington Post, discusses his article “Silencing the Moderate Middle;” The MEK’s decades-long plan for a violent coup in Iran – with absolutely no domestic popular support; reasons why would this group should not be removed from the State Department’s terrorism list, but probably will be anyway; the many enemies – foreign and domestic – of Iran’s moderate Green Movement; and the US-based supporters and bankrollers of MEK’s public relations machine.

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Shawn Amoei is a foreign policy writer at the Huffington Post.

Matt Barganier


Antiwar.com editor Matt Barganier discusses the top news and opinion headlines on Antiwar.com’s main page, including “A ‘sign of weakness’ in the propaganda of war” by H.D.S. Greenway, “The Folly of More Burma Sanctions” by David Steinberg, and “Wanted: ‘Reality-based’ GOP candidates” by Gene Healy. He also discusses the conventional US excuses for losing wars; how sanctions are used for political blackmail, not to “help the people;” deciphering the intent behind US support for Syrian protesters; and why Gov. Rick Perry would make a strong (and frighteningly terrible) GOP presidential candidate.

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Matt Barganier is the editor of Antiwar.com.

David T. Beito


Please ignore the false ending at 18:15 or so. The interview continues for another segment and is nearly 28 minutes in total.

David T. Beito, Research Fellow at The Independent Institute and Professor of History at the University of Alabama, discusses why the US government debt crisis will force conservatives to choose between tax increases and cutting the Pentagon’s budget; the small victories and many failures of the long-departed Anti-Imperialist League; William Graham Sumner’s must-read 1899 speech “The Conquest of the United States by Spain;” William Jennings Bryan’s lone antiwar voice in the Wilson administration; Ralph Raico’s ironically-titled book Great Wars and Great Leaders; and why the Come Home America Left-Right antiwar coalition is our best chance for peace.

MP3 here. (27:52)

David T. Beito is a Professor of History at the University of Alabama and keeps the blog Liberty and Power at the History News Network. He is co-author with Linda Royce Beito of the book Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard’s Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power, and author of From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967, and Taxpayers in Revolt: Tax Resistance during the Great Depression.


Ahmed al-Assy


Ahmed al-Assy, an Egyptian-American living in Egypt and a participant in the Tahrir Square protests, discusses the latest flareup between protesters reoccupying Tahrir Square and Egypt’s security apparatus; promoting instead of punishing those responsible for murdering protesters; the long prison sentences for activists and journalists, handed down by kangaroo courts; why Egyptians won’t tolerate an indefinite delay of democratic elections and reforms; American puppet candidate Omar Suleiman out of power but operating in the shadows; and the setback in Gaza relations and the Rafah border crossing.

MP3 here. (19:17)

Ahmed al-Assy is an Egyptian American who has lived in Egypt for the last 10 years. He was a participant in the Tahrir Square protests.

Jason Mick


Jason Mick, writer for dailytech.com, discusses his article “Obama Admin. Fights to Renew Warrantless Wiretaps, Block Transparency;” the government abuses of the 1960s and 70s that led to FISA’s creation; why the US Senate is not privy to, and has effectively no oversight of, rampant Executive department wiretapping; the Bush administration’s “telecom immunity” deal that bought the silence of Verizon and AT&T; data mining “categories” instead of the digital records of individual suspects; and why, in spite of increasing government surveillance of private citizens, videotaping an on-duty cop beating up a homeless guy is often an arrestable offense.

MP3 here. (21:41)

Jason Mick writes for dailytech.com.

Peter Hart


Peter Hart, activism director at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), discusses the media’s warm reception to Treasury Department claims that Iran’s government is actively aiding al-Qaeda; the suspicious timing of these kinds of articles every time there’s a debate on withdrawal or troop drawdowns from Iraq; how the US condemns Iranian “foreign interference” in neighboring Iraq while ignoring the foreign US military’s continued occupation of the country; and the media’s failure to develop a healthy skepticism of “anonymous government officials” since falling for the Iraq War lies.

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Peter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR’s magazine Extra, and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly.

Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed.

Jason Ditz


Jason Ditz, managing news editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the Syrian tank offensive in Hama that killed more than 140 protesters; how previous crackdowns have resulted in ever-larger anti-government demonstrations; a graphic YouTube link that shows what a massacre really looks like; how “days not weeks” became open-ended intervention in Libya, with no end in sight; the assassination of Libyan rebel chief of staff Abdel Fatah Younes and the complexities of civil war; the rebel atrocities that embarrass their supporters in the US Congress; and the political maneuvering in Iraq to allow US troops (or “trainers”) to stay indefinitely.

MP3 here. (19:35)

Jason Ditz is the managing news editor at Antiwar.com. His op-ed pieces have been published in newspapers and other media around the world.