Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, October 01, 2011

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Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses his article “How McChrystal and Petraeus Built an Indiscriminate ‘Killing Machine’;” how Bob Woodward propagated the “surge” myth that special forces raids won the war in Iraq; targeting “insurgents” with drone surveillance and computerized cell phone tracking, while removing humans from intelligence analysis; why rounding up innocent people for interrogation, based on who or what they know, is a war crime; entering the realm of science fiction with Skynet-type systems that make automated life and death decisions; and how the US tracks and kills cellphones (and the people near them) based on the other phones they associate with.

MP3 here. (22:03)

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.

6 Responses to “Gareth Porter”

  1. A human rights guy. Can't have that. No wonder he was targeted.

  2. Another point, people borrow cell/satellite phones. There are far less cell phones than adult males outside Kabul.

  3. Just looked it up in the CIA world factbook (still the only good thing produced by the agency). 30 million people. 12 million cell phones. (2009)

  4. Sounds like a good show to listen to. The more of this kind of stuff I hear or read about, this
    mind-numblingly evil capability of our increasingly totalitarian government to use cell phone
    location tracking technology to track literally anyone who has one of these abominable gadgets
    on their person, or who is close enough to someone else who does and then to send a drone fired missile to kill anyone within a hundred yards of the cell phone being targeted, the more I think people need to refuse to own or use one of these things. I mean, there is no limit to the kind of raw and sadistic evil that can be foisted upon the public by these psychopaths who've hijacked the US government.

  5. @Steve
    “these psychopaths who’ve hijacked the US government” suggest that at some point there was non-psychopaths running US government. I really recommend reading a bit of history bro! Of course the kind of history that is not written by US government.

  6. We the US are now the new DARTH VADER, or more fitting DARK VADER spreading a new form of democracy, except it or die.

    We have to be real careful that we dont kill every last Afgan, or Iraqi citizen, if there is nobody left to cram democracy down their throats then the wars will be all for naught.

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