Scott Horton Interviews Ivan Eland

Scott Horton, October 03, 2011

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Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and regular contributor to, discusses his prescient article “A Double Standard for the Ultimate Penalty” about the protests against convicted cop-killer Troy Davis’s execution and the stony silence about US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki’s inclusion on the government’s assassination list (without conviction or even charge); saying goodbye to Fifth Amendment protection against punishment without due process; why the government faces more accountability when wiretapping Americans than when killing them; and the insanity of trusting Barack Obama’s administration (or any other) with correctly identifying and punishing perpetrators of crimes, in the total absence of judicial review.

MP3 here. (25:16)

Ivan Eland is Senior Fellow at the The Independent Institute and a regular columnist. He is the author of Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty, The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed, Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq and Putting “Defense” Back into U.S. Defense Policy: Rethinking U.S. Security in the Post-Cold War World.

12 Responses to “Ivan Eland”

  1. Cogito ergo terrorist

  2. Al-Alawki and others like him have been 'pre-convicted' by hearsay and hysteria in our media. I don't know that much about him, but from what I have seen in the last few days, it seems to me that he came to realize that hiding within the 'War on Terror' was a war on Islam. What he may not have perceived is that hiding within that war is a war against freedom. 'They hate our freedom' proclaimed the very people who hate our freedom.

  3. As predicted by Plato – some 200 years after a Republic has been formed it would evolve into a dictatorship – and we are now there in America.
    Heil Obama!

  4. The dictatorship has nothing to do with the puppet Obama but the National Security State which operates the real levers of power.

  5. Toobin is a Tool Bin for the PTB.

  6. How can I get the gummint to buy a drone aircraft for me. I think it would make a great toy.

  7. welcome to Quran vs Boeing gamink

  8. Yes, and Saddam Hussein pulled the plugs on premie incubators in hospitals in Kuwait & threw the babies on the floor.

    At least in that case, there was a 'witness' who testified before Congress.

    My how our standards have deteriorated….

  9. And if being a mouth-piece for war-propaganda makes for a legitimate target; does that mean any adversary overseas should consider the gloves are off when it comes to Fox News? Door swings both ways is all I'm saying…

  10. Edgar Casey also predicted a police state for America at the beginning of the 21st century – he predicted this prior to his death in the 1950s. Interestingly enough, he also predicted: The return of the epidemics. An increase in natural disasters. The flooding of a great part of the world (Yet to happen, but now predicted by many scientists).

  11. When a government takes the life of a citizen without due process, it is murder, pure and simple. I suppose this makes our usurper President a murderer. What are his chances of being reelected?

  12. [...] Horton spoke to Ivan Eland about Awlaki’s assassination. Pepe Escobar discussed the Syrian rebellion, Af-Pak, and al-Qaeda. [...]

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