Scott Horton Interviews Stephan Salisbury

Scott Horton, March 05, 2012

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Stephan Salisbury, author of Mohamed’s Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland, discusses his article “Weaponizing the Body Politic;” how the War on Drugs served as dress rehearsal for the current homeland security police state; the tanks and APCs providing “security” for the Republican National Convention in Tampa; how the freedoms of speech and assembly have become quaint notions from a bygone era; a cost-benefit analysis for the War on Terror (around 1 billion spent per terrorist); and the quick learners in government who realized “terrorism” is a magic word that, repeated often enough, makes them powerful and unaccountable.

MP3 here. (24:10)

Stephan Salisbury is cultural writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and TomDispatch regular. His most recent book is Mohamed’s Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland.

6 Responses to “Stephan Salisbury”

  1. Let’s stipulate that the U.S. is a quasi-fascist country. The U.S. Government is off the rails–it’s lawless at home and abroad.

    What to do about it? Well, there’s nullification, there’s secession. . . .

  2. Before I even listened to the show, I saw the name of the guest's book and looked to see what it was. Although I thought it sounded very interesting, my first thought was that I wouldn't want to have to order that and have it sent to me, because who knows who might be checking out the names of people who ordered this book… Sad to be so paranoid

  3. The police are the enemy of the people.

  4. Don’t you live in Kuwait, the land of free and rich and charitable people?
    Why, you need not be paranoid!

  5. Empire USA — A two class society

    All of law enforcement is of the educated upper-half of society, the 51% most educated and wealthy, the voting majority who own all the wealth.

    Law enforcement in America spends 95% of its time policing the lower-half of society, the result being a police state for the laboring-class who have no education but some high school.

  6. America is dead. All we can do now is watch it self-destruct and try not to get put in jail or be killed.

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