Scott Horton Interviews Marcy Wheeler

Scott Horton, April 29, 2012

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Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses the laws governing assassination-by-drone; re-using “signature strikes” in Yemen, after large numbers of Pakistani civilian casualties prompted the US to briefly abandon the tactic; why Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s “insurgent math” applies to Yemen as well as Afghanistan; and why the government is throwing the book at whistleblower Bradley Manning.

MP3 here. (19:59)

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.

9 Responses to “Marcy Wheeler”

  1. On the right side of history

    Our voting majority has excessive wealth, it being the most wealthy voting majority the world has ever known, so quite natural is it for them to want the excessive deadly force of assassination drones and to always vote for war-hawk presidents. So, an attitude adjustment is needed and we have but three ways to go:

    (1) Convince the voters that our military can no longer win our wars of aggression and plunder.

    (2) Show that divine intervention will punish the greedy in this lifetime.

    (3) Explain how being honest will gain the most wealth and pleasure.

    Problem is, the big three above are big lies and our 51% most wealthy knows full well their lies. Reality is, time and experience be the great arbitrators of truth and the ultimate conclusion of it all has a grand and awesome purpose.

  2. There's probably a 'drone lobby' by now, so no matter how many innocent civilians are killed our elected officials will never put an end to it. When democracies become corrupt, they really take the cake!

  3. Vote101:IF u r not with U$Kingz(XbribedzoO) , u r aganist them(Dead without Azaa).

  4. Freewill animal — Human without a conscience.

    Everyone in America that follows the news, they know that drone assassination is a criminal act, as they would never want to be the victim of such an unconscionable and diabolical killing machine.

    So, in our goal to end all wars, if we cannot appeal the collective conscience of America, because it has none, are all our efforts to no avail?

  5. Animals only kill to feed themselves – the phrase "freewill animal" is an insult to animals. Athough I toally agree with the meaning behind the statement, John.

    "Humans without a Conscience" is exactly what it is.

  6. TO: Walter Cole

    A conscience springs from humility, a conviction that this day of life is more then we deserve, which gives us no choice but to concede that everything we own belongs to those who have less. But then, such a thought enters the realm of things absolute where everything has a purpose, even wars as they carry us to the outer limits of misery. And so, surely our fun loving world is not about to except anything as absolute.

  7. Hitler(Redcross) protestors where Farmgased and Abod$'z(stolenHelal) are Oildronned

  8. Wave of the future

    Soon hovering over every gated community in Empire USA may be seen one of these flying robots and killing machines. And when from its loudspeaker you are ordered to show your Country Club membership card, take care, for only property has rights in America, and at the speed of a Hellfire missile your body parts and blood could be fertilizing the soil of the rich who rule America.

  9. Drone Strikes and Night Raids are War Crimes.

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