Ray McGovern, a retired CIA officer turned political activist, discusses CIA Director John Brennan’s secretive visit to Kiev; the failed unleashing of Ukraine’s army against separatists; the frenzied (and false) stories on “Jew registration” in eastern Ukraine; John Kerry’s foreign policy disasters; and Israel’s contentment with the status quo in Syria’s bloody civil war.
Patrick Cockburn, an award-winning contributor to The Independent, discusses his 5-part series on Al-Qa’Ida’s resurgence despite the ongoing war on terror; the buyer’s remorse suffered by the US and Gulf monarchies backing Syria’s rebels; and the government’s perverse incentives to make war instead of peace.
The Other Scott Horton, an international human rights lawyer and blogger at Harper’s magazine, discusses the leaked summary of the Senate’s report on CIA torture; the White House’s refusal to turn over documents that likely implicate the Bush administration; what prompted CIA-supporter Dianne Feinstein’s turn against the agency; the Justice Department’s corruption and/or ineptitude; and signs [...]
James Bovard, author of Public Policy Hooligan, discusses the legislative “cluster-bombs” exploding under unsuspecting Americans; the IRS’s seizure of tax refunds from individuals who allegedly were overpaid by Social Security decades ago; how government theft is legalized through civil asset forfeiture laws; evidence that the war on drugs is finally winding down; and Americans’ increasing [...]
Eric Margolis, an award-winning syndicated columnist, discusses how Ukraine war-fever resembles pre-WWI militarism; the American and British banks that benefit from an IMF bailout; Israel’s connection to Ukraine’s large Jewish population and ruling class; Russia’s ability to cause supply-chain problems for US troops in Afghanistan; and why the top Afghan presidential candidates all look like [...]
John Glaser, editor of Antiwar.com, discusses John Kerry’s surprising admission that Israel is to blame for sabotaging Israel-Palestine peace talks; how Jewish settlements in the West Bank hurt Israel’s security and make a Palestinian state untenable; and the Likud Party’s commitment to “the realization of Zionist values.”
Jonathan Landay, a national security and intelligence reporter for McClatchy Newspapers, discusses the Senate report exposing the CIA’s lies about the effectiveness and severity of their enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT) program; the shaky foundations of Justice Department legal opinions authorizing torture; the neoconservative group that pushed the Saddam-9/11 theory, leading to false confessions of prisoners under [...]
Jason Leopold, author of News Junkie, discusses what the Senate Intelligence Committee report says about CIA black sites; the secret CIA prisons in Poland, Guantanamo, Diego Garcia and Afghanistan; the experimental torture on Abu Zubaydah conducted before John Yoo’s infamous torture memos; and the huge increase in FOIA requests since the Snowden leaks.