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.
Daniel Larison, a senior editor at The American Conservative, discusses the pro-Russian protests in eastern Ukraine; the thousands of Russian troops gathered at Ukraine’s border, poised for invasion; US benevolent global hegemony vs. the real world; and NATO’s mission of “keeping the Germans down, the Russians out, and the Americans in.”
Clive Stafford Smith, the founder and Director of Reprieve, discusses Shaker Aamer’s continued detention in Guantanamo despite being cleared for release by the Bush and Obama administrations; Aamer’s physical and psychological damage from severe torture and confinement; why the UK doesn’t want him back; and how Guantanamo has damaged the US’s reputation worldwide.
Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his “Freedom vs. the State” college speaking tour with FFF vice president Sheldon Richman; the merits of Michael Swanson’s The War State; and why JFK was indeed serious about reigning in the CIA after the near-cataclysmic Cuban missile crisis.
Michael Rattner, President Emeritus at the Center for Constitutional Rights, discusses the federal court dismissal of a joint CCR/ACLU lawsuit challenging US drone killings of three American citizens; the court’s deference to presidential authority without regard to due process of law; and the proper definition and application of the laws of war.
Flynt Leverett, author of Going to Tehran, discusses why the US got so involved in Syria after the Arab Spring; the lousy record of US-backed regime changes in the Middle East and beyond; how support for Syria’s rebels draws out the stalemate and creates a humanitarian disaster; Obama’s commitment (or lack thereof) to an Iran [...]
Ray McGovern, a retired CIA officer turned political activist, discusses how the US intelligence community helped prevent military intervention in Syria; John Kerry’s repeated lies about the Sarin gas attack and an “unbelievably short war” scenario; Obama’s surprising resolve to defy the neoconservatives and the Israel lobby; and why the rift with Russia shouldn’t nix [...]