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Audio: Mediaroots Interview

Interview with Author, Activist David Swanson

May 26, 2011

MEDIA ROOTS- This is an exclusive Media Roots Radio interview with David Swanson conducted on May 19, 2011. David is the co-author of "The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush". He was press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, and is the co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, creator of ConvictBushCheney.org and Washington Director of Democrats.com, a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, the Backbone Campaign, and Voters for Peace, and a member of the legislative working group of United for Peace and Justice.

He has written two best selling books: Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union, and War is a Lie. To learn more about David Swanson go to http://davidswanson.org/

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Listen to last week's broadcast about Fukushima: Coverage and Break Down of Radiation, another broadcast about Libya, Nuclear Power, Religious Environmentalism, or an inerview where Two Active Duty Soldiers Speak Out.

PBS Frontline: WikiSecrets

FRONTLINE reports on the biggest intelligence breach in U.S. history -- the leaking of more than half-a-million classified documents on the WikiLeaks website in the spring of 2010.

 

Audio: Chris Moore and David Swanson on War

PITTSBURGH (NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA) — KDKA Radio’s Chris Moore spoke with David Swanson about his views on what war really is.

Swanson is the author of “War is a Lie” and expresses his views on how wars really could have been avoided.

Investigating Iraq Detainee Abuse

The abuse of was done in our names as we still continue to condemn others for exactly same!

 

Inside the Detainee Abuse Task Force

 

War News Radio: Made in Afghanistan

 

May 6th, 2011 - This week on War News Radio, " Made in Afghanistan,” we hear the final part of a two part report on the Afghan rug trade. Then, we examine American attitudes towards Osama bin Laden’s death. Finally, we learn about China’s investment role in Afghanistan. But first, a round up of this week's news.

 

Father Seeks Release of U.S. Afghan POW Spc. Bowe Bergdahl

Father of captured soldier seeks Pakistan's help

 

May 7, 2011 - In a rare public appeal, the father of a U.S. soldier held captive in the Afghan war has sought the help of Pakistan's military in securing the release of Spc. Bowe Bergdahl.

Idaho resident Bob Bergdahl, in a video post on YouTube, directly addresses Pakistan Army Chief of Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Lieutenant-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, the head of the country's intelligence service.

Restoring 'America's Honor' {?}

Restoring 'America's Honor' means living by ours and those international Laws we helped write, that means Torture is Illegal and Inhumane, any torture not just water boarding, which by the way is Not a fun experience, just ask any of us who've gone through CI/SERE training, that's why they use it in the training.

 

Bin Laden death gives U.S. upper hand against al Qaida

 

May 3: Malcolm Nance, former master instructor and chief of training at the Navy`s Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape School (the SERE School), talks with Rachel Maddow about the infrastructure of al-Qaida and the importance of Islamic democracy and the role of human intelligence in finding Osama bin Laden.

 

PBS Frontline: Fighting for bin Laden

A Special Report - 3 May 2011 - Two days after Osama bin Laden's death, FRONTLINE presents this special report with inside access to the two biggest fronts in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

First, correspondents Stephen Grey and Martin Smith go inside The Secret War and uncover new details of CIA-funded Afghan militas tasked with guarding the border, gathering intelligence and launching kill raids against the insurgents and their Al Qaeda allies. Based in Afghanistan, their work is focused on Pakistan.

A former commander of one of these teams, the Khost Protection Force (KPF), tells FRONTLINE about how the team crosses the Afghan border into Pakistan's tribal areas. Under the protection of drone aircraft, they fire mortars against Taliban and Al Qaeda targets inside Pakistan.

Listen to Ex-CIA Officer Tell Me Killing Bin Laden Was Cleaner Than Capturing Him

From Marc Steiner Show

May 3, 2011 - Segment 1

The killing of Osama Bin Laden has caused mixed reactions throughout the world, from uproar to near apathy. We will discuss how Bin Laden's death will effect the government and military of the United States.
 
We are joined by David Swanson, whose most recent book is War is a Lie. He is also the author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.

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On Radio Tonight With Marc Steiner

On Marc Steiner show tonight 5 ET http://tinyurl.com/23jjfcp

Audio: Henry Raines Show With David Swanson

Henry Raines Show 05/03/11

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May 03, 2011 08:21 AM PDT
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Guest: David Swanson is Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org and the Washington Director of Democrats.com. His most recent book is War is a Lie (2010), in which he refutes every major argument used to justify wars, with the aim to debunk future lies before future wars have a chance to begin. He is frequently published in and heard on both progressive and conservative media. Recent blogs include Libya: Another Neocon War� (4/21/11) and A United Theory of War and Taxes (4/22/11) posted at http://www.democrats.com/blog. To read about David's accomplishments and tireless anti-war and social injustice activism, see http://davidswanson.org/about.

Detective work - bin Laden w/UpDate

This is what should have happened directly after and as to 9/11! Terrorism is a criminal offense, international criminal terrorism is an international crime. We had the backing of most of the World then, meaning working with them and their resources added to ours. There should never have been Iraq and all that went with that as well as the added recruiting tools in Afghanistan. Once the Taliban were driven from there we should have worked to reign in the ghost al Qaeda while helping to rebuild Afghanistan after decades of war destruction, as we promised. But we walked away once again, like we did after the Afghan/Soviet debacle, rest is the present history as we created the next generations of bin Ladens!!

 

Detective work led to breakthrough on bin Laden

 

Tell me lies

Title above comes from a post by a brother Vietnam Vet BOHICA.

 

War News Radio: Systems of Law

This week on War news Radio First, we learn about the Raymond Davis case and the implications of Islamic and secular law.

Then, we hear about Shepherds of Helmand, a recently released documentary about the war in Afghanistan.

These stories, plus this week's news.

 

Labor Movement: Ludlow Colorado Massacre

April 20, 2011 97th Anniversary of the Ludlow Colorado Massacre

Under the command of the Rockefeller family, the National Guard fires at strikers and their families to suppress a strike of twelve thousand workers

 

Modern war poetry:

British soldiers explore Afghanistan and Iraq wars in verse

 

A new generation of war poets is providing powerful insight into ongoing conflicts by putting their vivid impressions into words. Sean Rayment and Michael Howie report.

17 April 2011 - For centuries, soldiers have used poetry to describe the horrors of war. The celebrated First World War poets – Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke – memorably used cathartic verse to illustrate the futility of a conflict that saw a generation of young men perish.

Yet war poetry offers much to the reader, too.

War News Radio: Miscommunications

April 15th, 2011 - This week on War News Radio, we investigate media coverage of the protests in Afghanistan,

Next, we learn about communications in the Libyan conflict.

Finally, we hear from a journalist who was kidnapped in Afghanistan.

All this, and the week's news.

 

War News Radio: Big Decisions

 

Big Decisions April 8th, 2011 - First, we hear about the Obama administration trying Guantanamo detainees in military commissions. Then we analyze media coverage of NATO attacks in Libya. Finally, we hear about the controversies surrounding Basetrack, an experimental media project in southern Afghanistan. These stories, plus this week's news.

 

U.S. Society Spending More on Prisons than Education

Anybody know of a state, or national mega, that has a lottery, playing mostly to the lower income citizen, dedicated to prison spending, me neither!

 

AIR DATE: April 7, 2011 NAACP Report Says Shift in Funding Toward Prisons 'Failing Us'

 

SUMMARY

A new report from the NAACP shows states are devoting increasingly larger portions of their budgets to prisons, while education gets smaller and smaller portions. Judy Woodruff discusses the report with NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Transcript

 

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