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838: Undercoverup Shows
- Journalist Will Jordan explores the diplomatic underworld revealed in the Spy Cables leak.
- Peter Pomerantsev gives a tour of Russian mass psychology via Vladimir Putin’s media-verse.
- Journalist Gerard Ryle follows the Swiss Leaks story, from arms traffickers to tax cheats.
- Attorney Flint Taylor explains how police abuse in Chicago extends far beyond Homan Square.
- Steve Horn introduces the bomb train, coming to a town near you. If it doesn’t explode first.
- Subjective first-person Jeff Dorchen tries to figure out who’s narrating his life.
Flint Taylor: “You dehumanize Vietnamese, you dehumanize black people on the south side of Chicago. You dehumanize people in prisons in Pennsylvania, you dehumanize people in Abu Ghraib. That concept is almost universal in terms of what you see going back and forth with regard to local law enforcement in this county and sites such as Guantanamo and Vietnam.”
Attorney Flint Taylor connects the Homan Square ‘black site’ story to a larger history of secrecy, violence and abuse that spans decades, continents and wars.
Flint was quoted in the much talked-about, Spencer Ackerman article The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’ at the Guardian.
Flint Taylor is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago.
Will Jordan: “South Africa has to cooperate with the Israelis, because they need all that good information from one of the best, most efficient intelligence agencies in the world – also the most ruthless. But on the other hand, they also can’t trust them – because they’re going to start spying in South Africa on the South Africans.”
Journalist Will Jordan reports on what the world has learned about Israel’s internal, and international, intelligence operations – from a split on Iran’s nuclear programs, to blackmail and cyber-attacks in South Africa.
Will is one of the journalists publishing the Spy Cables series of reports at Al Jazeera.
Will Jordan is a Doha-based investigative producer.
Peter Pomerantsev: “We’re only just entering a century that’s going to be full of these wars of ‘pure perception.’ The Russian military theory states this openly. It says the future of war is wars of pure perception fought purely through psychological means.”
TV producer Peter Pomerantsev explains how Vladimir Putin reshaped Russian television into a hallucinatory structure of control – where conspiracy, propaganda and cynicism dominate reality and manufacture the need for Putin himself.
Peter is author of the new book Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia.
Peter Pomerantsev is a London-based television producer.
Steve Horn: “There is a lot of backlash against Tar Sands pipelines. And the industry is very quietly finding alternatives to bring it to market, and that is Tar Sands-by-rail.”
Journalist Steve Horn reports on the economic, environmental and political realities of the growing oil-by-rail industry, from derailments and explosions across North America to the lobbyists working both parties to keep the money and oil flowing.
Steve has been covering bomb trains and the flow of money and oil in his recent writing at DeSmog Blog.
Steve Horn is an investigative journalist and research fellow at DeSmogBlog.
Gerard Ryle: “Anything that has secrecy has the potential for wrongdoing, and what you’re seeing with the offshore world is that the product that they are selling is secrecy.”
Investigative journalist Gerard Ryle explains how Swiss bank HSBC enabled the rich to hide their wealth and conduct illicit transactions, what the US can and could and won’t do about offshore banking, and why financial secrecy poses a threat to democracy around the world.
Gerard has been digging through the Swiss Leaks, a series of files documenting the illicit financial dealings of Swiss banking giant HSBC.
Gerard Ryle is an investigative journalist and director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists at the Center for Public Integrity.
Jeff Dorchen: “Not long after the bungee incident, I began to notice a change in how I viewed aspects of my life. I have never been a particularly materialistic person, but suddenly I was measuring myself in terms of how I might appear to some disembodied judge, according to what my possessions said about my financial situation.”
Poor Jeff Dorchen tries to go on a date and winds up taking home an internalized capitalist narrator in his crappy car.
According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.