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840: Overhead Press Shows
- Intelligence expert Mel Goodman warns the proposed CIA restructuring further weaponizes information.
- Journalist Patrick Cockburn explains how the rise of Islamic State shifted politics across the Middle East.
- Writer Andrew Cockburn narrates a sudden history of American drone assassination campaigns.
- Our Man in Dublin, Will Lynch reports back from the latest Sinn Féin conference.
- Live from Budapest, Todd Williams checks in from the newest draft of Hungary’s constitution.
- Jeff Dorchen takes yet another header into the snake pit of identity politics.
Mel Goodman: “Brennan is working in a situation where no one is monitoring. There’s no real skepticism, there’s no challenge. This country has lost its cynical edge in situations like this.”
Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman explains how the American intelligence system abandoned its Trumanite roots, and why a new restructuring plan means more intelligence failures and less accountability than ever.
Mel wrote the article The Decline of the CIA for CounterPunch in November, months before the story was reported. Now that’s an intelligence expert!
Melvin Goodman is former Senior Analyst for the CIA and current Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy.
Will Lynch: “There is a hand of fraternal solidarity being extended from Greece, from Spain, to Ireland. Parties that are to the left of center are breaking away from the traditional center-axis.”
Will Lynch reports back from Ard Fheis 2015, the Sinn Féin conference, where he saw an energized Irish left ready to battle IMF-imposed austerity, water privatization and the status quo of the Irish Labour Party.
Will also showed his tattoo to the Cuban ambassador and got a hug in return. Awww.
Our Man in Dublin, Will Lynch has giving us the news from Dublin since 2010.
Patrick Cockburn: “That’s one of the reasons Islamic State has flourished – it may have many enemies, but these enemies often hate each other as much, if not more, than they hate ISIS. And there isn’t a sign of that changing.”
Journalist Patrick Cockburn charts the Venn diagram of allegiances and interests in the fight(s) against Islamic State – from the parallel wars of the US and Iran, to the internal fault lines exposed by shifts in political power.
Patrick has been doing amazing, on the ground reporting from Iraq and Kurdistan for the Independent.
Patrick Cockburn is a reporter for The Independent newspaper and author of The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution.
Todd Williams: “Something is going to come out – some scandal, and people are going to demand that he step down. And I think his own party will turn against him. And I suspect that this will all happen in May.”
On the eve of Independence Day, Todd Williams checks in to talk about signs of big political change on Hungary’s horizon, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s growing unpopularity and an energy deal with Russia that has Hungarians nervous about an old foe.
Todd Williams is an African-American from Sacramento, California who has lived in Budapest, Hungary for the past 23 years, mostly by chance.
Andrew Cockburn: “Killing a leader – an important part of the enemy’s structure – actually makes life worse for you, because they’re always replaced and the person who replaces them is invariably more efficient at what they’re doing.”
Journalist Andrew Cockburn traces the roots of America’s assassination-by-drone program to the Vietnam war, and explains how its global expansion was fueled by war lobbyists, secrecy and political expediency.
Andrew is author of the new book Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins.
Andrew Cockburn is a writer and Washington Editor of Harper’s magazine.
Jeff Dorchen: “I’m not asking to be your ally. I’m asking you to be mine. I need help fighting patriarchal-heteronormative-white-supremacist-uber-capitalist-owning-class-hegemony too.”
Jeff Dorchen’s Facebook feed strikes again. He just wants to post funny pictures of himself and texts mistranslated by Bing, but instead he’s dragged into a snakepit of internet comments, accusations of racism and general ideological butthurtedness.
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.