Monday, November 20, 2017

The Scott Horton Show

11/15/17 David Ruiz on recent surveillance policy developments

Scott is joined by David Ruiz to talk about the latest developments to U.S. surveillance policy and how new policy is being written and passed to extend the spirit of expiring elements of the Patriot Act. Ruiz explains how the various elements of U.S. mass surveillance work, including how the FBI uses backdoor searches and parallel construction in order to construct cases against Americans. Scott and Ruiz attempt to assess just how much valuable intel is being collected by American spying, and how, because we’re totally in the dark about most things related to U.S. surveillance, it is very difficult to assess the effectiveness of the program.

David Ruiz writes about the NSA for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @davidalruiz.

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11/15/17 Grant Smith on Americans’ waning patience for military spending

Grant Smith, director of the Institute for Research Middle Eastern Policy returns to the show to discuss his latest article for Antiwar.com “Poll: Americans Would Cut Middle East War Spending.” Smith promotes the IRMEP’s upcoming 2018 conference and explains why he believes the organized Israel lobbying groups are, contrary to their claims, unrepresentative of American Jewish communities. Scott and Smith then discuss whether Israel needs the United States’ continual aid and why noninterventionism is the best policy. Smith then explains why the Saudis don’t need a considerable lobby like AIPAC to ensure their goals are met. Finally Smith addresses the free speech threats of the latest domestic pro-Israel policies.

Grant F. Smith is the author of a number of books including “Big Israel: How Israel’s Lobby Moves America” and “Divert!”. He is director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.

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11/13/17 Alfred McCoy on Opium production in Afghanistan

Professor and author Alfred McCoy joins Scott to discuss his latest article “Washington’s Drug of Choice in the War on Terror.” McCoy describes how heroin first became a major factor of the Afghan economy and credits the Taliban’s capture of the illicit opium market for their recent resurgence. According to McCoy, at the peak of the Columbian cartel’s operations cocaine made up 3% of Columbia’s GDP; in Afghanistan in 2008 it was 58%. McCoy then details how all of the U.S. programs to disincentivize people from growing opium have blown up and actually increased incentives to grow opium. McCoy explains why he thinks that the combination of covert and conventional warfare will make Afghanistan the major war of the Trump administration—and how America’s failure to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan is emblematic of a fading superpower. Finally Scott asks: what’s the solution?

Alfred McCoy is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin. McCoy is the author of “The Politics of Heroin” “The Question of Torture” and “In The Shadows of the American Century.” He writes regularly at TomDispatch.com.

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“This is  what I call the stimulus of prohibition—it’s the underlying illogic of the entire supply side effort of the drug war that the United States has been fighting in Afghanistan since the U.S. intervened in 2002.” —Alfred McCoy

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11/13/17 Stephen Walt on Charles Koch’s new institute for foreign policy research

Harvard professor and author of the “The Israel Lobby And U.S. Foreign Policy,” Stephen Walt joins the show to discuss Charles Koch’s latest initiative to create a multi-million dollar grant for graduate and doctoral students to study U.S. foreign policy at MIT and Harvard. Walt briefly describes how the grant came about and then discusses with Scott the modern state of U.S. foreign policy debate in academia and why there has been striking uniformity in the post-Cold War era.

Stephen Walt is Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Walt is a regular contributor to ForeignPolicy. Follow him on Twitter @stephenWalt.

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11/10/17 Nasser Arrabyee on the escalation of the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen

Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show to give his latest update on the devestation from the U.S.-Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. Arrabyee confirms that more than 900,000 people have contracted cholera and discusses the recent retaliatory strike by the Houthis against the Saudi airport and the latest developments in the U.S.-Saudi blockade, which the U.N. warns could kill millions of people. Arrabyee explains how Yemeni deaths have been vastly underestimated and dispels the myth that this is a moral war. Finally Arrabyee explains in detail the myriad factors that contribute to the war in Yemen and why it would be impossible for someone like Donald Trump to understand them.

Nasser Arrabyee is a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen. He is the owner and director of yemen-now.com. You can follow him on Twiiter @narrabyee.

Discussed on the show:

  • “8/28/17 MSF’s Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen” (Scott Horton Show)
  • “A new Saudi blockade could worsen Yemen’s cholera crisis” (Washington Post)
  • “Millions In Yemen Will Die Unless Saudi Aid Blockade Is Lifted, UN Warns” (Huffington Post)
  • “Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of ‘direct aggression’ over Yemen missile” (The Guardian)
  • “11/7/17 Congressman Walter Jones on his fight for H.Con.Res.81 and against the War Party” (Scott Horton Show)
  • Houthis
  • Zaidi Shias
  • “Airstrike Kills at Least 25 at Market in Yemen” (New York Times)
  • “Yemen attack: 42 killed in suicide bombings claimed by Isis” (The Independent)

11/7/17 Rick Sterling Reviews the Evidence from the April Syrian Sarin Attack

Investigative journalist Rick Sterling joins Scott to discuss his story for Consortium News “The Trumped-Up Syria-Sarin Case.” Sterling goes through the play-by-play of the attack in Khan Sheikhoun in April, 2017 and what has come to light since then. Sterling comprehensively addresses the major details and outstanding questions from the attack, starting with the earliest reports, including Phil Giraldi breaking the news on Scott’s show back in April, to the latest developments of his reporting.

11/7/17 Congressman Walter Jones on his fight for H.Con.Res.81 and against the War Party

Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina joins Scott to discuss his co-sponsorship of H.Con.Res.81, the United States’s never-ending wars, and how Congress can take back its mantle. Jones explains why he blames Paul Ryan for the lack of a vote on H.Con.Res.81, how Congress has abdicated its responsibility on matters of war, and why issues of war and peace are the most pressing that are facing the U.S.

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Quote of the show: “Scott, that is the dishonesty of Washington…the Rules Committee is nothing but a puppet group…it’s just hogwash to be honest with you.” – Walter Jones

 

11/6/17 Ray McGovern updates the latest Russia-gate news

Ray McGovern returns to discuss the latest developments in the Russia-gate scandal, specifically his article for Consortium News “More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative.” McGovern says he’s never seen a more successful disinformation campaign and reiterates that if there was a hack, the NSA would know, which strongly suggests that it was a leak. McGovern accounts for why the Clinton campaign was so successful in creating a Russia bogeyman, which has been the gift that keeps on giving. McGovern believes that thanks to both Clinton and Trump, tensions between the United States and Russia are as dangerous as they’ve ever been—and reminds everyone that, unlike Saddam Hussein, Russia indeed has weapons of mass destruction (which is, of course, a reason to avoid war).

Ray McGovern is the co-creator of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and the former chief of the CIA’s Soviet analysts division. Read all of his work at his website: raymcgovern.com.

 

Discussed on the show:

  • “01/13/17 – William Binney on Russian hacking, NSA spying, and counterproductive means of fighting terrorism” (The Scott Horton Show)
  • Ed Loomis (Frontline)
  • Donald Rumsfeld (WikiQuote)
  • Guccifer 2.0
  • “Hillary Clinton says Vladimir Putin’s Crimea occupation echoes Hitler” (The Guardian)
  • “Clapper Calls for Arming Ukrainian Forces: Who Would That Actually Empower?” by Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept)
  • “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections” (Office of the DNI)
  • “Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence,” by VIPS (Antiwar.com)
  • “Time to Reassess the Roles Played by Guccifer 2.0 and Russia in the DNC ‘Hack’,” by Scott Ritter (TruthDig)
  • “A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack,” by Patrick Lawrence (The Nation)
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel
  • “Huffington Post Pulls Down Article That Runs Afoul of DNC/HuffPost Guidelines on Russia-gate,” by Ray McGovern (RayMcGovern.com)
  • “It’s not Russia that’s pushed Ukraine to the brink of war” (The Guardian)
  • Seymour Hersch
  • “The Mystery of Ray McGovern’s Arrest,” by Ray McGovern (Consortium News)
  • “Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier” (Washington Post)

10/6/17 Alex Kane on the rise of American police training in Israel

Journalist Alex Kane joins the show to talk about his latest article “Ending Deadly Collusion between U.S. and Israeli Police.” Kane describes how American police regularly travel to Israel to train, and how the Jewish Voice for Peace Chapter decided to bring light to the issue through their new “Deadly Exchange.” According to Kane, hundreds of American police officers have travelled to Israel and trained with Israeli commanders. Kane then details the multifaceted cooperation between Israeli and U.S. security forces, both domestically and in foreign policy. Finally, Kane addresses the integral differences between Judaism and Israel and why they are so frequently conflated.

Alex Kane is a freelance journalist who’s writing appears in Ha’aretz, the Intercept and elsewhere. He’s formerly an editor at Mondoweiss and Alternet. Read more of his work at his website and follow him on Twitter.

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11/6/17 John Feffer on Donald Trump’s escalation of North Korea

John Feffer returns to the show following his trip to South Korea and Japan where Donald Trump is visiting to continue his escalation against North Korea. Feffer details China’s role in curtailing North Korea, why the effort has fallen short, and how the Trump administration continues to pressure countries in the region. Scott wonders whether Donald Trump is really as dangerous on North Korea as everyone portrays him—and why neither the United States or North Korea has motivation to start a war. Feffer believes that the United States ultimately uses the North Korea threat to increase our leverage and influence in Asia, particularly over China. Feffer then travels down memory lane and explains how the Iraq War somehow dovetailed into escalation with North Korea. Feffer then shares his guess for the future: strategic patience—even from Donald Trump.

John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus and author of the dystopian novel Splinterlands. His latest article for FPIF.org is “Honoring Otto Warmbier.” Follow Feffer on Twitter @JohnFeffer.

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