Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Scott Horton Show

2/9/18 Michael Bell on police reform in Wisconsin following the shooting of his son

Police-reform activist Michael Bell returns to the show to discuss his efforts to reform police conduct and receive justice for his son’s killing. Bell details the tragic events that led to his son’s shooting in 2004 and the subsequent cover up and political masquerade. Ultimately the Bell family was awarded with a record civil rights settlement—which they used to fund their mission to change the law. In April 2014, thanks to Bell’s efforts and on the back of immense public pressure, the state of Wisconsin passed a law forbidding any police department from investigating itself in police shootings.

Michael Bell is a retired U.S. air force lieutenant colonel. His website is MichaelBell.info where you can watch his documentary “Forensically Impossible” and sign his petition to re-open the case into his son’s death.

Discussed on the show:

  • “His son was killed by police. He spent almost $65K to ask for an investigation.” (Miami Herald)
  • “‘Forensically Impossible: Anatomy of a Police Cover-Up” (MichaelBell.info)
  • “Air Force Col. Buys 24 Billboards To Expose Cops Who Executed His Son” (The Free Thought Project)
  • “Wis. bill mandates rules for officer-involved deaths” (USA Today)
  • “Wisconsin police fatally shot 24 people in 2017, nearly three times more than Minnesota officers” (Post Crescent)
  • “Wisconsin Police beat and kill unarmed man is now being awarded WPPA merit award.” (The Lawrentian)
  • Shooting of John Crawford III
  • “The Insanity of Finding Fault vs. Fixing Cause,” by Michael Bell and William Scott (WilliamBScott.com)
  • “Michael M. Bell and William B. Scott: Tragedies provide solutions to officer-involved shooting crisis” (The Cap Times)
  • “Tamir Rice’s Basically Reasonable Murder,” by Scott Greenfield (Simple Justice)
  • Graham vs. Connor (1989)
  • “Scott Walker: I’m the only governor to sign law requiring investigations of deaths in police custody” (Politifact)
  • Rosemary Lehmberg
  • “Big Doses of Chemotherapy Drug Killed Patient, Hurt 2d” (The New York Times)
  • “Milwaukee officer fired after on-duty death for the first time in decades” (WKOW)

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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2/9/18 Brian Saady on NSA spying on Americans under 2017 FISA reauthorization

Author Brian Saady returns to the show to discuss his article “With the Shutdown Over, the Government Can Go Back to Suppressing Your Rights.” Saady explains in laymen’s terms FISA 702, which allows the NSA to monitor any American in communication with foreign targets concerning any foreign intelligence. Saady then turns back the clock and recalls how the history of the national security state has led to the current mass surveillance programs.

Brian Saady is the author of the three-part series “Rackets.” Check out his website at BrianSaady.com and follow him on Twitter @briansaady.

Discussed on the show:

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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2/6/18 Eric Margolis on America’s permanent presence in Syria

Veteran journalist Eric Margolis returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “The Syrian Madhouse Gets Even Crazier.” Margolis explains why Rex Tillerson’s recent decision to maintain a long-term presence in eastern Syria has created an even bigger mess and how the Turkish-Kurdish conflict has come to a head. Scott then details the long history of U.S. support for and betrayal of the Kurds.

Eric Margolis is a foreign affairs correspondent and author of “War at the Top of the World” and “American Raj.” Follow him on Twitter @EricMargolis and visit his website, ericmargolis.com.

Discussed on the show:

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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2/6/18 Elijah Magnier on Iran’s waning influence in Iraq

Veteran war correspondent Elijah Magnier returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “Iran is Losing Influence in Iraq: Is Qassem Soleimani the Right Person?” Magnier breaks down the degree to which Iraq and Iran see eye to eye about policy, the political climate in the lead up to elections in Iraq, and explains how it came to be that the Iraqis rejected the aid of their long-term ally Soleimani. Magnier then returns to the Sunni insurgency in Iraq over a decade ago and describes the intricate web of support for the Sunni insurgents, including from their historical Shia enemies. From there Magnier turns to Muqtada al-Sadr and details his rise to power and fame in the fight against the United States. Finally Magnier discusses the recent Turkish offensive in Syrian Kurdistan and explains why he thinks the Turkish are in a very precarious position.

Elijah Magnier is the chief international correspondent at Al Rai and a political and terrorism/counterterrorism analyst. Find all his work at elijahjm.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter @ejmalrai.

Discussed on the show:

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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2/6/18 Tom Cooper on the war in Yemen from above

Author and illustrator Tom Cooper joins Scott to discuss his article for War is Boring, “A New State is Emerging in Yemen.” Cooper outlines how North and South Yemen were united under Ali Abdullah Saleh, the surprising nuances in the political alliances within Yemen, and the similarities and differences between the situation in Yemen and Syria. Cooper also details the many varied fighting forces in Yemen and the general consensus among them all against Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Tom Cooper is a writer and illustrator who has authored more than 30 books modern military and aviation, including his latest: “Hot Skies Over Yemen.” He writes regularly at War is Boring.

Discussed on the show:

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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2/5/18 Gilbert Doctorow on Bob Parry and Russia-Ukraine tensions

Consortium News’ Gilbert Doctorow returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “A Coming Russia-Ukraine War?” Doctorow also shares his memories of legendary journalist Bob Parry who died this week, explains why understanding Russian political goals is essential to good diplomacy, and describes the rising tensions between Russia and the Ukraine. Doctorow then details the many different sanctions placed on Russians by the United States, and makes the case why sanctions constitute an act of war.

Gilbert Doctorow is an independent political analyst and was the European Coordinator of The American Committee for East-West Accord. He writes regularly for Consortium News. His latest book is “Does the United States Have a Future?

Discussed on the show:

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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2/5/18 Mark Perry on Donald Trump’s new Nuclear Arms Plan

Reporter Mark Perry returns to the show to talk about his latest piece for the American Conservative Magazine on Donald Trump’s nuclear posture review, “Trump’s Nuke Plan Raising Alarms Among Military Brass.” According to Perry there’s considerable skepticism within the military about the new Trump plan. Perry then details the U.S.-Russia nuclear relations and the extreme danger of any kind of nuclear escalation. Finally Perry discusses what Trump could do to ameliorate the situation with Russia.

Mark Perry is the author of Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage with its Enemies and The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthurHis most recent book, The Pentagon’s Wars was released in October. Follow him on Twitter @MarkPerryDC.

Discussed on the show:

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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2/2/18 Major Danny Sjursen on the Vietnam War’s legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan

U.S. army major Daniel A. Sjursen joins Scott to talk about his experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, the supposed military tactics of “The Surge,” and his latest piece on the legacy of the Vietnam War, “The War That Never Ends (for the U.S. Military High Command).” Sjursen draws parallels between the Vietnam War and the Iraq and Afghan Wars and makes the case that misconceptions about the Vietnam War have persisted into the tactical approach to the forever wars of the present. Finally Sjursen explains why the ingrained orthodoxies in the military make any attempt at a shift in focus impossible.

Sjursen is a major in the U.S. army and former history instructor at West Point. He writes regularly for TomDispatch.com and he’s the author of “Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge.” Follow him on Twitter @SkepticalVet.

Discussed on the show:

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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2/2/18 May Jeong on the latest murderous U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan

May Jeong returns to the show to discuss her article for The Intercept, “Losing Sight” about a four-year-old Afghan girl, Aisha Rashid, who was the sole survivor of a drone strike in a remote village in Afghanistan. Aisha miraculously survived. Then she disappeared. Jeong goes in depth into her reporting, the horrors of drone warfare, and details the ISIS presence in Afghanistan. Scott and Jeong then talk about the paradox of humanitarian aid and the satellite charity organizations.

May Jeong is a visiting scholar at the NYU school of Journalism and a Logan Fellow at the Carey Institute. Her work is published at Harper’s, The Intercept, and the London Review of Books. Follow her on Twitter @mayjeong.

Discussed on the show:

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

1/31/18 MSF’s Ghassan Abou Chaar updates the situation in Yemen

Ghassan Abou Chaar, Doctors Without Borders’ head of missions in Yemen, joins Scott to discuss the situation in Yemen. Chaar says that the cholera outbreak has improved as the dry season has limited the spread of the infection, but that cases of diarrhea remain prevalent. Chaar explains that while seasonal changes have helped, many of the awful conditions that led to the cholera outbreak in the first place remain in place. Chaar then updates the water situation in Yemen and the degree to which humanitarian aid is reaching the country. Finally Chaar explains why the work in Yemen only continues to get more difficult—and how people can contribute to the efforts of Doctors Without Broders.

Discussed on the show:

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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