Saturday, 3. March 2012
This is Part VII of our interview series on the Makings of a Police State. You can listen to previous segments here.
Peter Van Buren joins us to discuss the Obama administration’s unprecedented persecution and prosecution of government whistleblowers, and how the has already charged more people under the Espionage Act for alleged mishandling of classified information than all past presidencies combined. He talks about the retaliation he has experienced as the only Foreign Service Officer ever to have written a critical book about the State Department while still employed there, including the suspension of his security clearance, demotion, and being placed under surveillance at work.
Van Buren served with the Foreign Service for over two decades and worked as a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) leader in Iraq. In September 2011, he released a book about his experiences, titled: We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. After the book’s publication, the State Department suspended Van Buren’s security clearance indefinitely.
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Here is our guest Peter Van Buren unplugged!
Note: Due to technical difficulties in our recording studio, some of this podcast may not be as clear as our usual podcasts.
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