Processing Distortion: “Delving Deep into the Latest on Iran & Disruptive Israeli Threats”

Peter B. Collins Presents Gareth Porter

Journalist and historian Gareth Porter returns to discuss recent developments regarding Iran, Syria and Afghanistan. We talk about Obama's bluff on Syria that led to Russia's intervention, just before Iran displayed its new posture at the UN General Assembly. He offers insight into the last-minute wrinkles added by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that stalled the Geneva talks in early November, and how Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu threatened to attack Iran through a French intermediary. Porter also provides important history on Iran's new President Rouhani and his previous role as nuclear negotiator, Ayatollah Khamenei's recent fatwa against nuclear weapons, and the reported final negotiations with the Karzai government regarding residual US forces after the promised withdrawal by the end of 2014.

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian covering US national security policy. He was awarded the Gellhorn Prize for journalism for 2011 by the UK-based Martha Gellhorn Trust. You can read his latest articles discussed during the show here and here.

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Processing Distortion: “Cruise Missile Liberals with Weapons of Mass Distortion”

Peter B. Collins Presents Gareth Porter

Dr. Gareth Porter carefully breaks down the unclassified summary of the Obama administration's "evidence" that the Syrian military is responsible for the reported chemical weapons attack on August 21 in the Damascus suburb of Adra. We start with the shifting US positions on UN weapons inspectors, and the lack of evidence for any of the strong assertions that Kerry offered with a string of introductory "We know" clauses, followed by innuendo and circumstantial evidence. We also talk about the purported interception of Syrian communications and the listening post on Cyprus at Mt. Troodos. Our discussions included the wide range of estimated fatalities, the grisly videos that do not show victims vomiting (a clear sign of sarin), the reports of chemical weapons in the hands of opposition cells near the town of Ghouta and more!

Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. He is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005. Dr. Porter was both a Vietnam specialist and an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and was Co-Director of Indochina Resource Center in Washington.

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Podcast Show #94: Murders by Drones & the Horrendous Creation of Judiciary-State Secrets Privilege

The Boiling Frogs Show Presents Gareth Porter & Kevin Gosztola

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Peter B. Collins presents Journalist Gareth Porter and analyst Kevin Gosztola of FireDogLake. Porter offers two credible sources that contradict the White House assertions that civilian deaths from drone strikes are few to zero. Like Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness”, this claim is based on the arbitrary standard that all adult males near a target are “militants”, which is undefined. As a Vietnam War historian, Porter also compares the manipulation of this information to the spin and lies of the 1960′s and 1970′s. He also offers cogent comments on Israel’s intentions to attack Iran.

At about 37 minutes into the podcast, Gosztola joins us to talk about his article on state secrets, which he calls a “horrendous creation of the judiciary.” He describes recent cases where judges have deferred to the administration, even when they were offended by lies and stonewalling. We talk about the Sibel Edmonds case and many other whistleblowers who face retaliation and fatuous claims that information that’s already public can be called “secret”.

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