Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Gitmo Force Feeding Case Update

Peter B. Collins Presents Attorney Jon Eisenberg

Hunger striking prisoners at Guantanamo are often forcibly “extracted” from their cells to be force fed. Jon Eisenberg relates the recent ruling in the case of Abu Wa’el Dhiab, where Judge Gladys Kessler showed compassion for Dhiab and expressed outrage over aspects of his treatment, but failed to address the key legal issues. While he is very disappointed in the ruling, Eisenberg confirms that there was a secret hearing with only government lawyers present, and notes that he is pursuing the same legal points in another case before a different judge. He says Dhiab’s treatment has improved, and that the release of videos of cell extraction and force feeding may be delayed by government appeals.

*Jon B. Eisenberg is an attorney in Oakland, California who is one of many pro bono lawyers aligned with Reprieve (UK) and the Center for Constitutional Rights. He was lead counsel in the al Haramain illegal wiretapping case.

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De-Manufacturing Consent- War & Empire: The Instruments of 21st-Century Tyranny

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Abigail Hall

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Abigail Hall, a research fellow at the Independent Institute and a graduating PhD student at George Mason University. We discuss Abigail's latest paper published in the Independent Review titled "Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Control."

Abigail explains how coercive foreign interventions can produce a "boomerang effect" that leads to a loss of liberty for the domestic population. We discuss how war and the expansion of the American empire have given rise to the police and surveillance state in the United States.

What does the US invasion and occupation of the Philippines in 1898 have to do with the NSA and the modern-day domestic surveillance apparatus? How did the Vietnam War lead to the creation of SWAT teams and the militarization of local police? How can the public cope with the "paradox of political power," and retrain the US government internationally and domestically?

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Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 55

Rhetoric vs. Reality in Obama's Terror War

EPPFollowing upon last week's discussion of drone warfare, this week's episode places drone war in the context of the "war on terror," or what the Obama administration has come to call "Overseas Contingency Operations." How and why did drone warfare become so popular under Obama, what other policies are advanced in the name of the "terror war" and can drone war itself be perceived as "international terrorism"? These are some questions and issues examined in this episode.

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