Monday 2 May '11 show notes

Monday 2 May '11 show notes

  • The crime of the century!
  • John Amato, Founder/Editor - Crooks and Liars.  Twitter Bin Laden's dead...can our troops finally come home?
  • Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service News Agency, investigative journalist and historian specializing in U.S. national security policy.  Twitter No more undeclared wars...?
  • Haris Tarin, director of the Washington office, Muslim Public Affairs Council.  Twitter Death of bin Laden.
  • Professor Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Bin Laden is dead.
  • Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief.
  • Clip: Cindy Sheehan quoting George W Bush autobiography ghost writer Mickey Herskowitz: "As a matter of fact, in interviews in 1999 with respected journalist and long-time Bush family friend, Mickey Herskowitz, then Governor George Bush stated, 'One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as commander in chief. My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it. If I have a chance to invade, if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency.' "My Testimony for the Downing Street Memo Hearings" by Cindy Sheehan, June 16 2005.
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Osama Bin Laden is dead. US forces shot and killed the leader of Al-Qaeda yesterday in a highly secure compound just 35 miles north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The boy of Bin Laden was secured and identified him using a sample of his brain tissue – before being buried at sea in accordance with Muslim traditions. President Obama addressed the nation last night to say, “We can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al-Qaeda’s terror: justice has been done” So what happens now?
 
Setting aside the morale boosting effects that the death of Bin Laden will have on US forces and the consoling effects that the death will have on people who lost loved ones – and the political effects for President Obama – does taking out Bin Laden really change anything in our “War on Terror”? Does it at least validate our efforts in the last decade? Our nation is vastly different than we were ten years ago when we set out to get Bin Laden – and I think you’d be hard-pressed to find one person who would argue it has been change for the better. And as a result, there are more men, women, and children that want to kill America than before we started. And despite the trillions spent in our War on Terror and the news we been made – we can’t honestly claim we are any safer today.
 
Yeah, we got Bin Laden – a criminal is dead – but looking at the list of problems our country is STILL facing at this hour because we decided to react to a crime with a war – he was the least of our worries. It’s time to end our wars.
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Eyewitness account-raid on Bin Laden compound (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: Eyewitness account-raid on Bin Laden compound With Mosharraf Zaidi, Writer in Pakistan.  Twitter
 
Crime of the century Bin Laden Dead, President Obama Says.
 
How'd we get here With Russ Baker, investigative journalist - WhoWhatWhy.com.  Twitter
 
Bin Laden is dead...international: war on terror over? With Jordan Tama, Fellow-Truman National Security Project / Professor-American University’s School of International Service.  Twitter
 
Bin Laden's death...no more undeclared wars? With Tom Hayden, Activist/Author/former CA State Senator.  Twitter
 
Bin Laden's death...political implications With:
- Robert Parry, Investigative Journalist/Editor Consortium News  Twitter
- Jamie Weinstein - Deputy Editor, DailyCaller.com Twitter
 
Bin Laden is dead... With Alejandro Beutel, Government & Policy Analyst with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).  Twitter
 
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Hour One: The crime of the century!
 
Book: "A Charge to Keep: My Journey to the White House" by George W. Bush, Mickey Herskowitz.
Article: "My Testimony for the Downing Street Memo Hearings" by Cindy Sheehan, June 16 2005.
Article: "Transcript: Bin Laden determined to strike in US"(August 6, 2001, presidential daily briefing).
 
Bin Laden's dead...can our troops finally come home? John Amato, Founder/Editor - Crooks and Liars.
Article: "'After-Birthers' swimming in the muck" by John Amato.  Twitter

Hour Two: No more undeclared wars...? Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service News Agency, investigative journalist and historian specializing in U.S. national security policy.  Twitter
Article: "Bush rejects Taliban offer to surrender bin Laden" by Andrew Buncombe, 15 October 2001.
 
Death of bin Laden with Haris Tarin, director of the Washington office, Muslim Public Affairs Council.  Twitter
 
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief.
Article: "Muslim world reaction mixed" by Jennifer Epstein.
Article: "Notes on the Death of Osama bin Laden" by Steve Coll.
Article: "Detective Work on Courier Led to Breakthrough on Bin Laden" By Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper.
Article: "Message from the Director: Justice Done" by Leon Panetta.
Article: "Bush is called before statement" by Matt Negrin.

Hour Three: Bin Laden is dead with Professor Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies.
 
Poem: "For whom the bell tolls" by John Donne.
Movie: The 11th Hour (DVD), Leonardo DiCaprio.
Movie: "I AM", Directed by Tom Shadyac.
Article: "Bin Laden used wife as shield" by Matt Negrin.
 
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