September 29 - A 9/11 Widow on Taking the Saudis to Court; The Concerted Effort to Close the Book on 9/11; De-Escalating Violence By and Against the Police

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We begin with the reaction to yesterday’s overwhelming votes in the House and Senate to override President Obama’s veto of JASTA, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act that now is the law of the land even though many Senators who voted for it now want the amend the bill. Kristen Breitweiser, a 9/11 widow and activist who is known for pressuring Washington to provide a public accounting of what went wrong on September 11. 2001 and in the months before, joins us to discuss why she feels that the role of the Saudis in the 9/11 attacks has not been thoroughly investigated and that the only way the truth will finally come out is in court cases that can now go forward in which discovery can be employed and evidence presented and evaluated. We also discuss President Obama’s rebuke of the Congress for not doing the “hard thing” in voting against JASTA.

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Then we speak with Philip Shenon, a long-time Washington correspondent and foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the bestselling author of “The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation”. He joins us to discuss the concerted efforts, following the release of the declassified 28 pages, to close the book on 9/11 and ignore the paths not taken by previous investigators that the pages reveal indicating the leads generated and evidence trails were not followed because higher ups blocked the pursuit of any investigation into Saudi Arabia’s possible role in 9/11. We also assess whether today’s announcement that Saudi Arabia in cutting production to drive up the price of oil which will take the pressure off Russia’s sinking economy, is retaliation for yesterday’s vote, assuming the U.S. has been encouraging Saudi Arabia to flood  the market to lower the price of oil as a way to punish Putin.

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Then finally Lisa Campbell joins us in the studio. She is a 20 year veteran of Law Enforcement who comes from a family in which her mother, father, brother, uncles and cousins are police officers. We will discuss the documentary film she has just finished, “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” which attempts to bridge the gap by addressing the underlying issues that lead to the escalation of violence by and against the police. Since new evidence is emerging from both the controversial shootings of Keith Scott in Charlotte and Terance Crutcher in Tulsa, we will examine non-lethal options that police could employ and whether they are trained and equipped to deal with the erratic behavior of suspects suffering from mental illness or drug addiction.

 

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September 28 - Evidence of Russian Involvement in the Downing of a Malaysian Passenger Airliner; The Overwhelming Vote to Override Obama's Veto of a Bill Allowing 9/11 Families to Sue Saudi Arabia; Could American Exemption From Sovereign Immunity Backfire

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We begin with an analysis on the just-released report by the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team into the shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine in 2014 that killed all 298 people aboard. David Gleave, a Chief Investigator for Aviation Safety and an expert with the Transportation Research Group at Loughborough University in the U.K., joins us to look into the enormous amount of evidence compiled by the Dutch, Australian, Belgium, Malaysian and Ukrainian investigators and prosecutors which involved sifting through thousands of pieces of debris, 150,000 intercepted phone calls and half a million photographs. While the report promises to later identify suspects and determine who gave the orders, it does conclusively prove the Russian Buk missile was trucked in from Russia at the request of the Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine, then returned to Russia that same night after shooting down the passenger plane.

 

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Then we examine the overwhelming 97 to 1 vote in the Senate today to override President Obama’s veto of the Schumer/Cornyn bill that was followed by a 338 to 74 vote in the House to allow the families of the victims of 9/11 to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for possible involvement in and sponsorship of the 9/11 attacks.  Coleen Rowley, a former FBI special agent who pushed to investigate the so-called 13th 9/11 hijacked Zacharias Moussoui before the 9/11 attacks, joins us to discuss the importance of the families of the victims getting their day in court because it will be the only way that evidence about an alleged role of Saudi Arabia in the attacks could be presented to the public and evaluated.

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Then finally Gregory Gause, Chair and Professor of International Affairs at Texas A&M University and author of “Saudi-Yemeni Relations: Domestic Structures and Foreign Influence”, joins us to discuss the Obama Administration’s concerns having suffered their first veto override, that the legislation, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Acts”, which defines an American exemption to sovereign immunity, could backfire and expose the American government, its military, its citizens and corporations to lawsuits abroad.

 

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September 27 - The Strongman Exposed as Weak and Childish; Hacking the Votes of the 7.6 Million Overseas Americans; Will McConnell Shutdown the Government to Protect Secret Corporate Political Spending

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We begin with an analysis of the first presidential debate and speak with Tom Rosshirt, who served as a national security speechwriter for President Clinton and wrote a prescient article about Donald Trump, whose weakness was on display in last night, in Politico back in July warning that, “nothing is more dangerous than a weak man with power, and Trump is weak. Very weak. He can’t take the pain of arguments and evidence that contradict his self-image”.  We discuss the wilting of Trump before the eyes of 80 million viewers as his bluster increasingly rang hollow, and he resorted to campaign slogans with meandering responses that became more and more childish when challenged on his “birther” crusade and hyped-up record as a businessman. We also try to assess whether in our poisonous, polarized and tribal political climate, minds can be changed by such an obvious exhibition of an empty suit barking at a composed and accomplished woman.

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Then we examine the impact of the 7.6 million overseas votes in this election that are vulnerable to hacking and speak with John-Paul Bernbach, who was spokesperson for Democrats Abroad and the Democratic Party in Europe in the 2008 presidential campaign. The author of a new book “Beyond Reason: Debunking Conservative Lies, Delusions, and Falsehoods and What You Really Need to Know Before You Vote”, he joins us to discuss how far American politics have moved to the Right compared to Europe, with no representative for the political Left, except for Bernie Sanders, as the center right and the far right candidates battle it out for leader of the free world.    

 
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Then finally, we look into whether the government will run out of money on Friday with the Continuing Resolution stalled in the Senate because Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has excluded funds for Flint, Michigan while including emergency help for flood victims in Louisiana. As he insists on a rider that would block the Securities Exchange Commission’s new rule to require publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending. Rachel Curley, a Democracy Associate at Public Citizen, joins us to discuss the Republican priority of keeping corporate political spending secret from the voters while holding up $220 million of water infrastructure for Flint where citizens have been exposed to lead poisoning from drinking the water.

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September 26 - The Vulnerabilities in Our Election System; Putin's Real Motive in Disrupting Our Election; Personality, Not Policy, Will Determine Who Wins the Upcoming Debate

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We begin with an assessment of the vulnerability of U.S. elections systems to a possible concerted effort by Russian Intelligence to influence the outcome of the November election that Senator Feinstein and Congressman Schiff of the Intelligence Committees have warned is happening. An expert on the machinery and operations of U.S. elections, Pamela Smith, the President of Verified Voting, joins us to discuss the narrow window Russia would have to alter the election which lies in states that have paperless DRE machines that only give electronic results and could be hacked without verification. Most, Louisiana, South Carolina, Delaware and New Jersey are not swing states, but Georgia could be and Pennsylvania is an important swing states with half of the state having vulnerable voting machines as well as some of Virginia.  But given the earlier intrusions into Arizona’s and Illinois’ voting rolls by a foreign power, if the Russians wanted to alter the rolls as new voters register in October, or gum up the works and sow confusion on election day, they could manipulate the voting rolls which Homeland Security is aware of and is trying to prevent.

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Then we speak with David Satter, who has written about Russia for almost four decades and is a fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and author of “The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship Under Yeltsin and Putin”. An advisor to former Republican presidential candidate Governor Kasich of Ohio, he is skeptical of speculation that Trump is owned by Putin but believes that Putin’s main focus is to convince the Russian people whose brief window of democracy he has closed, that democracies in the West are corrupt and hypocritical and can be manipulated.

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Then finally, just before the first presidential debate begins, we assess how much Donald Trump has lowered expectations and how much weight is on Hillary Clinton’s shoulders to, not only win over a lot of Americans who have been conditioned to dislike her, but to save her supporters from the specter of a Trump presidency that terrifies them. David Graham, a staff writer for The Atlantic, joins us to discuss his article at The Atlantic, “How Trump Lowered Expectations for the First Debate” and how this debate is likely to about personality and not policy. 

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September 25 - Sounding the Alarm on Russian Intelligence's Interference in the US Election; Is Trump the Manchurian Candidate? The Filmmaker of the Searing Documentary "4.1 Miles"

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We begin with the question of whether Donald Trump is the so-called "Manchurian Candidate”, a fictional Cold War book and twice a movie of an American patriot who becomes President of the United States all the while under the control of America’s Communist enemies. With growing concerns expressed by the ranking members of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Senator Feinstein and Congressman Adam Schiff, warning “Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian Intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election”, we speak with Karen Dawisha, a Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and author of "Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Own Russia?”  We look into questions that are beginning to surface about the extent to which Putin is not just orchestrating the SVR and GRU’s efforts to manipulate the outcome of the election, but also has ties to Trump that go beyond alleged covert financing of Trump’s enterprises and seem to indicate Trump is owned by Putin, who is rumored to have compromising video of Trump with very young women ensnared in a so-called “honey trap” by the FSB when Trump was in Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.  

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Then we examine further the Trump-as-the- “Manchurian Candidate” scenario with Roger Morris who served on the National Security Council under both presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon and is the author of the forthcoming comparative history of the inner politics of the U.S. and the USSR, “Kindred Rivals: America, Russia and their Failed Ideals”. We look into research he has uncovered from former KGB Generals and other Kremlin insiders that the Trump operation has been underway for years and that within the ranks of Russian Intelligence, there is some dissent about Putin’s increasingly brazen efforts to undermine the U.S. election by in effect, declaring war on American democracy.

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Then finally, Daphne Matziaraki joins us in the studio. She just graduated from U.C. Berkeley’s Documentary Program at the Graduate School of Journalism and her latest film is “4.1 Miles”, a searing documentary filmed in the 4.1 miles of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos that shows the trauma the already traumatized Syrian and Afghan refugees endure as they make the harrowing journey, packed into unseaworthy boats that often capsize. The film is in the running for an Academy Award and any sentient person who sees it, can no longer be indifferent to the humanitarian catastrophes underway in the Middle East and the human suffering caused by the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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