Archive for June 2018

CONVERSATIONS WITH REMARKABLE MINDS

America's 4th estate -- federal agencies accountable to no one

Danny Sheehan is one of our nation’s most important and influential Constitutional and public interest lawyers.  During the past 45 years he has handled such public interest cases as the Pentagon Papers, the Watergate Break In, Iran Contra and the Silkwood murder case.  He has represented victims of he Three Mile Island nuclear disaster and fought against the American Nazi Party on hate crimes. Recently Danny was a leading attorney on behalf of the Native nations at Standing Rock. He is the founder of the Christic Institute and the Romero Institute, the latter being a nonprofit public policy center in Santa Cruz California. Danny has his law degree from Harvard University and later returned to study at the Harvard Divinity School.. He is the author of “The People’s Advocate: The Life and Legal History of America’s Most Fearless Public Defence Lawyer,”   And his websites are DanielPSheehan.com   AND   RomeroInstitute.org

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Former President Bill Clinton is named in a lawsuit against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was convicted in 2008 for soliciting prostitution on his private island. Most well-known for hosting lavish parties with prostitutes he allegedly hired for his guests at his home—which Clinton reportedly visited multiple times--Epstein may have also kept at least one sex slave, according to the lawsuit.

 

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The future of work and employment -- getting by the growing pains of a new world of jobs

Dr. Gwynne Dyer is a UK-based Canadian journalist and columnist, author and world renown historian on international affairs. He holds a doctorate in Military and Middle Eastern History from Kings College in London and a past service record in the American, British and Canadian navies.  In the past, he has taught War Studies at the Royal Military Academy in the UK.  Dr. Dyer has been a syndicated columnist  for over 20 years, his writings appearing in over 175 newspapers and magazines in 45 countries.  He has written several important books including "Climate Wars" and his earlier book “War” was the basis for a television series aired on BBC and PBS.  Gwynne's most recent book is "Growing Pains: The Future of Democracy and Work" which outlines some of the greatest social and political threats in our globalized world that we facing in the future. His website is GwynneDyer.com 

 
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On the CIA, how it is changing under Trump. 
 

John Kiriakou is a former CIA analyst, counterterrorism operations officer, case office and was a senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  He was later John Kerry's intelligence adviser. After 911, John was chief of counterterrorist operations in Pakistan, later becoming the Executive Assistant to the CIA's Deputy Director of Operations. Later he turned whistleblower over the CIA's torture policy practiced against prisoners in custody, becoming the first government official to confirm the use of waterboarding on al-Qaeda inmates.  He was tried for passing on classified information that included the name of a fellow CIA official to a reporter and served two years in a federal correctional facility. The sixth indicted whistleblower by Obama under the Espionage Act.  Nevertheless, John had received 10 exceptional awards from the CIA and the State Department's Meritorious Honor Award. He has received the Joe Callaway Awaqrd for Civic Courage as a national security whistleblower, in 2013 the Peacemaker of the Year Award from the Justice Center, in 2016 the Sam Adams Award. among others. He has written several books, including "The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror," and more recently "Doing Time Like a Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison." His website is JohnKiriakou.com

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