Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Streaming Audio: Secrecy Post 9/11


Decisions of war and secrecy - Douglas Feith; Award winning film about torture - Alex Gibney; Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee- Senator Russell Feingold; The Secret languge of Black Operations - Trevor Paglan; Warrantless Wiretapping - Eric Lichtblau

Douglas Feith served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy under Donald Rumsfeld and was one of the architects of the Bush administration's war on terrorism. He talks with Steve Paulson about decision making in the aftermath of 9/11. His book is "War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism."

Alex Gibney is the director of the Academy Award winning documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side." He tells Anne Strainchamps about one detainee at a US Air Force Base in Afghanistan. And we hear clips from the film.

Senator Russ Feingold is a Democrat from Wisconsin who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee. He talks with Steve Paulson about the workings of the Committee and its oversight of covert intelligence operations.

Trevor Paglan is the author of "I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me." That's the Latin translation of a patch designed for a top secret Navy air testing station. Paglan has spent years collecting and deciphering the patches worn by military personnel engaged in covert and classified programs. He talks with Jim Fleming about some of his favorites.

Erich Lichtblau is one of the New York Times journalists who won a Pulitzer Prize for the story about the NSA's warrantless wire-tapping program. He talks with Steve Paulson about this secret program and the Bush administration's approach to the post 9/11 terrorist threat.

To the Best of Our Knowledge is an audio magazine of ideas - two hours of smart, entertaining radio for people with curious minds.

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