Show Details for April 13th, 2008

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This week’s Guests:

— Historian GARETH PORTER on Iran, Iraq and US policy
— BRAD FRIEDMAN with breaking news in vote-counting machinery


Historian GARETH PORTER on Iran, Iraq and US policy

Our first guest tonight is Gareth Porter, an investigative historian and journalist who writes on U.S. national security policy. Mark Bebawi will talk with him about Iran, Iraq, US policy and the idea of a proxy war.

Dr. Porter has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005. He was the first journalist to provide a detailed account of the alleged secret Iranian diplomatic proposal to the United States in 2003 and debunked the Bush administration’s claim that Iran has been providing explosively formed penetrators to Iraqi militiamen.

He taught international studies at City College of New York and American University. He holds a master’s degree in international politics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian politics from Cornell University. During the Vietnam War, he served as Saigon Bureau Chief for Dispatch News Service International.

The paperback edition of Dr. Porter’s latest book, “Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam”, was published in 2006.

“Petraeus Testimony to Defend False ‘Proxy War’ Line”
by Gareth Porter
April 7, 2008

“Dissenting Views Made Fallon’s Fall Inevitable”
by Gareth Porter
March 11, 2008

“Based on preliminary indications of his spin on the surprisingly effective armed resistance to the joint U.S.-Iraqi ‘Operation Knights Assault’ in Basra, Petraeus will testify that it was caused by Iran through a group of rogue militiamen who had split off from Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army and came under Iranian control. …Iran has no reason to look for a small splinter group to advance its interests when it already enjoys a relationship of strategic cooperation with the [Iraqi] government itself. …The interest of [the] Bush administration in keeping the ‘proxy war’ line alive has nothing to do with Iraqi realities. … As a strategic weapon for justifying the administration’s policies toward both Iraq and Iran, the theme of Iranian interference through ‘Special Groups’ is bound to be a central thread in the testimony [by Petreaus].”

“Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam”

— BRAD FRIEDMAN with breaking news in vote-counting machinery

BRAD FRIEDMAN is a frequent guest of The Monitor. He has staked out his own unique niche in the blogosphere, providing a potent mix of investigative journalism and biting humor. He is one of the leading sources of news on election reform issues at his blog,

Monitor co-host Pokey Anderson will catch up with Brad about some of his recent top stories, including his exclusive story on a possible hostile takeover of one of the nation’s top 4 voting machine vendors, by one of the others. Specifically, this involves Sequoia as the target, with Hart InterCivic seeking to take it over.

Hart InterCivic is based in Austin and provides electronic voting machines for Houston, Austin, and many other areas in Texas and around the country. Hart is the subject of a new whistleblower lawsuit, which we’ll also discuss.

We’ll also look at the allegations of election theft put forth by former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, who wrote that not only did it happen, but major media have avoided revealing his allegations:
“I mention the vote stealing in every interview. 60 Minutes cut it out. Don Abrams didn’t want to go there either. I have told the story to the Washington Post and LA Times.”

Brad Blog —

“EXCLUSIVE: Hart InterCivic Attempts Hostile Takeover of Sequoia Voting Systems”
By Brad Friedman
Thursday, April 10, 2008

“EXCLUSIVE: Federal Fraud Complaint Against Voting Machine Company Unsealed”
After Two Years, the Qui Tam Suit Against Hart InterCivic, Brought by Whistleblower William Singer May Proceed After DoJ Declines to Join Case
By Brad Friedman
March 27, 2008


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