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This week’s guests:

Richard Falk on the continuing conflict in Gaza, and his recent detention in Israel which interrupted his human rights mission on behalf of the United Nations.

Melvin Goodman on President-elect Obama’s nominations for high-ranking intelligence officials.

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Richard A. Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2001 he served on a three person Human Rights Inquiry Commission for the Palestine Territories that was appointed by the United Nations, and previously, on the Independent International Commission on Kosovo. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Costs of War: International Law, the UN, and World Order after Iraq. He received his B.S. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; L.L.B. from Yale Law School; and J.S.D. from Harvard University.

“My Expulsion from Israel”
Published in The Guardian
December 19, 2008
by Richard Falk

United Nations page on the Occupied Palestinian Territory

VIDEO: Richard Falk discusses his expulsion from Israel (YouTube)

Achieving Human Rights

Israel-Palestine on Record: How the New York Times Misreports Conflict in the Middle East, with Howard Friel

The Costs of War: International Law, the UN, and World Order after Iraq


Israel had all along accused me of bias and of making inflammatory charges relating to the occupation of Palestinian territories. I deny that I am biased, but rather insist that I have tried to be truthful in assessing the facts and relevant law. It is the character of the occupation that gives rise to sharp criticism of Israel’s approach, especially its harsh blockade of Gaza, resulting in the collective punishment of the 1.5 million inhabitants. By attacking the observer rather than what is observed, Israel plays a clever mind game. It directs attention away from the realities of the occupation, practising effectively a politics of distraction.

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Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow and director of the National Security Program at the Center for International Policy. Melvin A. Goodman is a former professor of International Security Studies and chairman of the International Relations Department at the National War College. He was division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency from 1966 to 1990. He was a senior analyst at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, State Department from 1974 to 1976. He was an intelligence adviser to the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks in Vienna and Washington. He is co-author of The Wars of Edvard Shevardnadze (2nd edition, 2001), The Phantom Defense: America’s Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion (2001), and Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk (2004), and author of The Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA.

“Righting the CIA”
November 19, 2004
By Melvin A. Goodman

National Security Program at the Center for International Policy

Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA

Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk


Over the years, there have been many attempts to politicize intelligence. But no government has been so blatant as the Bush administration, which used phony intelligence to justify the war against Iraq and has introduced a new director of central intelligence, Porter J. Goss, to conduct a political housecleaning at the highest levels of the agency…. Instead of negotiating the intelligence reform proposals of the Senate and House, it is time for the intelligence committees of the legislature to monitor the political behavior of the CIA director and to ensure that the agency provides objective and balanced intelligence assessments to policy-makers. It is quite possible that no restructuring or reorganization is necessary and that no additional funds are needed for the intelligence community. What is needed, however, is a return to the original mission of the CIA: telling truth to power. –November 19, 2004


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