Show Details for the week of June 17th, 2013

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This week’s show takes a closer look at secrecy and cover up of the attack on the ‘consulate’ at Benghazi and the upcoming legal defense of NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden. Our guests are Melvin Goodman and David K. Colapinto

More about this week’s guests:

Melvin Goodman

Melvin Goodman is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. He was division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1986. 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); Bush League Diplomacy; How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk (2004); Failure of Intelligence: the Decline and Fall of the CIA (2008). Goodman’s latest book, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism.

His recent article on tonight’s topic can be found here: The Real Benghazi Scandal

David K. Colapinto

David K. Colapinto is a nationally recognized whistleblower advocate with expertise in government fraud and qui tam cases and whistleblower retaliation cases. He has successfully represented many whistleblowers in state and federal courts and before numerous agencies. A key attorney in several cases of national interest, Mr. Colapinto represented the leading whistleblower in a major qui tam fraud action against the drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb, helping to recover more than $500 million for U.S. taxpayers and the government under the False Claims Act in 2007. He has also played a central role in securing whistleblower protection for FBI employees, such as the firm’s successful efforts on behalf of Fredric Whitehurst, the forensics expert who suffered recriminations after reporting poor lab practices at the bureau.

 

David is helping with the Edward Snowden Legal Defense Fund and the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund recently issued a statement on the topic.

 

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2 thoughts on “Show Details for the week of June 17th, 2013

    Chuck Marshall said:
    June 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    You and your guests kept referring to Snowden as a “whistleblower”. I found this definition of “whistleblower” online: “One who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public or to those in positions of authority: ”

    Did Snowden reveal actual *wrong-doing” by the government, or did he just reveal a secret program? The fact that a program is secret does not make it illegal.

      themonitor responded:
      June 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      The final legal arguments have not been settled, and I take your point, but I would argue that the NSA has in fact broken the law in several ways – not the least of which was lying to Congress.

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