On The Monitor this week:
- The biggest CIA-drug money scandal you never read – an interview with Mark Ames
- The militarization of the Police – an interview with Elizabeth Beavers
More about this week’s guests:
Mark Ames writes for PandoDaily. He was best known for his work as a Moscow-based expatriate American journalist and editor. He is the founding editor of the biweekly the eXile in Moscow, to which he regularly contributed before he returned to America. Ames has also written for the New York Press, The Nation, Playboy, The San Jose Mercury News, Alternet, Птюч Connection, GQ (Russian edition), and is the author of three books.
- The Exile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia. Co-authored with Matt Taibbi, and published in 2000 with a foreword by Edward Limonov.
- В Россию с любовью (Записки американского изгоя), Мама Пресс, 2002. The title can be translated as To Russia with Love (Notes from an American Outcast).
- Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond, 2005.
The interview with Mark on The Monitor this week focuses on his recent article:
an older article on Salon discusses the same man, Nicholas Deak: James Bond and the killer bag lady
Elizabeth Beavers is a Legislative Associate, Militarism & Civil Liberties for Friends Committee on National Legislation (A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest). Elizabeth is the Legislative Associate on Militarism and Civil Liberties focusing on repealing the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, de-militarizing U.S. police forces, and closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 with a double major in public relations and Spanish and completed her law degree in 2012 from Regent University School of Law.
Before coming to FCNL, she worked in the field of immigration. Aside from obsessing over headlines and political minutiae, Elizabeth enjoys traveling every chance she gets and working to overcome her Diet Coke addiction. Her colleague at FCNL, Michael Shank, just wrote the piece “Police Militarization Must Be Halted,” which states: “The Senate and House bills [Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)] target the Pentagon’s transfer to police forces of free military-grade equipment coming back from U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere. This program has gifted over $5 billion worth of recently used and unused war equipment — armored personnel carriers, tanks, Humvees, and Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected [MRAP] vehicles, grenade launchers, armed drones, and assault weapons — to U.S. police since the late 1990s when the program first started. The bicameral legislation would prohibit the transfer of these military weapons. Given that the Pentagon has 13,000 MRAPs to give away, this comes at a critical time.”