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"The Mueller Report: Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston on Trump-Russia Ties, Obstruction & More"

Die Veröffentlichung des Berichts von Sonderermittler Robert Mueller hat in den USA eine kontroverse Debatte ausgelöst. Während Trump-Anhänger und einige unabhängige Beobachter wie Glenn Greenwald darauf verweisen, dass die "Russiagate"-Verschwörungstheorie umfassend entkräftet worden sei, bestehen viele Kritiker des Präsidenten darauf, dass der Bericht Trump keineswegs entlastet habe. Die Argumente beider Seiten werden in dieser Debatte zwischen Glenn Greenwald und David Cay Johnston vorgebracht. "We host a debate on the report’s findings between two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists: Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept and David Cay Johnston, who has covered Donald Trump since the 1980s. His most recent book is 'It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America.'"

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"Amnesty Accuses U.S. Coalition of War Crimes in Mosul: Scale of Death Much Higher Than Acknowledged"

Amy Goodman hat mit Nicolette Waldman von Amnesty International über den neuen AI-Bericht "At Any Cost: The Civilian Catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq" gesprochen, in dem der US-geführten Koalition in Mossul mögliche Kriegsverbrechen vorgeworfen werden. "(...) basically, we spent weeks sitting with families, talking to them. And it seemed as if, to me, every third family we talked to had lost a family member in one of these Iraqi and coalition air force airstrikes or ground attacks. And it was actually so common for people to be full of shrapnel — I met whole families who were full of shrapnel — that they wouldn’t even seek medical attention. (...) We found that Iraqi forces, in particular, were consistently using IRAMs, improvised rocket-assisted munitions. These are basically flying IEDs. They have a massive warhead, and they cannot be precisely targeted. So these were being flung into neighborhoods where people were trapped, where they had no way out, and where often people were packed in one house between groups of — groups between 15 and a hundred civilians. So, when this type of imprecise — these weapons that cannot be targeted are launched into areas like this, the cost is going to be high."

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"Cybersecurity Expert Bruce Schneier: American Elections Will Be Hacked"

Bisher erscheint es immer noch unwahrscheinlich, dass die Präsidentschaftswahlen in den USA tatsächlich elektronisch manipuliert worden sind. Der IT-Sicherheitsexperte Bruce Schneier hält einen derartigen Angriff für künftige Wahlen allerdings für sehr wahrscheinlich. "A lot of our voting machines are basically computers. And especially computers without any paper audit trail are vulnerable to hacking and errors in ways that can’t be corrected. And my worry is that we’re going to have an election where there is credible evidence of a hack, and we’re literally not going to know the actual results and have no way to figure it out. And that, right now, will be disaster for our system."

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"Latest CIA Torture Docs Show 'Evidence of War Crimes' & Level of Brutality That Even Shocked Bush"

Amy Goodman hat sich mit Dror Ladin, einem Anwalt der American Civil Liberties Union, über die Veröffentlichung neuer Details des jahrelangen Folterprogramms der CIA unterhalten. "I mean, we found so much more evidence of what everyone already knows, which is that the CIA torture program was not at all some scientific method of getting information from bad people who would only give it up under torture. But instead it was an exercise in brutality against people who the CIA didn’t know whether they had information, whether they didn’t have information, and where the only answer was more torture whenever they didn’t get the answers they wanted. The result, we learn, is not only the brutality against individuals, but also actual damage to the country’s ability to gather intelligence. So, these documents are the CIA’s own account of their failures."

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"'The Assassination Complex': Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Probe Secret US Drone Wars in New Book"

Amy Goodman hat sich mit Jeremy Scahill und Glenn Greenwald über das neue Buch "The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program" unterhalten, in dem die geheimen Hintergründe des amerikanischen Drohnenkriegs analysiert werden. "It’s written by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept, based on leaked government documents provided by a whistleblower. The documents undermine government claims that drone strikes have been precise. Part of the book looks at a program called Operation Haymaker in northeastern Afghanistan. During one five-month period, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. The book is based on articles published by The Intercept last year. It also includes new contributions from NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden and The Intercept's Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald."

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"'Where Does This End?': After Drone Papers Leaks, U.K. Gov't Has a Kill List of Its Own"

Clive Stafford Smith, Gründer der britischen Menschenrechtsorganisation Reprieve, behauptet in diesem Interview zu den neuen Enthüllungen über den Drohnenkrieg der USA, dass die britische Regierung im Krieg in Afghanistan ebenfalls eine "Todesliste" aufgestellt habe. "The British, horrifyingly, have already got a list of people on their list in Afghanistan, where they’re saying they’re going to kill pedophiles, for goodness’ sake. I mean, where does this end, that we just murder people worldwide? I mean, we plan to do a lot to publicize that in the upcoming months. (...) Frankly, I’m very pleased, because when both the Brits and the Americans are doing it, we can illustrate the folly of both instead of just picking on the U.S."

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"Glenn Greenwald: As Bulk NSA Spying Expires, Scare Tactics Can’t Stop 'Sea Change' on Surveillance"

Trotz des seiner Ansicht nach größtenteils symbolischen Charakters der Auseinandersetzung im US-Senat hält Glenn Greenwald die gescheiterte Verlängerung der NSA-Abhörprogramme im Patriot Act in diesem Interview mit Amy Goodman für einen bedeutenden Vorgang. "The fact that we’re now having this very contentious debate, where the PATRIOT Act actually has lapsed, at least for a few days, and that we’re going to have some kind of change in the law that we’re calling reform underscores how significantly public opinion has changed and the climate of the country has changed, the views of the tech community have changed, when it comes to how much surveillance we’re willing to allow our government to engage in against us in the name of terrorism. I think that’s really the greatest significance, is the sea change that this represents."

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"As Julian Assange Faces Swedish Legal Setback, New Details Come to Light on U.S. Case Against Him"

Amy Goodman hat sich mit dem WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange über den aktuellen Stand des schwedischen Verfahrens gegen ihn und über die andauernden amerikanischen Ermittlungen gegen WikiLeaks unterhalten. "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spent nearly three years inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has political asylum. Assange faces investigations in both Sweden and the United States. A secret grand jury in Virginia is investigating WikiLeaks for its role in publishing a trove of leaked documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as State Department cables. In Sweden, he’s wanted for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct, though no charges have been filed. Earlier this month, Sweden’s Supreme Court rejected his appeal to lift his arrest warrant. Swedish prosecutors are reportedly preparing to travel to London to interview Assange, after refusing to do so for years."

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"Seymour Hersh Details Explosive Story on Bin Laden Killing & Responds to White House, Media Backlash"

Der Enthüllungsjournalist Seymour Hersh verteidigt sich in diesem ausführlichen Interview mit Democracy Now! gegen die zum Teil scharfe Kritik an seinem Artikel über die Hintergründe der amerikanischen Militäroperation zur Tötung Osama bin Ladens am 2. Mai 2011 im pakistanischen Abbottabad. "The White House claims the piece is 'riddled with inaccuracies.' Hersh joins us to lay out his findings and respond to criticism from government officials and media colleagues."

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"Human Rights Watch: Saudi-Led Coalition Bombing Yemen with Banned U.S.-Made Cluster Munitions"

Die Organisation Human Rights Watch hat Saudi-Arabien vorgeworfen, im Luftkrieg gegen die Huthi-Rebellen in Jemen amerikanische Streumunition zu verwenden. Amy Goodman hat sich mit Stephen Goose und Belkis Wille von Human Rights Watch über den Vorwurf unterhalten. "STEPHEN GOOSE: Well, we documented airstrikes involving cluster munitions on April 17th and likely on April 27th, as well. We don’t know if ongoing strikes are occurring right now, because, as you say, it’s very difficult to get fresh information out of many of the areas. But Saudi Arabia has, in fact, acknowledged — this is not an accusation — Saudi Arabia has acknowledged that they are using these weapons. They want to claim that they’re only using them against armored vehicles. But the treaty that bans these things doesn’t ban them only in certain circumstances. It’s in all circumstances, whether you think you’re only attacking armored vehicles or civilians, because in the long run they’re going to affect civilians. That’s been proven by their use in so many other countries prior to this ban treaty."

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"FBI Informant Exposes Sting Operation Targeting Innocent Americans in New '(T)ERROR' Documentary"

Amy Goodman hat in ihrer Sendung mit mehreren Gästen über den neuen Dokumentarfilm "(T)ERROR" gesprochen, der sich mit der zweifelhaften Rolle des FBI bei der verdeckten Planung und späteren Aufdeckung vermeintlicher Terroranschläge befasst. "We spend the hour with an explosive new film that shines a bright light on the FBI’s shadowy use of informants in its counterterrorism sting operations. These undercover operatives are meant to root out would-be terrorists before they attack. Since 9/11, they have been used to prosecute at least 158 people. But critics argue they often target the wrong people, "including those with intellectual and mental disabilities, and the indigent." "(T)ERROR" goes inside the world of a particular informant who has played a key role in several major terrorism cases."

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"After Swedish Prosecutors Back Down, Is WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Close to Freedom?"

Julian Assange befindet sich seit mittlerweile über tausend Tagen in der Londoner Botschaft Ecuadors. Amy Goodman hat mit dem Anwalt von Assange über die neueste Entwicklung im schwedischen Verfahren gegen den WikiLeaks-Gründer gesprochen. "We speak with Assange attorney, Michael Ratner, who says an interview with the prosecutor may result in no charges, and even if Assange were convicted of these allegations, 'he has done all the time he would have to do... so the whole case is essentially a bogus way of keeping him in that embassy.'"

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"After Dangerous Proxy War, Keeping Ukraine Neutral Offers Path to Peace with Russia"

Amy Goodman im Gespräch mit dem amerikanischen Linguisten Noam Chomsky. Chomsky ist sich sicher, dass kein russischer Führer – wer auch immer dies wäre – einen Nato-Beitritt der Ukraine akzeptieren könne. "Just a couple of weeks ago, U.S. military equipment was taking part in a military parade in Estonia a couple hundred yards from the Russian border. Russia is surrounded by U.S. offensive weapons—sometimes they’re called 'defense,' but they’re all offensive weapons. And the idea that the new government in Ukraine, that took over after the former government was overthrown, last December, late December, it passed a resolution, overwhelmingly—I think something like 300 to eight or something—announcing its intention to take steps to join NATO. No Russian leader, no matter who it is, could tolerate Ukraine, right at the geostrategic center of Russian concerns, joining a hostile military alliance. I mean, we can imagine, for example, how the U.S. would have reacted, say, during the Cold War if the Warsaw Pact had extended to Latin America, and Mexico and Canada were now planning to join the Warsaw Pact. Of course, that’s academic, because the first step would have led to violent U.S. response, and it wouldn’t have gone any further."

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"Freed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says 'I Would Do It All Again' to Expose Torture"

Democracy Now! hat mit dem vor kurzem aus der Haft entlassenen Whistleblower John Kiriakou gesprochen, der als einziger CIA-Mitarbeiter im Zusammenhang mit dem jahrelangen Folterprogramm des Geheimdienstes verurteilt wurde. "In a wide-ranging interview, Kiriakou says, 'I would do it all over again,' after seeing the outlawing of torture after he came forward. Kiriakou also responds to the details of the partially released Senate Committee Report on the CIA’s use of torture; argues NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden did a 'great national service,' but will not get a fair trial if he returns to the United States; and describes the conditions inside FCI Loretto, the federal prison where he served his sentence and saw prisoners die with 'terrifying frequency' from lack of proper medical care."

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"A Coup in Yemen? Jeremy Scahill & Iona Craig on Rebel Offensive to Seize Power, Saudi Role & AQAP"

Amy Goodman hat sich mit Jeremy Scahill und Iona Craig über den aktuellen Konflikt zwischen den schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen und der Regierung in Jemen unterhalten. Craig erläutert den politischen Hintergrund der Krise folgendermaßen: "(...) the Houthis were first formed as a movement in 2004. They then fought the government in six wars between 2004 and 2010. But they then became part of the Arab Spring. They put down their weapons. They joined the protests. They joined the sit-ins, particularly in Sana’a, and became part of that peaceful movement. But the transition that followed that was backed by the international community — and actually instigated by the U.S. in the first place — did not go their way. So when the national dialogue was concluded in January last year and the decision was made about federalism and to divide the country into six regions, the Houthis weren’t happy about that. And that was when they started taking territory."

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"Obama Promised a 'World Without Nuclear Weapons,' But May Now Spend $1 Trillion on Upgrades"

US-Präsident Obama ist 2009 der Friedensnobelpreis verliehen worden, weil er sich zuvor für eine atomwaffenfreie Welt eingesetzt hat. Fünf Jahre später macht Amy Goodman in ihrem Beitrag für Democracy Now! auf Überlegungen der US-Regierung aufmerksam, in den kommenden Jahrzehnten über ein Billion US-Dollar für die Modernisierung der amerikanischen Atomwaffen auszugeben. "(...) the United States has failed to meet its nuclear promises. In fact, a recent New York Times investigation found the United States is on pace to spend as much as $1 trillion over the next three decades to rebuild its nuclear arsenal and facilities. As of 2013, the Federation of American Scientists estimates Russia has about a stockpile of about 8,000 nuclear warheads, while the U.S. has about 7,300."

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"'U.S. Militarism Brings Chaos': As Obama Plans a War on ISIS, a Call for a Middle East-Led Response"

Auch der libanesische Publizist Rami Khouri ist der Überzeugung, dass militärische Operationen der USA die falsche Antwort auf die Herausforderung durch den Islamischen Staat sind. "(...) the problem is that all these Arab countries are in the same dilemma that the U.S. is in, which is their autocracy, their mistreatment of their citizens, created this problem over the years, and American militarism, from the American perspective, is also part of the impetus that expands this problem. So, combining American militarism with Arab dictatorships is probably the stupidest recipe that anybody could possibly come up with to try to fight jihadi movements like al-Qaeda and Islamic State and others, because it was that combination of Arab autocracy and American militarism that actually nurtured and let these movements expand. There has to be a more intelligent, more realistic process that allows the people in the Middle East to roll back these threats."

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"Julian Assange on Aiding Snowden, Tiff w/ The Intercept & Whether He’ll Ever Leave Embassy Refuge"

Amy Goodman hat sich nach London begeben, um mit WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange zu sprechen, der seit mehr als zwei Jahren in der Botschaft Ecuadors festsitzt. "Assange explains his critique of First Look Media and The Intercept for agreeing not to name a country targeted by bulk National Security Agency spying, following U.S. government concerns that doing so could lead to increased violence. Assange and WikiLeaks went on to reveal the targeted country, Afghanistan, which along with the Bahamas had all of its cellphone calls recorded."

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"Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: Bush Committed War Crimes"

Nach internationalen Maßstäben könne es kaum Zweifel daran geben, dass Ex-Präsident George W. Bush mit dem Krieg gegen den Irak "Kriegsverbrechen" begangen habe, meint der frühere Koordinator für Nationale Sicherheit und Anti-Terrorismus-Berater im Weißen Haus, Richard Clarke, im Gespräch mit Amy Goodman. "I think things that they authorized probably fall within the area of war crimes. Whether that would be productive or not, I think, is a discussion we could all have. But we have established procedures now with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where people who take actions as serving presidents or prime ministers of countries have been indicted and have been tried. So the precedent is there to do that sort of thing. And I think we need to ask ourselves whether or not it would be useful to do that in the case of members of the Bush administration. It’s clear that things that the Bush administration did — in my mind, at least, it’s clear that some of the things they did were war crimes."

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"'Collect It All': Glenn Greenwald on NSA Bugging Tech Hardware, Economic Espionage & Spying on U.N."

Amy Goodman hat mit Glenn Greenwald über dessen neues Buch "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State" gesprochen, das u.a. einige neue Enthüllungen über die NSA-Überwachung enthält. "Greenwald joins us in the studio to talk about this and other new revelations about the NSA, including its global economic espionage, spying at the United Nations, and attempting to monitor in-flight Internet users and phone calls. For his reporting on the NSA, Greenwald recently won a George Polk Award and was part of the team from The Guardian that just won the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service."

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"'This Award is for Snowden': Greenwald, Poitras Accept Polk Honor for Exposing NSA Surveillance"

Democracy Now! berichtet über die Verleihung des renommierten George Polk Award an die beiden Journalisten Glenn Greenwald und Laura Poitras, die in ihren Dankesreden vor allem die Rolle des NSA-Whistleblowers Edward Snowden hervorhoben. "Over the past 10 months, Poitras and Greenwald have played key roles in reporting the massive trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden. They were joined by colleagues Ewen MacAskill of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, with whom they shared the award."

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"The Unknown Known: Errol Morris’ New Doc Tackles Unrepentant Iraq War Architect Donald Rumsfeld"

Amy Goodman hat mit dem Dokumentarfilmer Errol Morris gesprochen, der sich in seinem neuen Film "The Unknown Known" mit dem früheren US-Verteidigungsminister Donald Rumsfeld und dessen Rolle vor und während des Irak-Krieges beschäftigt hat. Morris beschreibt seinen Eindruck von Rumsfeld während der langen Interviews folgendermaßen: "Things surprised me in the interview and still surprise me. Someone asked me, 'Is he completely insincere?' And I said, 'No, the problem is he’s completely sincere.' When he tells you he never read those torture memos, I don’t think he did. When he reads the laundry list of enhanced interrogation techniques, a.k.a. torture, he himself seems surprised by what he’s reading, as if he had never really carefully read them before. He suddenly says, 'Good grief, that’s a pile of stuff.' There’s this odd disconnection between these policies and what he thinks he’s doing."

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"Who Is Provoking the Unrest in Ukraine? A Debate on Role of Russia, United States in Regional Crisis"

Amy Goodman hat mit Timothy Snyder, Historiker an der Yale University, und dem früheren CIA-Mitarbeiter Ray McGovern über die Hintergründe der Krise in der Ukraine diskutiert. McGovern kritisiert die westliche Ukraine-Politik und weist darauf hin, dass der russische Anspruch auf politischen Einfluss im Nachbarland durchaus mit der Monroe-Doktrin der USA verglichen werden könne. "Flip this over and consider Putin or Lavrov, the foreign minister, handing out chocolate chip cookies to violent demonstrators in Mexico City or in Ottawa or in Toronto. You know, our near frontier is sacred to us. We even used to have something called the Monroe Doctrine. (...) You know, it really depends more on who seizes control of these uprisings. (...) And it’s very clear what’s happened to the Ukraine. It used to be the CIA doing these things. I know that for a fact. OK, now it’s the National Endowment for Democracy, a hundred million bucks, 62 projects in the Ukraine. So, again, you don’t have to be a paranoid Russian to suggest that, you know, they’re really trying to do what they - do in the Ukraine what they’ve done in the rest of Eastern Europe and elsewhere."

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"Obama Administration Considers Assassinating Another American Overseas"

Amy Goodman hat mit Glenn Greenwald und Jeremy Scahill über die Überlegung der US-Regierung gesprochen, einen US-Bürger in Pakistan durch eine US-Drohne gezielt zu töten. Greenwald stellt fest, dass diese Attentate offenbar bereits als legitime Praxis akzeptiert seien. "The very idea that the U.S. government suspects an American citizen, not of having already engaged in crimes, but of planning to do so, as Jeremy said, it’s like a pre-crime framework, where the U.S. government tries to guess at who will engage in crimes in the future and then treat them as a criminal — but then, not just treat them as a criminal, but declare them guilty in secret proceedings, not involving any court, but by the decree of the president of the United States to literally, A, declare the person guilty, B, impose the death penalty, and then, C, go out and carry out the execution — just like they did with Anwar Awlaki and Samir Khan. And now they are obviously viewing it as a regular practice."

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"Orwellian or a Blunt Tool?: Conflicting Rulings on NSA Spying Set Up Likely Supreme Court Showdown"

Die widersprüchlichen Entscheidungen amerikanischer Bundesgerichte zu strittigen Aspekten der NSA-Überwachungspraktiken werden möglicherweise dazu führen, dass sich der Oberste Gerichtshof der Sache annehmen wird. Amy Goodman hat mit Jameel Jaffer von der American Civil Liberties Union und Glenn Greenwald über das jüngste Verfahren gesprochen, das mit einer Niederlage für die ACLU endete. "Jameel Jaffer: (...) we challenged the constitutionality of that program, and the judge, Judge Pauley here in the Southern District of New York, upheld the program, saying first that Congress had intended to prevent people like us—that is, the targets of this kind of surveillance — from challenging this kind of program in court, and also that the Constitution doesn’t foreclose the government from collecting this kind of information about everybody. Obviously, we disagree strongly with the decision. We think that it’s wrong in multiple respects, and we intend to appeal it."

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