Ray McGovern and Bill Blum on Obama’s Second Term, his Appointments and US Empire

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Ray McGovern and Bill Blum discuss President Obama’s second term and his appointments to Secretaries of State and Defense and head of the CIA in the broader context of US foreign policy and imperialism. We speak about John Brennan’s involvement in extraordinary rendition, torture and drone attacks as well as the weekly Tuesday ‘Kill List” that he presents to President Obama. We speak about the influence of the military-industrial complex on US expansion into Asia and Africa and the influence of AIPAC on policies on the Middle East.

Important Events:

Celebrating the Life of David Cline and Confronting the Legacies of War event is Saturday, February 16, 2013, 1:30 pm, at Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant in NYC. Please RSVP on Facebook http://on.fb.me/W2hE1F.

Inaugural Rallies and Marches:  Arc of Justice – to protest drones and other injustices. The event will begin at Meridian Hill Park (Malcolm X Park) with a rally at 9 am. At 10 am we will proceed down 16th Street NW to K Street NW where we will disband. More iinformation at Stop These Wars and Arc of Justice Coalition. GMO-Free Inauguration – As the world comes to Washington, DC to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama, safe food activists will be gathering to demand the President follow up with his campaign promise to label genetically engineered foods. For more information, visit Occupy Monsanto.


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rayRay McGovern – works with Tell the Word, a publication arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He served at CIA from the administrations of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush, and was one of five CIA “alumni” who created Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) in January 2003. His articles can also be found in Consortium News and Truthout.






bill blumBill Blum – is an American author, historian and critic of US foreign policy. He was founder and editor of the Washington Free Press in 1969. He has written 5 books, his most recent in 2004 titled “Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire” and he publishes the monthly Anti-Empire Report.






Relevant Articles:

The Grilling that Brennan Deserves

Excusing Torture, Again

Essays and the Anti-Empire Report by Bill Blum at Killing Hope