Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, joined Newsvoice Think to discuss the crisis in Syria. He shares his thoughts about the alleged deployment of chemical weapons in Douma, why he feels Trump joining the war is to get Stormy Daniels off the headlines, and why he calls America: ‘The United States of Amnesia.’
Ben Wizner is the Director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. Ben is also the lead attorney for Edward Snowden since 2013. The ACLU is a monolith in U.S. public and political affairs, counting over 1.2 million members as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2020. We chat to Ben about his work as Snowden’s lead attorney, Snowden’s life in Moscow and his work at the ACLU.
Lee Camp is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and activist. He is the host and head writer of the weekly comedy news show, Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp, on RT America. Among other things we chat with Lee about the state of the media in the US, his experience working at RT America, the wide spreading “Russian hysteria”, and the comedy scene.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is running for Congress on June 26 in the Queens and Bronx area. Alex, who is a third generation Bronxite herself, has had a wide-ranging career. She has worked for the late Senator Kennedy before working as an educator, social entrepreneur, and then in hospitality as a waitress before coming back to politics. We discuss her campaign, the momentum gained by political grassroot movements in the U.S. and the failing of voter registration laws in the New York State.
Bill Binney is the former Director of Global Communications Intelligence at the NSA. Bill supervised major surveillance programs before blowing the whistle on spying activities of the U.S. government and surveillance agencies. In this episode we chat with Bill about the current state of surveillance programs, their violations of the constitution and the privacy of citizens and what can be done to protect yourself.
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist and former foreign correspondent for the New York Times. He is now a columnist with Truthdig and also hosts a regular TV show on Russia Today: On Contact. In this interview we talk about the death of real democracy in the U.S, the role of tech giants like Google and Facebook in silencing independent media and undermining freedom of speech, failed diplomacy with North Korea and if civil disobedience is the way forward.