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Bones of the Master

In 1959 a young monk named Tsung Tsai (Ancestor Wisdom) escaped the Red Army troops that destroyed his monastery, and fled alone three thousand miles across a China swept by chaos and famine. Knowing his fellow monks are dead, himself starving and hunted, he was sustained by his mission: to carry on the teachings of his Buddhist meditation master, who was too old to leave with his disciple.

Nearly forty years later Tsung Tsai — now an old master himself — persuaded his American neighbor, maverick poet George Crane, to travel with him back to his birthplace at the edge of the Gobi Desert.

They are unlikely companions. Crane seeks freedom, adventure, sensation. Tsung Tsai is determined to find his master’s grave and plant the seeds of a spiritual renewal in China. As their search culminates in a torturous climb to a remote mountain cave, it becomes clear that this seemingly quixotic quest may cost both men’s lives.

Tonight, Mike and Mark speak with George about this amazing life adventure.

About the guest:

George Crane is the author of the internationally acclaimed Bones of the Master, and the followup Beyond the House of the False Lama. He is an occasional poet and translator of Chinese poems. With Tsung Tsai, Crane translated A Thousand Pieces of Snow. His writings has been published in eleven languages. He lives mostly on the road.

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The Commission: I & II

The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation.

In a work of history that will make headlines, New York Times reporter Philip Shenon investigates the investigation of 9/11 and tells the inside story of the most significant federal commission since the Warren Commission.

From the Commission’s inception, Shenon covered its workings on a daily basis, developing sources at all levels of the investigation. Now, more than five years later, he has returned to those sources and uncovered important information which casts a new light on what the Commission discovered – and failed to discover.

If a great reporter had been present throughout the workings of The Warren Commission, we might have a better understanding of the events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy. Philip Shenon’s book on the 9/11 Commission serves as both an essential historical record and a fascinating inside account of how our government works at the highest and most secret levels.

About the guest:

Philip Shenon is an investigative reporter with The New York Times, where he has worked since 1981. He was the lead reporter on the investigation of the September 11 commission and has held several of the most important assignments of the Washington Bureau, including chief Defense Department correspondent, diplomatic correspondent, Congressional correspondent and Justice Department Correspondent. He was one of two Times reporters embedded with American grounds troops during the invasion of Iraq and worked in pre-war Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iran for Times foreign staff. This is his first book.

More information is available at thecommissionbook.com.

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The White House Whistleblower

“Sometimes, the truth is right in front of us, even if it comes in the form of a seemingly misspoken sentence.

During the political storm that erupted in early 2006 over the Bush administration’s plans to turn over port security to a United Arab Emirates-based company, the president was quoted on Fox News saying the following on March 12 of that year:

“People don’t need to worry about security. This deal wouldn’t go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America.”

Apparently, if we are willing to heed the story of a former West Wing lead mailroom assistant, Laura C. Jones, the president’s gaff underscores another truth: that his staff isn’t concerned about White House security either. ”

(From the Bill Conroy Narconews Article)

Tonight, Mike and Mark speak with Ms. Jones, and her counsel Mike McCray of the No Fear Coalition about this amazing story.

More info on related topics:
Read Bill Conroy’s article on the Laura Jones story

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Ellsberg

The Most Important Whistleblower in American History.

When I first wrote DEEP COVER, I was called by government insiders “DEA’s Daniel Ellsberg.”

At the time I was upset and confused, mainly due to the negative image in which mainstream media had cast this heroic man.

I now wear that title as a badge of honor, in spite of knowing that whatever it is that I did pales next to the risks this man ran to adhere to his oath to protect the people of this nation and their constitution. The number of young American and Vietnamese lives he saved by hastening the end of that “war” is incalculable.

So, it was with great pleasure and gratitude that I was afforded the experience of recording a heart-to-heart conversation with this man, and presenting it to our listening audience – at a time in our history that his words are needed more than ever.

Michael Levine

About the guest:

Daniel Ellsberg is a former American military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation who precipitated a national uproar in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, the U.S. military’s account of activities during the Vietnam War, to The New York Times.

Ellsberg, the son of Jewish parents with a passion for Christian Science, grew up in Detroit and attended Cranbrook Kingswood School, then attended Harvard University, graduating with a Ph.D. in Economics in 1959 in which he described a paradox in decision theory now known as the Ellsberg paradox. He served as a company commander in the Marine Corps for two years, and then became an analyst at the RAND Corporation. A committed Cold Warrior, he served in the Pentagon in 1964 under Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. He then served for two years in Vietnam as a civilian in the State Department, and became convinced that the Vietnam War was unwinnable. He further believed that nearly everyone in the Defense and State Departments felt, as he did, that the United States had no realistic chance of achieving victory in Vietnam, but that political considerations prevented them from saying so publicly. McNamara and others continued to state in press interviews that victory was “just around the corner.” As the war continued to escalate, Ellsberg became deeply disillusioned.

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The Birthday Party

On January 21, 1998, the night before his 38th birthday, federal prosecutor Stanley Alpert was kidnapped off the streets of Manhattan. This is the story of what happened next…

Alpert was taken by a carful of gun-toting thugs looking to use his ATM card, but when they learned his bank balance, the plan changed. They took him, blindfolded by his own scarf, to a Brooklyn apartment, with the idea of going to a bank the next day and withdrawing most of it. But the later it got, the more the plan changed again…and again…as his captors alternately held guns to his head, threatened his family, engaged him in discussions of gangsta philosophy, sought his legal advice and, once they learned it was his birthday, offered him sexual favors from their girlfriends as a “birthday present”. All the while, Alpert, still blindfolded, talked with them, played on their attitudes and fears, tried to figure out where their mood swings would take them next, and memorized every detail he could in the event he ever managed to get out of there alive….

Mike and Mark interview Stan about this amazing story, and the way it changed his life is something you don’t want to miss.

About the guest:

Stanley N. Alpert served for 13 years with the United States Department of Justice, as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. As Chief of Environmental Litigation, Mr. Alpert investigated, prosecuted, and supervised many complex environmental civil and criminal cases and he litigated many trials and appeals.

Mr. Alpert worked on hazardous waste, asbestos, land use and other environmental issues, under many environmental statutes, including CERCLA, RCRA, NEPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Ocean Dumping Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

Stan Alpert has received numerous awards and commendations for his work as a prosecutor, including the Henry L. Stimson Medal awarded for Outstanding Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney by the Association of the Bar for the City of New York. He also twice received the Justice Department’s prestigious Director’s Award for Superior Performance. Mr. Alpert received his B.S. in Economics from Binghamton University (SUNY) and his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Stan was law clerk to the Honorable Edward B. Davis, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida in Miami. He also worked at the New York law firm of Kaye Scholer, LLP, where he was a commercial litigator on environmental, real estate, contract, trademark, and other matters.

After leaving the government, Mr. Alpert was Head of the Environmental Toxic Tort Unit at the New York law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, focusing his practice on environmental and toxic tort matters, such as MTBE litigation against the oil industry, and actions for injury to people or damages to property from a host of environmental contaminants. He was Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel to MDL 1358 in the Southern District of New York, coordinating well over a hundred law suits against the oil industry for MTBE contamination of people’s drinking water. He is Co-Chair of the Toxic Torts Committee, Environmental Law Section, New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Alpert has recently opened The Alpert Firm in New York City, with focused practice in environmental and toxic tort cases for harm caused by pollution as well as commercial, real estate, and government false claims litigation.

Stan’s website is at http://www.stanleyalpert.com.

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TRIPLE CROSS

“This is the most dangerous man I have ever met.
We cannot let this man out on the street.”
—Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, 1997

In the years leading to the 9/11 attacks, no single agent of al Qaeda was more successful in compromising the U.S. intelligence community than Ali Mohamed. A former Egyptian army captain, Mohamed succeeded in infiltrating the CIA in Europe, the Green Berets at Fort Bragg, and the FBI in California—even as he helped to orchestrate the al Qaeda campaign of terror that culminated in 9/11. As investigative reporter Peter Lance demonstrates in this gripping narrative, senior U.S. law enforcement officials—including the now-celebrated U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who personally interviewed Mohamed long before he was brought to ground—were powerless to stop him. In the annals of espionage, few men have moved between the hunters and the hunted with as much audacity as Ali Mohamed. For almost two decades, the former Egyptian army commando succeeded in living a double life. Brazenly slipping past watch lists, he moved in and out of the U.S. with impunity, marrying an American woman, becoming a naturalized citizen, and posing as an FBI informant—all while acting as chief of security for Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri. Known to his fellow terrorists as Ali Amiriki, or “Ali the American,” Mohamed gained access to the most sensitive intelligence in the U.S. counterterrorism arsenal while brokering terror summits, planning bombing missions, and training jihadis in bomb building, assassination, the creation of sleeper cells, and other acts of espionage.Building on the investigation he first chronicled in his previous books, 1000 Years for Revenge and Cover Up, Lance uses Mohamed to trace the untold story of al Qaeda’s rise in the 1980s and 1990s. Incredibly, Mohamed, who remains in custodial witness protection today, has never been sentenced for his crimes. He exists under a veil of secrecy—a living witness to how the U.S. intelligence community was outflanked for years by the terror network. From his first appearance on the FBI’s radar in 1989—training Islamic extremists on Long Island—to his presence in the database of Operation Able Danger eighteen months before 9/11, this devious triple agent was the one terrorist they had to sweep under the rug. Filled with news-making revelations, Triple Cross exposes the incompetence and duplicity of the FBI and Justice Department before 9/11 . . . and raises serious questions about how many more secrets the Feds may still be hiding.

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VA Horrors

Dr. Jeffrey Fudin

In 1999, Terry Everett, R-Alabama, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations told a congressional panel that “there is without question a good-old-boy network within the VA” that tolerates “favoritism, cronyism, harassment, and reprisal.” He indicated that retaliation against VA whistleblowers was common and goes unpunished.

Although the Department of Veterans Affairs has and continues to provide many important quality services to veteran patients, layers of administration have condoned and engaged in covert activities that place our veterans at risk. This nation cannot afford to dishonor it’s veterans by condoning criminal activity among Department of Veterans Affairs administrators.

Because of the breadth of this problem, Dr. Fudin has engaged other Veterans Affairs whistleblowers by forming a national Veterans Affairs Whistleblower Coalition (VAWBC). The coalition consists of Veterans Affairs employees (past or present) who agree to actively lobby Congress to end government retaliation against those who expose veteran patient harm and/or abuse and/or major ethical flaws. Currently, there is a false sense of security that such protection does exisit through the services of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Unfortunately, the OSC is overwhelmed with such cases and is unable to completely investigate and follow-up with every filed complaint.

About the guest:
Dr. Jeffrey Fudin graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy (ACP) with his Bachelor’s degree and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1981 and 1998. He completed an American Cancer Society Fellowship in Oncology/Hematology at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. He is a board-certified Diplomate to the American Academy of Pain Management, and a member of several other professional organizations.

Aside from his expertise in pain management, Dr. Fudin has been nationally recognized as a federal whistleblower, activities for which he has received extensive national attention.

Dr. Fudin challenged the Department of Veterans Affairs in federal court for retaliation specific to his whistleblowing activities after he disclosed research violations beginning as early as 1993. For his role in defending the rights of Veterans, he and fellow whistleblower Tony Mariano were appointed Co-Grand Marshals for the May 26, 2003, Albany Memorial Day Parade by the City of Albany Joint Veterans Committee. Dr. Fudin expressed his thanks for Mr. Mariano “for his bravery in supporting me and standing up for the ethical foundation of our profession, but more importantly, no person could every repay him for his honesty and integrity that ultimately ended his federal career for standing up to the Stratton VA Administration for the sake of veterans. In my opinion, he is a true hero.”
Some veterans wore T-shirts emblazoned with whistles and, on a rainy May day, blew whistles as Dr. Fudin and a pharmacist colleague led the parade. Three weeks later, on June 16, 2003, a New York State Assembly Resolution was adopted “honoring Dr. Jeffrey Fudin for his bravery and commitment to patient care.”

His website is at www.vawhistleblower.com

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The NSWBC & The House of Death

A Conversation with Sibel Edmonds and William Weaver
of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition.

The House of Death is the story of how an informant for Homeland Security, working “undercover” under the direct control of a Bush appointed United States Attorney, operated a macabre house of horrors in which more than a dozen people were tortured to death with the informant taking part. There have been a continuing series of articles at Narco News on the subject, reported by Bill Conroy, who has been a frequent guest.

Our guests are Sibel Edmonds, a courageous whistleblower who subsequently became the Director of the National Security Whistleblower’s Coalition, and William Weaver who acts as Senior Advisor to the same organization.

About the guests:
Sibel Edmonds worked as a language specialist for the FBI’s Washington Field Office. During her work with the bureau, she discovered and reported serious acts of security breaches, cover-ups, and intentional blocking of intelligence that had national security implications. After she reported these acts to FBI management, she was retaliated against by the FBI and ultimately fired in March 2002. Since that time, court proceedings on her issues have been blocked by the assertion of “State Secret Privilege” by Attorney General Ashcroft; the Congress of the United States has been gagged and prevented from any discussion of her case through retroactive re-classification by the Department of Justice. Ms. Edmonds is fluent in Turkish, Farsi and Azerbaijani; and has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, and a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University. PEN American Center awarded Ms. Edmonds the 2006 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy”.

Bill Weaver served in U.S. Army signals intelligence for eight years in Berlin and Augsburg, Germany in the late 1970s and 1980s. He subsequently received his law degree and Ph.D. in politics from the University of Virginia, where he was on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review. He is presently an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Faculty for the Institute for Policy and Economic Development and an Associate in the Center for Law and Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. He specializes in executive branch secrecy policy, governmental abuse, and law and bureaucracy. His articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Political Science Quarterly, Virginia Law Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Organization and other journals. He has co-authored several books on law and political theory.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:
NSWBC Files a FOIA lawsuit Against
DEA & DOJ in House of Death Case

Excerpted from a new Narco News Article by Bill Conroy:

The litigation, which (Bill) Weaver says is “part of an effort by the NSWBC” to expose the truth in the House of Death, was filed under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It alleges that Washington bureaucrats are stonewalling the release of public records that promise to further illuminate the government’s role in facilitating the House of Death bloodshed.

Among the documents Weaver is seeking from the government (that the DOJ and DEA have so far refused to release) are an internal report involving more than 40 interviews conducted jointly by a team of DEA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigators as well as a tape recording made of the first murder at the House of Death.

The murder toll at the house in Ciudad Juarez reached at least a dozen over a five-month period ending in mid-January 2004. A U.S. government informant who had penetrated a Juarez cell of the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes narco-trafficking organization, arranged, and in some cases participated in, the torture and murder sessions while he was under the supervision of ICE agents and a U.S. prosecutor in El Paso, Texas.

DOJ attorneys currently have deportation proceedings pending against that informant, Guillermo Ramirez Peyro, which if successful, would return him to Mexico and into the hands of the narco-traffickers he betrayed — setting up the informant to become yet another murder victim of the House of Death.

Weaver, in conjunction with Narco News, filed the initial Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with DEA in October 2005 seeking the release of public-record material related to the House of Death case. However, to date, Weaver claims in the lawsuit that the agency has “wrongfully withheld the requested records.”

Click here to download a PDF copy of the lawsuit

Related links:
Read Bill Conroy’s Investigative pieces on the House of Death

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The House of Death 6

A further update on the continuing saga…

Can you believe that mainstream media is not interested in a story in which:

–an informant for Homeland Security, working “undercover” under the direct control of a Bush appointed United States Attorney, operates a macabre house of horrors in which more than a dozen people are tortured to death with the informant taking part?

–the reign of terror only ends when the murder of a DEA agent and his family is narrowly averted?

–a top DEA official starts an investigation that quickly determines that the the house of death is being operated and funded by officials of the US government?

–the DEA official is forced off the job for trying to push the investigation into the roll the Bush appointed prosecutor played in all this?

–the suspect prosecutor is PROMOTED to a high level Department of Justice position?

–the files are “vanishing?”

–memories of suspects are clouding over?

Well, whether or not mainstream media pays any attention, your EXPERT WITNESS is not letting the story disappear from New York Airwaves…

Our guests are Bill Conroy, a courageous investigative journalist who has stuck with this story from the beginning, and Sandalio Gonzalez, an equally courageous DEA agent who broke the story.

Previous shows on related topics:
Read Bill Conroy’s Investigative pieces on the House of Death

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An American Hiroshima?

An update from the author of “Osama’s Revenge”

How close are we really to Nuclear Terror?

What does specific hard intelligence tell us are the probabilities of nuclear terror…soon?

What are Osama’s stated plans?

Why hasn’t it happened yet?

Are we less prepared then we were on September 10, 2001?

What role does media ineptitude and/or lack of expertise in covering our intelligence agencies play in our lack of preparedness?

What role does the publication of phony war-on-terror “victory” stories claimed by FBI and CIA, by mainstream, play in keeping us dozing, while the dark clouds of nuclear terror draw closer?

The war on terror has become a household subject since the attacks on September 11, 2001. In reality, the jihad against America did not happen overnight. It has been coming for quite some time. Paul Williams’ The Dunces of Doomsday documents ten blunders that resulted in an invigorated radical Islam, terrorism worldwide, and the coming “American Hiroshima.”

PAUL L. WILLIAMS, Ph.D., is a journalist and the author of The Al Qaeda Connection: International Terrorism, Organized Crime, and the Coming Apocalypse; The Vatican Exposed: Money, Murder, and the Mafia; and Osama’s Revenge: The Next 9/11–What the Media and the Government Haven’t Told You. He has served as a consultant for the FBI, as editor and publisher of the Metro in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and as an adjunct professor of humanities at the University of Scranton.

Books by the author:

Osama's Revenge: The Next 9/11, What the Media and the Government  Haven't Told You
Osama’s Revenge: The Next 9/11, What the Media and the Government Haven’t Told You
The Al Qaeda Connection: International Terrorism, Organized Crime,  and the Coming Apocalpse
The Al Qaeda Connection: International Terrorism, Organized Crime, and the Coming Apocalpse
Dunces of Doomsday: 16 Blunders That Gave Rise to Radical Islam
Dunces of Doomsday: 16 Blunders That Gave Rise to Radical Islam

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Some Prior Guests

David Moorhouse

Ray McGovern

Dr. Rick Nuccio

Renee Boje

Daniel Ellsberg

Richard Stratton

Gerard Colby

Greg Palast

Dennis Dayle

Ralph McGeehee

Stan Goff

Mark Levine

Vincent Bugliosi

J.H. Hatfield

Siobhan Reynolds

Charles Bowden

Katherine Gun

Bob Parry

Sandy Gonzalez

Sibel Edmonds

Ellen Mariani

Peter Lance

Senator Bob Graham

Cele Castillo

Tosh Plumlee

Donald Bains

Will Northrop

Aukai Collin

John Loftus

Joyce Reilly Von Kliest

Kelly O' Meara

John P. Flannery

Bill Conroy

Sander Hicks

Paul Williams