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A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

If you had tried to write a story ten years ago arguing that the CIA was promoting or practicing torture, you'd be looked at as some kind of reconstructed Marxist or something like that. And now you can read about that every day in the major newspapers. -- Nick Schou

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Nick Schou, an editor at Orange County Weekly, reviews and analyzes the remarkable and tragic story of Gary Webb, an investigative reporter who wrote a shell-shocking, three-part series for the San Jose Mercury News in 1996 about the CIA's controversial connection to Nicaraguan Contras selling crack cocaine in the United States. The mainstream media attacked and vilified Gary Webb for this reporting. Webb left the Mercury News after the paper distanced themselves from the story, and he was never able to find another job in journalism. He killed himself two years ago.

The saddest part is that Gary's story was eventually proved to be true, including admissions by the CIA that the agency did have ties and knowledge of a drug smuggling operation in the United States, but simply turned a blind eye to the drug trafficking operation.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

The White House knew [the levees broke] because the Army Corps of Engineers sent them photographs. Again, I want to emphasize that the White House had the photographs of the levees breaking, and didn't tell state and local officials who had stopped the evacuation because the hurricane missed New Orleans. Everyone thought they dodged a bullet, but the White House didn't tell anybody the levees broke and were drowning the city. -- Greg Palast

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Greg Palast is just unstoppable, and after you watch his remarkable new DVD, "Big Easy to Big Empty: The Drowning of New Orleans," you'll understand why. You have read about the Katrina disaster for more than a year now, but you'll see it in a new light after watching Greg Palast's reporting.

In an expanded documentary that now includes a half-hour interview with Amy Goodman, Palast, in his usual bold style, reveals new factual details about the Bush Administration complicity in the deaths of Katrina victims. You'll be convinced by the end of watching "Big Easy to Big Empty" that what we are dealing with here is criminal negligence.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

If [torture] never worked at all, people would never use it…The problem is that you never know whether the information you’ve got through torture is reliable or not. But it is useful for other things as well. It’s useful for extracting confessions. Sometimes it’s even better than getting the truth because it means getting someone to admit to something you want them to admit to. -- Stephen Grey

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

… many Americans don’t understand that the framers of this Constitution 200 years ago understood that there would be a Richard Nixon, and they understood that there would be a George Bush. And they said: American people, you have a remedy. We’re giving you a remedy. It’s 200 years old. It’s called impeachment. That’s designed to remove a President who threatens our Constitution and subverts our democracy. -- Elizabeth Holtzman

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

The very process of getting those subpoenas out there, getting witnesses out there, getting this evidence that we already have in the public record, into a hearing format, is essential. The more we can illuminate the truth, the more people are going to understand ... we have to have these hearings in Congress. That is what I’m advocating.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

I think they elected him because they thought he’d be someone they could manipulate. But Bush genuinely feels like he was elected to govern. -- Jules Carlysle, Author of DUMBASS

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

There are probably twenty to twenty-five thousand armed mercenaries in Iraq now, a bigger force than any except the U.S. force, by the way. And there are no laws governing them, and nobody’s been arrested for anything. Either you have twenty to twenty-five thousand hired men with guns who are angels, or there’s a huge miscarriage of justice going on. -- Robert Greenwald, director, "Iraq for Sale"

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

We called our book Static based on the idea that ... we’re still getting ever more static from the corporate media veil of distortion, lies, omissions, half truths. We need a media that creates static of another kind -- what the dictionary defines as criticism, opposition, unwanted interference. We need a media that doesn’t cover for power, but covers power. We are the fourth estate. We’re not supposed to be for the state. -- Amy Goodman

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

One of my old friends who is an ex-Vietnam vet, a Navy pilot, said to me one night, “Whenever I get mad at the government, I go out and buy a gun.” And to me, that’s a form of mimicking political action. One is left only with a gun in one’s closet. One has not changed or affected the government at all. -- Joan Burbick

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

I’m tempted to say they’re [the Bush Administration and Republican Congress are] spending money now like drunken sailors, but that’s not true, because drunken sailors spend their own money. These people are spending our children's and our grandchildren’s money. That’s immoral and wrong and corrupt. -- Richard Viguerie, Father of the Conservative Direct Mail Fund-raising Machine

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