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Reign of Terror w/ Spencer Ackerman – Ep 109

Spencer Ackerman joins the podcast to discuss his new book “REIGN OF TERROR: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump.”  We discuss the presence of war crimes in the post 9/11 era as features, not aberrations, of American foreign policy, the search for the “service” in military service, and America’s ongoing love affair with using military answers to solve political questions.  Enjoy!!!

Spencer Ackerman is a contributing editor at the Daily Beast. From 2017 to 2021, he was senior national security correspondent for The Daily Beast. He is the author of forthcoming REIGN OF TERROR: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump. The former U.S. national security editor for the Guardian, Ackerman was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team reporting on Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations.


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National Bird – Drone warfare w/ Lisa Ling – Ep 108

Today, Keagan and I will be talking with Lisa Ling, a former intel analyst and whistleblower who worked with drones.  She’s the one of the subjects of National Bird, the award winning documentary on former drone unit members that included Daniel Hale (the handsome fella gracing our episode thumbnail today) and several other drone whistleblowers.  Please do take a listen to an episode of Primary Sources Podcast, as Lisa, Keagan, Cian Westmoreland, and host Chip Gibbons discuss drone warfare in depth, along with a breakdown of the horrific drone strike that punctuated the U.S. departure from Afghanistan.

Lisa joined the military in 1991, serving as an army medic and nurse before transferring to the Air National Guard (ANG). In the Guard, she became a communications technician, working on various types of electronic equipment including DCGS (Distributed Common Ground System; the U.S. Air Force defines DCGS as its “primary intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection, processing, exploitation, analysis and dissemination” system).

Besides her overseas deployments and prior years in the U.S. drone program, Lisa served with the 234th intelligence Squadron and 48th Intelligence Squadron at Beale Air Force Base from Oct 2007-Sep 2009. The 48th Intelligence Squadron provides communications and logistics maintenance for the DCGS.

She served more than six years on active duty and more than 15 years as both active and inactive National Guard.

She decided to speak out against the misuse of drones after traveling to Afghanistan and seeing for herself how what she participated in was not a war on terror, but a war of terror. She has spoken out against armed drones killing with inaccurate data, and the program’s immense unchecked power around the world, writing for (and sometimes being featured in) the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Beast, on Cyberwar—Viceland, and ABC Australia.

Lisa is one of three protagonists from the U.S. drone program featured in the documentary film National Bird, directed by Sonia Kennebeck.


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Watson report on veteran suicides – Part 2

We’re hosting a live stream this Tuesday at 9pm EST (6pm PST) to finish discussing the report on troop / veteran suicides from the Watson Costs Of War Institute at Brown University.  My pal Little Boots, a fellow Iraq war veteran, joins us again as a guest co-host.  Join us and let us know your thoughts!!  We’ll be on Facebook and YouTube.


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We’re hosting a live stream this Tuesday at 9pm EST (6pm PST) to finish discussing the report on troop / veteran suicides from the Watson Costs Of War Institute at Brown University.  My pal Little Boots, a fellow Iraq war veteran, joins us again as a guest co-host.  Join us and let us know your thoughts!!  We’ll be on Facebook and YouTube.

The Rock w/ Tom Secker – Ep 107

Tom Secker is here to talk with us about The Rock, the 1996 film starring Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris.  A rogue U.S. Marine general, in command of a squad of special ops marines, takes a group of tourists hostage on Alcatraz Island, the former Civil War Fort and notorious prison where Al Capone, among many others, were imprisoned.


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A Legacy Of Chains w/ Phil Kraske – Ep 106

Phil Kraske, author of 11/9 And The Terrorist Who Loved Bonsai Trees, joins us to discuss his new book, A Legacy Of Chains, a collection of short stories where the main story focuses on the history of Vietnam POW’s left behind following the U.S. withdrawal in 1973.  We discuss Robert Garwood, an American POW who returned home in 1979 under a wave of suspicion about his captivity and was prosecuted for it, despite large numbers of POW’s in similar circumstances not being charged.

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Enough Already w/ Scott Horton of Antiwar.com – Ep 104

Scott Horton of Antiwar.com joins me to discuss Scott’s new book “Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terror.”

We touch on many topics from the Carter administration forward, understanding that what transpired on September 11, 2001 was only the latest blowback from American foreign policy in the Middle East, how every president from Carter to Biden has shared in the irresponsibility of American “counter-terrorism” missions, and even how torture encouraged and in some cases helped create major al Qaeda leaders.

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He’s the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,500 interviews since 2003.


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Watson Institute report on active duty and veteran suicides – Ep 103

My pal and fellow Iraq war veteran Little Boots joins me for an in depth dissection of the recent report on active duty and veteran suicides at the Watson Cost of War Institute at Brown University.  It’s an in depth discussion on the moral, personal, and psychological damage that leads veterans to take their own lives.  Please share your thoughts on the episode with us.

Thank you all for your support with the podcast.


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Live stream w/ special guest Lee Camp – Ep 102

Thanks to everyone who joined our discussion with Lee Camp and Nate Hankes. If you didn’t get to watch, the replay is right here. Enjoy!

Lee is the head writer and host of the national TV show Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp on RT America. He’s a former contributor to The Onion, former staff humor writer for the Huffington Post, and his web series “Moment of Clarity” has been viewed by millions. He’s toured the country and the world with his fierce brand of standup comedy, and George Carlin’s daughter, Kelly, said Lee is one of the few comics keeping her father’s torch lit. Bill Hicks’ brother, Steve, said Lee is one of only a handful with Bill’s “message and passion.”


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Ep Zero – Keagan R. Miller – Ep 101

Third time’s a charm!!  Today, we put Keagan under the Ep Zero microscope.  I don’t want to spoil any of it, so I’ll let the episode do the talking. 


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