Host Dave Lindorff discusses Peace Activist and Vietnam Veteran John Grant’s recent trip to Brazil for the 50th anniversary of the 1964 CIA-backed military coup. The two talk about police state tactics in today’s Brazil and today’s United States, and whether the US today is a police state or an incipient police state just waiting to happen.
Professor Harold Wanless, chair of the Geology Department at the University of Miami and a leading climate change expert, talks about the latest IPCC report, explaining that as scary as its latest predictions are for global warming, it is far too conservative, because the IPCC does not factor in the feedback loops that are making things get worse faster -- whether it's the doubling of the pace of Greenland and Western Antarctic ice melt every seven years, or the releasing of massive methane deposits in permafrost and undersea methyl cathrates. If we don't act quickly to significantly reduce the use of carbon fuels, he says, we could see a "baked in" 70-foot sea rise, perhaps in our children's or grandchildren's lives, and even an end to human civilization.
Just after midnight on May 22, 2013, after 4 and a half hours of interrogation, and shortly after a potential witness was ordered from the scene by a second FBI agent, the FBI agent investigating a critical witness in the Boston Marathon bombing case shot and killed Ibragim Todashev in his own apartment in Orlando, Florida. The agent fired three bullets into Todashev’s back, apparently as he was trying to flee a brutal interview, and then, when he turned, possibly to surrender, he was shot in the arm and the heart, and hit with a coup de gras into the top of the head. Host Dave Lindorff reports on this story of an apparent FBI rub-out, and guest Elena Teyer, Todashev’s mother-in-law, offers her theory on why the Bureau may have arranged this killing.