Host Dave Lindorff Lindorff discussed the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl case with fellow ThisCantBeHappening.net journalist John Grant, a Vietnam War veteran and long-time activist with Veterans for Peace. Grant says Bergdahl clearly was a young man questioning the war he found himself in, posted in a lonely, dangerous and remote mountain area much like where he grew up in his native Idaho. He says the case is a war of narratives, with conservative 'chickenhawks' in Congress and the media (and a 'senile' Sen. John McCaine) trying to defend the Afghan War on one side, and anti-war people, and ultimately Bergdahl, exposing a war that makes no sense.
An interview with Mara Verheyden Hilliard, executive director of the Washington, DC-based Partnership for Civil Justice, about a trove of documents her organization has received through the Freedom of Information Act concerning the 78 national Fusion Centers and their role in spying on and coordinating the many municipal police assaults on the Occupy Movement. Hilliard shows that the Fusion Centers -- which mesh federal law enforcement agencies with local police departments allegedly in the name of fighting terrorism, devoted almost all their resources to monitoring and crushing that avowedly peaceful and First-Amendment-protected movement.
‘This Can’t Be Happening!’ host Dave Lindorff interviews Dr. Gary Yoh, professor of economics and climate change at Wesleyan University, and vice chair of the committee that just released the third National Climate Assessment. Dr. Yoh explains that the purpose of the latest assessment was to bring home to Americans that every part of the US is already experiencing the visible signs of global warming. He agrees that many will greet such evidence dismissively as proof that climate change “isn’t so bad,” but warns that much worse is coming.