Host Dave Lindorff discusses two horrors in the news with guests Francis Boyle and Linn Washington. Boyle, prominent international law expert who wrote the US law passed in the 1980s banning germ warfare, which brought the US under the Geneva Convention against Germ Warfare, tells how the Ebola epidemic in west Africa can be traced to a US weapons lab located in Sierra Leone. Boyle claims that US medical experts at the CDC and National Institutes of Health know this, and that this is why the US has not sent physicians there into harm's way. The Washington, an investigative journalist and colleague of Lindorff's at thiscantbehappening.net, talks about a law just passed in Pennsylvania that would allow crime victims to see to gag prisoners and even ex-cons from saying or writing anything that might cause them "mental anguish," an astonishing assault on the First Amendment that has far-reaching consequences for us all.
Host Dave Lindorff, who is fluent in Chinese and spent five crucial years in Hong Kong as a correspondent for Business Week during the run-up to the 1997 handover of the British colony to Chinese sovereignty, talks about the several weeks-long democracy movement demonstrations in that city -- what the history of democracy and liberty struggle is in Hong Kong, who is behind the current protests, and about the nefarious and treacherous effort by neocons in the US government to hijack that movement and to use it towards their ends of causing turmoil and trouble for the Chinese government. Lindorff also talks about two other news events that "can't be happening,": the latest suprising victory of Occupy activist Cecily McMillan, whom a jury just found not guilty of obstructing police when she informed two arrested turnstile jumpers of their rights and videotaped police arresting them, and the effort in the Pennsylvania legislature to pass a law preventing not just Mumia Abu-Jamal, but all prisoners sentenced for violent crimes, from speaking or publishing outside of prison.