Inside the Pentagon’s black budget

02/26/09 Rob Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: we’ll hear from the third most powerful Republican congressman in Washington, D.C., who is stepping down from office and planning to return to Florida. And we’ll hear about efforts to protect drinking water supplies from the Cypress Town Center Mall.

But first we’ll hear about a new book that lifts some of the secrecy surrounding the Pentagon’s secret budget. Our first guest is Trevor Paglen who holds a PhD in geography; he’s also an internationally recognized visual artist. He’s written a new book called Blank Spots: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World. In it he looks at the secret world of clandestine military and intelligence operations. The secret side of the military/intelligence complex spends billions of dollars every year and employs millions of people- yet it’s rarely talked about in public.

I spoke with Trevor Paglen earlier this year about his book.

Interview With Republican Congressman Adam Putnam- Bartow

Putnam has been a rising star within the Republican Party for the past decade. He was elected to Congress in 2000, rising quickly to the third highest position within the Republican leadership. Now he’s decided to not run for re-election and is planning to run for State Agriculture Commissioner.

He joined Rob Lorei today for a wide-ranging interview about the stimulus bill, Gov. Charlie Crist, the trade embargo on Cuba, free trade agreements, the state of Florida agriculture, farmworker wages and biomass. Putnam is speaking Friday at 7 p.m. at the Pepin Hospitality Center in a benefit for the Hillsborough Republican Executive Committee. For more information, call (813) 507-5716.

Benefit To Raise Money To Keep The Cypress Town Center Mall From Hurting Local Drinking Water Supplies

Denise Layne of the group Save Cypress Creek came on WMNF this afternoon to talk about the lawsuit to reduce the footprint of the Cypress Creek Town Center. Layne says runoff from the mall has already adversely impacted Cypress Creek which flows into the Hillsborough River. The lawsuit asks that the Army Corps of Engineers make the mall comply with existing laws governing runoff from developments. The environmental group is holding a benefit this Friday at 8 p.m. at Skipper’s Smokehouse. For more information, call (813) 246-0485.

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