The Expansion Of The National Security State

09/07/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Last year our guest Dana Priest wrote in the Washington Post:

“The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.”

She and her co-author William Arkin have expanded their original newspaper series into a book called “Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State”. The book was also the basis of a Frontline documentary that aired on PBS last night.

Dana Priest joins us live.

Next week in Tampa an Iraq war veteran goes on trial for manslaughter—for allegedly killing another man while driving under the influence of alcohol. According to a police investigation the Marine was incapable of making fully formed cognitive decisions because he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

It’s been more than 8 years since the start of the latest Iraq War; 9 years since the start of the Afghan invasion. Here to talk about the Iraq War is TJ Buonomo, a veteran and former board member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

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