Author Robert Scheer discusses his book The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America with former White House Counsel John Dean.
Scheer offers a manifesto for reform of the nation's military-industrial complex.
This program is part of the Los Angeles Public Library's ALOUD speakers and authors program.
John W. Dean III
John Dean was White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon and became deeply involved in events leading up to the Watergate burglaries and the subsequent Watergate scandal cover-up. Despite his initial involvement, Dean became a key witness for the prosecution and was the first administration official to accuse Nixon of direct involvement with Watergate and the resulting cover-up. His accusations were confirmed when the secret White House tape recordings were made public. Dean's cooperation with the investigation led to a reduction in his prison time.
But for Dean blowing the whistle on Nixon's misdeeds it is highly questionable whether the Watergate scandal would have resulted in Nixon's resignation.
Robert Scheer, previously editor in chief of Ramparts and national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, is a Senior Lecturer at the USC's Annenberg School for Communication, and editor in chief of Truthdig.com. He is the author of a number of books, including the new "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy."
Columnist Robert Scheer recalls that Bush and Rumsfeld pre-9/11 stated that "we are besieged by an enemy," referring to the pentagon and wasteful military spending.
However, Scheer claims that post-9/11 Bush about-faced in his politics and, wishing to become a "big hero" and salvage his "insecure" presidency, poured resources into defense spending, thereby resurrecting the "imperial model."
Robert Scheer talks about two military spending programs where billions were spent building aircraft that were neither needed nor wanted by the U.S. Air Force or Pentagon, but got pushed through for political reasons.