Peter Van Buren, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. State Department, spent a year in Iraq leading two Provincial Reconstruction Teams. Following his book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (The American Empire Project, Metropolitan Books, 2011), the Department of State began judicial and then termination proceedings. Through the efforts of the Government Accountability Project and the ACLU, Van Buren instead honorably retired from the State Department.
Peter’s commentary has been featured in The New York Times, Salon, NPR, Al Jazzeera, Huffington Post, The Nation, TomDispatch, Antiwar.com, American Conservative Magazine, Mother Jones, Michael Moore.com, Le Monde, The Guardian (UK), Daily Kos, Middle East Online, Guernica and others. He has appeared on the BBC World Service, NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air, CurrentTV, HuffPo Live, RT, ITV, Britain’s Channel 4 Viewpoint, CCTV, Voice of America, and more.
Van Buren, along with other Federal whistleblowers like Tom Drake and Jesslyn Radack, is also working closely with Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker James Spione on a new film called SILENCED: Washington’s War on Whistleblowers, due out in 2014.
He is currently working on a new book, about the social and economic changes in America between WWII and the decline of the blue collar middle class in the 1980’s. You can learn more about Ghosts of Tom Joad, A Story of the #99Percent, available March 2014.
Van Buren, along with other Federal whistleblowers like Tom Drake and Jesslyn Radack, is also working closely with Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker James Spione on a new film called SILENCED, due out in mid-2014.