Collapse mastermind Michael Ruppert joins Media Mayhem to continue his conversation about the dirty secrets of the US government. This time he pulls out the big guns when discussing 9/11, the Bush administration, and why Dick Cheney was such an important (and nefarious) figure. He also gives his thoughts on President Obama, and the overwhelming force that keeps the machine of US government ticking in the direction of criminality.
GUEST BIO: Michael Ruppert is an investigative journalist and author of two books, Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil andConfronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World.In the 1970s, Ruppert was a narcotics officer for the LAPD. While there, he discovered evidence that the CIA was complicit in the illegal drug trade. He alerted his superiors with this information and soon found himself dismissed even though he had an honorable record. These events spurred Ruppert to begin a new career for himself as an investigative journalist. He was the publisher/editor of the From The Wilderness newsletter which, until its closure in 2006, examined government corruption and complicity in such areas as the CIA's involvement in the war on drugs, the Pat Tillman scandal, the 2008 economic collapse and issues surrounding Peak Oil. Ruppert has lectured widely on these topics and was the subject of a documentary, Collapse, in 2009 which was based on one of his books. Currently, he hosts the radio show, The Lifeboat, on the Progressive Radio Network.
EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 Coming Up on Media Mayhem 00:41 The Collapse network of outside media. 03:34 30 years of experience in skepticism. 05:24 Osama Bin Laden and the truth. 09:44 9/11 was orchestrated by Dick Cheney. 11:24 Evidence for his case. 16:33 How Cheney consolidated power so effectively. 20:56 The excuse for the Iraq War, and the connection to Pearl Harbor. 26:12 Halliburton and the C.I.A. 31:44 Working with the LAPD and C.I.A. and coming from a background related to security. 34:34 The C.I.A. drug shipment conspiracy. 36:35 Has the LAPD changed since Rodney King? 40:14 Obama and the machine. 43:52 The balance of power and the executive.