Gore Vidal on the United States of Amnesia, 9/11, the 2000 Election and the War in Iraq
9:00-9:01 Billboard 9:01-9:04 Headlines 9:04-9:05 One Minute Music Break 9:06-9:22: One of America s most acclaimed essayists and historians in an extended interview with Democracy Now s Amy Goodman Sen. Bob Graham on Sunday accused the Bush administration of engaging in a "coverup" of intelligence failures before and after the Sept. 11 attacks to shield it from embarrassment, and said the war with Iraq has allowed Al Qaeda and other groups to become a greater threat to Americans than ever before. This according to a report in the Los Angeles Times Graham, a presidential candidate and former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also accused the administration of jeopardizing the safety of Americans by blocking the release of a landmark congressional report on the government failures that preceded the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The Florida Democrat said the White House has withheld from the public important information about the continued existence of terrorist cells in the United States including some with ties to foreign governments that the U.S. has been afraid to go after. Graham s critique in many ways is similar to one that appeared in a book that recently topped the New York Times Bestseller paperback. The book is Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Bush-Cheney Junta. The author is Gore Vidal Gore Vidal is one of America s most prolific and best-known writers. He has written more than 22 books and more than two hundred essays -- a collection of his essays won the National Book Award in 1993. Vidal is the Author most recently of Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace and Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Bush-Cheney Junta. Taken together, the books constitute a comprehensive attack on America s imperialist ambitions and the military industrial complex. Writing in the Scotsman, critic Gavin Esler called Perpetual War the finest serious critique of America's use and abuse of power in the 21st century that I have read. I had an opportunity to speak with Vidal last week. We re going to platy some of that interview. Here we join him discussing his thoughts about the United States post 9-11. <sum> Gore Vidal, essayist, critic and author of best-selling books Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace and Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta in an interview with Amy Goodman <sum> Gore Vidal, recorded May 4th at the Society for Ethical Culture in New York 9:23-9:24 One Minute Music Break 9:25-9:41 Vidal Cont'd 9:41-9:42 One Minute Music Break 9:42-9:58 Vidal cont'd 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits Democracy Now! is produced by Kris Abrams, Mike Burke, Angie Karran, Sharif Abdul Kouddous, Ana Nogueira, Elizabeth Press with help from Noah Reibel and Vilka Tzouras. Mike Di Filippo is our music maestro and engineer. Thanks also to Uri Galed, Angela Alston, Emily Kunstler, Orlando Richards, Simba Rousseau, Rafael delaUz, Gabriel Weiss, Johnny Sender, Rich Kim, Karen Ranucci, Fatima Mojadiddy, Denis Moynihan and Jenny Filipazzo.