May 2 - Terrorism Alarmists Keep Al Qaeda Alive; A Pakistani Lawyer Who Defends Victims of Drone Strikes; A Pacifist Held Hostage by Jihadis

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We begin with the president’s address from the US military complex at Bagram in Afghanistan where he outlined the exit strategy for 2014 and touched on the history of America’s longest war on the first anniversary of the killing of Al Qaeda’s leader. Political Scientist John Mueller, the author of “Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits and Costs of Homeland Security, joins us. He has an article at The National Interest “Why Al Qaeda May Never Die”. john mueller

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Then we speak with a Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar who is the co-founder of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights, an organization representing victims of drone strikes in Pakistani courts.  We discuss the recent “clarification” of drone policy by the White House and what is happening on the ground in Pakistan in terms of victims of collateral damage from drone strikes who are suing the U.S. and Pakistan governments.

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Then finally we hear from a Canadian peace activist who was captured in Iraq by a Jihadist group calling themselves the Swords of the Righteous. Held in brutal captivity for 118 days, his American companion murdered, and all the while hiding that he is gay, he was eventually freed by a joint SAS and U.S. Special Forces team. James Loney, the author of “Captivity: 118 Days in Iraq and the Struggle for a World Without War” joins us to discuss how a pacifist dealt with murderous extremists and being rescued by soldiers who risked their lives to save his.

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