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Broadcast interviews

  • In February 2017, I visited UC Santa Cruz to speak to several groups of students and sat with professor Sylvanna Falcon on her campus radio show, Voces Criticas. Our interview implicates how "authoritarianism comes cloaked in the guise of security," how "surveillance has wrought unspeakable damage to civil society," and how the most disturbing acts of the FBI, CIA, and NSA "have never been apparent in the moment because they were hidden by layers by executive secrecy."

More of my press appearances from 2009-2015 are available at the Bill of Rights Defense Committee's online press archive.
  • In May 2014, Acronym TV featured me in an extended interview alongside Kevin Zeese focused on NSA surveillance but also ranging well beyond it. The interview concludes (and opens with a preview of) a live performance of my new dance song, "NSA vs. USA."

  • In late April 2014, C-SPAN aired archival footage from an event at which I spoke on February 21 at the University of the District of Columbia exploring "The Life and Assassination of Malcolm X." My comments (from 1:29-1:46 ofthe original complete clip) were wide-ranging, addressing history, secrecy, corruption, and freedom of thought. Video of my remarks before the Q&A are posted on the C-SPAN site (from which I unfortunately can't embed).
  • On February 11, 2014, I had a chance to appear on Glenn Beck's network, where I stumbled into a quote that may be my most succinct expression yet of the struggle we face in America: "It's Wall Street and Washington against the rest of us."
  • On November 1, 2013, Abby Martin invited me onto her show, Breaking the Set, to discuss NSA spying and kick a rhyme accompanied by Kristen Arant on the djembe.
  • On July 31, 2013, Thom Hartmann featured my concerns about NSA spying on his TV program, "The Big Picture." I come in around 31:15 and my first comments start at 34:45. I rambled at the beginning, but hit it harder at the end. 

  • On March 9, 2011, CNN featured my comments responding to Rep. Peter King's shameless attempts to demonize American Muslims. (I start off by mistaking one Senator McCarthy for another, but we all make mistakes sometimes....) In addition to CNN's broadcast coverage of my comments, I was also quoted by Agence France Presse, the Huffington Post, and ABC News, among others.

  • On January 18, 2011, I spoke on a panel at a congressional briefing about the FBI's abuses authorized by the 2008 Attorney General's Guidelines for FBI Operations issued by then AG Michael Mukasey, which I've written about here, here, here and here (and addressed in a different medium outside the FBI's headquarters the day before to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday).

  • On March 8, 2010, I did a fun interview on the Alyona Show about Senator Lieberman's preposterous proposal to revoke the citizenship of anyone (merely) accused of a national security offense.
  • On October 7, 2009, GRITtv aired a recorded video commentary summarizing my analysis of torture accountability, drawn largely from my article, Losing Wars We Already Won (Part I): Torture v. WWII.

  • On August 1, 2009, I did an extended studio interview with WMUA, the student-run radio station at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Part 1 focused on art & culture as a vehicle for social organizing and building political power, and included We Watch Reality. Part 2 riffed on my personal history, recommendations for student activists, and reflections on the first year of the Obama administration. Part 3 includes some historical context for civil liberties issues, as well as further reflections on the Obama administration and the landscape it confronts in DC. Part 4 includes a discussion about the state of our democracy and opportunities to recover political ground lost during the Bush years, as well as Bumpin in My SUV. Part 5 discusses the electronic dance underground and its transformative social potential. And Part 6 includes me rhyming live over a Daft Punk track from the Homework album.
  • On July 11, 2009, I did a short interview by phone with al-Jazeera English reflecting on implications of the Inspectors' General report on warrantless domestic spying released the day before.
  • On June 29, 2009, I spoke at a press conference at the National Press Club about grassroots efforts to ensure executive accountability for torture. Video of my remarks are available (I start around 1:30), and CNN ran a story quoting me.
  • On June 11, 2009, I did an interview on KPFA in San Francisco, CA about the secrecy pervading our national security establishment.
  • On May 22, 2009, I did an interview on WMNF in Tampa, FL about executive accountability for torture.
  • On election night, November 4, 2008, I was part of a panel interviewed by Avi Lewis on al-Jazeera discussing policy issues largely overlooked during the presidential campaign. I also did election commentary for NaanSense radio, a student radio station at the University of Maryland.
  • I did an interview on NPR's Here & Now relating to profiling at the nation's borders & airports (randomly following an interview with a dear friend whose appearance was a total surprise) on August 6, 2008.
  • On November 8, 2007, I did a 10-minute interview about the crisis in Pakistan with Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting's Counterspin program, which is syndicated by over 125 radio stations across the country. Another 10-minute interview aired on January 4, 2008 on The Young Turks, the morning drive-time program of Air America.
  • Streaming video of me embarrassing FOX News propagandists on the Hannity & Colmes Show in a 16-minute live segment that aired on January 21, 2005, the day after President Bush's second inauguration. The video's embedded below in two parts, and is available as a RealPlayer stream, or on YouTube (part I and Part II). In addition, a transcript is also available, as is a download-able version of the video. This interview has been among my most widely viewed appearances in mass media, and is sometimes used as a training tool for grassroots activists.
  • Me on Democracy Now! on January 20, 2005, the day of George W. Bush's second inauguration, discussing the massive protests rejecting his illegitimate, incompetent and corrupt administration.

  • Me delivering a statement to the press outside the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York, on behalf of The Ruckus Society, a non-violent direct action training group for which I've volunteered from time to time. The speech was ultimately included in Democracy Now's "2004 Year-in-Review." Here's another link to the same speech, hosted by the Pacifica Radio Network.

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