Archive for November, 2010

No Holiday for Soldiers with PTSD like 1st Infantryman Jeff Hanks

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Talk Nation Radio for November 25, 2010
No Holiday for Soldiers with PTSD
US Soldier Jeff Hanks with More on PTSD and War Update on Hanks Case plus Analysis of US in Middle East
through another Holiday Season for 2010

Includes extensive report from Sarah Lazare on Hanks case see here and also here and 11-15 11-11 CBS News reports here.

Produced by Dori Smith
TRT: 28:06 (note time difference this week as an exception to our usual 29+ time)
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We hear the second part of our interview with 1st Infantryman Jeff Hanks who went AWOL to avoid redeployment to Afghanistan. Hanks had a panic attack at the airport when he was about to ship out for the Middle East again… he went AWOL to try to get mental health treatment. Hanks turned himself in shortly after our interview, and his efforts to get care have been mixed.

We also hear more from David Lindorff about a seldom discussed aspect of the MidEast wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the fact that another nuclear arms race has been catalyzed. With all the talk about global security after 9/11, we review the aftermath of Bush/Cheney wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

News Updates on Jeff Hanks here or here

Dave Lindorff takes our National Pulse on Key Issues

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Talk Nation Radio for 11-19-2010
Dave Lindorff takes our National Pulse on Key Issues

TRT: 29:15
Produced by Dori Smith in Storrs, CT
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Volatile markets, challenges to the Obama administration’s hard won health care policy, and new concerns about social security. Journalist and author David Lindorff joins us to take the national pulse on these and other issues. We’ll look at America’s economic health, and consider what if any good or bad change may be coming during the second half of the Obama administration.

David Lindorff is author of Killing Time, an investigation into the case against Mumia Abu-Jamal, the more recent, This Can’t be Happening, Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy, and The Case for Impeachment, about former President George W. Bush. His book about the nation’s health care system is titled, Marketplace Medicine, The Rise of the For-Profit Hospital Chains.

You can find him online at This Can’t Be

Related Links at a previous Talk Nation Radio interview here and David Lindorff’s article about Mumia abu-Jamal in Counterpunch here

AWOL over PTSD, Jeff Hanks is Helped by IVAW’s Operation Recovery

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Talk Nation radio for November 10, 2010
AWOL over PTSD, Jeff Hanks is Helped by IVAW’s Operation Recovery
1st Infantryman Jeff Hanks, Reporter Sarah Lazare

Jeff Hanks is AWOL and the group Iraq Veterans Against the War is supporting him as part of a new campaign called Operation Recovery. is the web site, they are asking the Military and the White House to stop deploying soldiers that have been wounded and pushed beyond the limits of humanity and end Afghan War. A U.S. Army Infantryman who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Jeff Hanks sought medical help at his military base for symptoms of combat stress. He had an appointment at a clinic for mental health services but the Military command wanted to hurry along his redeployment to Afghanistan. We also hear from Sarah Lazare, the reporter who told Jeff Hank’s story on She is part of a support network for soldiers called: The Civilian Soldier Alliance working in collaboration with IVAW, Iraq Veterans against the War. Courage to Resist is also working to help Jeff Hanks and other soldiers like him.

Produced by Dori Smith in Storrs, CT
TRT: 29:22
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Contact the group Iraq Veterans Against the War online at or try the GI Rights hotline, their number is 877-447-4487. email them at or find them online at

CLIP: On November 6th Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told NPR’s Scott Simon that the military doesn’t understand the problem of suicide and not much is known about it. Jeff Hanks calls on the President and the Military to visit clinics where soldiers and veterans are being treated, and simply ask them what they need.

Bill Curry, CT Vote, Craig Holman of Public Citizen on Federal Complaint against Crossroads, Plus headline news about CT Governor’s Race

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Talk Nation Radio for November 4, 2010
Bill Curry, CT Vote, Craig Holman of Public Citizen on Federal Complaint against Crossroads
Plus headline news about CT Governor’s Race, it’s Malloy, AP says at last. As of November 7, 2010, Foley has yet to concede the race.

Indy Media in CT calls Governor’s Race, AP misses…

Produced by Dori Smith, Storrs, CT
Music by Fritz Heede
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Craig Holman of Public Citizen joins us to discuss the impact of 3.7 to 4 billion in money to candidates in the 2010 Congressional races. Holman just filed a complaint to the Federal Election Commission and IRA, against Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies. He explains why they are electioneering, and should be classified as such.

First, Democrat Bill Curry, a long time Democratic pundit, he is frequently on NPR in Connecticut as a political commentator and is a former Gubernatorial candidate. Bill Curry is about to release a book on politics.

Headline News Update on CT Gov Race, D. Dan Malloy Foley still sees irregularities he says.
Two independent online newspapers, CTNEWSJUNKIE.COM and the, got the CT Governor’s race right. AP ‘uncalled’ the race after first saying Foley had won. They had missed a few ballots, now say they have the New Haven count and it’s the Democrat, Dan Malloy, who is the winner. We updated our headline after the wire service “recalled” it’s election result on Wed. Nov. 3nd.

We spoke with AP’s Bill Kole who kindly explained the circumstances under which this race was initially called for Foley. In fact, the CT Governor’s race has also been historic in that a judge held the Bridgeport polls open for an extra two hours after 8:00 PM on Election Day due to a lack of ballots provided to voters. There were also long delays in New Haven, according to the New Haven Independent’s Paul Bass. (Speaking to CT NPR)

Underwriting for the program is provided by Jeremy R., political analysis from outside the standard framework. He is a recipient of the 2010 Project Censored award, and founder of Foreign Policy Journal. His recent stories include a critical analysis of reports of Iran’s aid to Iraqi Militias, plus The Myth of the UN Creation on of Israel”, which has sparked debate over land rights and what the U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181 did and did not do.