Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: “Abu Zubaydah’s Lawyer on Gitmo & US Foreign Policy Failures”

Peter B. Collins Presents Brent Mickum

Attorney Brent Mickum represented 3 former Guantanamo prisoners, and continues to represent Abu Zubaydah, whose recently published diaries offer further proof that he was not an al Qaeda leader or involved in any attacks on the US. Mickum offers insight into the netherworld of American torture and detention through the stories of his released clients, and Zubaydah's dubious distinction as the best-known detainee who will be held indefinitely without charge or trial. In the second half of the interview, Mickum comments on a powerful essay he recently published, Reflections on American Power and Foreign Policy, a sweeping review of US foreign policy failures since World War II. We talk about blowback from years of covert operations, the outsized influence of Israel on American policy, and Mickum's 11-point indictment of our foreign policy up to and including the recent threats to attack Syria and Iran.

George Brent Mickum IV has a private law practice in Washington, DC and has been part of the Guantanamo defense bar for many years. He previously worked at the Federal Trade Commission, as a special assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice and as the senior investigative counsel for the Senate Special Committee on Investigations

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  1. colinjames says:

    Yes! Site fully operational in mobile.

    No! (more disatrous policy and human rights abuses. Or are they one and the same?)

  2. mariotrevi says:

    It was very interesting to hear from a defense attorney for some Guantanamo detainees and how hard it is for them to get a meaningful amount in discovery, given that the guest had a Top Secret FBI clearance and still had trouble. I’m pretty sure I’ll listen to the podcast at least one more time. Thanks, Peter B. Collins.

  3. Dear Peter,
    After this latest extremely interesting podcast I had to write you Peter and thank you for starting the new Processing Distortion podcast. I congratulate you for having very interesting guests and discussions.
    Although I like everything on this site your shows have become among my favorites here on BFP.

  4. Mihiri Lim says:

    Thank you Peter, Very interesting conversation though he seemed to completely evade the Israel nuke question by Pakistan. I wonder Why?

  5. Mihiri Lim says:

    I meant he evaded the question about Israeli nuclear weapons by talking about Pakistan nuclear capabilities.

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