May 11 2012

Gareth Porter on bin Laden raid, Pamela Brown on student debt


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This week on CounterSpin: The one year anniversary of the NAVY Seal raid that killed Osama bin Laden brought us a prime time behind the scenes at the White House account on NBC, leaks from bin Laden intelligence files about his new terror schemes and a tiresome debate over whether Barack Obama could claim credit for the killing– and if so, how. But there are bigger questions–namely, do the stories that surround the killing of Osama bin Laden add up? Gareth Porter challenges some of the official mythmaking in a new piece for Truthout he’ll join us to talk about it.

Also on CounterSpin today: Student loan debt will top $1 trillion dollars, we’re told, even as Congress decides to let interest rates double on one sort of subsidized loan. Today’s college graduates don’t have anything like a guarantee of a job, but millions of them do have the promise of years and years of debt, which many will simply never be able to pay. We usually talk about debt as a personal problem; student activists say that needs to change. We’ll hear from Pamela Brown, of the Occupy Student Debt Campaign.


–“The Truth Behind the Official Story of Finding Bin Laden,” by Gareth Port (Truthout, 5/3/12)

Occupy Student Debt Campaign