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

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