May 6 2011

Matthew Alexander on torture, Tyson Slocum on gas prices


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This week on CounterSpin: The killing of Osama bin Laden has delivered plenty of media themes: Can the U.S. trust Pakistan? What does this mean for Al Qaeda? And, predictably enough, did Bush-era torture help find the al Qaeda leader? Torture advocates’ insistence that this proves their case has given media yet another chance to weigh the supposed benefits of illegal interrogation. We’ll speak with former military interrogator and author Matthew Alexander about why this is all wrong.

Also on CounterSpin today, Gas prices edging up to an average of $4 a gallon are making headlines, but consumers might be best served if reporters stick to stories about complaints at the pump, since when they get into the explanations and responses, things can get downright unhelpful. We’ll shed some light on the issue with Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen.


–“Kill or Capture“– Matthew Alexander’s new book

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