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Gore Vidal Remembered: 2003 Interview With Late Writer and Longtime Critic of U.S. Empire on 9/11

http://youtu.be/SjEzK826HoE

GORE VIDAL: The United States is not a normal country. We are under—we’re a homeland now, under military surveillance and military control. The president asked the Congress right after 9/11 not to conduct a major investigation, "as it might deter our search for terrorism, wherever it may be in the world." So Congress obediently rolled over.

There was—I remember Pearl Harbor. I was a kid then. And within three years of it, I had enlisted in the Army. That’s what we did in those days. We did not go off to the Texas air force and hide.

Christopher Hitchens goes after Gore Vidal over 9/11 in latest issue of Vanity Fair

Vidal Loco - by Christopher Hitchens (February edition of Vanity Fair)

"What has happened to Gore Vidal, the witty, tough-minded subversive of American letters, the 20th century’s only possible answer to Oscar Wilde? After 9/11, the author laments, Vidal’s writings took a graceless lurch toward the crackpot, surpassing even the wilder-eyed efforts of Michael Moore and Oliver Stone, and providing a miserable coda to his brilliant run."

Full verbose and rubbish filled article here:
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2010/02/hitchens-201002?currentPage=1

Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll have a dictatorship in the US soon"

The UK Times newspaper has done an interesting interview with Gore Vidal. Here is an extract:

Last year he famously switched allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama during the Democratic nomination process for president. Now, he reveals, he regrets his change of heart. How’s Obama doing? “Dreadfully. I was hopeful. He was the most intelligent person we’ve had in that position for a long time. But he’s inexperienced. He has a total inability to understand military matters. He’s acting as if Afghanistan is the magic talisman: solve that and you solve terrorism.” America should leave Afghanistan, he says. “We’ve failed in every other aspect of our effort of conquering the Middle East or whatever you want to call it.” The “War on Terror” was “made up”, Vidal says. “The whole thing was PR, just like ‘weapons of mass destruction’. It has wrecked the airline business, which my father founded in the 1930s. He’d be cutting his wrists. Now when you fly you’re both scared to death and bored to death, a most disagreeable combination.”

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Win Tickets To See ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11 with the Independent Newspaper

If you live in the UK you can enter a competition to win tickets to see ZERO: An investigation into 9/11 playing nationwide from Sunday. For more details go to http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/sound-and-vision/?vid=892008

The film will be reviewed in the UK national papers from Friday. For more information about screening times see www.picturehouses.co.uk

Tim Sparke and Francesco Trento will be interviewed for BBC Radio 4 programme 'Front Row', on Tuesday 26th August 19:15 - 19:45.

Please support the film. This is a great opportunity to get the 9/11 message out to the people of Britain.

‘The United States is not a republic anymore’, says Gore Vidal By Afshin Rattansi

Thanks to Jack Labar for sending me this. -- Betsy

www.tehrantimes.com

News date: Monday, June 30, 2008

‘The United States is not a republic anymore’, says Gore Vidal
By Afshin Rattansi

TEHRAN (Press TV) -- An interview with legendary American essayist, author, social and political critic.

Press TV: We hear that Michael Mukasey is going to become the latest of the President’s Attorney-Generals to be subpoenaed, this time over his conversations with Bush and Cheney -- does this show that Congress is serious about calling the executive to account?

Zero: 9/11 - a review.

If Matt Taibbi had even one percent of Gore Vidal's intellectual grasp of American history, perhaps then it would make reading his presumed 'leftist' opinion about 9/11 a little easier to stomach. (I presume that Taibbi pitches from the left, because his screed is published at Alternet.org and AfterDowningStreet.org.) Fortunately, we don't need him. Gore Vidal is still among us, and it is his image and voice in the new Italian documentary 'Zero: an investigation into 9/11', that expresses a critical perspective of 9/11 that will ring true to the ears of those who will hear, and will help to free the prisoners currently living out the Allegory of the Cave, mesmerized by shadows of terror, cast upon the wall by the likes of yellow journalists like Taibbi.

"Super Tuesday" or "Stupor Tuesday" - The Property Party Wins Again...


Peter Dale Scott addresses the Santa Cruz Media Strategy Summit, January 26, 2008.

In the above video, Peter Dale Scott talks about the futility of engaging with a system that offers no real choice, referencing Gore Vidal, who has said, in various ways, "We only have one political party in the U.S., and that is the property party, which essentially is corporate America, which has two right wings, one called Republican and one called Democrat. I can't say I like either of them."

In his book, (which he quotes from in the video), The Road to 9/11, Scott points out that real change in this country is not going to come from the top down. In other words, substituting one representative of the Property Party for another is not going to change anything. Real change in this country will come from the bottom-up, through the networking efforts of grass-roots activists and media activism that currently has its home on the internet. A real, workable coalition is needed, engaging the divided voting public. Scott writes that what we need "is a movement, like that of Solidarity in Poland, that unites the various elements in civil society instead of setting them against each other. I suspect that left and right, by discarding preconceptions and learning more about those whom they presume to be adversaries, could discover that they may have more in common than they believe." (The Road to 9/11, p.250)

Gore Vidal Recommends "The New Pearl Harbor"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF4wmDwVLkc

In this interview from 2005, Gore Vidal plugs David Ray Griffin's "The New Pearl Harbor", and recommends it as reading material. An endorsement late in coming, but considering Vidal's stature as a great American novelist and historian, a priceless endorsement.

Recorded for Cal Poly Pomona's "Hot Talk" interview program, found on the show's archive and sent in to us by user Toten. The entire interview is well worth watching. The YouTube segment above begins just after a discussion about McVeigh and the OKC bombing.

911Podcasts mirror (35 MB MP4 or 54 MB WMV): http://www.911podcasts.com/display.php?vid=226

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An Interview with Gore Vidal

Thanks to MediaPuppet for sending this in:

http://www.counterpunch.com/mariam12212006.html

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RM: Oliver Stone was recently sanctioned by the US State Department for violating the blockade against Cuba. His crime was traveling to Cuba to make two documentaries about Fidel. Are these measures constitutional?

Gore Vidal: Well of course it's a violation, as the first amendment grants us freedom of speech, the fourth amendment of the constitution is the bill of rights, which guarantees our rights to assembly and so forth. We have had since 9/11 a coup d´etat in the United States, the first we've ever had, in which a group of rather dishonest oil and gas people were able to seize the power of the State and by so doing they ended up with the Congress in their hands, they ended up with the presidency and much of the judiciary and much of the courts. It happened very fast. It's quite unique. It will be a great story one day at the moment it's just something the people don't understand. What they've never seen before doesn't exist really. Well they're seeing it now, in situ, as archaeologists, and it's a very unpleasant sight. Out of that come the sanctions, as you put it, on Oliver Stone, who has every right to make any movie that he wants to make and in whatever circumstance, as long as he breaks no laws, and no laws have been broken here. They [Bush and Cheney] just don't like it, oh! My goodness me!

911 Truth Gaining Visibility in Progressive Media: Gore Vidal Calls for New 911 Investigation in Alex Jones Interview

Gore Vidal: Who cares what the media says about anything. They are bought and paid for a thousand times over. They couldn't tell the truth if they could find it.

I realize there have been posts about Vidal's interview with Alex Jones, but I wanted to share this article regarding same which came out in RawStory/Jones Report today. The article contains both the transcript of the interview and a video of the interview itself.

Also, big plug (ad) for TerrorStorm at the bottom of the article!

Here's the link:

http://www.rawstory.com/showarticle.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jonesreport.com%2Farticles%2F021106_vidal.html

New Alex Jones Interview With Gore Vidal - 10/29/2006

Gore Vidal Calls for New 9/11 Investigation 'Before We Find Our Leaders Dragged off to The Hague in Chains'

Aaron Dykes/ Jones Report | November 2, 2006

During his visit to the Texas Book Festival, author, historian and political commentator spoke with Alex Jones about the current state of the nation under the Bush Administration and what to expect in the near future.

Vidal discusses the importance of due process of law, "the very basis of this country." He contends that the eradication of the Bill of Rights under the 2006 Military Commissions Act has led to a 'Bill of Wrongs.'

Continued...

Video:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3156121348015048039&q=gore+vidal

Gore Vidal Assured Military Would Prevent Staged Terror

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/october2006/241006gorevidal.htm

Literary giant says 9/11 allowed to happen, slams Bush administration coup de 'tat of American freedom

Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com | October 24 2006

Controversial and prolific author, political commentator and essayist Gore Vidal is assured that the military's growing revulsion at the Bush junta's policies would ensure they would try and prevent any false flag staged terror attack, while slamming the end of Habeas Corpus and the administration's coup de 'tat of America on a nationally syndicated radio broadcast.

Speaking with the Alex Jones Show, Vidal decried the end of the foundational bedrock of "due process of law," and expressed his astonishment at the recent loss of Habeas Corpus with the passage of the Military Commissions Act, the most egregious assault on the Constitution since the USA Patriot Act of 2001.

Gore Vidal Assured Military Would Prevent Staged Terror

Literary giant says 9/11 allowed to happen, slams Bush administration coup de 'tat of American freedom

Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com | October 24 2006

Controversial and prolific author, political commentator and essayist Gore Vidal is assured that the military's growing revulsion at the Bush junta's policies would ensure they would try and prevent any false flag staged terror attack, while slamming the end of Habeas Corpus and the administration's coup de 'tat of America on a nationally syndicated radio broadcast.

Speaking with the Alex Jones Show, Vidal decried the end of the foundational bedrock of "due process of law," and expressed his astonishment at the recent loss of Habeas Corpus with the passage of the Military Commissions Act , the most egregious assault on the Constitution since the USA Patriot Act of 2001.

"Wow - I didn't think I'd live as long to see that one go, that's Magna Carta - the spirit of Runnymede runs no longer in our republic," said Vidal.

Vidal stressed that the framework for the USA Patriot Act was erected with Bill Clinton's Omnibus Crime Bill, a massive expansion of offenses that would mandate the death penalty, passed in the immediate aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing...

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Gore Vidal was on Alex Jones - 10/23/2006

Alex welcomes historian, author and political analyst Gore Vidal to discuss the 9/11 Truth Movement and the role of the Bush Junta in 9/11

11am - 2pm Central.

http://www.infowars.com/

Live:
http://www.infowars.com/listen.html#gcn