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Wikileaks & Drone Strikes: Civil Liberties Vs. Terrorism w/ the Clemente Bros.

The Clemente Brothers are back, and once again the gloves come off as they debate the Obama administration’s policies on civil liberties vs. protecting the nation.
On the table this week are the prosecution of Wikileaks sources, drone strikes on terrorist targets, torture at Abu Ghraib and Bin Laden’s value as a target, as the fiercely opinionated brothers show two distinct perspectives that still fiercely protect America.

Guest Bio

From 1998 until his retirement in October 2009, Jim Clementewas a Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia. He has undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Philosophy as well as a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Clemente was stationed in Guantanamo to consult on interrogation methods and the development of an interrogation plan, but took a public stand against the tactics, saying they violated the US Torture Statute. Clemente is now a Consultant/Writer/Producer for Network Television and Feature Films for the television program “Criminal Minds.” He is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of Sex Crimes Investigations, Sex Offender Behavior, Child Sexual Victimization, and Child Pornography.As an FBI Special Agent Tim Clemente worked as a  counter-terrorism and tactical operations expert around the world, specializing in Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Africa.
An expert interviewer/interrogator,  he  is extremely adept at “flipping” people, effortlessly turning
defendants, detainees, and targets into cooperators. Tim spent five years running a highly classified (above Top Secret), covert joint operation with the DOE NEST, directly protecting the United States from the threat of rogue nuclear and WMD attack. In his undercover persona as a drug smuggler, Tim worked on long-term narcotics and organized crime investigations in the US, Colombia, and Venezuela, targeting and taking down members of the notorious Cali Cartel.
Prior to the FBI Tim was a Police Officer with  the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
On the streets of one of the most violent cities in the US, he received multiple commendations for bravery and exceptional performance of duty. After his career with the FBI Tim worked as an embedded, uniformed Counter Improvised Explosive Device Investigator with the US Army 3rd Corps in Iraq in 2007, and with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft Campbell, Kentucky in 2008.
An expert storyteller, adviser, lecturer, and writer, he has addressed and taught law enforcement, military, and university audiences. He is the author of Courage – A Pictorial Essay on Life in Iraq Today (Feb 2008), and the inventor of the Height Adjustable Rescue Assault System (HARAS), currently in use by leading counter-terrorism agencies on five continents.

Episode Breakdown

00:01 Coming up on Media Mayhem
01:10 Welcoming the Clemente Bros.
03:07 The prosecution of Pvt. Manning–the Wiki-leaker.
06:15 Whistle-blower vs. traitor.
09:09 Torture at Guantanamo: Ineffective and un-American.
11:05 The Kill-or-Capture list and Osama Bin Laden.
12:37 Was Bin Laden worth more dead or alive?
16:27 How is the military held accountable to the public?
18:29 Abu Ghraib as an example of whistle blowing and torture.
22:23 The need for top secret information in the gov’t and penalties of treason.
27:34 Debating the death penalty, even in cases of treason.
28:18 The drone policy under the Obama administration.
32:34 The new parameters of an “act of war.”
34:35 Comparing Al Qaeda operatives to Bradley Manning.
36:03 Thanks and Goodbye.

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Guest Bio

From 1998 until his retirement in October 2009, Jim Clementewas a Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia. He has undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Philosophy as well as a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Clemente was stationed in Guantanamo to consult on interrogation methods and the development of an interrogation plan, but took a public stand against the tactics, saying they violated the US Torture Statute. Clemente is now a Consultant/Writer/Producer for Network Television and Feature Films for the television program “Criminal Minds.” He is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of Sex Crimes Investigations, Sex Offender Behavior, Child Sexual Victimization, and Child Pornography.As an FBI Special Agent Tim Clemente worked as a  counter-terrorism and tactical operations expert around the world, specializing in Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Africa.
An expert interviewer/interrogator,  he  is extremely adept at “flipping” people, effortlessly turning
defendants, detainees, and targets into cooperators. Tim spent five years running a highly classified (above Top Secret), covert joint operation with the DOE NEST, directly protecting the United States from the threat of rogue nuclear and WMD attack. In his undercover persona as a drug smuggler, Tim worked on long-term narcotics and organized crime investigations in the US, Colombia, and Venezuela, targeting and taking down members of the notorious Cali Cartel.
Prior to the FBI Tim was a Police Officer with  the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
On the streets of one of the most violent cities in the US, he received multiple commendations for bravery and exceptional performance of duty. After his career with the FBI Tim worked as an embedded, uniformed Counter Improvised Explosive Device Investigator with the US Army 3rd Corps in Iraq in 2007, and with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft Campbell, Kentucky in 2008.
An expert storyteller, adviser, lecturer, and writer, he has addressed and taught law enforcement, military, and university audiences. He is the author of Courage – A Pictorial Essay on Life in Iraq Today (Feb 2008), and the inventor of the Height Adjustable Rescue Assault System (HARAS), currently in use by leading counter-terrorism agencies on five continents.

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