Robert Scheer: The National Surveillance State

Robert Scheer

ROBERT SCHEER
Journalist, Columnist, Author, Editor in Chief of Truthdig.com

THE NATIONAL SURVEILLANCE STATE
Friday, November 8, 7:30 PM
Lucie Stern Community Center, Stern Ballroom
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
$10 to $20 suggested donation / Wheelchair accessible

Legendary journalist Robert Scheer returns to Palo Alto to turn his critical eye – and sharp wit – upon our national surveillance state.

“What a disgrace. The U.S. government, cheered on by much of the media, launches an international manhunt to capture a young American whose crime is that he dared challenge the excess of state power. Read the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and tell me that Edward Snowden is not a hero in the mold of those who founded this republic. Check out the Nuremberg war crime trials and ponder our current contempt for the importance of individual conscience as a civic obligation.” ~ Robert Scheer, The Good Germans in Government

“For defense contractors, the government officials who write them mega checks, and the hawks in the media who cheer them on, the name of the game is threat inflation.  Just when the good times for war profiteers seemed to be forever in the past, there came 9/11 and the terrorist enemy, the gift that keeps on giving, for acts of terror always will occur in a less than perfect world, serving as an ideal excuse for squandering resources, as well as our freedoms.” ~ Robert Scheer, The Terror Con

Robert Scheer, editor in chief of Truthdig, has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his 30 years as a journalist. His columns appear in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. He conducted the famous Playboy magazine interview in which Jimmy Carter confessed to the lust in his heart and he went on to do many interviews for the Los Angeles Times with Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and many other prominent political and cultural figures.

Between 1964 and 1969 he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine. From 1976 to 1993 he served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, writing on diverse topics such as the Soviet Union, arms control, national politics and the military. In 1993 he launched a nationally syndicated column based at the Los Angeles Times, where he was named a contributing editor. That column ran weekly for the next 12 years and is now based at Truthdig. (Complete bio at Truthdig.com).