“There is an entire class of wealthy company owners, corporate executives, and investors who have gotten rich by enabling the American government to turn to the dark side. But they have done so quietly... The new quiet oligarchs just keep making money... They are the beneficiaries of one of the largest transfers of wealth from public to private hands in American history.” James Risen, Pay Any Price.

FEW JOURNALISTS know the cruelty of government censorship as well as James Risen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the New York Times, targeted for several major stories implicating criminality by the US war machine and its national security state. It was James Risen who exposed the original NSA warrantless wiretapping program

For seven years, Risen lived under the threat of jail for refusing to reveal a confidential source. Risen joins Abby Martin on The Empire Files to talk about his case and the stories he wrote.


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