Reflecting On America's Own History Of Election Meddling
We know now Russia has interfered with our 2016 presidential election, but did you know that the U.S. has meddled in over 80 elections since World War II according to one Carnegie Mellon study?
This hour, we look at how our country has interfered with democratic processes around the world. How do we reconcile our country's actions with the threat facing us today?
- Loch Johnson - Regents Professor of International Affairs at University of Georgia School of Public & International Affairs, and author of new book Spy Watching: Intelligence Accountability in the United States.
- Peter Kornbluh - Senior Analyst at the National Security Archive and author of The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability. (@peterkornbluh)
- Stephen Kinzer - Senior Fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times for more than 20 years and currently writes a column on world affairs for the Boston Globe. (@stephenkinzer)
- New York Times: Russia Isn’t the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It, Too. - "The C.I.A. helped overthrow elected leaders in Iran and Guatemala in the 1950s and backed violent coups in several other countries in the 1960s. It plotted assassinations and supported brutal anti-Communist governments in Latin America, Africa and Asia.”
- Washington Post: The long history of the U.S. interfering with elections elsewhere - “Aside from its instigation of coups and alliances with right-wing juntas, Washington sought to more subtly influence elections in all corners of the world.”
- NPR: Peter Kornbluh on Fresh Air
- NPR: Database Tracks History Of U.S. Meddling In Foreign Elections