William Blum D.R.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen : What is the real impact of the Prism affair of espionage revealed by Edward Snowden ?
William Blum : Are you speaking only of Prism or all of Snowden’s revelations? In total, his revelations have greatly increased the skepticism of the American people about the good intentions of their government. This is extremely important because the United States is the greatest threat to world peace, prosperity, and the environment. Only the American people have the power to stop the empire. But first they have to lose their deep-seated belief that the US means well.
You wrote a work on the implication of CIA in many conflicts, in Syria is not it another war of CIA ?
It’s another war of the American empire. The CIA is only one part of the empire, although it’s been involved in each aspect of the US involvement in Syria, particularly in instigating and aiding the rebels.
The American public opinion is hostile to the strikings against Syria, do you think that the partisans of the war definitively failed ?
The basic object of the war partisans is to remove Assad and replace him with someone who will be a more reliable ally of The Holy Triumvirate (The US, NATO, European Union). We don’t know yet if this plan has failed.
In Algeria, we appreciate the position of the western intellectuals who resist the American imperialism, like you, E Herman, D. Johnstone, M. Moore, etc. Have you the possibility of expressing you in the US big media?
I appear fairly often in the alternative media (print, TV, radio, Internet), but virtually never in the mainstream media. My books are never mentioned in the mainstream media.
Can you speak to us a few about your last book?
It’s a collection of my writings, new and old, dealing mainly with US foreign policy but also many other subjects, like abortion, marijuana, population control, capitalism, patriotism, etc.
Interview realized by Mohsen Abdelmoumen and published in Algeriepatriotique the 4/10/2013
Born in 1933, William Blum is a writer, a historian and an independent American journalist who worked in the United States, in Europe and in Latin America. He based Washington Free Press, first alternative newspaper, in which he published a work on CIA which revealed names and addresses of some 200 employees of the agency. His stay in Chile in 1972-73, during which it covered the socialist experience of the government Allende, as well as its tragic reversal by the coup d’état conceived by CIA, wore him towards an interest and a personal commitment intensified by the actions of the US government in diverse continents. He was rewarded for the prize Project Censored for » exemplary journalism » having written one of the ten first stories censored in 1998, an article which revealed how, in the 1980s, the United States had given in Iraq the necessary equipment to develop a capacity of chemical and biological warfare.
Author of a monthly newsletter The Anti-Empire Report, He is the author of several works of which The CIA : A Forgottent History (Zed Books,1986), Rogue State : A Guide to the World’ Only Superpower (Common Courage Press, 2000), West-Bloc Dissident : A Cold War Memoir (Soft Skull Press, 2002), Killing Hope : U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II (Common Courage Press, 2003), Freeing the World to Death : Essays on the American Empire (Common Courage Press, 2004), America’s Deadliest Export : Democracy – The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else (Zed Books, 2013). In french : L’État voyou (Parangon, 2002), Les Guerres scélérates (Parangon, 2004), Mythes de l’Empire (Aden). He also wrote in the magazine The Ecologist.