Annie Machon is the director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) in Germany, a former British Secret Service Intelligence Officer and the co-author of Spies, Lies, and Whistleblowers (with David Shaler). In this sensitive interview, we discuss some of the most difficult and sensitive subjects of our time, including the abuse of power, the criminalization of citizens, the ineffective war on drugs, what defiled leadership is really like, why whistleblowers absolutely must be protected, and how deeply intelligence collecting activities have violated our lives and our right to privacy. We ask Annie Machon difficult questions that get to the heart of a global surveillance culture and a military industrial complex with a life of its own that appears to be so large that most of us could not fathom its tentacles and ramifications. This interview is not for the faint of heart!
Original air date: 11/5/2012