Oliver Stone Mocks Bush’s U.S. Terror Sites: Lewis Lapham

Source: Gallery via Bloomberg

The cover jacket of "The Untold History of the United States." The book is by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. Close

The cover jacket of "The Untold History of the United States." The book is by Oliver... Read More

Close
Open
Source: Gallery via Bloomberg

The cover jacket of "The Untold History of the United States." The book is by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick.

The Bush administration did not launch an investigation into the failure of U.S. intelligence after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks. It did, however, rush the Patriot Act through Congress, expanding government surveillance and investigative powers.

(To listen to the podcast, click here.)

According to Oliver Stone, co-author with Peter Kuznick of “The Untold History of the United States” and director of the 10-part Showtime TV series, the government began sending out constant security alerts to keep fearful Americans from protesting their eroding civil liberties.

Points of U.S. vulnerability were identified, beginning with 160 potential terrorist targets. The number jumped to 1,849 in 2003, a year later reaching more than 28,000.

By 2007, 300,000 locations were on the list, with Indiana in the lead: It had 8,591, three times as many as California. The national targets included petting zoos, doughnut shops and the Mule Day Parade in Columbia, Tennessee.

I spoke with Stone on the following topics:

1. American Wars

2. Supporting Tyrants

3. Economic Penetration

4. Dropping Nukes

5. Why Vietnam?

To buy this book in North America, click here.

(Lewis Lapham is the founder of Lapham’s Quarterly and the former editor of Harper’s magazine. He hosts “The World in Time” interview series for Bloomberg News.)

Source: Gallery via Bloomberg

Oliver Stone, co-author, with Peter Kuznick, of "Untold History of the United States." Close

Oliver Stone, co-author, with Peter Kuznick, of "Untold History of the United States."

Close
Open
Source: Gallery via Bloomberg

Oliver Stone, co-author, with Peter Kuznick, of "Untold History of the United States."

Muse highlights include Jeremy Gerard on theater and Greg Evans on film.

To contact the writer on the story: Lewis Lapham in New York at lhl@laphamsquarterly.org.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.