Senator Russ Feingold on the Post-9/11 Era

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Former Democratic senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold explains why he thinks the American public has gotten inadequate information to explain 9/11, Al Qaeda, and events related to the war on terror. In While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era, Feingold argues that the nation’s inadequate response to 9/11 have undermined our ability to adjust to America’s new place in the world, and has weakened our national security and our constitutional values. He suggests ways to engage with the rest of the world and fellow citizens in a more thoughtful way.


Senator Russ Feingold

Comments [12]

Lawrence H. McFarland from Carmel, NY

A day late but not a dollar short: You & Russ are fools for thinking Obama deserves ANY credit for THE accomplishment of Seal Team Six.
Exactly what did Obama do for the the team that allows you two to extol Obama over Bush.

Feb. 22 2012 01:13 PM
Roberta Sutton from 66 West 12th Street

Some shameless promotion, but it's free and open to the public::

Russ Feingold is talking at the New School on Wednesday, February 22, at 6:00pm in the Tishman Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. (Visit

Feb. 21 2012 12:55 PM
Hugh Sansom

I despise the right-wing Republicans, but nobody can pretend that Obama has done well on foreign policy. He and his cohorts like Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice have made an art of snubbing foreign dignitaries. There may be all of two countries that have a better opinion of the US now than under Bush.

Feb. 21 2012 12:35 PM
John A.

I wouldn't call it 'America Sleeping'. What happens to a roomful of kids when the adult leaves? Fighting and destruction in the place of growth and construction. I might call it 'While America Plays with Itself'.

Feb. 21 2012 12:34 PM
Amy from Manhattan

One of the problems in US politics today is the all-or-nothing thinking that's so common. It's true that Pres. Obama hasn't closed the prison at Guantanamo, but that doesn't mean he hasn't done anything. Many of the prisoners have had their cases reviewed, & some of those found innocent have been released. But Republicans have obstructed some of the efforts to process cases, & it's also been very hard to find places for released detainees to go.

Feb. 21 2012 12:34 PM
The Truth from Becky

Mr. Feingold is spot on. Repubs very silent right now but listening I am sure...this is the truth you are hearing.

Feb. 21 2012 12:32 PM
Hugh Sansom

The Constitution _expressly forbids_ the exception that Mr. Feingold has claimed in the case of Awlaki. Moreover, we have _only_ the claims of the Obama administration that Awlaki constituted any threat _and_ Obama has claimed the right to keep that evidence secret _and_ to keep the legal 'justification' for Awlaki's assassination secret. Secret evidence, secret ';justification,' denial of due process.

With regard to torture, there have been _numerous_ reports that the US continues to torture at Bagram in Afghanistan. By the very standards the US has used in the past, Bradley Manning was tortured here in the US.

I have a lot of respect for Feingold as one of the few willing to challenge presidential power at all, but he is still papering over US crimes.

Feb. 21 2012 12:31 PM
roy henderson from whitleyville

Unfortunately Mr. Feingold finds the opportunity to carry forth on the bad and deceitful aspects of "The Patripot Act" now that he has a book out for sale. Where was Mr. Feingold as Senator...during the passage of Patriot Act and after passage of Patriot Act.

Hope the Feingold publication is a flop! He is.

Feb. 21 2012 12:24 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Actually, Andrew Johnson was impeached, but, like Bill Clinton, he wasn't convicted.

Feb. 21 2012 12:20 PM

Mr. Feingold doesn't think they were out to get Clinton from the git-go?? Wasn't that the period that saw the growth of Drudge report and numerous other anti-Clinton media?

That period, to me, was the sea-change in American Politics, a radical, vituperative effort to emasculate a President not seen for almost a century.

Feb. 21 2012 12:16 PM
antonio from bayside

What are senator Feingold's plans for the future?
I would like a progressive to be in the white house some day....

Feb. 21 2012 12:12 PM
The Truth from Becky

The honesty is refreshing! Bravo!

Feb. 21 2012 12:12 PM

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