Thursday, March 15, 2012

Experts: History of campaign to discredit Aristide

Flashpoints Senior Producer Kevin Pina interviews Burt Wides, an expert on US intelligence operations in Haiti. Joining the discussion is former president Aristide's attorney, Ira Kurzban, about recent "revelations" in the press linking him to drug probes, assassinations and corruption. .

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Burt Wides has worked on national security policy issues for more than four decades, serving as chief counsel to Senator Philip Hart, Senator Edward Kennedy, and Senator Paul Sarbanes; as Special Counsel to President Jimmy Carter; and as senior counsel to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers. Among other responsibilities held during that time, he was chief of investigations for the Church Committee, which set the standard for modern-day oversight of the intelligence community, and then was director of the President's Intelligence Oversight Board. He began his government career by working on strategic weapons planning in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the Kennedy Administration, and he also has represented a variety of high-profile clients on controversial matters as an attorney in private practice.

IRA J. KURZBAN is a partner in the law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger & Tetzeli, P.A., of Miami, Florida. Ira Kurzban, has argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and has been recognized by Newsweek, Time and Esquire Magazines, as well as the National Law Journal and the American Lawyer for his work on behalf of immigrants and refugees. He is the author of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, the most widely used one-volume immigration source in the United States.