Dialect – Activists’ spiritual ‘assault course’ with David Mowat
plus ‘funding death squads’ 1980s US CIA Whistleblower John Stockwell – & care.data selling your personal medical information
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This week we hear from David Mowat who is beginning his SALT course this time next month which aims to help energise and inspire community activists. It includes group work and practical time spent on the allotment too: Are you working for justice, peace and sustainable co-existence with the natural world? Are you making a transition from working in institutions or firms towards self-supported activity, useful unemployment or active retirement? Do you call yourself an activist or volunteer?
The collaborative inquiry aSALT course (Spiritual Activist Leadership Training) may help you sustain your efforts. It’s a practical response to the experience of activists and change agents who, being really engaged with their cause, sometimes burn out, lose hope or connection with mainstream society. How do we keep going with joy?
John R. Stockwell (born 1937) is a former CIA officer who became a critic of United States government policies after serving seven tours of duty over thirteen years. Having managed American involvement in the Angolan Civil War as Chief of the Angola Task Force during its 1975 covert operations, he resigned and wrote In Search of Enemies.
In December 1976, he resigned from the CIA, citing deep concerns for the methods and results of CIA paramilitary operations in Third World countries and testified before Congressional committees. Two years later, he wrote the exposé In Search of Enemies, about that experience and its broader implications. He claimed that the CIA was counterproductive to national security, and that its “secret wars” provided no benefit for the United States. The CIA, he stated, had singled out the MPLA to be an enemy in Angola despite the fact that the MPLA wanted relations with the United States and had not committed a single act of aggression against the United States. In 1978 he appeared on the popular American television program 60 Minutes, claiming that CIA Director William Colby and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger had systematically lied to Congress about the CIA’s operations.
Jason and Tony discuss selling our medical records
As well as tax evasion of various sorts once again.