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William J. Perry - Rebecca Costa

September 22nd, 2016

William Perry was the former U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton. A successful engineer and businessman, Perry also served as Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. He is the founder of the William J. Perry Project, a non-profit devoted to ‘engage and educate the public of the dangers of nuclear weapons.’ Perry is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. An expert in U.S. foreign policy, national security, and arms control, Perry currently serves on the Defense Policy Board, the International Security Advisory Board, and the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. He is the senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies and serves as co-director of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Initiative and the Preventive Defense Project.


James Carville - Rebecca Costa

September 15th, 2016

James Carville, Jr. is an American political consultant and commentator. Carville first gained recognition for his work as the lead strategist of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign - a campaign documented in the Academy Award nominated film, The War Room.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including being honored as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants. In addition to being an in-demand political strategist in the U.S., Carville also frequently consults on foreign campaigns: Carville was responsible for the successful election of Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Ehud Barak, former leader of Israel's Labor Party, and Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, previous President of Bolivia.  Carville is currently the host of XM radio's "60/20" weekly sports show and is a regular political contributor to CNN.


Michael Flynn - Rebecca Costa

September 8th, 2016

General Michael Flynn is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General who served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, and the Chair of the Military Intelligence Board. Named the 2012 Association of Special Operations Professional’s Man of the Year, Flynn frequently speaks on issues of national security and foreign policy. Flynn is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Intelligence Community’s Gold Sea Medallion, the Service to America Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and The US Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award.


Glenn Greenwald - Rebecca Costa

September 1st, 2016

Glenn Greenwald is an American lawyer and journalist best known for his role in releasing classified information made public by whistleblower Edward Snowden. His series in The Guardian won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service. Greenwald has won numerous other awards including the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting, the Gannett Foundation Award for Investigative Journalism, and the Gannett Foundation Watchdog Journalism Award. In 2013, Foreign Policy magazine named him ‘one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013.’ He is one of three founding editors of The Intercept and has authored four New York Times bestselling books on politics and law. His most recent book, 'No Place to Hide,' recounts his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents.


John Hickenlooper - Rebecca Costa

August 25th, 2016

John Hickenlooper Jr. is the 42nd and current Governor of Colorado. Prior to his election to governorship in 2011, Hickenlooper served as Mayor of Denver, Colorado from 2003-2011. In 2005, after serving only two years as Mayor, Time magazine placed Hickenlooper among the top five "big-city" mayors in the country. In 2008, Hickenlooper successfully marketed Denver's long-shot bid for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, putting Colorado on the international stage and boosting the local economy. He served as chairman of the National Governor’s Association from 2014-2015 and is currently a member of the Western Governors’ Association.


Sam Palmisano - Rebecca Costa

August 18th, 2016

Samuel Palmisano is the former President and CEO of IBM, serving from 2002 - 2012. Palmisano elevated IBM to new business levels, helping IBM to become a ‘standard-setting company’ in data and analytics. In 2016 President Obama appointed Palmisano as the Vice Chairman of the White House’s Commission on Enhancing National Security. In 2010 Palmisano was awarded The Deming Cup, presented by the W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School.  Palmisano is the Chairman for the Center for Global Enterprise, a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of the contemporary corporation, globalization, economic trends, and their impact on society.


Tom DeLay - Rebecca Costa

August 11th, 2016

Thomas “Tom” DeLay is the former House Majority Leader, and a former member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Texas's 22nd Congressional District. DeLay was appointed Deputy Minority Whip in 1988. In 1995 he was elected to Majority Whip. DeLay is considered to have been a driving force behind the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998. DeLay was elected House Majority Leader in 2002, and is credited with uniting House Republicans in support of President George W. Bush's agenda.


Mike Rogers - Rebecca Costa

August 5th, 2016

Michael "Mike” Rogers is the former U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th Congressional District, and current National Security Commentator for CNN. A member of the Republican Party, Rogers was Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rogers is the host and executive producer of CNN’s Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies, and also hosts Something to Think About with Mike Rogers, on Westwood One. A Distinguished Fellow at the prestigious Hudson Institute, Rogers serves on the Board of Trustees at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.


Darrell Issa - Rebecca Costa

July 28th, 2016

Darrell Issa is the Republican U.S. Representative for California's 49th Congressional District, serving since 2001. A former businessman, Issa served as Founder and CEO of Directed-Electronics, one of the nation’s largest manufacturer of vehicle anti-theft devices. In 1994, Issa was named 'Entrepreneur of the Year' by Inc. Magazine. He served as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the 112th and 113th Congresses. Issa currently is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.


Stephen Kohn - Rebecca Costa

July 22nd, 2016

Stephen Kohn is the author of the first legal treatise on whistleblowing, and an attorney for Kohn, Kohn, & Colapinto, a Washington D.C., law firm specializing in employment law. Kohn is recognized as a top expert in whistleblower protection law, having represented several high-profile cases including the World Trade Center bombing cases, the Oklahoma City bombing cases, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, and Linda Tripp in her successful lawsuit against the federal government for illegally releasing her work record. Kohn is co-founder and Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center, as well as a Trustee of the National Whistleblowers Legal Defense & Education Fund.