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FOX News Cuts Mic on Mother and Brother of Murdered Blackwater Security Guard

Reported by Marie Therese - October 1, 2007 -

During the 9-30-07 edition of Geraldo at Large, FOX News cut the mic on the mother and brother of Jerry Zovko, one of the four Blackwater security guards murdered and mutilated in Fallujah, Iraq in March 2004. During a discussion of Mrs. Zovko's testimony before Congress regarding accountability for private contractors like Blackwater, opposition guest J. Michael Waller of the Center for Security Policy made a snide remark about a lawsuit that the Zovko's are involved in. It was a low blow that angered Tom Zovko, who immediately protested. Instead of letting him speak, FOX cut his mic. With video.

The Center's website gives this as Mr. Waller's biography:

J. Michael Waller, Ph.D., Vice President for Information Operations. A journalist and author, Dr. Waller brings expertise in terrorism, intelligence, the former Soviet Union and the Americas. He has covered wars and political violence in five countries, has written for Insight magazine, Reader's Digest, the Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State. He holds a Ph.D. in international security affairs from Boston University, and is a former staff member of the United States Senate. He holds the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair in International Communication at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of national security.

According to SourceWatch, the Center for Security Policy has strong ties with the Republican Party with many members serving senior posts in the Reagan administration and George W. Bush administration. Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense under Bush, was a recipient of the the Center's Keeper of the Flame Award. The Center is not shy in touting its strong ties with the U.S. Government.

Dick Cheney once acted as one of its advisors.

As Wikipedia notes, the Center sponsors a group called "Family Security Matters." On August 3, 2007, Family Security Matters published an opinion piece by Philip Atkinson, which advocated making George W. Bush president-for-life, because "The inadequacy of Democracy, rule by the majority, is undeniable." Furthermore, after giving Atkinson's interpretation of Caesar's treatment of Gaul, the article called for emptying Iraq of its Arabs, stating, "If President Bush copied Julius Caesar by ordering his army to empty Iraq of Arabs and repopulate the country with Americans, he would achieve immediate results: popularity with his military; enrichment of America by converting an Arabian Iraq into an American Iraq (therefore turning it from a liability to an asset); and boost American prestige while terrifying American enemies." The article and all references were pulled the following day, but cached copies do still exist like this one at Democractic Underground.

The Zovkos were interviewed in Iraq for Sale, Robert Greenwald's powerful indictment of the private contracting industry and its hand-in-glove coziness with the Bush administration.

The following currently act as the CSP National Security Advisory Council.

As I was reading over the impressive and intimidating list of power brokers below, I could not help but think that Mrs. Zovko and her son have irritated a formidable and ruthless foe in Blackwater.

Mark Albrecht, former Executive Secretary of the White House National Space Council.

Morris Amitay, former Foreign Service Officer and legislative assistant in the House of Representatives.

Bob Andrews, former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict.

William Ball, former Secretary of the Navy.

Kathleen Bailey, former Assistant Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Robert Barker, former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Atomic Energy.

William Bennett, former Secretary of Education.

Charles Brooks, Director of Congressional Liaison, Department of Homeland Security, former legislative assistant to Senator Arlen Specter.

Jason Bruzdzinski, former professional staff member, House Armed Services Committee.

Beverly Byron, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Henry Cooper, former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Christopher Cox, Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Brian Dailey, former Executive Director of the National Space Council.

Mitchell Daniels, Governor of Indiana, former Director, Office of Management and Budget.

Midge Decter, former Executive Director, Committee for the Free World.

Kenneth de Graffenreid, former Deputy National Counterintelligence Executive, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Support.

Diana Denman, former Co-Chair, U.S. Peace Corps Advisory Council.

Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs.

Stanley Ebner, former Senior Vice President of Washington Operations for the Boeing Company.

Andrew Ellis, former Staff Director, House Armed Services Committee.

Charles Fairbanks, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

Douglas J. Feith, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

Edwin Feulner, Jr., President of the Heritage Foundation.

Rand Fishbein, former Legislative Assistant to Senator Daniel Inouye.

Devon Gaffney Cross, President, Donor's Forum on International Affairs, Member of the Defense Policy Board.

Evan Galbraith, former Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel.

Paul Goble, former Special Assistant for Soviet Nationalities at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Daniel GourĂŠ, former Director of the Office of Competitiveness in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Douglas Graham, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Margaret Graham, Consultant at the Washington Institute.

E.C. Grayson, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

James Hackett, former Acting Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Marlin Hefti, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Development

Amoretta Hoeber, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Development.

John David Hoppe, former Vice President for Government Relations at the Heritage Foundation.

Charles Horner, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, former Associate Director of the United States Information Agency.

Vice Adm.William Houser, USN (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Naval Operations for Aviation.

Kay Bailey Hutchison, Member of the U.S. Senate.

Henry Hyde, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Fred IklĂŠ, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

James M. Inhofe, Member of the U.S. Senate.

Robert Joseph, former Special Assistant to the President; Senior Director for Proliferation Strategy, Counterproliferation and Homeland Defense

Clark Judge, former Speechwriter and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan.

Phyllis Kaminsky, former Press Officerfor the White House National Security Council.

Alan Keyes, former Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Sven Kraemer, former Policy Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Charles Kupperman, former Executive Director of the General Advisory Committee on Arms Control.

Christopher Lay, former Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

John Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy, former Commissioner, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (9/11 Commission).

Peter Leitner, Senior Strategic Trade Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

John Lenczowski, former Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council.

James Longley, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Carnes Lord, former Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs.

Jennifer Macdonald, former Minority Staff Director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade.

Tidal McCoy, former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.

James McCrery, former Defense Intelligence Officer for Strategic Programs.

Adm. Kinnaird McKee, USN (Ret.), former Director of Navy Nuclear Propulsion.

Bruce Merrifield, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs.

Philip Merrill, former Assistant Secretary-General of NATO.

J.William Middendorf, former Secretary of the Navy.

Lt. Gen.Thomas Miller, USMC (Ret.), former Deputy Chief of Staff for Aviation, U.S. Marine Corps.

Dominic Monetta, former Assistant Secretary of Energy responsible for the New Production Reactor program.

Laurie Mylroie, former Associate Professor at the U.S. Naval War College.

Richard Perle, former Chairman, Defense Policy Board, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.

Gen. John Piotrowski, USAF (Ret.), former Commander in Chief of the United States Space Command.

Robert Reilly, former Director, Voice of America, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Lt. Gen. Edward Rowny, USA (Ret.), former Advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Arms Control.

Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Albert Santoli, Author and Legislative Assistant to Representative Rohrabacher.

William Schneider, Jr., former Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology.

Wayne Schroeder, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Resource Planning and Management

Richard L. Senninger, Executive Producer Hero Radio Network

John Shadegg, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

James Gregory Sherr, Lecturer in International Relations at Lincoln College.

Carl Smith, former Staff Director, Senate Armed Services Committee.

Jose Sorzano, former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

Howard Teicher, former Senior Director of Political-Military Affairs at the National Security Council.

William R. Van Cleave, Department Head of Defense & Strategic Studies at Southwest Missouri State University.

Troy Wade, former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Defense Programs.

James Webb, Member of the U.S. Senate, former Secretary of the Navy.

Curt Weldon, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Pete Wilson, former Governor of the State of California.

Deborah Wince-Smith, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy.

Curtin Winsor, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica.

Dov Zakheim, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)