‘New York Times’ Journalist James Risen Prepared to “Pay Any Price” to Report on War on Terror

Risen, who could face prison time, says that “without aggressive investigative reporting, we can’t really have a democracy.” In an interview with Democracy Now!, New York Times journalist James Risen talked about the investigative reporting surrounding the NSA that has put him in the center of a major press freedom case. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, who had just released a new book titled “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War,” told Amy Goodman:  “You cannot have aggressive investigative reporting in America without confidential sources — and without aggressive investigative reporting, we can’t really have a democracy. I think that is what the government really fears more than anything else.” Risen also detailed revelations he makes in his new book about what he calls the “homeland security-industrial complex.” Below is an interview with Risen, followed by a transcript: AMY GOODMAN: Today we spend the hour with the journalist at […] Read More

James Risen Challenges the Greed, Power and Endless War of the National Security State

The New York Times investigative reporter’s ‘Pay Any Price’ is an instant landmark in the best of post-9/11 journalism. No single review or interview can do justice to Pay Any Price, the new book by James Risen that is the antithesis of what routinely passes for journalism about the “war on terror.” Instead of evasive tunnel vision, the book offers big-picture acuity: focusing on realities that are pervasive and vastly destructive. Published this week, Pay Any Price throws down an urgent gauntlet. We should pick it up. After 13 years of militarized zealotry and fear-mongering in the name of fighting terrorism, the book, subtitled “Greed, Power, and Endless War,” zeros in on immense horrors being perpetrated in the name of national security. As an investigative reporter for the New York Times, Risen has been battling dominant power structures for a long time. His new book is an instant landmark in […] Read More