Award-winning journalist William Blum to address Elon
Speech titled “Expanding the American Empire Under the
Cover of the War on Terrorism”
Krista Naposki / Reporter
Author William Blum, a vocal opponent of political parties,
will address Elon students, faculty and staff at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 in Whitley Auditorium.
His discussion, titled “Expanding the American Empire
Under the Cover of the ‘War on Terrorism.’”
will cover his opinions on the American government
“(Blum) is an expert as a journalist, and I think that
he has a different view point than a historian might possibly
have,” said Christina Nemcik, assistant professor of
Blum has studied CIA interventions in Latin America and
therefore has a personal perspective on the region, Nemcik
Blum is an opponent of established parties, such as
Republican or Democrats. He said he is “bored with the
Blum said he prefers Ralph Nader because he thinks Sen. John
Kerry is no better than President George Bush.
Blum said he became dissident toward the U.S. government in
1967 when he resigned from the State Department because he
did not agree with the Vietnam War. He then went on to
create, and become an editor, of the Washington Free Press
“If the Washington Free Press were still produced, the
newspaper would point out the great shortcomings of both the
presidential incumbent and candidate,” Blum said.
Blum has a history of investigating the American government.
In 1997, he received an “Excellence in
Journalism” award from Project Censored, an
organization dedicated to educating people about independent
journalism. The article for which he won the award uncovered
information on how the United States gave Iraq the materials
to make chemical and biological weapons.
He has published three books. “Killing Hope: U.S.
Military and CIA Interventions since World War II” will
be sold at his speech. He has also written “Rogue
State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower”
and “West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir”
Though Blum has traveled to Europe and South America, he grew
up in New York and did not see Manhattan until he was 12 or
“My neighborhood was my world,” Blum said.
“I didn’t know anything else.”
The New York native now resides in Washington, and he said
the differences between the two cities are easily noticeable.
“If you live in politics it would be different, but I
am an outsider of politics,” Blum said.
Blum encourages students to read part of his books before his
visit. He said he wants to get involved in good discussions.
“I hope in the question-and-answer session people come
who have opposite views than me,” Blum said. “I
enjoy when people who are opposed to my point of view come to
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