Commonwealth National Podcast

BOB BARR, Former Congressman, 7th District, Georgia & BRUCE FEIN, Chairman, American Freedom Agenda

Duration: 
1:05:48
SPEAKERS:

BOB BARR, Former Congressman, 7th District, Georgia

BRUCE FEIN, Chairman, American Freedom Agenda


TITLE: THE AMERICAN FREEDOM AGENDA

Former U.S Congressman Bob Barr and CNN foreign affairs commentator Bruce Fein, two of the founding members of The American Freedom Agenda, a conservative group working to restore the roles of Congress and the federal judiciary, will challenge what they see as the Bush administration’s abuse of power and its attempt to establish the supremacy of the executive branch. They will also discuss their belief that the Republican Party needs to return to their traditional distrust of large government, and stop the government from encroaching upon its citizen’s private lives by protecting civil liberties.


Barr served in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003 for the 7th District of Georgia. During that time, Barr fought against same-sex marriage and medical marijuana, and achieved notoriety as a leader in the effort to impeach President Clinton. Before that, he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, from 1986, when Regan appointed him, until 1990. From 1971 to 1978, Barr was a member of the CIA. Since leaving the House, Barr has become the Chairman of Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances, a member of the ACLU, supporting the organization in their defense of privacy issues, and a Libertarian, serving on the National Committee for the U.S. Libertarian Party. Barr appeared briefly in the film Borat, where he met with Borat in the Capitol Building and was given cheese that Borat described as made from his wife’s breast milk.



Fein currently appears as a regular guest expert in foreign affairs on the BBC, C-SPAN, CNN, and NPR. He also writes weekly columns for The Washington Times and Politico.com. Fein has worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as the assistant director of the Office of Legal Policy, the legal advisor to the assistant attorney general for antitrust, and the associate deputy attorney general. Fein also served in an advisory capacity to the governments of Russia, Spain, South Africa, and Iraq, among others, assisting them with constitutional revision. He has written books on the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Constitution, and international law and was executive editor of World Intelligence Review.


This program was recorded live on July 31, 2007