Asian Voices Special (Bob Woodward, Noam Chomsky)

It is now known that US intelligence agencies have been systematically gathering massive amounts of private information, even from the leaders of allied nations. Concerns are mounting that government control of information may impact freedom of speech and citizens' right to know. In addition, US drone attacks in the Middle East and South Asia, undertaken in the name of eliminating terrorism, are said by some to be not only against international law, but to be actually contributing to an increase in terrorism. As the US stands at a crossroads on freedom and justice, we interviewed two eminent Americans. One is an associate editor for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward. His investigative reporting on the Watergate scandal led to the resignation of the President Richard Nixon in 1974. In the decades since, Woodward has interviewed US presidents and written many bestselling books that look behind the scenes of the political world. Our other guest is a prominent linguist and philosopher. Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While some regard him as one of the top thinkers in the world today, his iconoclastic social and political criticisms have often generated much controversy. As the United States, which has long espoused the principles of freedom and justice, is standing at a crossroads. Where will it head next? We ask our two guests about their quest to seek out the truth, and how we as individuals might do the same.