Dr. Ben Freeman to give lecture Oct. 18

With the war in Afghanistan, diplomats killed in Libya, the death of Osama bin Laden, and $492 billion in reductions to Pentagon spending on the horizon, foreign policy is taking center stage in the 2012 elections.
While this show might appear to be simply rationale debate between candidates, behind the scenes lobbyists, public relations experts, and campaign donors are writing the script. They’re working feverishly to take rationality out of the debate, and supplant it with the interests of their deep-pocketed clients. And, these clients include some of the world’s most infamous dictators.
Every single day the agents of foreign governments work to create U.S. foreign policy. They write speeches, scripts for Congressional hearings, and even legislation. They give thousands of dollars to the same representatives they’re lobbying on behalf of notorious governments like those in Libya, Syria, Uganda, and even Iran.
In a lecture on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall, Dr. Ben Freeman, investigator at the Project On Government Oversight and author of The Foreign Policy Auction, will pull back the curtain on this half billion dollar industry and show how foreign money is influencing the 2012 elections.
The auction is always open. The only question is – who is buying your government today?”