Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Saul Landau, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of U.S. Foreign Policy at American University
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Law? Daily reports detail how the government electronically spies on us without warrants, kidnaps suspected Al Qaeda agents, kills Iraqis without legality. We learn of Halliburton building an Iraqi oil pipeline for hundreds of millions of dollars that geologists told them could not be built. Which laws should we defend and which should Bush break?… Law? Historically, the United States seized by war or threat most of its territory. In the second half of the 20th Century, the US illegally invaded several countries including Cuba, The Dominican Republic and Panama; overthrew elected governments in Iran, Guatemala and Chile, destabilized governments in Jamaica, Cambodia and Nicaragua; carried out or attempted assassinations against Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, Lumumba in the Congo and Castro in Cuba. In recent years, the Bush government kidnapped and tortured ‘suspected terrorists.’ Law-abiding citizens wring hands or practice denial. But on immigration, they demand action… Instead of recognizing these facts, mountebanks resort to clichés that each cyclical immigration debate produces: ‘they (illegal immigrants, mostly of color) should obey the law and leave and stop mooching off taxpayer money.'”

“Economics of Fear The Immigration Malaise,” CounterPunch, May 6, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, U.S. Foreign Policy, American University, 2007-present
  • Senior Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, 1972-present
  • Senior Fellow, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam, 1974-present
  • Political Analyst and Commentator, Pacifica Radio
  • Director of Digital Media Programs and Hugh O. Bounty Chair of Applied
  • Interdisciplinary Knowledge, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1998-2006
  • Winner, Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award
  • Winner, George Polk Award, Investigative Reporting
  • Winner, First Amendment Award
  • Winner, Emmy Awards, “Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang”
  • Winner, Edgar Allen Poe Award, Assassination on Embassy Row
Education:
  • PhD, University of Maryland
Other:
  • Died on Oct. 9, 2013