Progressive Press publisher JP Leonard did his BA in Political Science at UCLA and a Masters in Finance at UC Berkeley. After a business career that took him for 18 years to Europe, East and West, he returned to the USA and took over the family business, Tree of Life Publications. It was between two moments which reawakened him to politics: Al-Aqsa Intifada and 9/11. During that period he was a frequent contributor to Media Monitors Network , leading to the publication of The War on Freedom (2002). A sample of his writing is the update to his epilogue to this work, but since then he has been too busy with other authors' works to publish his own. Two-hour interview, Leonard with Jim Fetzer, Dec. 2009.