Boiling Frogs Post Podcast

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Reporter Attacked, Smeared for Tor Exposé

Peter B. Collins Presents Yasha Levine Following his July article in Pando and a related interview here, Yasha Levine was the target of slings and arrows, including some from online privacy advocates who work for the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Levine had reported on the origins and funding of the Tor encryption system—linked [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: “America’s Illegal Drone Wars”

Peter B. Collins Presents Prof. Richard Falk International law expert Richard Falk argues that armed drones are more dangerous than nuclear weapons. Sold to Americans as an efficient means of killing without risk to American lives, independent reports show that far more innocent people are killed than militant suspects. Falk offers his views on targeted [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: “Free Shaker Aamer!”

Peter B. Collins Presents Andy Worthington In the second of two reports on Guantanamo prisoners, Andy Worthington details the new campaign to bring home Shaker Aamer, the last Briton at Gitmo. With a large, inflatable “Shaker” and a heartfelt endorsement from Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, activists are demanding that the Cameron government negotiate the immediate [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Gitmo Force Feeding Case Update

Peter B. Collins Presents Attorney Jon Eisenberg Hunger striking prisoners at Guantanamo are often forcibly “extracted” from their cells to be force fed. Jon Eisenberg relates the recent ruling in the case of Abu Wa’el Dhiab, where Judge Gladys Kessler showed compassion for Dhiab and expressed outrage over aspects of his treatment, but failed to [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Will US Deploy Mercenaries in Syria, Iraq?

Peter B. Collins Presents William Hartung As the US embarks on a new open-ended war in Iraq and Syria, initial funding is from a Pentagon slush fund, the Overseas Contingency Operations account. Bill Hartung has been analyzing the American war machine for years, and he predicts that military contractors will provide the first “boots on [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Activism Has Become Corporatized & Securitized

Peter B. Collins Presents Authors of “Protest, Inc.” Two scholars have studied the changes in public protest and political activism in recent years, and note that major NGO’s like Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and human rights nonprofits have become big operations with multi-million dollar budgets, and some dubious corporate sponsorship deals. They comment on the [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Corporate Media Attacks Dead Messenger

Peter B. Collins Presents Robert Parry Hollywood’s purveyors of fiction have served up a remarkably factual feature film—Kill the Messenger– about the late journalist Gary Webb, who exposed the CIA links to the US crack epidemic and funding for the Nicaraguan Contras. But as Robert Parry ably describes, Washington Post editor Jeff Leen is still [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: America’s Empire of Chaos

Peter B. Collins Presents Pepe Escobar Taking a well-deserved break from his travels at his home in Sao Paolo, Pepe Escobar returns to cover many hotspots. We open with his assessment of the upset in Brazil’s presidential election, where rival candidates are forming an alliance, and jump from there to the forced marriage in Kabul [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: What Do We Really Know About Russia?

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Terry Phillips The first episode of a new public TV program, International Focus, is called “What Do We Really Know About Russia. Terry Phillips was a CBS News correspondent in Moscow when the Soviet Union broke up, and he takes a big-picture look at US-Russian relations, framed around the 1850 [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: De-Militarizing Local Police

Peter B. Collins Presents Elizabeth Beavers While we’ve been exposing the expanding American police state here for years, many Americans got their fist glimpse watching the coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri this August. Elizabeth Beavers describes the Pentagon’s 1033 program and Homeland Security’s grants to local agencies as the pipelines for military hardware [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Fight for Release of 28-Page 9/11 Report Drags On

Peter B. Collins Presents Sam Oakford Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband died at the World Trade Center, is still waiting for President Obama to keep his promise to release a key 28-page memo from the first Congressional inquiry into 9/11. Bill Doyle, whose son also died in New York that day, quotes Obama in 2011 “Bill, [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Debunking the Myth of Iron Dome

Peter B. Collins Presents Professor Ted Postol As US media and political leaders repeat unproven claims by Israel that its Iron Dome system has intercepted 80% or 90% of targeted Hamas rockets, no major print or broadcast outlet has challenged these incredible assertions. And aside from Democracy Now, no major outlet has contacted MIT’s Prof. [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Who Shot Down Malaysian 17?

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Robert Parry As Obama, Kerry and others have tried to blame Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine for the shoot-down of Malaysian flight 17 on July 17, Robert Parry has challenged the administration to release satellite imagery and other evidence to support these claims. In his latest report, Parry cites unnamed [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Israel’s Propaganda War

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Joe Lauria Reporting from Ramallah in the Palestinian West Bank, independent reporter Joe Lauria offers keen insights into the claims by Israel that it “has no choice” but to attack Gaza, and its irrational assertion that its disproportionate assault on Hamas and Gaza is somehow “defending itself”. We explore the [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Tor Encryption- Created by Spooks, for Spooks

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Yasha Levine Ed Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and the Electronic Frontier Foundation tout Tor as an encryption system to protect your privacy on the internet. Pando’s scrappy investigative reporter Yasha Levine returns to explain the origins and funding of Tor. Developed by the Naval Research Lab and DARPA, its main clients [...]