Boiling Frogs Post Podcast

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 [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Corporate Media’s Clear Pro-Israel Bias

Peter B. Collins Presents Peter Hart from FAIR In the opening days of Israel’s new war on Gaza and Hamas, the US media displays its bias almost daily. Peter Hart notes how ABC’s Diane Sawyer misidentified a grieving Palestinian family as Israeli; that Bob Schieffer of CBS commented on the fear felt by Israelis, with [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Obama, Holder Sharply Curtail Press Freedom

Peter B. Collins Presents Pulitzer Prize Winner David Cay Johnston Following the recent conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors, David Cay Johnston wrote a commentary for al Jazeera America, detailing the loss of transparency and freedom of the press under Obama. His first signal was when people in the White House press office would not [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Big Data Shows Only 5% of FBI Domestic Terrorism Cases Are Untainted

Peter B. Collins Presents Attorney Stephen Downs As a retired lawyer, Steve Downs volunteered to represent a local Muslim who was entrapped in an FBI sting. From that, he learned of other similar cases, and he co-founded Project Salam. Their new report, Inventing Terrorists: The Lawfare of Preemptive Prosecution, analyzes about 400 domestic terrorism prosecutions [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Why Obama-Kerry Mideast Talks Tanked

Peter B. Collins Presents Prof. Stephen Zunes Based on Israeli reports, Palestinian negotiators agreed to most of the concessions demanded by Israel, notably that illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory near the Israeli border—encompassing close to 80 percent of the settlers—would be incorporated into Israel. Professor Stephen Zunes faults Secretary of State John Kerry for [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: America Yawns at Obama’s Latest Afghan Plans

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Anand Gopal Since 2008, Anand Gopal has reported from Afghanistan and broke the stories of the US night raids on civilians and secret prisons. He reacts to Obama’s new drawdown plans, and the passive reaction of American media and elected officials that some troops will remain until at least 2017. [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: How Did “NSA Reform” Bill Get Shredded in the House?

Peter B. Collins Presents Nadia Kayyali In this interview with EFF activist Nadia Kayyali, we look at the process that drastically changed the already-weak “USA Freedom Act” that was passed by House Judiciary and Intelligence committees before it went to the floor and was rammed through with no amendments and only an hour of debate. [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: FBI Agent Who Killed Todashev Identified

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Russ Baker In the 13 months since the Boston bombing events, WhoWhatWhy has stayed on the story–and challenged key contradictions in the official narrative, which is mostly shaped by strategic leaks from law enforcement. Russ Baker returns to detail the recent identification of FBI agent Aaron McFarlane as the shooter [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Google Execs’ Cozy Relationships with NSA Boss

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Jason Leopold At al Jazeera America, Jason Leopold recently published email exchanges between former NSA chief Keith Alexander and Google’s top brass, including Chairman Eric Schmidt and co-founder Sergey Brin. The emails show Alexander thanking the googlers for previous meetings, and inviting them to an upcoming classified briefing. This expose [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Offshore Views of US-NATO Blunders on Ukraine

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Pepe Escobar From Putin’s latest chess move to the compounded errors of the US and NATO, Pepe Escobar offers his colorful observations on Ukraine, Syria, Iran and Egypt, with biting insights into the realities that are downplayed or ignored by the US media. Escobar doubts that the major European nations [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Is the TPP Dead Yet?

Peter B. Collins Presents Melinda St. Louis of Public Citizen Did Japan do us a favor by rejecting trade concessions proposed by the US on Obama’s recent Asia tour? Prime Minister Abe’s refusal may scuttle the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration has been negotiating in secret for 5 years. Melinda St. Louis updates us [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Federal Judges Protect Obama’s Secrets

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Bob Egelko Federal judges in the Bay Area have issued recent rulings rejecting substantial challenges to the No-Fly List and the authority arrogated by President Obama to order American citizens killed without due process. Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle covered both cases. He details the case of Rahinah [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: An 8th Grade Critic of Domestic NSA Spying

Peter B. Collins Presents Young Journalist Ben Blum At age 13, Ben Blum just won a C-Span award for his documentary “Data Obsession”, which takes a critical look at NSA domestic spying. His 7-minute video is worth watching, and his interview with A T & T whistleblower Mark Klein demonstrates that Blum understands the scope [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: More from the Dark Side of Google

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Yasha Levine Journalist Yasha Levine returns to share his latest reports on Google’s business dealings with military and intelligence agencies and the corporate contractors who work for them. He explains that Google Federal is the DC marketing arm, that includes at least one former CIA employee, and it has secured [...]