Boiling Frogs Post Podcast

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 [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Political Prisoners in America

Peter B. Collins Presents Dan Berger America is #1 in incarceration, and many people aren’t aware of the political prisoners in our penal system. Berger’s new book is a concise overview of groups and individuals who have been convicted and sentenced for life or lengthy terms. We discuss Mumia Abu-Jamal and members of the Black [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Media Giant Comcast Attempts Another Mega-Merger

Peter B. Collins Presents Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps As a member of the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Copps cast the only dissenting vote to the approval of Comcast’s acquisition of NBC/Universal. In this conversation, he details his strong opposition to the new proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast with Time-Warner Cable, which would expand [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: “A Critique of Noam Chomsky”

Peter B. Collins Presents Professor Anthony F. Greco MIT Professor Noam Chomsky has been a major voice for the American Left for over 50 years. In his new book, Tony Greco offers detailed criticism of selected subjects of Chomsky’s writings, from the Cold War to Viet Nam, Central America, Indonesia and the wars in Afghanistan [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Can We Restore Constitutional Rule?

Peter B. Collins Presents Rocky Anderson Rocky Anderson is a founder of the Justice Party, and ran for president in 2012. In this wide-ranging interview, Anderson talks about surveillance, drones, targeted killing and other constitutional violations under Obama’s watch. Impeachment is the remedy, but most of the partisans who supported impeachment of Bush and Cheney [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Important Disclosures from Internal NSA Whistleblowers

Peter B. Collins Presents Former NSA Insiders Drake, Binney, Tice & Roark The Snowden files have confirmed the prior and subsequent disclosures of former high ranking NSA employees that exposed internal corruption, billions of dollars of wasteful spending/contractor profiteering, and reckless disregard for our constitutional rights. In powerful excerpts from interviews with Thomas Drake, William [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: The “Real” NSA Whistleblower Reacts to Obama’s “Reforms”

Peter B. Collins Presents Russell Tice Russell Tice, one of the first NSA whistleblowers, comments on President Obama’s January 17 speech about the National Security Agency. Tice cautions that the modest changes Obama proposes do not even acknowledge the abuses that have occurred, and that the narrow focus on cosmetic changes to the mass collection [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: “OffNow Promotes State & Local Nullification of NSA”

Peter B. Collins Presents Shane Trejo A project of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Tenth Amendment Center, OffNow.org is organizing state and local nullification of unconstitutional NSA activities. One well-publicized effort would cut off the huge daily water supply needed to cool the servers at the NSA’s massive data farm in Bluffdale, [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: “Secret Reports Reveal Secrets”

Peter B. Collins Presents Philip Giraldi CIA veteran Philip Giraldi expands on his recent commentary about what we learn from our government’s illusions of secrecy. Terrorism has declined sharply, according to the state department; yet NSA dragnet surveillance is justified by exaggerated threats. The Senate report on torture has been suppressed for more than a [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: “Will Gitmo Ever Be Closed?”

Peter B. Collins Presents Reporter Jason Leopold & Lawyer Robert Wagstaff While President Obama claims he wants to close the prison complex at Guantanamo, the prospects look slim at present. Jason Leopold just returned from another week-long reporting visit, and interviewed the new commander, Rear Admiral Richard Butler, who says he supports Obama’s call to [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: “Sen. Feinstein Helps Husband Profit in Postal Property Scheme”

Peter B. Collins Presents Investigative Reporter Peter Byrne Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the powerful chair of the Intelligence Committee, has used her influence in many ways that benefit her husband, millionaire investor Richard Blum. Peter Byrne’s continuing investigation of Blum’s business interests reveals that the real estate firm CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), run by Blum, [...]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: “Abu Zubaydah’s Lawyer on Gitmo & US Foreign Policy Failures”

Peter B. Collins Presents Brent Mickum Attorney Brent Mickum represented 3 former Guantanamo prisoners, and continues to represent Abu Zubaydah, whose recently published diaries offer further proof that he was not an al Qaeda leader or involved in any attacks on the US. Mickum offers insight into the netherworld of American torture and detention through [...]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 99

Trading Away the Future This week, the 159 nations of the WTO are meeting in Bali to try to push through the long-stalled Doha Round of trade talks aimed at establishing a global trade agreement. Simultaneously, efforts are moving quickly ahead on two ‘mega-regional’ trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – involving some 12 countries [...]