Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Corporate Profits vs. Prison Reform

Peter B. Collins Presents Reporter Michael Ames As crime rates have dropped and opposition to mass incarceration has increased, calls for prison reform and an end to the “war on some drugs” have gotten louder. While Sen. Rand Paul has submitted reform legislation and almost-former Attorney General Eric Holder has initiated some modest changes, crusaders […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Law Professor Slams “Suspicionless Spying”

Peter B. Collins Presents Prof. Margo Schlanger With an insider’s view of domestic surveillance operations, Margo Schlanger explains how the authorities claimed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, Section 702 of the FISA law, and executive order 12333 are used to collect information on Americans and non-US persons. Noting that modest reforms do little […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Prosecutor Misconduct Frees “Ecoterrorist”

Peter B. Collins Presents Eric McDavid In a surprise move on January 8, a federal judge ordered the immediate release of a self-described “green anarchist”, Eric McDavid, after 9 years on a 20-year sentence. Prosecutors withheld thousands of pages of evidence in winning a conviction for conspiring to damage corporate and government property. As in […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Former Sex Slave Accuses Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Nick Bryant In a federal civil suit, Virginia Roberts states she was recruited as a sex slave at age 15 by billionaire and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein; Roberts says Epstein forced her to have sex with former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and Britain’s Prince Andrew—both deny the allegations. Based […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Democrats Against Hillary

Peter B. Collins Presents Steve Yelich Lots of Democrats aren’t “ready for Hillary”, and Steve Yelich runs a popular Facebook page where he posts critiques of Hillary Clinton and promotes news of possible alternatives. Yelich gives voice to the concerns of many average voters, that Clinton is a hawkish, pro-Wall Street candidate who has raked […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: World Oil Market Collapses

Peter B. Collins Presents Antonia Juhasz (updated Jan 9) Oil industry watchdog Antonia Juhasz comments on the stunning drop in crude oil prices that has driven down the price of gas in the US, and threatens the stability of energy markets. We explore why OPEC and Saudi Arabia have maintained production despite the glut of […]

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 […]