Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins- A Country Called Prison

Peter B. Collins Presents Criminologist John D. Carl America’s prison population is larger than the total population of New Zealand, Norway or Denmark. In their new book, Carl and his co-author detail our high rates of incarceration, and note that only a third of prisoners were convicted of violent crimes. President Obama and members of […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins- Offshore Perspectives of Loony Tunes America

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Pepe Escobar Inspired by the theme to Looney Toons, globetrotting reporter Pepe Escobar comments on the twin distractions from Donald Trump—America’s Berlusconi—and the Israeli-driven fight in Congress to scuttle the Iran nuclear agreement. Escobar was in Vienna for the talks, and reports that Russia is demanding that the US scuttle […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins- APA Report: Collusion with Pentagon on Torture

Peter B. Collins Presents Dr. Jeff Kaye The American Psychological Association released a 500-page report that concludes that APA officials colluded with the Pentagon to soften ethical standards in order to permit involvement of psychologists in the torture of detained suspects. Dr. Jeff Kaye says the report does include important disclosures and conclusions, but notes […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Google’s Secret Ties to Spy Agencies

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Yasha Levine Researching for his new book Surveillance Valley, Yasha Levine of Pando updates us on his probe of the origins of Google Earth. Now “the biggest private surveillance operation on planet Earth”, Google purchased the startup Keyhole, Inc. in 2003 from In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA. […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: She Reads the Bills That Congress Doesn’t!!

Peter B. Collins Presents Podcaster Jennifer Briney We know that members of Congress often don’t read the bills they vote for, with disastrous consequences like the Patriot Act. Jen Briney hosts the podcast Congressional Dish, and shares the actual content of legislation with her listeners. Her fact-finding is augmented by appropriate skepticism and the jaundiced […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: CIA Accused of Human Medical Experiments

Peter B. Collins Presents Dr. Jeffrey Kaye Newly released CIA Inspector General report from 2008 claims that CIA never used “mid-altering drugs for the purpose of interrogation”. Jeff Kaye notes the carefully crafted denials, and counters with an array of evidence that was unexamined or overlooked. From the use of suppository drugs on prisoners during […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Bacevich Challenges Beltway Thinking on Obama’s Wars

PBS Newshour Panel, Plus Comments On June 10, as Obama dispatched another 450 “military advisers” to Iraq, the PBS Newshour presented a panel discussion about America’s incoherent strategy in Iraq and Syria. Former CIA and Pentagon boss Leon Panetta, former Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, Gen. Anthony Zinni, ret, and retired Colonel Andrew Bacevich, who […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: NSA Whistleblower Slams Fake “Reforms”

Peter B. Collins Presents Russell Tice As the political theater in Washington fades, we talk about the phony reforms of the “USA Freedom Act” versus the ongoing, expansive surveillance by NSA and FBI, with recent revelations of the FBI’s fleet of Cessna planes with high tech monitoring capabilities and the warrantless interception of internet signals […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: If You Wanted to Join Islamic State Jihad…

Peter B. Collins Presents Peter van Buren Our guest maxed out on the scary stories of the Islamic State using social media to recruit Americans to fight in Syria, so he decided to check out the action, knowing the risk of a visit from Big Brother. In this often-humorous exchange, Peter van Buren found some […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Gay Sex & Blackmail in Washington

Peter B. Collins Presents Henry Vinson & Nick Bryant Running a funeral home by day, and a gay escort service at night, Henry Vinson was a witness to Washington’s dark side during the Reagan and Bush I administrations. He describes how power broker Craig Spence hired Vinson’s “rent boys” to populate wild sex parties that […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Saudi Strikes Killed Yemen Peace Deal

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Joe Lauria Adding important context and dimensions to the war in Yemen, Joe Lauria reports that a UN-led effort was very close to completing a cease-fire agreement and power sharing deal in Yemen that sould’ve included the recently-deposed president, Hadi. But when Saudi Arabia started its aggressive bombing raids at […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Former Intel Chair Fights to Release Saudi Memo

Peter B. Collins Presents Senator Bob Graham Over 3 terms in the US Senate, Bob Graham (D-FL, ret) rose to chair the Intelligence Committee, and ran the initial hearings into the events of 9/11/01. Ever-cautious and overly diplomatic, Graham nevertheless continues to demand the full, unredacted release of the 28-page memo that purportedly details funding […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Tor’s PR Moves May Violate Law

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Yasha Levine Updating his reports on the Tor encryption system, Yasha Levine of Pando reveals that Tor management has added a staff public relations person and Thomson Communications, a corporate PR firm that has represented the telco Verizon. The assignment appears to be to reshape perceptions of Tor following Pando’s […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Repeal the Entire Patriot Act!

Peter B. Collins Presents Rep. Mark Pocan With the USA Patriot Act expiring in a few months, Rep. Mark Pocan has introduced the “Surveillance State Repeal Act”, which would completely repeal the 2001 Patriot Act, the 2008 FISA amendments and put limits on Executive Order 12333. We discuss the failure of the weak “USA Freedom […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Insider View of First Look- the Billionaire Omidyar’s Intercept

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Ken Silverstein After 14 months at billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s media startup, First Look, Ken Silverstein bailed out, pulling the ripcord at the end of February. Admittedly disgruntled and angry, Silverstein offers a stark, insider’s perspective, describing Omidyar as a “pathetic clown” who did not interfere in the journalism because “he’s […]