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 […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Internet Privacy Funded by Spooks

Peter B. Collins Presents Investigative Journalist Yasha Levine Despite smears and even a death threat, Yasha Levine continues to probe the origins and funding of Tor, Open Whisper Systems, CryptoCat and other internet privacy applications. He reviews the Cold War origins of the Broadcast Board of Governors (BBG), the state department arm best known for […]

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 […]