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 […]

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 […]