Peter B Collins

BFP Partner Producer & Host, Processing Distortion & the Boiling Frogs Show

Peter B. Collins is a radio producer and talk show host based in San Francisco. He has hosted talk programs on major stations, and for satellite radio and national syndication. He is an independent progressive who covers a range of important issues in his series of podcasts, available here.

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins- Radical Feminists Oppose Transgender Bathroom Rule

Peter B. Collins Presents Kara Dansky

Recently, 13 state attorneys general sued to block federal orders regarding access to bathrooms and locker rooms by transgender individuals, and separately, the Women’s Liberation Front sued the Departments of Justice and Education over related issues.  Kara Dansky argues that any biological male can claim to be transgender to access women’s facilities, and offers some examples of assault and voyeurism that have occurred.   The interview airs some interesting viewpoints that haven’t been heard in the recent commentary about transgender bathroom access.

*Kara Dansky is a board member of Women’s Liberation Front.

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins- Media Malpractice in Presidential Race

Newsbud Interview:  Peter B. Collins presents Prof. Robert W. McChesney

The FCC used to require radio and TV stations to provide equal time to political opponents, a standard that was jettisoned as Trump was given far more coverage than any others. We also discuss the future of Fox News after the scandal that exiled its brainchild, Roger Ailes, and how the Fox “virus” has infected its competitors.  And we talk about billionaires who are promoting the idea of more capitalism and less democracy, a theme in McChesney’s latest book.

*Robert W. McChseney is professor of communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  His most recent book, co-authored with John Nichols, is People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy.

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins- US is Most Aggressive Cyberwarrior

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist James Bamford

As Russia is being blamed for the recent email leak from Democratic National Committee servers, NSA and intelligence expert James Bamford notes that the US is, by far, the most aggressive nation in the cyberwarfare space.  He notes that the US has hacked candidates and recent elections in Mexico, and routinely interfered in the Soviet Union. We also note that Julian Assange says the DNC emails resulted from a “leak” and not a “hack”, which opens a different universe of suspects.  Bamford describes the Cyber Command’s massive new $3 billion campus at Fort Meade, MD, and underscores that Stuxnet is the best known American cyber-attack.

*James Bamford has written 3 books about the National Security Agency, most recently The Shadow Factory.  You can read his recent Reuters commentary here.

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins- Guantanamo Population is Declining

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Andy Worthington

While Congress maintains its refusal to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Obama administration has reduced the inmate population to 76, and only 10 of those have been charged with any crime. More than half of the remaining 66 men are cleared for release, 16 are awaiting a hearing, and the remaining 16 are expected to be held indefinitely, without charge or trial.  Andy Worthington explains the current situation at Guantanamo, and previews the state of affairs when Obama leaves office.

*Andy Worthington is an independent journalist based in London, and author of The Guantanamo Files.  He offers ongoing coverage of Guantanamo here

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins- Hillary’s Hawks Want Escalation in Syria

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Gareth Porter

Clinton’s top pick for Pentagon, Michele Flouornoy, calls for US escalation in Syria. Gareth Porter comments on the report from Flournoy’s Center for New American Security, calling for US escalation in Syria, and convention speeches by Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton.  Porter also comments on Israel’s demand for an increase in US military funding from the current $3.1 billion per year, because of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins- Drone Strikes: Obama the Assassin-in-Chief

Newsbud Interview:  Peter B. Collins presents Prof. Rebecca Gordon

Professor Rebecca Gordon comments on the July 1 White House release of estimates of civilian deaths from drone strikes targeting “militants” who pose and “imminent” threat to American interests, and concludes that most of the deaths “are almost certainly illegal” under US and international law.  In this Newsbud interview, we discuss the drone programs, the precedents established under Obama, and the failure of Congress to pass any laws regulating this form of remote-control warfare.

*Rebeccas Gordon is professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco.  Her recent commentary on drones is here Her new book is American Nuremberg: The US Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes.

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins- Prof. Stephen Zunes on the Chilcot Report & the 9/11 “28 Pages”

Newsbud Interview:  Peter B. Collins presents Prof. Stephen Zunes

Prof. Stephen Zunes talks with Peter B. Collins about the July 15 attempted coup in Turkey and the massive purge by the Erdogan government in its aftermath.  We also discuss the recently released report in Britain by the Chilcot Commission, which identified serious errors in intelligence and judgment that led to Britain’s involvement in the US-led invasion of Iraq.  Zunes notes that, whether or not Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction, the invasion was illegal.  We also discuss the newly-declassified “28 pages” about the role of Saudi Arabia in 9/11.

*Stephen Zunes is Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies.

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins – Episode #5

In the latest edition of Newsbud Report, Peter B. Collins gets Brexit commentary from outspoken British author and commentator Richard Seymour, and previews an important new documentary about cyberwarfare and the Stuxnet virus.  Plus, we will have recaps of important Supreme Court decisions on abortion and political corruption, and the growth of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States.

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Show Notes

NBR. 5  Benghazi

NBR.5  CIA Arms

NBR.5 Istanbul

NBR.5 Puerto Rico

NBR. 5 Supreme Court McDonnell

NBR. 5  Islamaphobia

NBR. 5 Stuxnet

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins: Episode 4

From the Orlando Shooting to “Dissent Memo” on the Syrian War

In the latest Newsbud Report, we look at how the Orlando shootings are driving media and politics; we talk with abandoned CIA officer Sabrina de Sousa about her impending extradition to Italy; State Department veteran Peter van Buren comments on the “dissent memo” urging escalation of the Syrian war.Thanks for watching this Newsbud Report. If you have a news tip or story you think we should cover, email peter@peterbcollins.com

Show Notes

FBI Relented, Released Unredacted Transcript

Did FBI Attempt to Entrap Mateen Lead to “Radicalization”?

Orlando Shootings Exploited for Election Year Politics

Speaker Calls Adjournment to End Protest

Senate Narrowly Rejects Bill to Expand FBI Spying Powers

FBI Collects 411 Million Citizen Photos

FBI Seeks “General Warrants” to Hack Computers

51 State Dept. Officers Sign Memo Demanding Escalation of Syria War Against Assad Government

State Department Dissent Memo is Remarkable

Supreme Court Deadlock on Obama Immigration Orders

Supreme Court Weakens Protections from Illegal Searches

California’s Last Nuclear Plant Will Shut Down

Utility Waged 20-Year Fight to Shift Cost Overruns to Ratepayers

High Costs for Nuclear Power and Growth of Renewable Energy Led to Shutdown Decision

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins – Episode #3

Coming up in today’s Newsbud interview, military whistleblower Joe Hickman reveals how exposure to toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan have exposed tens of thousands of our veterans to cancers and chronic health problems…he says it’s the new Agent Orange scandal…we’ll also look at the debt crisis in Puerto Rico, the roles of Bill and Hillary Clinton in post-earthquake Haiti, and the corruption conviction of Alabama’s Speaker of the House, who was exposed by the work of independent journalists.

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Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins- Episode #2

Did we just finish Mainstream Media Malpractice Week? We examine the media’s premature projection of Hillary Clinton as Democratic nominee. We report on the FBI’s expanding use of paid informants in “domestic terrorism” cases, like the recent convictions in Minneapolis; and the FBI’s push for expanded powers to monitor internet activity. We examine NY Gov. Cuomo’s order to punish supporters of boycotts of Israel, and journalist Max Blumenthal comments in our interview. In our Newsbud Exclusive, Prof. Filip Kovacevic reports on Russia’s plan to counter NATO expansion with its Alliance of Neutral States. We also cover Brazil’s deepening crisis, and the US role in the 2009 coup in Honduras.

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Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins

In this debut episode of “Newsbud with Peter B. Collins,” we put President Obama’s historic visits to Vietnam and Hiroshima, Japan in context with his activities regarding the nuclear arsenal and his expansion of the U.S. military. We also cover Israel’s new defense minister, Bayer’s bid for Monsanto and the pervasive impact of the herbicide, Roundup, and provide updates on America’s surveillance state. Our feature interview is with two election analysts who suspect manipulation of election results in the 2016 Democratic primaries.

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Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: California Moves to Suppress Critics of Israel

Peter B. Collins presents “A Call to Action”

On two tracks, California is embracing unconstitutional measures to restrict speech and actions by opponents of policies of the State of Israel. In March, the University of California Board of Regents adopted a “Statement of Tolerance” that only focuses on critics of Israel and conflates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. An extension of Israel’s well-funded effort to thwart the growing BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), we note that Hillary Clinton expressed her opposition to BDS in a letter the the Methodist General Conference, which is considering endorsement of BDS. And we detail a very dangerous bill that’s sailing through the California legislature that would create a blacklist to ban all public contracts with companies that support BDS.

*Rabbi Brant Rosen’s commentary, "Anti-Zionism Isn’t a ‘Form of Discrimination,’ and It’s Not anti-Semitism" is here and you can read the current draft of the California law here.

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Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Hastert Coverup Cemented in Place

Peter B. Collins presents Sibel Edmonds

In the last week of April, the judge who sentenced former GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert to 15 months in jail described him accurately as a “serial child molester” while, perhaps unwittingly, he cemented in place the coverup of Hastert’s serious crimes (not limited to pedophilia) as a Congressman and Speaker. Sibel Edmonds has accurately, and courageously, exposed much more of the sordid history of Hastert; in over 9 months, no other media outlet we’re aware of has even raised the most obvious question: did Hastert stop molesting boys when he went to Washington? Edmonds knows that the FBI and CIA videotaped many of his sexual adventures, strong evidence that Hastert’s conviction for lying about structured transactions is the most serious attempt at a “limited hangout” coverup since Nixon. So far, it’s holding nicely for its creators.

*Sibel Edmonds is found and publisher of BoilingFrogsPost. Her most recent book, a novel called The Lone Gladio, includes some scenes based on the real Dennis Hastert Story. The complete archive of Hastert coverage is here.

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Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: US Role in Unfolding Coup in Brazil?

Peter B. Collins presents Journalist Pepe Escobar

Following the dramatic April 17 vote to impeach Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, Pepe Escobar unpacks the layers of corruption in his native country and suspects an American role in the effort to take down the pro-workers PT party based on NSA surveillance of the state oil firm, Petrobras, and of Rousseff personally. We talk about the “Car Wash” corruption scandal that touches most elected officials, the brazen effort to remove a president who has not been charged with a “crime of responsibility” as required by law, and the scheming of the vice president, Michel Temer, who will serve as acting president if the Senate sustains the impeachment attempt.

*Pepe Escobar is a globetrotting reporter who writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch. He is the author of Empire of Chaos and several other books.

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