DisInfoWars with Tom Secker- How to use the Freedom of Information Act

As a keen user of the Freedom of Information Act I have filed many requests over the years. This week I delve into some of my personal experiences with FOIA requests explaining what worked and what didn't, which requests were successful and unsuccessful, and why. I discuss the latest success: getting over 1600 pages of new material from the Pentagon's entertainment propaganda office, how it came about and why it was successful. I finish up by offering some advice to people making FOIA requests, in the hope of helping to maximize their chances of getting useful material released.

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BFP Roundtable Video- Death & Rebirth: The End of Al Qaeda and Rise of ISIS”

Pearse Redmond, James Corbett & Christoph Germann on the evolution of ISIS and the possible end of Al Qaeda

On this episode we are joined by BFP contributors James Corbett and Christoph Germann for a discussion of the US Deep State's role in creating ISIS, its evolution, and the possible end of Al Qaeda. The three of us explore the idea of "moderate" Al Qaeda members speaking out against ISIS, and their attempts to save the dying Al Qaeda brand. We also discuss how ISIS has changed the rules of terrorism by ushering in a new level of violence that is devoid of any real political ideology, touching on the notion that they are merely a place holder for some other new form of jihadi movement yet to emerge, and then finish off the conversation by looking at recent geopolitical developments in Central Asia and how these nations are dealing with the threat that ISIS presents.

*We would like to thank James Corbett and Tom Secker for all of their help with the editing of this podcast.

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Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS

Al-Qaida 'cut off and ripped apart by Isis'

How Isis crippled al-Qaida

BFP Roundtable Video- Exposed: The Timing & Orchestration of Seymour Hersh’s “Bin Laden Kill”

Sibel Edmonds & Pearse Redmond on Hersh’s Bin Laden Kill Exposé, FBI’s Bin Laden Tapes & Much More!

In this BFP Roundtable episode Sibel Edmonds and Pearse Redmond discuss the recent "bombshell" article by Seymour Hersh regarding the so-called Bin laden Raid, offer their analysis of the article itself, and explain why this is yet another attempt to obscure the elephant in the room. The discussion includes two never-before-released revelations regarding the Hersh story and the FBI's Bin Laden tapes: Extrapolating from her sources, Sibel explains why Hersh wrote this article, the timing of it, and the players and agenda behind it. Later she delivers another bombshell that deals with the FBI's infamous Bin Laden tapes: From her time as an FBI translator Sibel was privy to some very interesting information regarding these tapes, how they were used by the Deep State, and how this relates back to the Hersh article.

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Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds- US Media: From Sheep-Dipped Journalists to Black Holes & Double Standards

Welcome to our eleventh episode of Probable Cause. Per your requests, for this episode we are going to continue our coverage of the system’s indispensable tool-the media, as another major channel to infiltrate viable opposition, distort facts and truth, and disseminate and popularize propaganda.

In addition to sheep-dipped journalism, we are going to discuss several other methods and tactics utilized by the deep state to direct, control and censure information. Domestic espionage, censorship of pertinent information, and dissemination of misinformation by the media can take many different sizes and shapes. In relative terms some may be more innocuous than others, and some more indirect than belligerently direct. However, no matter the degree or behind-the-scene justification, the end result is the same.

As with our previous episodes I will be providing you with real-life examples and cases to illustrate these methods and practices, and their end results. And as always our next episode will be based on your reaction, critique, responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Processing Distortion: “Secretary of State John Kerry’s High Mileage Mediocrity”

Peter B. Collins Presents Peter van Buren

Peter Van Buren was drummed out of the State Department after publication of his book about the millions of dollars squandered on rebuilding Iraq. He comments on similar efforts underway in Afghanistan, and that only one member of Congress met with him about his Iraq reports: retired Rep. Ron Paul. He expresses strong support for Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, and challenges Peter B.'s assumption that the NSA should, by now, know what information Snowden collected--suggesting that Snowden skillfully covered his tracks. Mr. Van Buren wrote a sharply critical of John Kerry's first year as Secretary of State, comparing him to a salesman who hasn't booked any deals and focusing on Kerry's blunders in the threats to attack Syria in August and September.

Peter Van Buren, a 24-year veteran of the State Department, spent a year in Iraq. Following his book, We Meant well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, the Department of State began proceedings against him. Through the efforts of the Government Accountability Project and the ACLU, Van Buren retired in 2011. His next book Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the 99% will be published in early 2014. You can visit his blog here

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Geopolitics with Ryan Dawson- Episode 11: The future of the dollar post the “fiscal cliff”

Ryan Dawson Presents Peter Schiff

GPPeter Schiff is strong supporter of the Austrian Economic school of thought and was an economic adviser to Ron Paul in 2008. Peter is currently the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital. Peter also owns Euro Pacific Bank, www.europacbank.com, which allows non-US residents to have their bank account denominated in gold and accessed through an ATM/Debit Card. He is also the host of the Peter Schiff Show, heard daily from 10am to noon Eastern at schiffradio.com He is the author of numerous books, his latest, The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy - How to Save Yourself and Your Country. Today we discuss the counterproductive polices of protectionist regulations, raising income taxes, and how college loans have become the equivalent of a property-less mortgage on the youth. What is the future of the dollar post the "fiscal cliff" can kicking? What would be better to buy? Tune in find out.

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The Reality Principle -Episode 11

“Consensus and Collaboration: The Fiscal Cliff and the Privatization of the Postal Service” with Jamie Partridge

RPLogoIn this week's episode, Eric examines the "fiscal cliff" deal struck between Republicans and Democrats with particular attention to the more insidious aspects of the legislation. He explains how this is merely a way to create the illusion of positive change while masking the fact that it is yet another giveaway to Wall St. and the ruling class. Eric analyzes some of the less publicized elements of the bill including tax breaks and subsidies to giant corporations and yet another veiled attack on the middle class. Additionally, Eric investigates the continued bipartisan assault on the US Postal Service as both parties attempt to privatize this venerable American institution, bust the postal workers union and corporatize yet another public institution. Eric also sits down with Jamie Partridge of Community Postal Workers United, one of the brave activists who lead a hunger strike in Washington to draw attention to this critical issue.

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Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 11

Phony 2012

EPPWhat are the broader motivations and implications behind the Kony 2012 video? Taking a look at the geopolitics of the region, its recent history, and Western subsidies for dictatorships ("dictatorship by franchise") as well as profiting off of genocide (such as in the Congo), the Kony 2012 video is designed as an emotional appeal for military intervention in Uganda to purportedly stop a conflict which had stopped several years ago. Taken with the context of major oil reserves having been discovered in Uganda, along with the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) program to militarize foreign policy for the continent, the video is a propaganda ploy designed to expand U.S. imperial hegemony in the region. This is no less evident from the fact that the most interviewed person in the video, John Prendergast, was a former State Department and National Security Council official during the Clinton administration, responsible for overseeing U.S. imperial policy in the region, and has since mobilized campaigns of celebrity personalities to promote foreign intervention. Coincidence or consistency?

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