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 to the Navy and State Department—and none of his detractors disputed any part of his reporting. Some dismissed Levine as a “conspiracy theorist” while others engaged in childish, crude and mean tweets and online comments. Levine has catalogued the attacks, and responds to the smears.

*Yasha Levine is an investigative reporter for Pando Daily. You can review the attacks and Levine’s replies here. And Wired reports the FBI has developed a hack for Tor through its “Operation Torpedo”.

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De-Manufacturing Consent- “The CIA Has Become the Phoenix”

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Douglas Valentine

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by CIA expert and author of The Phoenix Program, Douglas Valentine. Douglas explains how the CIA's proposed "sweeping organizational changes," as reported in the Washington Post, are the natural evolution of a process that began in 1967 with the Phoenix Program in Vietnam.

Douglas breaks down the current structure of the CIA, and why there is no longer a need for the "old-fashioned" directorates. We discuss how the agency has benefited from the politics of the "war on terror;" how it aims to controls the political, economic , and social movements of the planet, including within the United States; and its influence in the corporate and pseudo-alternative media. Lastly, we discuss how the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency tactics born out of the CIA's Phoenix Program have expanded beyond the agency itself, and are now employed by virtually every law enforcement and intelligence agency in the country. Paramilitary units, like the CIA's death squads in Vietnam, Latin America, and Iraq, are now patrolling American streets under the guise of local "police departments." Now that the general public has finally taken notice, will it become another "normalized inconvenience," or will the American people do something about it?

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Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 59

Kissinger, Brzezinski, and Albright, Oh My!

EPPAn important - and interesting - subject to study, is that of the role and institutional function of imperial strategists. Within government, the main imperial planners are usually in the Pentagon, the State Department, and the National Security Council. But what happens when they leave government, and equally important, how did they get to these positions? There is a network of think tanks which nurtures "strategic thinkers" - a euphemism for 'imperial planners' - and brings them together with top corporate, financial, media, military, and academic elites to work, research, and plan together. Among the most prominent are the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Brookings Institution. When these individuals enter government, they come with training and preparation, and a great deal of planning, and an even larger number of connections. After they enact imperial policies and leave the government, they re-enter think tanks as management, directing future generations of government advisers, they maintain "independent" advisory roles to government officials, and establish consultancy firms to make themselves rich advising multinational corporations and banks, offering their "insight" and "connections" as lucrative investments.

Three of some of the most prominent "strategic planners" in recent decades are Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Madeleine Albright, who all remain arguably as influential today as when they were close advisers to past presidents.

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