BFP Roundtable Video- Ron Paul & His Movement: Was He The Answer?

Sibel Edmonds, Guillermo Jimenez & Pearse Redmond on Ron Paul Movement, Rand Paul & Much More!

With the presidential election seemingly looming over everything in this episode we look back at Ron Paul and his movement, and ask the question: Was he the answer? The three of us break down how all of us got involved in the Ron Paul Revolution and libertarian politics. We discuss how the movement represented a different choice to politics than the rest of the mainstream. Pearse Redmond shakes things up by asking whether Ron Paul was really about change, or whether he was about shifting the alternative community back into the Republican Party. We also touch on the nefarious individuals involved in the campaign that may have played a part in derailing the message of Paul. Later we move on to Rand Paul and break down how he represents a near complete reversal of his father. As we round out the conversation we explore the libertarian movement as a whole and discuss the near absence of women with in it. We also touch on why there are so few women in the alt-media, and the abhorrent way that they are treated by a majority community.

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De-Manufacturing Consent with Guillermo Jimenez- The Militarization of American Public Schools

Guillermo Jimenez Presents John W. Whitehead

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent Guillermo is joined by John Whitehead, a constitutional attorney and the founder and president of the Rutherford Institute.

We discuss the current state of American public schools and how zero-tolerance policies have criminalized an entire generation of young students. We touch on the case of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Irving High School freshman who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, and the way the story has been largely misrepresented in the mainstream media.

Whitehead shares various examples of students across the country who have been wrongfully arrested, and explains how these are anything but isolated incidents. He also describes the way rights to privacy and other protections are routinely violated in public schools, and the danger in having children trained to live in a police state.

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De-Manufacturing Consent with Guillermo Jimenez- ISIS in Texas?

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Tom Secker

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent Tom Secker joins Guillermo to discuss the shooting in Garland, Texas that occurred in early May, when two men — Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi — allegedly acting under orders from the Islamic State (ISIS) attacked the Mohammed Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest at the Curtis Culwell Center. The contest to award $10,000 to the "best drawing of the prophet Mohammed" was held by Pamela Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative, under the auspices of "free speech," and hosted speakers such as Dutch politician and anti-Islam activist Geert Wilders.

We discuss the rather flimsy claims of ISIS responsibility for the shooting; the questionable circumstances of the shooting itself and the heightened security presence at the event (including SWAT, FBI, and ATF); the FBI's foreknowledge and its surveillance of Simpson since at least 20007; and the potential for this to have been a "Gladio-style" false flag event. We also discuss the obvious comparisons to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, why Charlie Hebdo cartoonists have attempted to distance themselves from Geller's contest, and why some — even in the alternative media — have fallen into the binary-opposition trap and wrongly defend Geller's Islamophobia on free-speech grounds.

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DisInfoWars with Tom Secker- How to Avoid the Abyss

In the following on from the last episode I had a casual late night chat with Guillermo Jimenez of De-Manufacturing Consent. We picked up on some of the ideas and comments on the previous episode and fleshed them out, talking about our own experiences of trying to maintain sanity while investigating the insane. The core topics in this conversation are the importance of skepticism, intuition and having a sense of humor.

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BFP Roundtable Video- Graham’s So-Called Smoking Gun, Saudi Arabia & Yemen

In this introductory episode Sibel Edmonds, Guillermo Jimenez and Pearse Redmond introduce the new BFP Roundtable Season and discuss new ideas and possibilities for coming shows. From there the panel quickly moves on to its first topic: Senator Graham’s so-called smoking gun (The infamous redacted 28-pages), the possible reasons for and timing of this old pickled issue’s circulation, in conjunction with the Saudi Arabia-Yemen angle and connections. The panel heatedly debunks more than one widespread spin used by mainstream and pseudo-alternative media outlets in reporting Saudi Arabia’s assault on Yemen with the carefully-designed Iran element. And finally, the panel invites BFP activist community members to join and expand this discussion and provide their ideas for coming roundtable discussion topics.

*This is our introductory episode for the new BFP Roundtable season. The coming episodes will be here at Boiling Frogs Post, and will be available only to BFP activist members. You can subscribe and join our community here.

De-Manufacturing Consent with Guillermo Jimenez- Does Your Vote Really Matter?

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Sheldon Richman

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent Guillermo welcomes back Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society, and author of the blog Free Association. With the 2016 presidential campaign season already underway, we discuss the issue of voting. Is it a duty or a right? President Obama believes voting should be mandatory in the United States, and Sheldon explains what such a law would actually look like in practice, and why it is a horrible idea.

Mandatory or not, does your vote really count? Is there any candidate out there worth voting for? Besides elections, are there issues, initiatives, or referendums worth supporting through the ballot box? And does any of it really make a difference, or do these good intentions actually serve to legitimize an inherently corrupt system?

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De-Manufacturing Consent- Silk Road & the Trial for Internet Freedom

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Derrick Broze

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent Guillermo is joined by Derrick Broze, an activist, community organizer, and independent journalist. Derrick has just returned from a week in New York covering the federal trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged "Dread Pirate Roberts" and mastermind behind the Silk Road marketplace on the Deep Web. We discuss the trial's jaw-dropping revelations so far, including Ulbricht admission that he created the Silk Road as an "economic experiment." Derrick outlines the government's case against Ulbricht, how the defense has countered, and the likelihood of his conviction or acquittal.

More importantly, we discuss the philosophy of the Silk Road, and the merger of internet anonymization technology and cryptocurrency as a way of circumventing the state's unjust laws. Are operations like the Silk Road a legitimate threat to the establishment? Should Ross Ulbricht be freed? What will a conviction in this case mean for the future of internet freedom?

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De-Manufacturing Consent- Sony Hack & the Rise of Digital False Flags

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Tom Secker

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent Guillermo is joined by Tom Secker, host of ClandesTime and author of the book Secrets, Spies, and 7/7. We discuss the various theories circulating around the Sony hack, who may have ultimately been responsible, and why North Korea is the least likely of culprits. We also explain what the US government has to gain from pinning the attack on the North Koreans, despite their flimsy evidence. As US intelligence agencies and both current and former lawmakers in Washington look to legitimize their "cyber war on terror" and the millions spent on cyber warfare "defense," the reaction to the Sony hack has evidenced the expansive potential for digital false flags.

We also touch on the film The Interview, and how the State Department's involvement in a movie depicting the assassination of a sitting head of state is completely in keeping with the CIA's propaganda efforts in Hollywood.

Lastly, we explore issues of privacy, in both the digital and physical realms, and how this latest event fits into the lingering "Snowden effect" in normalizing surveillance and redefining privacy norms.

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De-Manufacturing Consent- American Psychological Association Complicit in CIA Torture

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Dr. Roy Eidelson

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent Guillermo is joined by Dr. Roy Eidelson, a clinical psychologist, president of Eidelson Consulting, and member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology. In response to the Senate's release of their executive summary on the CIA's interrogation program, Dr. Eidelson explains the role of psychologists, and the complicity of the American Psychological Association, in CIA torture. We discuss the two principal contract psychologists who developed the CIA's torture program, Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, and how APA leadership not only fostered their relationship with the CIA but actively worked to hide and protect their involvement.

Dr. Eidelson describes the various psychological techniques Jessen and Mitchell employed, including induced "learned helplessness" — a theory developed by Martin Seligman, who personally presented his methods to the CIA contract psychologists.

Lastly, we discuss the manipulation of language ("enhanced interrogation techniques," "EITs," etc.) and the role of the media and pop culture in the normalization of torture, and why no one has yet been held accountable.

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De-Manufacturing Consent- “State Kills with Impunity in the Land of the Free”

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Aaron Cantú

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent Guillermo is joined by independent writer, analyst, and researcher Aaron Cantu. Aaron details the case of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old father of six who NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo choked to death last July. The incident was caught on camera, and yet a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo and bring the case to trial.

Aaron explains the failings of the grand jury system, in both the Garner case and the case of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and how the state colludes to exonerate those within their own ranks. We explore the role of institutionalized racism in state violence, and why Aaron believes the police are the "most violent parts of white supremacy distilled down to human form."

Did the Rodney King verdict in 1992 set the precedent for police today to get away with murder, even when caught on camera? Has recording technology and surveillance made things better or worse? Are there comparisons to be made between the state violence experienced in the United States and that in Mexico and other parts of the world, and what is to be gained from mass protest?

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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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De-Manufacturing Consent- Are Americans Getting Serious about Ending the Drug War?

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Phillip Smith

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Phillip Smith, writer and editor of the Drug War Chronicle and drug policy activist. Phillip describes what end to the drug war in the United States would look like, and how close we may be to achieving this goal. We discuss the four pending marijuana legalization initiatives that are on the ballot in November, and what the odds may be of ending prohibition across the country in the foreseeable future. We also go over the current "tax and regulate" legalization model being used in Washington and Colorado, whether or not it's been successful, and how this model stacks up to others employed around the world.

Lastly, we explore some of the arguments against legalization. Is there a danger for the emerging marijuana industry to become the new "Big Tobacco?" What, if anything, should be done to prevent this? Beyond "reefer madness" and other misguided fears, are there any legitimate reasons for keeping marijuana and other drugs illegal?

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De-Manufacturing Consent- The Iguala Massacre: Why Were 43 Mexican Students Disappeared?

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Andalusia Knoll

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by freelance journalist Andalusia Knoll. We discuss the suspected massacre of students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. Andalusia clears up much of the misinformation within the US and international press on what actually took place, and explains the potential reasons why police and drug cartel members would collude to target, ambush, and kidnap these students.

We also discuss the corrupt ties between drug cartels in the region and Iguala city officials, including the mayor and police chief, and how this incident fits in to the larger picture of Mexico's US-led drug war.

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De-Manufacturing Consent- War & Empire: “All Enemies Foreign & Domestic”

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Shahid Buttar

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Shahid Buttar, a writer, poet, musician, and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

In a country seemingly in a perpetual state of war, have any of the freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights survived the test of time? Shahid Buttar explains why he believes the greatest threats to liberty in the United States are not foreign, but domestic and found within our own government, and why the NSA could be said to have found a "political ally" in the Islamic State.

Shahid also discusses some potential solutions to the growing police state. Do police dashboard and body cameras truly offer the public at opportunity at better accountability, or is this technology another brick in the panopticon wall?

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De-Manufacturing Consent- War & Empire: The Instruments of 21st-Century Tyranny

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Abigail Hall

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Abigail Hall, a research fellow at the Independent Institute and a graduating PhD student at George Mason University. We discuss Abigail's latest paper published in the Independent Review titled "Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Control."

Abigail explains how coercive foreign interventions can produce a "boomerang effect" that leads to a loss of liberty for the domestic population. We discuss how war and the expansion of the American empire have given rise to the police and surveillance state in the United States.

What does the US invasion and occupation of the Philippines in 1898 have to do with the NSA and the modern-day domestic surveillance apparatus? How did the Vietnam War lead to the creation of SWAT teams and the militarization of local police? How can the public cope with the "paradox of political power," and retrain the US government internationally and domestically?

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