Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: FBI Agent Who Killed Todashev Identified

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Russ Baker

In the 13 months since the Boston bombing events, WhoWhatWhy has stayed on the story--and challenged key contradictions in the official narrative, which is mostly shaped by strategic leaks from law enforcement. Russ Baker returns to detail the recent identification of FBI agent Aaron McFarlane as the shooter of Ibragim Todashev in Orlando last year. We discuss the double standard used by the FBI, which investigated itself and declared the shooting was justified. Baker asks "who's running the FBI?" and notes the remarkable lack of oversight by Congress.

*Russ Baker is founder and editor-in-chief of WhoWhatWhy.com and the author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Secret History of the Last Fifty Years.

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De-Manufacturing Consent- “Boston Bombing Revisited: Official Narrative Unraveling”

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Russ Baker

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Russ Baker, founder, director, and editor of WhoWhatWhy.com, and author of the book Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty. We discuss the many ways in which the official narrative of the Boston Marathon Bombing has unraveled, and how much of the story presented by the FBI, law enforcement, or mainstream press has been highly questionable from the start.

We focus our attention on the "central and mysterious" character of "Danny," the alleged carjacking victim, recipient of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's supposed confession, and only known link between the Tsarnaevs and the actual bombing. We also touch on the importance of an independent media willing to ask meaningful questions even when unpopular, and the challenges involved in covering serious issues while confronted with the "it never happened" level of disinformation on the internet.

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Processing Distortion: “Trailing the FBI’s Boston Bombing Investigation”

Peter B. Collins Presents Russ Baker

Investigative journalist Russ Baker details a newly published update on the investigation into the official investigation of the Boston Marathon Bombing and the May 22 FBI killing of a friend of one of the Boston suspects. Baker reviews the anomalies of the Boston storyline and compares it with the JFK assassination 50 years ago. He notes that there is little evidence to connect the Tsarnaev brothers to the shooting of the MIT campus policeman, and that the connection of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to a triple murder in in 2011 rests on his friend Ibragim Todashev, who was killed by an FBI agent during interrogation in Orlando. Todashev's girlfriend was detained on an immigration hold, and was deported in mid-October--she says in retaliation for comments she made to the media.

Russ Baker is an award-winning investigative reporter who has broken scores of major stories over the course of more than two decades in journalism. Her has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications, and has served as a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. Baker received a 2005 Deadline Club award for his exclusive reporting on George W. Bush’s military record. He is the author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America (Bloomsbury Press, 2009).

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The EyeOpener- Murdoch Empire: How Media Shapes Society

The Power of the Media to Commit Evil is Laid Bare

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Welcome. This is our EyeOpener Video Report by James Corbett for BoilingFrogsPost.com :

“Despite the faux-shock with which the mainstream media seems to be “discovering” the extent of Murdoch’s political clout, the facts about News Corporation’s ownership of a bewildering number of media outlets around the world has been a matter of public record for some time. Nor should the idea that Murdoch uses his political influence to shape public policy come as a surprise to anyone who has followed the admissions from his broadcasting networks and from Murdoch himself that this is precisely what he has been attempting to do.”

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Podcast Show #48

The Boiling Frogs Presents Russ Baker

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Russ Baker joins us to discuss the case of the former Israeli Spy Chief Meir Dagan, who contends that Israel’s top leaders lack judgment, considers a military attack on Iran “a stupid idea”, and criticizes Israel for having failed to put forward a peace initiative with the Palestinians by foolishly ignoring the Saudi peace initiative promising full diplomatic relations in exchange for a return to the 1967 border lines. He talks about the Obama administration’s harsh and hawkish stand on Iran, the evidence pointing to a plan to create an “Arab Spring” for the Good Old Boys—CIA, banks, and oil companies, the poor journalism by the mainstream media in covering Libya and the alleged crimes committed by Qaddafi as a part of a larger disinformation effort of the sort that has always been part and parcel of war, and more!

RussBakerRuss Baker is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of Family of Secrets- - the Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. He has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Village Voice and Esquire. He has served as a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and is the founder of WhoWhatWhy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.

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Russ Baker on President Obama… & His Pack of Wolves?

“A SWISS BANK, A PRESIDENT, AND THE PERMANENT GOVERNMENT”

 

Here is a recent damning piece by Russ Baker on President Obama, his cozy relationship with Robert Wolf, Chairman and CEO, UBS Group Americas, and a stench and implications that go way beyond this relationship:

Last August, the presidential press corps followed Barack Obama and his family to Martha's Vineyard for their brief vacation. The coverage focused on summery fare—a visit to an ice cream parlor, the books the president had brought along. Nearly everyone mentioned his few rounds of golf, including his swing, and the enthusiasm of onlookers. What caught my eye, though, was the makeup of his foursome. The president was joined by an old friend from Chicago; a young aide; and Robert Wolf, Chairman and CEO, UBS Group Americas. In a decidedly incurious piece, a New York Times reporter made light of Wolf's presence:

"The president has told friends that to truly relax he prefers golfing with young aides...But he departed from that pattern Monday when he invited a top campaign contributor, Robert Wolf, president of UBS Investment Bank, to join him for 18 holes. Call it donor maintenance."

Wolf, however, is hardly—as the Times suggested— just another donor. For one thing, he is a leading figure in an industry that almost brought down the entire financial system—and then was the recipient of astonishing government largesse. UBS, along with other banks, benefited directly from the backdoor bailout of the insurance giant AIG.

But UBS stands alone in one rather formidable respect—it was the defendant in the largest offshore tax evasion case in U.S. history, accused of helping wealthy Americans hide their income in secret offshore accounts. To settle a massive investigation, UBS forked over $780 million to the US treasury. This settlement came shortly before Wolf rounded out Obama’s golfing party. Given this rather problematical situation, why then would the President choose UBS’s Wolf of all people for this honor?

Wolf declined a request for an interview about his relationship with the President, so it was not possible to pose that question to him. This hardly matters, though, for the story goes far beyond Wolf and UBS. It involves Republicans as well as Democrats, the Bush Administration as well as Obama’s. More importantly, behind the trivialized golf outing on Martha’s Vineyard, lie the interests that increasingly set the course for every administration. And that now game the system so well that the rest of us—wherever we live in the world—are kept fighting for the scraps.

To read the rest visit Baker’s site; it’s a noteworthy, thoroughly analyzed, and well written piece, and of course, it is along the same lines as some of our other pieces here…such as ‘Two Sides of the same Coin’.

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Podcast Show #16

The Boiling Frogs Presents Russ Baker

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Russ Baker discusses his book, Family of Secrets, the first complete historic portrait of the Bush dynasty, and provides us with an overview of how this dynasty shaped our politics. He tells us about the shadow government in the US, the real players, elites, and power centers within each president’s government, and the limitation on what and how much an American president can accomplish - considering the influence of these powerful and independent fiefdoms characterized by entrenched agendas and constant intrigue. Mr. Baker defines and explains the concept of Forensic Journalism, and talks about his nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy, the need for nonpartisan and independent journalism today, the current media landscape in the US, and more.

RussBaker Russ Baker is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of Family of Secrets- - the Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. He has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Village Voice and Esquire. He has served as a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and is the founder of WhoWhatWhy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.

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