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Peter B Collins - 2017-06-24 - Original post - cached version

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Former NSA executive Thomas Drake and former presidential candidate and Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson reveal NSA's unconstitutional total surveillance during 2002 Olympic Winter Games....

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-24 - Original post - cached version

NSA veteran Thomas Drake reveals NSA’s total surveillance of Salt Lake City during 2002 Olympics, joined by attorney Rocky Anderson….--Anderson was Mayor of Salt Lake City at the time, and leads lawsuit based in part on Drake’s sworn declaration of the NSA’s unconstitutional “field operation” in...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

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Multinational oil giant Chevron considered Richmond its "company town" until progressives organized and took it back.  Steve Early's powerful new book, Refinery Town, tells the story.Early...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Employer-provided healthcare is optional under GOP plan, putting the vast majority of Americans at the mercy of “free market”….--the “reverse Robin Hood” plan steals from the poor to enable tax cuts for the rich

--elimination of employer mandate exponentially expands the ranks of people...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Jason Leopold’s FOIA lawsuit prods release of secret report used at Manning’s court martial, showing no major damage from leaks….--read the Buzzfeed report here

--dashcam video of Philando Castile’s killing by cop stokes new outrage over cop’s exoneration

--special election loss...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-21 - Original post - cached version

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Mel Goodman is an expert on Russia who blew the whistle by testifying against the confirmation of Robert Gates to head the CIA in 1991.  In his new book, he details that experience, and gives...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Second shoot-down by US in 2 days increases tensions as all sides scramble for advantage in Syria, and Russia-bashers embolden Trump…--Robert Parry warns that US media and Neocons are “spoiling for wider war in Syria”

--NSA whistleblower Tom Drake, scheduled to be interviewed here this...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

We talk to executive producer Anthony Lappe about 4-part series on History channel, exposing Drug War as failed, corrupt effort….--History Channel is airing 4-part series, America’s War on Drugs, starting Sunday June 18 at 9pm EDT click here for info and episode 1

--tensions build as...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-17 - Original post - cached version

Pentagon announces plan to add 4,000 troops in Afghanistan, as Trump delegates decision to insulate himself from likely blowback….--historian/author Gareth Porter calls 16-year Afghan conflict a “war for the war system itself”

--bedeviled by new leaks about Special Counsel investigation,...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-16 - Original post - cached version

Interview series with Vladimir Putin displays a smart, well-informed leader and presents his perspective on US and world issues….--Stone is quirky and egotistical, but asks some good questions and lets Putin talk

--in Colbert interview, Stone says Israel had more involvement in US...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-15 - Original post - cached version

Mercurial orange madman pisses on himself and GOP leaders, calling House health bill he helped ram through in May “mean” ……--Trump continues to sabotage Obamacare, and now he is sabotaging his own party; likely results will be healthcare debacle, GOP losses in 2018; read Jennifer Rubin’s column...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) alleges obstruction of justice in Comey firing as first impeachment resolution is introduced in the House….--you can read the resolution here

--MSDNC goes bonkers over rumor started by Newsmax boss that Trump is considering sacking special counsel Mueller

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-13 - Original post - cached version

At People’s Summit in Chicago, union leader DeMoro tries to “corner” Bernie Sanders into forming a third party, will he?....--Medea Benjamin posted this thoughtful analysis

--Sanders, Tom Frank and Van Jones delivered blistering criticism of Dem establishment, but Green Party leader Jill...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-10 - Original post - cached version

Comey’s no saint, while his testimony painted Trump as lying con man, there was no fatal blow, Comey hurt himself….--Comey is tagged by Trumpers as “leaker”, and he didn’t help by saying his release of Trump notes was intended to press for special counsel

--Trump is portrayed by Paul Ryan...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Comey’s statement was leaked—er, pre-released—by Senate committee, will provoke GOP questions about why he didn’t resign or protest….--Comey’s prepared statement is here

--Trump’s got room on his Thursday schedule to tweet back at Comey

--like lying tobacco execs, today’s parade...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-07 - Original post - cached version

Leaked NSA document is another evidence-free episode in Trump/Russia saga, did The Intercept compromise its alleged source, Reality Winner?....--the article accompanying the 1-page document offers zero skepticism of a thin, phishy disclosure

--The Intercept claims it didn’t know its...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-06 - Original post - cached version

NSA whistleblower Tom Drake files revealing declaration in case brought by former presidential candidate Rocky Anderson over Olympics dragnet surveillance…--the report and link to his declaration are at Washington Post

Note: your humble host is on call for jury duty tomorrow, so our...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-03 - Original post - cached version

Responding to Trump’s plan to withdraw from Paris climate accord, California’s Gov. Brown joins NY and Washington in state collaboration…--France offers asylum to US climate scientists, as all other nations condemn Trump and reconfirm support for Paris agreement

--Trump delivered for the...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-02 - Original post - cached version

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Robert Parry, founder and editor at ConsortiumNews, returns to talk about the evidence-free claims of Russian manipulation of 2016 election, and the rise of a new McCarthyism, driven by...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-02 - Original post - cached version

In pulling out of nonbinding Paris accord, Trump taps ignorance and arrogance, invoking fantasies of “clean coal” resurgence, his environmentalism…--pandering to ignorant voters and desperate workers, Trump leads US forward into the past

--California Gov. Jerry Brown urges states to back...

Peter B Collins - 2017-06-01 - Original post - cached version

Latest DC leak isn’t about Trump/Russia, it’s a “top secret” ruling from secret FISA court, accusing NSA of lying….--the report from Miami Herald is here

--SCOTUS issues unanimous decision that badly undermines 4th Amendment by rejecting “provocation doctrine” in questionable police...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-31 - Original post - cached version

Military contractor TigerSwan collaborated with state and federal agencies to surveil, break up, and smear pipeline protesters under Obama administration…--excellent reporting by The Intercept, read it here

--in latest chapter of leak-based, evidence-free reporting, Jared Kushner is...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

Sarah Palin’s imagined “death panels” become real, as CBO shows Obamacare repeal will dump 23 million—which Ryan calls “rescue mission”….--Congressional Budget Office—run by GOP stalwart—exposes the lies behind Republican scheme to finance tax cuts by slashing health spending


Peter B Collins - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

WashPost and NY Times play “thought police” on Seth Rich case, deriding all who raise questions, as promoters of conspiracy theories…--Washington Post goes overboard, with 5 stories in 2 days, including emotional appeal from Rich’s family  plus this opinion column and this “news report”

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

WashPost, HuffPost join chorus slamming Seth Rich angle as “conspiracy theory”, treat evidence-free assertions of Russian hacking as fact….--HuffPost report includes 9 mentions of “conspiracy theory, WashPost “perspective” column uses Alex Jones to dismiss big questions about Rich’s murder

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

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Using her own words from speeches, interviews and emails, Joe Lauria presents the reasons he thinks Hillary Clinton lost, along with his excellent commentary.How I Lost, by Hillary Clinton...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

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In a lively, respectful exchange, Susan Bordo and PBC talk about a range of factors that led to Hillary Clinton's 2016 defeat; on some things, we agree.Bordo's new book is The Destruction of...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Exhibiting his ignorance and attraction to dictators, Trump delivers weapons deal to Saudis, attempts to split Sunni and Shia Muslims…

--while Iran is hardly a western-style democracy, Rouhani’s re-election contrasts with Trump’s embrace of Saudi and Egyptian despots

--Prof. Juan...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

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John Kiriakou was sentenced to prison in retaliation for acknowledging the CIA's torture program, even though he didn't torture anybody.  Today, he talks about his experiences in prison....

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Desperate for dirt to bounce Trump from office, Dems embrace fact-free conspiracy theory reports from Rachel Maddow and Palmer Report…--Vox reviews reporting from Louise Mensch and Bill Palmer, who promote stories with little or no evidence

--DC Democrats, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, are...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Beltway pols, pundits gush over Mueller appointment, but he’s deep in the Deep State, would sink Trump to protect it….--the only critical comments about Mueller so far are from Trevor Aaronson at The Intercept
--Rosenstein knew Trump was firing Comey before he wrote the memo to offer the...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

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State Dept. veteran Peter Van Buren talks about his powerful new antiwar novel, Hooper's War exploring the personal cost of combat, "moral injury". Since he published his first...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Irony alert:  Chelsea Manning leaves Leavenworth as anonymous official leakers flood Washington brazenly, with impunity and Trump loses GOP support…--high-level FBI leakers read alleged Comey memo about Trump meeting to NY Times reporter
--Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) once again shows he’s a...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-11 - Original post - cached version

The public firing of FBI director Comey is Trump’s latest diversion, with reality TV optics, including OJ-style freeway crawl….--your humble host, whose radio career was launched by Watergate, notes similarities to Nixon’s failed efforts to kill an investigation
--PBC is perhaps the most...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-10 - Original post - cached version

In delayed testimony, former acting AG Sally Yates says Mike Flynn was compromised by “underlying conduct”, but that’s still secret…..--analysis at The Intercept: Yates testimony shows White House lied about Flynn

--NY Times also infers that Flynn talked sanctions with Russian ambassador...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-09 - Original post - cached version

Guardian investigation ties Bannon to billionaire Mercer’s Cambridge Analytica, which used social media data to elect Trump, pass Brexit…--our friend Andy Worthington tipped us to this important expose

--Macron easily beats Le Pen in France, as last minute hacking report sends NY Times...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-06 - Original post - cached version

Hours after celebrating attempted evisceration of Obamacare to fund tax cuts for rich, Trump offers praise for Australia’s single payer system….--we size up the winners, and big losers, of GOP health schemes

--NY Times editorial slams GOP for forcing unknown package through the House...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-05 - Original post - cached version

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Peter Van Buren spent 24 years at the US State Department.  While he doesn't think Rex Tillerson will make the right changes, Van Buren says change is long overdue.In this conversation...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-05 - Original post - cached version

Effectively issuing death sentences for millions, House GOP guts Obamacare in reckless, cavalier action to fund tax cuts for rich….--arms were twisted, plums were promised to get bare minimum 217 votes to repeal Affordable Care Act

--bill was passed without cost scoring, and many...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-04 - Original post - cached version

Jim Comey ducks many important questions, can’t explain the different treatment of Clinton and Trump investigations during the 2016 election….--Comey’s double standard draws good questions from Sens. Leahy, Feinstein, Franken, Hirono and Coons, but no credible answers

--NSA reports it has...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-03 - Original post - cached version

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Veteran Bay Area artist Al Farrow talks about his provocative works of art that are made from guns and ammunition, and convey strong anti-war messages.Farrow didn't go to art school, and...

Peter B Collins - 2017-05-03 - Original post - cached version

San Francisco reaches deal with Airbnb to comply with registration law, while Uber fights to block disclosure of its drivers….--Carolyn Said of SF Chronicle wrote both reports, Airbnb here , Uber here

--our Disrupter-in-chief tweets his sweet hopes for a government shutdown


Peter B Collins - 2017-05-02 - Original post - cached version

Violence breaks out in Istanbul and Paris, as workers hit the streets demanding better pay and opposing nationalists, dictators….--Erdogan crackdown continues in Turkey, with 4,000 more purged from government, and bizarre bans on Wikipedia and TV dating shows

--Trump loves dictators like...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-29 - Original post - cached version

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For 4 years, FBI informants tailed a Tucson Muslim teenager with a 6-year-old's mental capacity, and busted him just after his 18th birthday.  The feds declined to prosecute, but Arizona got a...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-29 - Original post - cached version

Facebook and Google are named as the victims of Lithuanian scam that netted $100 million, Facebook reports on its "fake news"...--Facebook releases report on how governments launched and amplified “fake news”, in vague report that downplays the impact

--US drops to 43rd place in global...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-28 - Original post - cached version

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In this new conversation with journalist Trevor Aaronson of The Intercept, we unpack key findings from his 4-part series of reports on almost 800 domestic terrorism cases since 9/11.  "You...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-28 - Original post - cached version

Trump tax plan would cut Trump’s taxes, expand wealth and income disparities, allowing “pass through” entities to pay only 15%....--as David Cay Johnston recently told us, Trump’s tax “reform” offers a bit to the middle class, and is likely to roll up huge deficits

--NY Times editorial...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-27 - Original post - cached version

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Norman Solomon is an activist, author, media reformer and more.  In this conversation, we talk about many of his current causes and campaigns.This interview was conducted for a TV show called...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-27 - Original post - cached version

Reporter Beau Hodai reveals how Arizona prosecuted teen who had been groomed by FBI informants but feds refused to charge…--Hodai’s story in The Progressive is here

--respected professor and UN monitor Richard Falk co-authors open letter to UN Ambassador Haley, who slammed Falk’s report...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-26 - Original post - cached version

Determined to conduct executions in worst way, Arkansas killed two prisoners last night, despite court intervention after problems with first one...

--medical director of Arkansas—whose name is secret—broke the law to acquire execution drugs

--the Swiss chemist who invented on of...


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