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Traces of Reality - 2016-02-06 - Original post - cached version

TOR Radio #107 | Sibel Edmonds, Pearse Redmond, and Guillermo Jimenez discuss the forthcoming, 100-percent reader-supported, media venture Newsbud. Also: the curious case of Michael Scheuer and his marriage to the CIA's "Queen of Torture" Alfreda Frances Bikowsky, and why it matters.

Traces of Reality - 2016-01-27 - Original post - cached version

Guillermo Jimenez | How easy would it be for the state to convict you of a crime that you did not commit? How much can an innocent man withstand when faced with the full, soul-crushing might of the US criminal-justice system? These are the lingering questions that will echo in viewers’ minds...

Traces of Reality - 2015-12-19 - Original post - cached version

Guillermo Jimenez | Call me a cynic, but it seems like the wool has been pulled over our eyes. Following a rash of police-brutality cases in recent years, civil libertarians across the country — and around the world, even — are now nearly in lockstep behind the idea of body cameras as a means...

Traces of Reality - 2015-12-19 - Original post - cached version

Guillermo Jimenez | In a way, you’ve got to hand it to them: what progressives lack in principles, they certainly make up for in creativity. On Saturday, December 12, pro-gun activists in Austin, Texas, collided with a group of “mass farting” counter protesters. According to the San Antonio...

Traces of Reality - 2015-12-19 - Original post - cached version

Guillermo Jimenez | In South Dakota, it’s not just illegal to ingest or possess marijuana, it’s also illegal to have ingested it elsewhere — legally — even if weeks earlier. Welcome to the land of “Weird Laws that Make No Sense,” where South Dakota lawmakers are apparently running a masters...

Traces of Reality - 2015-09-24 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #67 | John Whitehead joins Guillermo to discuss how zero-tolerance policies in public schools have criminalized an entire generation of young students, and trained them how to live in a police state. We also touch on the case of Ahmed Mohamed, and explain how his story has been...

Traces of Reality - 2015-07-25 - Original post - cached version

RadioWHO #7 | "If you think you know what’s going on in Mexico, you’re misinformed." With questions mounting over the prison escape of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and the Mexican government’s credibility at an all-time low, speculative theories have flooded the internet, from the believable to...

Traces of Reality - 2015-06-04 - Original post - cached version

Guillermo Jimenez | Arivaca's had enough, and residents of this rural Arizona border town are letting the US Department of Homeland Security know that their inland immigration checkpoint has got to go. Some 100 concerned citizens and like-minded supporters descended upon the Border Patrol...

Traces of Reality - 2015-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Narconoia Podcast #2 | In the past three months, Jalisco's "New Generation" cartel has conducted well-coordinated attacks against Mexican authorities, culminating with a large-scale offensive and helicopter shootdown on May 1. But how did this organization suddenly become so dangerous and...

Traces of Reality - 2015-05-21 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #66 | Tom Secker joins Guillermo to discuss the shooting in Garland, Texas allegedly carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS): the questionable circumstances, heightened security, FBI foreknowledge and years-long surveillance of one of the alleged shooters, and the potential for it to...

Traces of Reality - 2015-05-18 - Original post - cached version

RadioWHO #6 | Shawn Carrie, a journalist based in New York, shares his story of covering the Baltimore riots and being shot in the head by a police pepperball and then arrested and held without charge. Carrie recounts how Baltimore police were quick to remind him that under a State of Emergency...

Traces of Reality - 2015-05-07 - Original post - cached version

Boiling Frogs Post | In this introductory episode: Sibel Edmonds, Guillermo Jimenez, and Pearse Redmond introduce the new BFP Roundtable Season, discuss new ideas and possibilities for coming shows, and debate the so-called 9/11 smoking gun: the infamous redacted 28-page Saudi memo.

Traces of Reality - 2015-04-11 - Original post - cached version

RadioWHO #5 | Rebecca Gordon joins Guillermo to discuss her TomDispatch article: “Can You Say 'Blowback' in Spanish? The Failed War on Drugs in Mexico and the United States.” Given the money at stake, and the cyclical nature of “policy failures,” can this truly be called “blowback,” or is...

Traces of Reality - 2015-04-07 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #65 | Sheldon Richman joins Guillermo to discuss the issue of voting. Is it a duty or a right? Should it be mandatory, as President Obama would like? Are there candidates out there worth voting for? And does any of it really matter, or do these good intentions actually serve to...

Traces of Reality - 2015-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Narconoia Podcast #1 | Peña Nieto's "Captured Without a Shot Fired" Narco-Theater: As Mexico's government proclaims that the country is "open for business," courting investors, tourists, and foreign diplomats, narco-violence continues to escalate. What about all of those druglords they've caught...

Traces of Reality - 2015-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Narconoia Podcast #1 | Peña Nieto's "Captured Without a Shot Fired" Narco-Theater: A gallery of YouTube videos depicting each of Mexico's High-Value Target narcos performing their perp-walks for the mass media. Behold the Mexican druglord propaganda parade and sideshow.

Traces of Reality - 2015-03-24 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #64 | Danny Benavides joins us to discuss the launch of a new Wikileaks-style project in Mexico called "Mexicoleaks": we go over the project's goals, why its been introduced, who's involved, their source of funding, and why we remain skeptical about the operation in the "post-Snowden...

Traces of Reality - 2015-02-14 - Original post - cached version

RadioWHO #4 | Diego Quemada-Díez joins Guillermo to discuss his award-winning film "La Jaula De Oro," coming to US audiences in the summer of 2015 on HBO as "The Golden Dream." The film raises powerful and timely issues dealing with US immigration and drug policy, as well as political...

Traces of Reality - 2015-02-08 - Original post - cached version

ClandesTime 47 | Tom Secker, Pearse Redmond, and Guillermo Jimenez discuss three recent examples of the crossover of popular culture and politics: the film The Interview, the attack on Charlie Hedbo magazine in Paris, and American Sniper. We talked about how the popular dialogue around these...

Traces of Reality - 2015-01-28 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #63 | Derrick Broze joins Guillermo to discuss the federal trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged "Dread Pirate Roberts" and mastermind behind the Silk Road marketplace on the Deep Web. We also touch on the philosophy of the Silk Road, why Ross Ulbricht deserves to be freed, and what...

Traces of Reality - 2014-12-24 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #62 | Tom Secker joins us to 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,...

Traces of Reality - 2014-12-19 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #61 | Dr. Roy Eidelson joins us to explain the role of psychologists, and the complicity of the American Psychological Association, in CIA torture. We discuss the "architect" of the CIA's torture program, James Mitchell, the theory of "learned helplessness," and the role of the media...

Traces of Reality - 2014-12-18 - Original post - cached version

RadioWHO #3 | "Freeway" Rick Ross joins Guillermo Jimenez on the RadioWHO podcast to discuss life before, during, and after the CIA drug game. Rick talks openly about growing up in poverty, struggles with illiteracy, and what led him down the path to become a $3 million-a-day Los Angeles crack...

Traces of Reality - 2014-12-17 - Original post - cached version

Guillermo Jimenez | Daniel Pantaleo choked a man to death on camera. He wrapped his arm around his victim’s neck and squeezed until the life escaped his body. The victim was, of course, Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black father of six, whose final words, “I can’t breathe,” have become a rallying...

Traces of Reality - 2014-12-17 - Original post - cached version

PPR Episode 32 | Pearse Redmond, host of Porkins Policy Radio, interviews TOR's Danny Benavides on the mass disappearance in Iguala, narco-cartel reorganization and the prospect for a “Mexican Spring.” The conversation begins with Danny explaining what actually transpired last September near...

Traces of Reality - 2014-12-17 - Original post - cached version

Reality Bytes Radio | Neil Foster, host of Reality Bytes Radio, talks to Traces of Reality's Guillermo Jimenez and Danny Benavides about Mexico's narco state, the forced disappearance of the normalistas from the Ayotzinapa school in Guerrero, the wave of civil unrest and what may lie ahead for...

Traces of Reality - 2014-12-09 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #60 | Aaron Cantú details the case of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old father of six who NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo choked to death last July; the failings of the grand jury system in both the Garner case and Michael Brown in Ferguson; and why police are the "most violent parts of white...

Traces of Reality - 2014-12-09 - Original post - cached version

RadioWHO #2 | Paul Alan Smith joins us to discuss why he left a lucrative job at one of Hollywood’s most influential agencies to found his own company, and shares his perspectives on the way Hollywood shapes American culture, the media's role in "democracy," and the establishment's last word...

Traces of Reality - 2014-11-26 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #59 | Douglas Valentine, CIA expert and author of The Phoenix Program, joins us to discuss the "sweeping organizational changes" proposed for the agency, how its counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency tactics have invaded nearly every law enforcement department in the country,...

Traces of Reality - 2014-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Boiling Frogs Post | On this edition of the BFP Roundtable the panel gets into a lively discussion on the marketing of the "ISIS" brand of "Islamic Terror." But if the terror boogeyman is the product, then who's the customer and who are they buying from? Join Peter, Sibel, Guillermo and James...

Traces of Reality - 2014-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Guillermo Jimenez | Over a month has passed since the forced disappearance of the normalistas (student teachers) of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa, and still 43 remain missing. On September 26, members of the Iguala municipal police and the Guerreros Unidos drug...

Traces of Reality - 2014-11-04 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #58 | Phillip Smith of StoptheDrugWar.org joins us to discuss the four pending marijuana legalization initiatives on the ballot this November, and what the odds are of ending prohibition across the country in the foreseeable future. Also, the potential dangers of the "Big Marijuana"...

Traces of Reality - 2014-11-04 - Original post - cached version

TOR Radio #106 | Guillermo Jimenez and Danny Benavides discuss the abduction and murder of blogger and citizen journlaist "Felina" @miut3, the massacre in Tlatlaya, and the forced disappearance of the 43 student teachers from the Ayotzinapa normalista school near Iguala, Guerrero.

Traces of Reality - 2014-10-23 - Original post - cached version

BWO Podcast #5 | Guillermo Jimenez, James Corbett, and Peter B. Collins celebrate the annual unveiling of America's new enemy. This year, the distinction goes to the evildoers in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Or is it the Khorasan group? What happened to Al-Qaeda? Ebola? Who knows...

Traces of Reality - 2014-10-22 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #57 | Andalusia Knoll joins us to discuss the suspected massacre of students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. We clear up the misinformation in the US media, explain these students were targeted, and explore how this...

Traces of Reality - 2014-10-08 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #56 | Shahid Buttar explains why 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. Also: potential solutions, reactions from...

Traces of Reality - 2014-09-30 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #55 | Abby Hall joins us this week to discuss her article "Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Control." We discuss the "boomerang effect" and how war and the expansion of the American empire have given rise to the police and surveillance state in the...

Traces of Reality - 2014-09-26 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #54 | Doug Owen joins us this week to discuss the latest round of US military aggression in Iraq, why the "war fatigued" American public appear to be largely in favor of the attack, and what it has to do with September 11, 2001. We also talk about the importance of the ongoing 28...

Traces of Reality - 2014-09-19 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #53 | On September 10, 2014, Barack Obama became the fourth consecutive US President to announce the bombing of the country of Iraq. Whether it's a conservative former head of the CIA, a freewheeling, smoothing talking womanizer from Arkansas, a bumbling Bonesman with a fake Texas...

Traces of Reality - 2014-09-14 - Original post - cached version

TOR Radio #105 | Sibel Edmonds discuss her new book, a novel, called The Lone Gladio. Sibel explains why she chose a "fictional drama" as the vehicle to tell this story, the inspiration for the various interesting characters, and many of the book's larger themes: Operation Gladio, black ops,...

Traces of Reality - 2014-09-14 - Original post - cached version

TOR Radio #104.2 | Guillermo and Danny illustrate how a product of government propaganda — that serves to further legitimize the "war on terror," justify another war, and accept a greater loss of liberty — nevertheless found willing mouthpieces among some of the larger "alternative media"...

Traces of Reality - 2014-09-14 - Original post - cached version

TOR Radio #104.1 | Hector Cubillos joins Guillermo and Danny to discuss the police killing of Jose Walter Garza that took place on August 30, in Laredo, Texas. Hector has now interviewed two witnesses that confirm police are lying about what actually took place in the moments before they killed...

Traces of Reality - 2014-09-09 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #52 | Pearse Redmond joins us to discuss the dubious connections between fake journalist "turned freedom fighter" Matthew Van Dyke and alleged ISIS victims James Foley and Steven Sotloff; the bullshit rumor that ISIS is operating on the US-Mexico border, and how and why this fear-...

Traces of Reality - 2014-09-05 - Original post - cached version

Guillermo Jimenez | An eyewitness to the police killing of Jose Walter Garza in Laredo, Texas, on Saturday has come forward to contradict the official account of events. In an interview with local, independent journalist Hector Cubillos, Gateway Truck Stop CFO Victor Treviño said police know...

Traces of Reality - 2014-09-02 - Original post - cached version

BWO Podcast #4 | Guillermo Jimenez, James Corbett, and Pearse Redmond consider the possibility of World War III. Could it happen? What would it look like? Has it already begun? As military tensions mount around the globe, and the "New Cold War" begins to heat up, is there an end game in sight...

Traces of Reality - 2014-08-29 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #51 | Daniel McAdams gives us his take on the current situation in Iraq and Syria, as the US war machine prepares for another full-on military invasion. Was the James Foley video staged? Given Foley worked for USAID until at least 2010, could he have been more than just a journalist...

Traces of Reality - 2014-08-28 - Original post - cached version

RadioWHO #1 | Douglas Lucas joins us to discuss how the the drug war on the Mexican border has morphed into an all-out counterinsurgency war, how its effects extend beyond the border, and what these counterinsurgency tactics have to do with the militarized police in Ferguson, Missouri and...

Traces of Reality - 2014-08-21 - Original post - cached version

DC on BFP #50 | Kevin Gosztola joins us to discuss the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, the killing of Michael Brown, and the larger issues of police accountability and incremental militarization. We also go over the similarities in counterinsurgency and paramilitary tactics in play...

Traces of Reality - 2014-08-20 - Original post - cached version

FLNWO #18 | James Corbett talks to Guillermo Jimenez about “They Live,” John Carpenter’s surprisingly prescient 1988 film about a society hypnotized and controlled by an alien species that cannot be seen directly. We discuss the film as a metaphor for the modern day “truth movement."

Traces of Reality - 2014-08-13 - Original post - cached version

TOR Radio #103 | Guillermo Jimenez and Danny Benavides breakdown news stories from the previous week, including: USAID/CIA up to their old tricks in Cuba, ISIS Takes Narco-Style Propaganda to the Next Level, and Rand Paul Loves Israel More Than You.

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