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Porkins Policy Radio episode 149 Paul Wright on Prison Legal News, and Kevin Gosztola on Reality Winner Plea

In the first hour Paul Wright of the Human Rights Defense Center and Prison Legal News joins me to discuss prisoner rights. We talk about the current state of America’s 2.5 million incarcerated individuals and the tremendous hardships they face. Paul talks about the legacy of Prison Legal News and how it represents one of the only truly independent media outlets talking about the prison system. Paul discusses PLN’s fight against the Florida Department of Corrections bogus attempts to censor and ban PLN from their jails and prisons. We also discuss the reality of the private prison system, life threatening conditions due to the recent heat wave, and actions by ICE. Paul also touches on the police state we are currently in that criminalizes poverty.

In the second hour Kevin Gosztola of Shadow Proof joins me once again to discuss the Reality Winner case. Kevin breaks down Winner’s recent plea agreement which will have her serving over 5 years in federal prison. We talk about the extremely harsh sentence and what this means for whistleblowers in the future. Kevin and I talk about the media’s complete lack of coverage of Winner’s plea agreement. Kevin also talks about the governments purist of whistleblowers James Wolfe and Terry Albury. Kevin explains how Trump could build upon tools laid out by Obama, like National Insider Threat Policy, to pursue whistleblowers. We finish off by discussing why Democrats and the left are so hesitant to defend Reality Winner.

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Show Notes:

Prison Legal News

Human Rights Defense Center

Litigation Heats Up Over Extreme Temperatures in Prisons, Jails

Kalief Browder

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Will Likely Be Sentenced To Five-Plus Years In Prison

Mother Of NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner: I Didn’t Want To See Her Plead Guilty To Violating Espionage Act

The FBI’s Race Problems Are Getting Worse. The Prosecution of Terry Albury Is Proof

Former security chief for Senate Intelligence Committee indicted

New York Times Reassigns Reporter in Leak Case

National Insider Threat Policy

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Porkins Policy Radio episode 129 Kevin Gosztola on the Reality Winner Case

Journalist Kevin Gosztola of Shadow Proof joins me for an in depth discussion of the Reality Winner whistleblowing case. We begin by recapping the case itself and who Reality Winner is. Kevin talks about Winner’s career in the Air Force and later with the NSA as a contractor. We talk about what Winner is accuses of doing: leaking a classified report on Russian hacking of voter software to The Intercept. Kevin touches on The Intercept’s sloppy handling of Winner’s information, and how this contributed to her ultimate arrest. We also discuss the political issues surrounding Winner’s leak. Kevin and I then explore provision 793(e) of the Espionage Act which is what Winner is being accused of breaking. Kevin talks about the broad interpretation that the government is using and how this is merely the latest expansion of government power to persecute whistleblowers. Kevin uses about two important historical whistleblower cases to illustrate this point: Navy Analyst Samuel Morrison, and the State Department’s Stephen Kim. We discuss how the government has criminalized the very act of leaking, and has blocked whistleblowers from arguing why they leaked said documents. We finish out the first hour by talking about the government’s bogus claims that Reality Winner is an anti-American super spy.

In the second hour Kevin and I dive into the allegations by Winner and her defense team that the FBI violated her rights during the so called “interview.” Kevin explains how this interview was in fact an interrogation. We talk about the fact that Winner was never mirandized or told that she could in fact leave whenever she wanted to, as the government maintains she had a right to do. Kevin lays out several important factors during this interrogation/interview that would lead one to believe that Winner was in fact under arrest the moment the FBI arrived. Kevin also talks about the US v Craighead case and how that applies to Winner’s motion to suppress her alleged confession. Kevin and I also touch on the broader implications of this aspect. We talk about how it puts the onus on the accused to ask for their rights from law enforcement. Kevin talks about how this motion might play out and why it is so important to Winner’s case going forward. We round out the conversation by talking about the media’s lack of coverage of Reality Winner’s case, and why she should be paying close attention to it.

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Show Notes:

ShadowProof.com

Donate to Shadow Proof

@kgosztola

Stand With Reality

FBI Agents Didn’t Think Reality Winner Was Spy—Yet Government Is Prosecuting Her Like One

The Espionage Act And NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner’s Uphill Struggle To Defend Herself

Defense: Government Puts Burden On Reality Winner To Excuse FBI Violating Her Rights

Appeals Court Agrees Reality Winner ‘Hates’ America—So She Will Remain In Pretrial Detention

FBI transcript of Reality Winner interrogation

Declaration of Reality Winner

Governments response to defendant’s motion to suppress defendant’s statements

Court Documents: US v. Reality Leigh Winner

Porkins Policy Radio episode 97 The Decline of Leaking: From Chelsea Manning to Reality Winner

Tom Secker and Robbie Martin join me for a very wide ranging discussion on everything from Reality Winner to Dennis Rodman. Tom and I start off the conversation by talking about the Wikileaks Twitter account tweeting about our issue on The American Journal of Economics and Sociology. We talk about the obvious divide right now between Assange and Wikileaks not just in terms of Twitter, but in terms of their media strategy. The three of us then dive into the bizarre case of NSA leaker Reality Winner. We theorize as to whether she is a true leaker, or a truly disgruntled employee. We discuss the possibility that Winner was set up to leak, and if this is really a move by the Trump administration to ward off future potential leakers. Robbie and Tom also touch on the strange behavior of The Intercept and how they mismanaged this entire story and their lack of protection of Reality Winner.

In the second hour we ponder the question as to whether Reality Winner represents a bookend to the celebrity culture of leakers and whistleblowers. We take a close look at Chelsea Manning and her recent media interviews. The three of us talk about the media’s obsession with Manning as a trans celebrity, and the ways in which they have sexualized and fetishized her since her release from prison. We discuss how the media has largely ignored or forgotten the true reasons for why she was imprisoned in the first place: leaking thousands of government documents. We talk about the notion that Bradley Manning and the actions associated with him are now dead and therefore are no longer a topic of discussion among the media. We round out the conversation by talking about Dennis Rodman’s most recent trip to North Korea. We talk about the possibility that Rodman is being used as either a back-channel or some form of intermediary between Kim Jong-Un and US intelligence. Robbie, Tom, and I also touch on the cryptocurrency Potcoin which has sponsored Rodman’s trip to the Hermit Kingdom.

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Show Notes:

Wikileaks tweets our issue of The American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Spy Culture

A Very Heavy Agenda

Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election

Statement on Justice Department Allegations

Do Not Trust The Intercept or How To Burn A Source

Reality Winner

Reality Winner Indictment

WikiLeaks offers $10,000 to get Intercept reporter fired

The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning explains why she leaked secret military documents, fought for transgender rights behind bars

Anthrax And “Russiagate”: Mueller’s Special Counsel Appointment Should Raise Concern

Potcoin Sends Dennis Rodman Back to North Korea

Apparently, Tourists Love North Korea For The Super Cheap & Legal Weed

North Korea releases American student reportedly in coma as Dennis Rodman returns to the reclusive nation

A cryptocurrency for weed is soaring in value after it sponsored Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea

Porkins Policy Radio episode 64 Chuch Ochelli on the Election, AI, Wikileaks, and more

My guest with week was the one and only Chuck Ochelli of The Ochelli Effect. Chuck and I had a wide ranging discussion about the current state of affairs here at home and around the world. We began by touching on the recent fall out from the Trump tapes and how this is being interpreted by the public. Chuck and I mention that the lawsuit against Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein for raping a 13 year old is no where to be seen. Chuck and I talk about the hypocrisy from both sides when it comes to talking about sexual violence. We also talk about how the neo-cons will be the big winners this election. Later we discuss how the rise of artificial intelligence and how this is being normalized in society and culture. Chuck and I talk about the recent statements from Bill Gates warning about the dangers of AI. In the second hour we expand on the AI discussion and move into the realm of surveillance. Chuck and I also touch on the recent coverage of Wikileaks and Julian Assange. We end by offering up some of our own solutions for the problems we face.

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ClandesTime 060 Homeland Season 5 episode 2

From ClandesTime:

Continuing our review series of the 5th season of Homeland Pearse joined me to discuss the second episode.  We dwelt on the coinciding of real news events and storylines and dialogue in Homeland, asking how the show manages to pull this off so consistently.  This episode establishes that former CIA black operations officer John MacGaffin is still working on the show, and we expanded on many of the topics from episode 1 – Syria, ISIS, Laura Poitras, the Snowden affair – showing how each real life topic is an explicit inspiration for this fictional series.  The conversation also touched on the concept of hyperreality which is as relevant to Homeland as it is to any other TV show out there.  We wrap up by asking for more of your comments and predictions for this new season.

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Vimeo Version

Show Notes:

Watch Homeland season 5

FBI Consultant was Demoted by CIA

Homeland Season 5 Episode 2 credits screenshot – John MacGaffin as a consultant

A Death in Athens: Did a Rouge NSA Operation Cause the Death of a Greek Telecom Employee

The CIA and Hollywood episode 4 Enemy of The State

Good friend Adam joins us to discuss the 1998 action thriller Enemy of the State, and its unprecedented ‘revelation’ of surveillance technology.  We talk about how the film has a rogue’s gallery of technical advisers – including Chase Brandon and Marty Keiser – and how this led to one of the most spectacular depictions of the NSA and the spy state in general.  Following from this we analysed the likely purpose in the CIA masking themselves as the NSA in the film, and how this has scuppered the progress of any serious dialogue about mass surveillance.

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Show notes:

Enemy of The State (1998)

Making of Enemy of The State

The Fresh Prince and the CIA

Marty Kaiser (personal website)

Enemy of the State Baltimore Sun (?) article

Corbett Report Interview 989 Pearse Redmond Peels the TOR Onion

From Corbett Report:

“The TOR Project promises its users a modicum of privacy protection from would-be information gatherers, both small time crooks and nation-state cyber-security agencies. But do these promises hold up to scrutiny? And who is behind the TOR Project itself? And why did a TOR developer recently doxx a critic on Twitter? Joining us today to dissect this onion stew is Pearse Redmond of Porkins Policy Review.”

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Show Notes From The Corbett Report:

Tor Project Overview

Tor, CSpace And ZRTP Are Your Passport To Anonymity

Porkins Policy Radio episode 26 Peeling the onion behind Tor, EFF, and John Perry Barlow

Almost everyone involved in developing Tor was (or is) funded by the US government

EFF Becomes Omidyar Network Partner

Snowden’s First Move Against the NSA Was a Party in Hawaii

High-Traffic Colluding Tor Routers in Washington, D.C., and the Ugly Truth About Online Anonymity

Embassy leaks highlight pitfalls of Tor

How the NSA got to anonymized Tor users

‘Spoiled Onions’ in the Tor Network, Researchers Find

Has Tor been bugged by the NSA?

TOR: “Solidarity against online harassment”

Taxpayer-Funded Privacy Advocates, Liberal Pundits, and Nazi-Rapist-Snitch Allies Make Case for Doxxing Critics. You Are Literally Next.

Shit I Never Tweeted: A Heretic’s Lament

Porkins Policy Radio episode 26 Peeling the onion behind Tor, EFF, and John Perry Barlow

On this week’s episode we peel back some of the layers behind the TOR Project, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a man at the center of both, John Perry Barlow.  We take a look at Tor’s longtime government funding and how this has helped shape the project.  We investigate some of the project members such as Jacob Applebaum and Runa Sandvik, both of whom have played up their techno-activist street cred while simultaneously receiving massive salaries from the US government.  Lastly, we take a critical look at the founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, John Perry Barlow, and make the case for his integral partnership in the Snowden/NSA psy-op.  This is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what is really going on with the NSA scandal, but hopefully this will open up the door for you to begin investigating for yourself.

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Show Notes:

Almost everyone involved in Tor was (or is) funded by the US government

EFF press release on Omidyar network and Tor Project

EFF annual report for 2009-2010 (the most up to date annual report available online)

Q&A marathon with Jacob Applebaum and Roger Dingledine

Snowden’s first move against the NSA was a party in Hawaii

Why Spy?

Freedom the Press Foundation

 

Music:

Sylvester – “Do you wanna funk”

Sylvester – “You make me feel (mighty real)”

 

The Edward Snowden Movie

 

Our good friend Tom Secker has recently launched a brand new website called Humanarchy.  The site deals with both philosophy and politics, and like all of Tom’s work, will prove to be very interesting and worth your time.  The above video is the first open source intelligence broadcast.  It deals with the upcoming propaganda film based on Glenn Greenwald’s new book detailing his relationship with Snowden and the leaking of documents he acquired from the so-called whistle blower.  As with all of Tom’s work he presents a concise and informative piece that details what is really going on.  For the sources that Tom references and more click here.

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