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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

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Porkins Policy Radio episode 90 Revolutionary Round Table with Chuck Ochelli and Tom Secker

Chuck Ochelli and Tom Secker join me today for a discussion on the current “revolutions” going on within society. We start off by looking at Snowden and his role as a synthetic agent of revolution. We then look at the rise of the alt-right and their political rhetoric. We talk about how it has now cool to be a right-winger, and how it is both counter culture and revolutionary to be right wing. We look at the role that the government may be playing in fomenting these so called revolutionary movements. The three of us also look at the rise of far right and far left groups and how they are both being manipulated into committing acts of violence. We explore the recent clashes in Berkeley and how it represents the devolution of political thought.

In the second hour Chuck and I rant about the collective passivity of American society. We talk about the decline in entertainment and how the lack of public outrage only feeds it. Chuck talks about the role that mass consumerism is playing and the threat that it poses to us. We expand this out into the political realm and explore how this has lead us to accept military airstrikes in Syria and elsewhere. Chuck and I also talk about the downfall and possible comeback of Bill O’Reily and the performance artist formerly known as Alex Jones. We also talk about the recent war of words with North Korea.

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Porkins Policy Radio episode 41 Homeland Season 5 ep. 7

On this episode of our Homeland review series,Tom and I try to decipher this puzzle-piece of an episode. In contrast to last week’s fairly simple episode, this week’s was complex and intriguing. We explore the character of Alison and her trajectory from CIA station chief to Russian double agent. We discuss how the show is turning her into the ultimate villain, who is not only a master manipulator, but a cold and calculating egoist. We touch on the fact that Alison seems to be driven not by money or ideology, but by her ego and her desire to be seen as the smartest person in the room. Later we move onto to Carrie and the noticeable change her characterization has gone through. Previously the character we loved to hate, Carrie is now becoming the only character worth watching and caring about. Tom and I explore how this is a deliberate attempt to bring the audience back around to loving the CIA. We also touch on the character of Numan, how not only is he working for the CIA, but how his hack is ultimately a good thing for the CIA.  Tom and I also touch what Otto Durring’s hidden motives may be. Next we discuss Saul’s “defection” to the Israelis and what this may mean for the future of Homeland. Tom and I round out the conversation by discussing the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and our overall response and feeling towards this awful event.

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Show notes:

Homeland Season 5 episode 7 Oriole

WSJ Speakeasy – An Intelligence Expert Weighs In

Music:

Eileen Goldsen – Die Steifel Sind Zum Wandern

Porkins Policy Radio episode 39 Homeland Season 5 ep.3

Tom and I are back again with another Homeland review show. This week we begin by exploring Homeland’s blatant sexism and misogny. We focus first on Carrie and her characters return to bi-polar nymphomaniac, and how the show has routinely made Carrie into an awful female character that we all hate. Tom and I discuss our theories for why the producers have continued to make Carrie into a monster and how this translates into a larger picture of how we view the CIA through Carrie. We also discuss how Quinn has fast become our favorite character despite the fact that he represents some of the worst aspects of the CIA. Later we break down the hacker character Newman and explore the notion that he is a “Reel Bad Arab.” We round out the conversation by diving into the geopolitical topics explored in this episode including: CIA coup in Syria, Snowden selling secrets to Russia, and Israel’s role in the Syrian War. We finish by discussing the recent story about several street artists “hacking” the Homeland set.

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Show Notes:

Homeland Season 5 episode 3 “Super Powers”

Spyculture review of Spy

“Arabian Street Artists” Bomb Homeland: Why We Hacked an Award-Winning Series

 

Music:

Huun Huur Tu – “Mezhegey”

ClandesTime 060 Homeland Season 5 episode 2

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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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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

Porkins Policy Radio episode 2 “NSA and the PRISM scandal”

 

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Show Notes:

Ron Paul speech on computer surveillance 1984

Obama on PRISM

Mark Klein testimony

Russell Tice History Commons entry

Russell Tice on Boiling Frogs Show

Russell Tice on Boiling Frogs Show (Reveals new information and names culprits)


William Binney on “Stellar Wind”


NSA is building the country’s biggest spy center (watch what you say)

James Clapper lies to Ron Wyden

Clapper on being “least untruthful”

Section 215: The White House’s bullshit talking points

NSA spying flap extends to contents of U.S. phone calls

Snowden: NSA snoops on U.S. phone calls without warrants


Despite Obama’s claim, FISA court rarely much of a check

Retired Federal judge: Your faith in secret surveillance court is dramatically misplaced

The FISA/Echelon Panopticon

Only one big telecom CEO refused to cave to the NSA…and he’s been in jail for 4 years

Jailed QWEST CEO claimed that NSA retaliated because he wouldn’t participate in spy program

IBM or Amazon? Who will the CIA choose?

Verizon security chief used to be high level official at FBI

The National security industrial complex and NSA spying: The Revolving doors between state agencies and private contractors

The companies’ lines on PRISM

Music:

T Ark – “How old are you”

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