Demanufacturing Consent: Does Your Vote Really Matter?

April 7, 2015 in DC on BFP

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 legitimize an inherently corrupt system?

Mexicoleaks: The Answer to Mexico’s Narco-Politics Nightmare?

March 23, 2015 in DC on BFP

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” age.

Silk Road and the Trial for Internet Freedom

January 27, 2015 in DC on BFP, Preview

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 this case means for the future of internet freedom.

Sony Hack and the Rise of Digital False Flags

December 24, 2014 in DC on BFP, Preview 2

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, despite their flimsy evidence.

American Psychological Association Complicit in CIA Torture

December 18, 2014 in DC on BFP, Preview 2

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 and pop culture in the normalization of torture.

The State Kills with Impunity in the Land of the Free

December 8, 2014 in DC on BFP

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 supremacy distilled down to human form.”

“The CIA Has Become the Phoenix”

November 25, 2014 in DC on BFP

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, including local police.

Are We Serious about Ending the Drug War, or Just Blowing Smoke?

November 3, 2014 in DC on BFP

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” industry, and a look at the arguments against legalization.

The Iguala Massacre: Why Were 43 Mexican Students Disappeared?

October 22, 2014 in DC on BFP

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 fits into the bigger picture of Mexico’s US-led drug war.

“All Enemies Foreign and Domestic”

October 7, 2014 in DC on BFP

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 Ferguson, racial profiling, and much more.