By Brian Saady
Rackets PodcastJun 10, 2019
Bowe Bergdahl & the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan
This episode's guest is Michael Ames. He is an investigative reporter and book author based in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade working in media in southern Idaho, Ames moved east and shifted to national issues, writing mostly for the Daily Beast and Harper's and Newsweek magazines. His first book, American Cipher, which he co-authored with former US Army infantryman Matt Farwell, was published by Penguin Press in March.
In this interview, Michael set the record straight about this former soldier, along with the manner in which his capture was a pretext for many vested interests. Ames also demonstrated a variety of ways in which Bergdahl's exploited public image paralleled the endless war in Afghanistan.
This excellent and critically-acclaimed book, American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan, is available on Amazon, in Barnes and Noble, and all independent book stores.
Lindsey Graham Doesn't Understand the Constitution
(The audio for this episode isn't great. This issue will be corrected in the following episodes.)
The highlights include:
Censorship in Arizona's state prisons
Backlash against the maker of OxyContin and the heirs to the company's fortune
Racketeering by Big Pharma
Lindsey Graham's buffoonery
Central American Narco-State
Wasteful Military Spending
Former CIA Director's Ironic Choice of Words on Terrorism
Baltimore being held ransom by hackers using former tool of the NSA
(Image - Flickr - Jim Greenhill)
Trump's Emoluments and the Government's Corrupt Revolving Door
This episode covers a range of topics including:
Robert Kraft's lawsuit
Possible Chinese espionage
A Federal Lawsuit involving Trump's Emolument Violations
Trump's Pay to Play System
A Number of Revolving Door Officials Finding High-Paying Work in the Private Sector
Bribery by Shell/ENI of Nigerian officials
China's Illegal Organ Harvesting
Leon Lee is the Peabody Award winning director of the documentary film, Human Harvest. Lee explained that the Chinese government began persecuting a group known as Falun Gong in the 1990s. They can best be described as prisoners of conscious. Falun Gong practitioners have been tortured, harassed, falsely imprisoned, etc. And many of them have been executed with the sole purpose of selling their organs within the Chinese medical system. It's a subject that is so sinister that it's difficult to believe, but evidence provided by Lee and a few award-winning journalists demonstrate that this is a vile human catastrophe that needs much more international attention.
UN Refugee Bribery Scandal, Foreign & Domestic Kleptocrats
The latest episode covers a bribery scandal involving the UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, corporate drug pushers, Russian election interference in Madagascar, corrupt foreign and domestic officials, and much more.
A Mob Boss Murdered, CIA Embassy Break-in, Weapons Trafficking, & International Crime
This episode covers a range of topics. That includes the murder of the leader of the Gambino crime family, a break-in at the North Korean embassy in Spain, the international weapons racket, a hip-hop artist / credit card fraudster, cartel warfare and much more.
Nathan Smith's Lawsuit Against the President of the United States
Nathan Smith is a former Army Captain and intelligence officer at the command headquarters in Kuwait. Notably, he filed a federal lawsuit in 2016 against the President of the U.S. challenging the legality of the war in Syria and Iraq. This was obviously a difficult decision to make, but it was ultimately a principled decision. Nathan's story illustrates the stunning lack of checks and balances in our government, along with systemic forces that keep our country in a perpetual state of war, and much more.
El Chapo Trial Analysis
There were too many fascinating details from the trial of the world's most notorious criminal, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, to list. However, this episode breaks down many aspects of the Sinaloa cartel's structure, allies, foes, corrupt enablers, etc. There was so much to unravel, but here's a concise, yet jammed-packed wrap up of the most important drug trafficking conviction in American history.
Richard Bronson - Employment for 70 Million Americans with Criminal Records
Richard Bronson is the CEO of 70 Million Jobs, which is the first for-profit recruitment company for people with criminal records. He worked at the infamous brokerage, Stratton Oakmont, which was portrayed in Martin Scorsese's “Wolf of Wall Street.” After serving 2 years in prison, Richard has dedicated his life and career to an underserved aspect of criminal justice reform, i.e. helping this massive segment of the population (70 million) gain employment.
Dame Catherine Healy - Decriminalized Prostitution in New Zealand
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst - FBI Whistleblower
Dr. Whitehurst now practices law and currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center's Forensic Justice Project.
In this fascinating interview, Dr. Whitehurst goes in detail about his experiences with fraud, waste, abuse, perjury by government agents, faulty forensic science, and more.
Government-Backed Hackers, Sanctions, & Geopolitics
Those stories along with election rigging, poisonings, corruption, a drone attack, and much is covered in this episode.
Rape Laws Are Not Properly Enforced in America
We tend to assume that heinous crimes, such as rape, are highly prioritized and vigorously pursued by the law enforcement community. However, Meaghan's personal story, along with that of numerous other women, illustrates that our assumptions are wrong.
Meaghan tackled many important topics in this interview, including the bureaucratic factors that thwart proper enforcement of rape laws. Notably, she also explained why we should no longer refer to the thousands of untested rape kits throughout Americas as a "backlog."
The National Prison Strike
Trump's Commission on "Electoral Integrity" Was a Sham
In this episode, Dunlap details that there was an obvious mandate to manufacture evidence of voter fraud. Independent-minded members, such as Dunlap, were stonewalled by the commission. You'll be alarmed by the details. He eventually sued the government to simply be allowed to participate in the commission.
In this interview, he went in-depth about the legal battles, debunked the myth of widespread voter fraud, and called out the political operatives who are creating this false narrative. Also, Dunlap's legal challenge prevailed in the courts. As a result, we can all view the documents from the commission, which prove that it was driven by a clear political agenda, not the truth.
Philip Mattera - Corporate Crime & Wage Theft
He explained the extent and harm from corporate crime, along with how to properly research this subject via the free online tools of his non-profit organization. He also went into length about the subject of wage theft, which is much more prevalent than most people realize.
Toby Muse - The Drug War in Colombia
Toby has reported on a number of issues in Colombia for nearly two decades. In this episode, he covered a range of topics, such as "The Caravan of Death," right-wing death squads, communist rebels, record cocaine production, and much more.
Scott Pruitt's Resignation
Raeford Davis - Former Cop Turned Freedom Advocate
Government Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
Legal Sports Betting - What's Next?
Dave Moore - Candidate for Congress in South Carolina
Listen to Dave's strong opinions on several topics including the two-party system, foreign policy, the drug war, corporate crime, prison reform, and more.
We hang the petty thieves & appoint the great ones to office
Several are topics covered including a historic mafia trial in Italy, former Philly mob boss "Skinny" Joey Merlino's health care fraud case, 57 white supremacists busted, US corporations profiting from human trafficking, a Congressman behind bars, Democrats rigging a primary, states paying taxes to corporations, and much more.
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Mobsters murdering journalists +
The drug war's role in the Colombian peace process +
A former political aid convicted of corruption +
A former Congressman's trial for fraud +
A $50 million corporate fraud scheme that ripped off low-wage workers +
A cushy government handout by the NSA...and much more.