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This week, Mike and Mark cover a whole BUNCH of news:

FBI Informant crimes

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/04/fbi-informant-crimes-report/2613305

Whitey Bulger

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-12/news/chi-whitey-bulger-20130812_1_j-w-carney-winter-hill-crime-gang-corrupt-federal-bureau

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/10/us/memorable-quotes-from-the-trial-of-james-whitey-bulger.html?_r=0

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Holder speech

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/12/attorney-general-eric-holder-to-outline-new-drug-offender-sentencing-proposal/

Oxycontin

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-rx-purdue-20130811,0,1420977.story?fb

DEA Surveillance

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/dea-surveillance-cover-up_n_3706207.html

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Deal with the Devil

We’re fundraising for WBAI-FM in NYC.

We’re offering something very special – Peter Lance’s book “Deal with the Devil”, along with an hour-long never aired anywhere interview.

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About the guest:

Peter Lance is a five-time Emmy-winning investigative reporter now working as a screenwriter and novelist. With a Masters Degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, Lance spent the first 15 years of his career as a print reporter and network correspondent.

He began his career as a reporter for his hometown paper, The Newport, R.I. Daily News. There, while a student at Northeastern University in Boston, he won the coveted Sevellon Brown Award from the A.P. Managing Editors Association. Lance next moved to WNET, the PBS flagship in New York, where he won his first New York area Emmy and the Ohio State Award as a producer- reporter for Channel 13′s news magazine THE 51ST STATE.

Later, while working as a writer and producer for WABC-TV Lance won his second Emmy along with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism prize for WILLOWBROOK: THE PEOPLE VS. THE STATE OF NEW YORK, an exposé on a notorious institution for the mentally retarded. He also was awarded The National Community Service Emmy for that same documentary.

While getting his law degree, Lance worked as a Trial Preparation Assistant in the office of the District Attorney for New York County. Moving to ABC News as a field producer, Lance won his fourth Emmy for his investigation of an arson-for-profit ring in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago: “Arson and Profit.”

In 1981 Lance became Investigative Correspondent for ABC News. For his very first investigative piece on 20/20 Lance won his fifth Emmy for “Unnecessary Surgery,” an exposé of unnecessary surgery in an Arkansas hospital. He won two more Emmy nominations in 1982 for 20/20 investigative pieces on Formaldehyde “The Danger Within” and toxic waste: “Deadly Chemicals, Deadly Oil;” a piece that also won the National Headliner Award.

Over the next five years he covered hundreds of stories worldwide for ABC NEWS 20/20, NIGHTLINE, and WORLD NEWS TONIGHT.

He was a member of the first American crew into Indochina after the end of the Vietnam War. He chased rebel insurgents through the Plaine Des Jarres in Laos and members of the Gambino Family through the toxic wastelands of New Jersey. He tracked knife-happy surgeons in the Deep South and nuclear terrorists through the twisted streets of Antwerp. Then, in 1987, he took a break from non-fiction.

Lance came to L.A. and began working as a writer and story editor for Michael Mann on two of his acclaimed NBC series: CRIME STORY and MIAMI VICE.
In 1989 Lance became the co-executive producer and “show runner” on the fourth season of WISEGUY for CBS and in 1993 he co-created MISSING PERSONS, for ABC. In recent years, he has served as a writer and consulting producer on such series as JAG (NBC) and THE SENTINEL (UPN).

In 1997 Lance’s first novel FIRST DEGREE BURN became a national best seller, ranking No. 24 on The Ingram A-List The Top 50 Requested Titles in Mystery- Detective Fiction. The film-noir mystery features FDNY Fire Marshal Eddie Burke.

Later Lance adapted VEIL: THE SECRET WARS OF THE CIA, Bob Woodward’s best-seller on William Casey for HBO. For Showtime he wrote TERROR.NET, the story of Bradley Smith, the courageous Diplomatic Security agent responsible for helping to apprehend the world’s most notorious terrorists.

In the year 2000 Lance returned to investigative reporting with his best-selling non-fiction investigative biography: THE STINGRAY: Lethal Tactics of The Sole Survivor.

Following the 9/11 attacks Lance began investigating the origins of the FBI’s original probe of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef. After visiting Yousef’s former bomb factory in the Philippines, he came away with 100′s of pages of classified documents proving that Yousef had set the 9/11 plot into motion as early as 1994. 

Lance then went back and examined the FBI’s original efforts to stop Yousef in 1992 as he built the first WTC device. The result is his acclaimed investigative book from Harper Collins 1000 YEARS FOR REVENGE.

Lance followed that book with COVER UP in 2004. In it he established evidence that federal officials entered into an “ends/means” decision in 1996 that buried a treasure trove of al Qaeda-related intelligence in order to preserve a series of Mafia-related cases in the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

Lance presented probative evidence in the book that a senior Organized Crime Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI’s New York Office (NYO) may have been in a corrupt relationship with a Colombo Family killer. It was the FBI’s desire to prevent this potential scandal from tanking the mob cases, that led, Lance determined, to the al Qaeda evidence suppression.

A year after COVER UP’s publication the Brooklyn D.A. commenced a grant jury investigation inspired, in part, by Lance’s revelations about the Supervisory Special Agent: R. Lindley DeVecchio. On March 30th, 2006 DeVecchio was indicted on four counts of second degree murder stemming from that D.A.’s investigation. After an aborted two-week trial in Brooklyn, the case against DeVecchio was dismissed with the trial judge describing the FBI’s 32 year relationship with Scarpa Sr. as “a deal with the devil.”

In TRIPLE CROSS, the third book in Lance’s 9/11 investigative trilogy, he provides stunning evidence that senior FBI and Justice Dept. officials may have obstructed justice in their failure to monitor Ali A Mohamed, Osama bin Laden’s principal spy inside the United. States. From the fall of 2007 until 2009, Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago waged a campaign to pulp the hardcover edition of TRIPLE CROSS and prevent the paperback edition from being published. After an exhaustive 20 month re-vetting of the book by HarperCollins it was published in June 2009 with 26 additional pages documenting Fitzgerald’s censorship efforts.

In April, 2010 Lance was appointed Research Scholar at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lance’s profile of former FBI undercover asset Emad Salem, “The Spy Who Came In For The Heat,” was the lead non-fiction article in Playboy magazine’s September, 2010 issue.

For the January, 2011 issue Lance reported untold story of the Pentagon’s censorship of “Operation Dark Heart,” the Afghan war memoir of Bronze Star winner Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer. Earlier for playboy.com Lance chronicled his battle with Fitzgerald in a piece entitled “The Chilling Effect.

In the summer of 2011 Lance published a thirteen part series in The Santa Barbara News press documenting his investigation into alleged corrupt practices by the top DUI officer for the SBPD. The probe led to a grand jury mandating the installation of video in all Santa Barbara PD units and Lance’s investigation is ongoing.

Following the termination of the Lin DeVecchio murder trial, Lance continued his examination of the FBI’s relationship with Gregory Scarpa Sr. After obtaining a copy of the DeVecchio trial transcript which had been under seal, Lance uncovered new probative evidence of FBI misconduct in its more than three decade relationship with the Colombo killer. In 2012 Lance got access to more than 1,100 heretofore secret files on Scarpa Sr.’s decades-long run as an FBI Top Echelon informant. They prove that in the 12 years ex-SSA Lin DeVecchio acted as Scarpa Sr.’s FBI contacting agent, Senior, who was a hyper-violent capo with the Colombo crime family, was responsible for twenty-five separate homicides.

In April, 2012 Lance’s latest novel, a thriller about the hunt for a serial killer STRANGER 456 was published worldwide by amazon.com and in June, 2012 he wrote the Foreward to a new updated edition of the 1951 true crime classic MURDER, INC. by Burton B. Turkus and Sid Feder.

After interviewing dozens of sources and combing through more than 20,000 pages of trial transcripts, FBI 302 and 209 memos Lance’s definitive study of the Scarpa-DeVecchio relationship DEAL WITH THE DEVIL will be published by HarperCollins July 2nd, 2013. On April 8th, 2013 Tenacity Media Books will publish a new edition of Lance’s best-selling 1997 thriller from Penguin-Berkley, “First Degree Burn.”

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Monday Morning Quarterbacking

“Two years ago the FBI focused on a suspect with a far-fetched scheme—right as it stopped tracking the Boston Marathon bomber.”

That’s the subhead of Trevor Aaronson’s latest piece at Mother Jones, entitled How the FBI in Boston May Have Pursued the Wrong “Terrorist”.

You might remember Trevor from our episode “The Terror Factory”, based on Trevor’s book of the same name.

In this episode, we cover a whole new story of informant mishandling, plus other examples of “Incompitude”, and cover a story on how Daimler A.G., the parent company of Mercedes Benz, will have to defend itself in front of the U.S. Supreme Court from allegations that its Argentina division collaborated with state security forces during the Dirty War of the 1970s.

About the guest:

Trevor_AaronsonTrevor Aaronson is author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism (Ig Publishing, January 2013). He is also co-director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.

Aaronson was a 2010-11 fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he produced an award-winning project about FBI counterterrorism operations for Mother Jones.

Previously, Aaronson was an investigative reporter and editor for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, where his stories ranged from local government investigations to reporting in Asia, Africa and South America. He was also formerly a staff writer for Miami New Times and New Times Broward-Palm Beach.

A two-time finalist for the Livingston Awards for journalists under the age of 35, Aaronson has won more than two dozen national and regional awards, including the Molly Prize, the international Data Journalism Award and the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award.

Related links:

Daimler Supreme Court case

Mike on the Crier Report talking about operation Agent Scrub:

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The Terror Factory

At the end of last year, Project Censored published their yearly top 25 censored stories list.

Well, Number 4 caught our eye pretty fast:

4. FBI Agents Responsible for Majority of Terrorist Plots in the United States

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has embarked on an unusual approach to ensure that the United States is secure from future terrorist attacks. The agency has developed a network of nearly 15,000 spies to infiltrate various communities in an attempt to uncover terrorist plots. However, these moles are actually assisting and encouraging people to commit crimes. Many informants receive cash rewards of up to $100,000 per case.”

The main Mother Jones article they cited was the work of Trevor Aaronson – whose subsequent book “The Terror Factory” nails the whole story.

Longtime listeners know that this has been one of our pet peeves forever – the financial and societal cost of mishandling informants.

Back in August of 2010, our “Stage Managing the War on Terror” episode with Stephan Salisbury covered some of the same cases we talk about tonight.

So we were only too pleased when Trevor agreed to have a talk with us about the subject.

About the guest:

Trevor_AaronsonTrevor Aaronson is author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism (Ig Publishing, January 2013). He is also co-director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.

Aaronson was a 2010-11 fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he produced an award-winning project about FBI counterterrorism operations for Mother Jones.

Previously, Aaronson was an investigative reporter and editor for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, where his stories ranged from local government investigations to reporting in Asia, Africa and South America. He was also formerly a staff writer for Miami New Times and New Times Broward-Palm Beach.

A two-time finalist for the Livingston Awards for journalists under the age of 35, Aaronson has won more than two dozen national and regional awards, including the Molly Prize, the international Data Journalism Award and the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award.

Closing music: “Man Walking” from Mark’s New Eye album.

Below: A superinformant at work.

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Fast and Furious Guns / Drug Money & Banks

Tonight, we return with Narco News’ Bill Conroy to go over his latest articles: “Fast and Furious Blurs the Line Between Cops and Crooks“, and “Banks Are “Where the Money Is” In The Drug War“.

Also – we talked about BAI Buddy – where, for a very small price, you can not only help WBAI-FM (the station we broadcast from) continue to serve the community, and in the process, help stamp out Radio Pitch Drives!  Find out more HERE.

About the guest:

Bill Conroy has worked as a reporter or editor for the past eighteen years at newspapers in Wisconsin, Arizona, Minnesota and Texas.

His investigative reporting over the past five years has focused on corruption and discrimination within federal law enforcement agencies.

He is also a journalist for Narco News. His investigative pieces, particularly those on the House of Death, have made him our most-favored guest.

 

 

Extra news – Mike’s legendary book The Big White Lie is now available in e-book format.

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SUBVERSIVES

The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power
“In 1977, The Daily Californian, Berkeley’s student paper, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents bearing on FBI surveillance in Berkeley during the 60’s and early 70’s. In 1981, Seth Rosenfeld, then a Daily Cal reporter, started reading those files that the FBI turned over. He published some initial reports. Later that year, having observed how many files were missing or blacked out (“I wondered whether the bureau was America’s biggest consumer of Magic Markers,” he writes), he filed an additional request for “any and all” records on former UC President Clark Kerr, former Free Speech Movement leader Mario Savio, and more than a hundred other individuals, organizations, and events. Five lawsuits, many more Magic Markers, and 30 years later, he had succeeded in retrieving more than 300,000 pages of records, a federal judge having ruled that the FBI had no legitimate law enforcement purpose in keeping them secret.”
-Todd Gitlin, FDL Book Salon

Tonight, Mike and Mark speak with Seth Rosenfeld, who spent 30 years researching and writing this groundbreaking book.

Subversives traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr. Through these converging narratives, the award-winning investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, poison-pen letters, and secret detention lists. He reveals how the FBI’s covert operations—led by Reagan’s friend J. Edgar Hoover—helped ignite an era of protest, undermine the Democrats, and benefit Reagan personally and politically. At the same time, he vividly evokes the life of Berkeley in the early sixties—and shows how the university community, a site of the forward-looking idealism of the period, became a battleground in an epic struggle between the government and free citizens.

Part history, part biography, and part police procedural, Subversives reads like a true-crime mystery as it provides a fresh look at the legacy of the sixties, sheds new light on one of America’s most popular presidents, and tells a cautionary tale about the dangers of secrecy and unchecked power.

About the guest:

Seth Rosenfeld is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. He was an investigative reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle and has won the George Polk Award and other journalism honors.

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WBAI Fundraiser – F&F and a BUNCH more….

Tonight, we cover a LOT – and we also fundraise for WBAI – the station from which we’ve been broadcasting for over 15 years.

We ask you right up front – PLEASE – call 212-209-2950 – or go to wbai.org and make a pledge on behalf of our show – we wouldn’t be here without WBAI.

Tonight, we talk about repercussions from Fast and Furious,  delve into some drug war history, and talk with Henry Schoenberger about the lawsuit filed against JPMorganChase by the NY AG.

Show audio will be up on Wednesday.

Show links:

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http://gangstersinc.ning.com/profiles/blogs/godmother-griselda-blanco-gunned-down-in-colombia

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/jpmorgan-chase-lawsuit-new-york-ag-white-house_n_1930678.html

 

 

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The more things (don’t) change….

On the anniversary of 9/11, we cover a variety of stories, and get a visit from Henry Schoenberger to talk about the possible impending failure of the investigation / prosecution of the Wall Street debacle.

About our guest:

Henry Schoenberger is a Cleveland entrepreneur, financial specialist, writer and author of How We Got Swindled by Wall Street Godfathers, Greed & Financial Darwinism – The 30-Year War Against The American Dream. The book, an insightful look at the failures of Washington and Wall Street as well as all the contributing factors that led to the current depression-like economy and dysfunctional state of the US, includes a foreword from David Satterfield, a veteran financial journalist who shared in two Pulitzer Prizes while he was the business editor at the Miami Herald.

Schoenberger’s 1990 book, Invest for Success, How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by Real Estate Partnerships, the Stock Market and Diversification became a critical success nationally, and recently B&N decided to carry it again online and in stock. He has authored a number of articles in professional journals and mainstream publications.

Site links:

The NYPD’s Far-Flung Empire

Too Big to Jail

Five Major Banks consistently hindered Mortgage Investigation

Henry’s Guest Essay here at the EWRS: CAPITALISM: ACTING IN GOOD FAITH: CORZINE? LEHMAN AND THE COURT APPOINTED EXAMINER? OK BUNGEE JUMPING WITHOUT CORDS!

Henry’s articles on Huffington Post

HowWeGotSwindled.com

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The Mexican Diplomat, Stratfor and Wikileaks part two.

On the heels of our last show with Narco News’ Bill Conroy about revelations that came to light through a Wikileaks document dump,  Bill has released another piece detailing alleged collusion between the U.S. & Mexican Governments and Mexican drug cartels.

This week, Mike and Mark talk with Bill about the latest story, and do a fair amount of ranting all on their own.

Bill’s latest story:
US, Mexican Officials Brokering Deals with Drug “Cartels,” WikiLeaks Documents Show
Revelation Exposed in Email Correspondence Between
Private Intelligence Firm and Mexican Diplomat

The New Yorker article “Throwaways” that Mike referenced.

About the guest:

Bill Conroy has worked as a reporter or editor for the past eighteen years at newspapers in Wisconsin, Arizona, Minnesota and Texas.

His investigative reporting over the past five years has focused on corruption and discrimination within federal law enforcement agencies.

He is also a journalist for Narco News. His investigative pieces, particularly those on the House of Death, have made him our most-favored guest.

 

 

Extra news – Mike’s legendary book The Big White Lie is now available in e-book format.

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The Mexican Diplomat, Stratfor and Wikileaks

In our ever-vigilant effort to point out what the hell is going on, your Expert Witness SWAT team of truth focuses on the latest noble effort from Narco News’ Bill Conroy:

Mexican Diplomat Traded Secrets with Private Intel Firm Stratfor, WikiLeaks Documents Reveal

Exchange of Sensitive Information Focused on the US/Mexican Operations in the Drug War

Tonight, Mike, Mark and Bill talk about the latest news from Narco News – and further confirm, for the umpteenth time, how no one really wants to get to the bottom of Fast and Furious – no matter how much they pontificate.

About the guest:

Bill Conroy has worked as a reporter or editor for the past eighteen years at newspapers in Wisconsin, Arizona, Minnesota and Texas.

His investigative reporting over the past five years has focused on corruption and discrimination within federal law enforcement agencies.

He is also a journalist for Narco News. His investigative pieces, particularly those on the House of Death, have made him our most-favored guest.

 

 

Extra news – Mike’s legendary book The Big White Lie is now available in e-book format.

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Some Prior Guests

David Moorhouse

Ray McGovern

Dr. Rick Nuccio

Renee Boje

Daniel Ellsberg

Richard Stratton

Gerard Colby

Greg Palast

Dennis Dayle

Ralph McGeehee

Stan Goff

Mark Levine

Vincent Bugliosi

J.H. Hatfield

Siobhan Reynolds

Charles Bowden

Katherine Gun

Bob Parry

Sandy Gonzalez

Sibel Edmonds

Ellen Mariani

Peter Lance

Senator Bob Graham

Cele Castillo

Tosh Plumlee

Donald Bains

Will Northrop

Aukai Collin

John Loftus

Joyce Reilly Von Kliest

Kelly O' Meara

John P. Flannery

Bill Conroy

Sander Hicks

Paul Williams