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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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Fast and Furious – the Fortune article and more

If you’ve been listening to the EWRS for any length of time, you know how we’ve been riding the “Fast and Furious” case.

Katherine Eban has penned an investigative piece for Fortune magazine – “The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal” that for some, seems to turn the whole story on it’s head. Or does it? Well, we get into that, big time.  Listen to the story – read the documentation we’ve got here, and let us know what YOU think.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  WBAI – our mother station, where the EWRS originated and broadcasts from, is in fundraising mode and needs your support.  PLEASE go to wbai.org and make a donation.

Documentation:

The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal

Eban followup on gun dealers:

http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2012/07/03/fast-and-furious-follow-up-the-atf-and-gun-stores/

Outgunned – minority staff report – Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Voth lawyer letter

Newell Lawyer letter

2009-10-27-Newell Email DOJ Cartel Strategy

2010-01-08 Briefing paper redacted

GAO – FIREARMS TRAFFICKING U.S. Efforts to Combat Arms Trafficking to Mexico Face Planning and Coordination Challenges

About the Guests:

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.

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This Week – Support WBAI

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Tonight’s guests:

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.


Stephan Salisbury is the senior cultural writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he has been a reporter for three decades.

He has won numerous awards for his work and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize as part of an Inquirer investigative team looking into local election fraud.

He is author of the recently published Mohamed’s Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland published by Nation Books.


Howard Bloom, a Visiting Scholar at New York University, is founder of the International Paleopsychology Project, executive editor of the New Paradigm book series, a founding board member of the Epic of Evolution Society, and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the National Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Society, the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, The International Society of Human Ethology, and the Academy of Political Science. He has been featured in every edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering since the publication’s inception.


Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, an internationally recognized expert on intelligence, is the President and CEO of the Intelligence & Security Academy, LLC, a national security education, training and consulting company.

From 2002-2005, Dr. Lowenthal served as the Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production and also as the Vice Chairman for Evaluation on the National Intelligence Council. Prior to these duties, he served as Counselor to the Director of Central Intelligence. Dr. Lowenthal was the staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the 104th Congress (1995-97), where he directed the committee’s study on the future of the Intelligence Community, IC21: The Intelligence Community in the 21st Century. He also served in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), as both an office director and a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and has been the Senior Specialist in U.S. Foreign Policy at the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.

Dr. Lowenthal has written extensively on intelligence and national security issues, including five books and over 90 articles or studies. His most recent book, Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy (Congressional Quarterly Press, 4th ed., 2009), has become the standard college and graduate school textbook on the subject. He has also written a fantasy novel, Crispan Magicker, published in 1978. Dr. Lowenthal is a frequent public commentator on intelligence issues. He has appeared on each of the major networks, the Lehrer Newshour and Charlie Rose; his op-eds have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Dr. Lowenthal received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He joined the adjunct faculty of the Johns Hopkins University in 2008, after 14 years as an adjunct at Columbia University. He is the Executive Director of the International Association for Intelligence Education and a Chairman Emeritus of the Intelligence Committee for AFCEA.

In 2005, Dr. Lowenthal was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Intelligence Community’s highest award. In 2006, he received AFCEA’s Distinguished Service Award for service to the Intelligence Community. In 1988, Dr. Lowenthal was the Grand Champion on Jeopardy!, the television quiz show.


Photo by Charles Miller

LESLIE KEAN is an independent investigative journalist with a background in freelance writing and radio broadcasting. She has contributed articles to dozens of publications here and abroad including the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Providence Journal, International Herald Tribune, Globe and Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, Bangkok Post, The Nation, and The Journal for Scientific Exploration. Her stories have been syndicated through Knight Ridder/Tribune, Scripps-Howard, New York Times wire service, Pacific News Service, and the National Publishers Association. While spending many years reporting on Burma, she co-authored Burma’s Revolution of the Spirit: The Struggle for Democratic Freedom and Dignity (Aperture, 1994) and she has contributed essays for a number of anthologies published between 1998 and 2009. Her freelance journalism has been supported by grants from numerous foundations including the Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation, The Fund for Investigative Journalism, and the Nation Institute.

Kean was also a producer and on-air host for a daily investigative news program on KPFA radio, a Pacifica station in California. She began covering the UFO subject in 2000 with a feature story in the Boston Globe, and followed with additional mainstream stories. In 2002, she co-founded the Coalition for Freedom of Information (CFi), an independent alliance advocating for greater government openness on information about UFOs, and for responsible coverage by the media based on a rational and credible approach. As director of the CFi, she was the plaintiff in a successful, five-year Freedom of Information Act federal lawsuit against NASA. In 2007, she co-organized a landmark Washington DC international press conference on official UFO investigations, which received media coverage around the world.

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The Wikileaks Whistleblower & Iran-Contra Revelations

Almost four decades after Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers – another whistleblower has stepped forward and now is facing similar retaliation.

Army Intelligence Specialist Bradley Manning is alleged to have turned over a large volume of classified material about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to Wikileaks.org, including the recently posted U.S. military video showing American helicopters gunning down two Reuters journalists and about 10 other Iraqi men in 2007. Two children were also injured.

The 22-year-old Manning was turned in by a convicted computer hacker named Adrian Lamo, who befriended Manning over the Internet and then betrayed him, supposedly out of concern that disclosure of the classified material might put U.S. military personnel in danger. Manning is now in U.S. military custody in Kuwait awaiting charges.

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A congressional report on Iran/Contra was written haphazardly and deceptively, including an apparently false claim that Reagan’s innocence was approved unanimously by a House task force.

A recent reexamination of the task force’s work also reveals that evidence implicating Reagan’s campaign in a pre-election deal to delay the release of 52 Americans then held hostage in Iran was kept from the U.S. public and even from members of the task force; that senior staff investigators shelved late-arriving evidence of Republican guilt; and that dissent within the task force was suppressed.

Tonight, Mike and Mark speak with Robert Parry about these two important stories.

About the guest:

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com.

His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’ are also available there.

His investigative journalism website, consortiumnews.com, is an incredibly important resource.  Please visit the site, and support them any way you can.

The Consortium News stories we cover tonight:

Wikileak Case Echoes Pentagon Papers

The Tricky October Surprise Report

Related links:

http://collateralmurder.com/
The Wikileaks site about the leaked video

The strange and consequential case of Bradley Manning, Adrian Lamo and WikiLeaks
The great article by Glenn Greenwald at Salon, including an interview with Adrian Lamo

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Borders, Borders, Borders…

A targeted assassination on the Texas border… Corruption in a New Mexico drug task force… How safe IS the Canadian border… and the U.S. Military has Special Ops Boots on the Ground in Mexico…

All border stories, plus an amusing piece from Slate.

This is a jam-packed show with Bill Conroy of Narco News, covering the above and more.

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.

Links to tonight’s stories:

U.S. Consulate worker in Juarez was targeted for assassination

HIDTA task force on border mired in corruption charges

Real threat to U.S. national security may be along northern border

U.S. Military has Special Ops “Boots on the Ground” in Mexico

OPR Review
http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/FOIA_4.pdf

And here’s a link to the ONDCP’s review of the larger New Mexico Region HIDTA program.
http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/FOIA_3.pdf

Stupid Drug Story of the Week
The Associated Press on the arrival of “deadly, ultra-pure heroin.”

And lastly – Here’s a link to all 5 hours of our talk with Tosh Plumlee.

Music from the show:

Mid-break:
<a href="http://markmarshall.bandcamp.com/track/filmfunk">FilmFunk by Mark Marshall</a>

Closing:
<a href="http://markmarshall.bandcamp.com/track/glide-v1">Glide V1 by Mark Marshall</a>

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The House of Death 12

The House of Death 12, Plagiarism, and the Rick Horn Case.

The House of Death is the story of how an informant for Homeland Security, working “undercover” under the direct control of a Bush appointed United States Attorney, participated in a macabre house of horrors in which more than a dozen people were tortured to death. There have been a continuing series of articles at Narco News on the subject, reported by Bill Conroy, who has been a frequent guest.

In previous broadcasts, for the first time anywhere, Bill Conroy brought us the voice of the informant himself. Now, after an extended court battle, that informant has won the right to stay in the U.S. – as extradition to Mexico would certainly result in his death.

Tonight, Mike and Mark speak with Bill Conroy about the House of Death and this informant – and also about how another online organization has taken to plagiarizing Bill’s work on the subject. See below for details.

Lastly – we discuss the latest in the Richard Horn case.

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.

More info on related topics:
Read Bill Conroy’s Investigative pieces on the House of Death

Bill Conroy’s article on the court decision for the HOD informant

Bill Conroy’s article about the HOD and plagiarism.

read the Examiner article for yourself – and feel free to leave a comment.

Bill’s article about the Richard Horn case.

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The White House Whistleblower

“Sometimes, the truth is right in front of us, even if it comes in the form of a seemingly misspoken sentence.

During the political storm that erupted in early 2006 over the Bush administration’s plans to turn over port security to a United Arab Emirates-based company, the president was quoted on Fox News saying the following on March 12 of that year:

“People don’t need to worry about security. This deal wouldn’t go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America.”

Apparently, if we are willing to heed the story of a former West Wing lead mailroom assistant, Laura C. Jones, the president’s gaff underscores another truth: that his staff isn’t concerned about White House security either. ”

(From the Bill Conroy Narconews Article)

Tonight, Mike and Mark speak with Ms. Jones, and her counsel Mike McCray of the No Fear Coalition about this amazing story.

More info on related topics:
Read Bill Conroy’s article on the Laura Jones story

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Ellsberg

The Most Important Whistleblower in American History.

When I first wrote DEEP COVER, I was called by government insiders “DEA’s Daniel Ellsberg.”

At the time I was upset and confused, mainly due to the negative image in which mainstream media had cast this heroic man.

I now wear that title as a badge of honor, in spite of knowing that whatever it is that I did pales next to the risks this man ran to adhere to his oath to protect the people of this nation and their constitution. The number of young American and Vietnamese lives he saved by hastening the end of that “war” is incalculable.

So, it was with great pleasure and gratitude that I was afforded the experience of recording a heart-to-heart conversation with this man, and presenting it to our listening audience – at a time in our history that his words are needed more than ever.

Michael Levine

About the guest:

Daniel Ellsberg is a former American military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation who precipitated a national uproar in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, the U.S. military’s account of activities during the Vietnam War, to The New York Times.

Ellsberg, the son of Jewish parents with a passion for Christian Science, grew up in Detroit and attended Cranbrook Kingswood School, then attended Harvard University, graduating with a Ph.D. in Economics in 1959 in which he described a paradox in decision theory now known as the Ellsberg paradox. He served as a company commander in the Marine Corps for two years, and then became an analyst at the RAND Corporation. A committed Cold Warrior, he served in the Pentagon in 1964 under Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. He then served for two years in Vietnam as a civilian in the State Department, and became convinced that the Vietnam War was unwinnable. He further believed that nearly everyone in the Defense and State Departments felt, as he did, that the United States had no realistic chance of achieving victory in Vietnam, but that political considerations prevented them from saying so publicly. McNamara and others continued to state in press interviews that victory was “just around the corner.” As the war continued to escalate, Ellsberg became deeply disillusioned.

Continue reading Ellsberg

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VA Horrors

Dr. Jeffrey Fudin

In 1999, Terry Everett, R-Alabama, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations told a congressional panel that “there is without question a good-old-boy network within the VA” that tolerates “favoritism, cronyism, harassment, and reprisal.” He indicated that retaliation against VA whistleblowers was common and goes unpunished.

Although the Department of Veterans Affairs has and continues to provide many important quality services to veteran patients, layers of administration have condoned and engaged in covert activities that place our veterans at risk. This nation cannot afford to dishonor it’s veterans by condoning criminal activity among Department of Veterans Affairs administrators.

Because of the breadth of this problem, Dr. Fudin has engaged other Veterans Affairs whistleblowers by forming a national Veterans Affairs Whistleblower Coalition (VAWBC). The coalition consists of Veterans Affairs employees (past or present) who agree to actively lobby Congress to end government retaliation against those who expose veteran patient harm and/or abuse and/or major ethical flaws. Currently, there is a false sense of security that such protection does exisit through the services of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Unfortunately, the OSC is overwhelmed with such cases and is unable to completely investigate and follow-up with every filed complaint.

About the guest:
Dr. Jeffrey Fudin graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy (ACP) with his Bachelor’s degree and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1981 and 1998. He completed an American Cancer Society Fellowship in Oncology/Hematology at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. He is a board-certified Diplomate to the American Academy of Pain Management, and a member of several other professional organizations.

Aside from his expertise in pain management, Dr. Fudin has been nationally recognized as a federal whistleblower, activities for which he has received extensive national attention.

Dr. Fudin challenged the Department of Veterans Affairs in federal court for retaliation specific to his whistleblowing activities after he disclosed research violations beginning as early as 1993. For his role in defending the rights of Veterans, he and fellow whistleblower Tony Mariano were appointed Co-Grand Marshals for the May 26, 2003, Albany Memorial Day Parade by the City of Albany Joint Veterans Committee. Dr. Fudin expressed his thanks for Mr. Mariano “for his bravery in supporting me and standing up for the ethical foundation of our profession, but more importantly, no person could every repay him for his honesty and integrity that ultimately ended his federal career for standing up to the Stratton VA Administration for the sake of veterans. In my opinion, he is a true hero.”
Some veterans wore T-shirts emblazoned with whistles and, on a rainy May day, blew whistles as Dr. Fudin and a pharmacist colleague led the parade. Three weeks later, on June 16, 2003, a New York State Assembly Resolution was adopted “honoring Dr. Jeffrey Fudin for his bravery and commitment to patient care.”

His website is at www.vawhistleblower.com

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Katherine Gun

The Blonde who dropped the bombshell….

Katharine Gun, called “the blonde who dropped the bombshell on Tony Blair” by the British press, was jailed under the Official Secrets act when she outed a top secret USA/UK plan to coerce the United Nations vote in favor of invading Iraq by bugging the communications of individual members of the United Nations Security Council .

Then the charges were mysteriously dropped.

Hear the incredible inside story yourself from the woman who now proudly calls herself a Whistleblower.

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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