02/21/2017 Tuesday - Ed Opperman joins me in the first hour to discuss some of the latest news regarding the ongoing Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislane Maxwell cases. Ed and talk about Mike Cernovich and his recent attempts to unseal Ghislane Maxwell's motion for summary judgment. We discuss how Alan Dershowitz has recently submitted a memorandum in full support of Cernovich. Ed and I talk about how bizarre it is for a lawyer of Dershowitz's stature to attach himself to someone as unhinged as Cernovich. Ed and I contemplate what could be in Maxwell's summary judgment that would make Dershowitz go through all this trouble. Later Ed and I rant about the way in which the Trump supporters are handling these sorts of stories. We talk about their ability to ignore every story linking the God Emperor Trump to Epstein and his crimes. Ed and I also rant about YouTube Conspiracy celebrity George Webb, and his ability to spin utter bullshit into conspiracy-crack.
In the second hour I start off by talking about the settlement in the Melania Trump and Webster Tarply defamation suit. I also talk about the Melania's new suit against The Daily Mail and the use of lawyer Charles Harder to represent her. Harder is the former lawyer of Hulk Hogan who helped destroy Gawker, and early enemy of Jeffrey Epstein. I also briefly touch on the Peter Theil connection to the Gawker suit. I finish of the show by discussing the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the act which saw 110,000 people of Japanese descent imprisoned in concentration camps within the United States. I talk about how this has become a largely ignored piece of American history. I lay out how the mind set of the 1940's is beginning to take shape again today. I also rant about liberals and my complete and utter contempt for them in the Age of Trump.
02/14/2017 Tuesday - Mafia survivor and author Frank Dimatteo joins me today for a discussion of his book President Street Boys: Growing up Mafia. Frank explains how he grew up in a world of mobsters in South Brooklyn. We explore the world in which he was born into in South Brooklyn. We talk about famed gangster and "Crazy" Joe Gallo and the Gallo crew as a whole. Frank explains how the Gallo Crew fit into the larger fabric of the New York Mafia, and their eventual war with the Profaci family. Frank talks about the uniqueness of the Gallo crew which included strong ties to black criminal syndicates, a hodge-podge of members including Syrians, Puerto Ricans, and Poles, down to the infamous Mondo The Dwarf and his pet lion. Frank then tells us about his own family. He talks about his father Ricky who was a trusted Gallo Crew member and the bodyguard to Larry Gallo. Frank tells us about his experiences living in a world filled in which violence was fairly normalized and his own introduction to "the life." Frank tells us about his early days driving his father and other mafioso around at the tender age of thirteen. We also discuss what it was like growing up during a mob war.
Frank and I also touch on his time working for the infamous trendsetting porn magazine Screw. Frank explains how the Gallo Crew ran the magazine and the ins and outs of the magazines distribution. Frank gives us an interesting take on Screw's creator Al Goldstein. Frank and I also discuss the reality of mob life. We talk about the not so glamorous facets of this world and the corrupting power of money and the pursuit of it.
02/07/2017 Tuesday - Ex-Scientologist Aaron Smith Levin joins us once again to discuss the latest news regarding Scientology. Aaron begins by discussing his experiences on Leah Remini's groundbreaking television series Scientology: The Aftermath. Aaron explains what it was like being interviewed and opening up about a dark chapter in his life and the trauma that Scientology brought down on him. Aaron also talks about the response from Scientology against Aaron, which has been in the form of his very own Scientology hate site. Aaron and I also discuss the significance of this new television series. Aaron explains how this is making a much bigger impact on the public; more so than recent documentaries like Going Clear. Aaron and I also explore the untold story of sexual abuse with the Church of Scientology. We delve into how the Church has covered this up time and time again. Aaron talk about several Scientology run schools, Cadet Orgs, and other related organizations where sexual abuse was going on and was covered up by Scientology. We also talk about the Office of Special Affairs practice of putting people "off lines" (barring you from doing services for the Church, but not kicking you out) after confessing to having sex with minors in auditing sessions.
In the second hour Aaron and I talk about what is currently going on in the upper management levels of Scientology. Aaron talk about David Miscavige's latest power grab in his unending fight to control every single aspect of Scientology. We also talk about the strange case of David Miscavige's wife Shelly, who has not been publicly seen for several years. Aaron offers his own theories as to where she is and her role with in Scientology, as well as why Miscavige may be using her as a distraction operation for people like Leah Remini and others. We address the rumors that Miscavige is sick, why he is never seen in public, and why Scientologists don't get plastic surgery. We finish off by talking about where Scientology is headed and how the group can sustain itself given all the negative publicity it has garnered in the past few years. Aaron also tells an amazing story about driving next to David Miscavige recently down in Florida and Miscavige's aggressive driving style.
01/31/2017 Tuesday - Today we cover the latest lawsuit against convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. This lawsuit was filed by Jane Doe 43 and accuses Epstein, Ghislane Maxwell, Sarah Kellen, Lesley Groff, and Natalya Malyshev, of being involved in a criminal sex trafficking enterprise. I talk mainly about the criminal complaint filed by Jane Doe 43 and what it reveals about Epstein and his operation. I talk about the hierarchical structure that Jane Doe 43 describes, and the various roles that the named individuals were tasked with. I touch on the mysterious case of Sarah Kellen: a known figure in Epstein's entourage who has since changed her name and married NASCAR driver Brian Vickers. I explore the process through which Jane Doe 43 (and presumably other young women) was initiated into Epstein's sex trafficking enterprise and what was expected of her. I also discuss the fact that Natalya Malyshev was not only a paid recruiter but also a victim of Epstein's. I talk about how this is an example of the complexity of this case and the practice of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
I also discuss some of the darker sides of professional modeling and Epstein's connections to MC2 modeling agency. Later I discuss why this particular case may actually have some real momentum behind it. I end the episode by giving an update on Virginia Guiffre's defamation suit against Ghislane Maxwell. I also mention the insertion of Trump Troll Mike Cernovich into that case any the significance of that.
01/24/2017 Tuesday - Today I am joined by Hugo Turner of Anti-Imperialist-U for an in depth discussion of Ted Shackley and his infamous career in the CIA. We focus on Hugo's articles chronicling Ted Shackley as well as the Iran Contra Scandal. We begin by taking a look at Shackley's beginnings in military intelligence recruiting Nazi's, and his later recruitment into the CIA during the Korean War. Hugo paints us a picture of the man that Shackley would become: obsessively driven and cutthroat. We touch on some of Shackley's early mentors such as William Harvey who introduced Shackley to the Cuban exile committee. Hugo explains what Shackley was up to in Miami while Station Cheif there as well as his possible connection to the JFK assassination. Next we move onto Laos where Shackley would truly come into his own. We explore Shackley's role in the Laotian heroin trade and his use of the Hmong people as a CIA mercenary force. Hugo explains how this would later become the blue print for CIA operations in places like Afghanistan and Libya. We also discuss Shackley's time as Station Chief in Vietnam.
Next we talk about Shackley's role in the overthrow of Chilean leader Allende and the installation of the fascist Pinochet. We then explore how Shackley would come to befriend George H W Bush, and being a long time collaboration with the deep cover CIA agent. Hugo and I also touch on some of the forgotten scandals of the past that Shackley was involved with including EASTCO and the Nugan Hand Bank. Hugo also explains how Shackley was a trend setter in the field of private intelligence by talking about his work with the powerful Safari Club. We finish off the conversation by looking at Shackley's role in Iran Contra and the War on Drugs as a whole. Hugo also discusses WACL and the major role it continues to play in covert operations. We briefly talk about the TV show Narco's and what it gets completely wrong. We round out by talking about Trump and the CIA speech he gave and what might be in-store for future CIA operations.
01/17/2017 Tuesday - In the first hour Tom Secker joins me to discuss the season premier of Homeland season six. We talk about the season reboot which has become a ubiquitous feature of Homeland. Tom and I begin by discussing our initial impressions of the season and where we think the show is going on a political and emotional level. Next we move onto one of the new and most interesting characters in the show, President-elect Elizabeth Keane, the junior Senator from New York. We talk about how this character is not a character of Hillary Clinton as we and any others predicted, but instead a much more complex character which in many ways is closer to Donald Trump. We discuss the ideas and politics that the CIA is putting forth in this new season. Tom and I talk about how the notion of the CIA plotting against the president-elect is not only a major story line in Homeland but also in real life vis-a-vis Trump and the CIA. The two of us also talk about the idea that this season of Homeland will retell and reinvent the story of Al Qaeda. We explore the possibility that this is the overarching story the CIA wants to put out the the public, and that a new form or wave of jihadi attacks may be in-store for the West.
In the second hour frequent guest Robbie Martin joins us to discuss some of the latest political and geopolitical events. We begin by exploring the childish discourse from both Trump and the media over the past several weeks. Next we talk about our opinions of the recent "intelligence report" claiming that Trump is a Russian Manchurian candidate. We talk about our thoughts on the possibility of violence erupting between Israel and Palestine. Robbie and I focus on some of the strange stories coming about of Israel including: Israeli jets bombing Damascus, and US officials warning Israel not to share intelligence with Trump. The Two of us discuss our feelings on increased rhetoric of the all powerful Russian state against our quaint democratic life in the US. Robbie and I touch on the recent commutation of Chelsea Manning and the possibility that Julian Assange will stand trial in America. We also talk about Glenn Greenwald's recent use of the term Deep State.
01/10/2017 Tuesday - My guest today is the great Douglas Valentine. Doug joins me to discuss his latest book The CIA as Organized Crime. We begin by looking at why Doug decided to write this book and the way in which it is structured. Next we delve into Doug's relationship with the CIA and how he came to write about it's inner-workings. Doug talks about his relationship with the agency and how he began getting access to operatives and officials while writing The Phoneix Program, including his meetings with former CIA Director William Colby. Doug also talks about how the agency attempted to co-opt him with money and a job, and their monitoring of his activities and research. Doug and I also talk about how the agency has grown and evolved from the late 1940's to the present. We also touch on the recent anti-Russian media operations the CIA is involved with. Doug explains how this is both a distraction and a divide and conquer tactic that the CIA has perfected over the years.
In the second hour Doug explains how his research into the CIA led him to explore and write two books chronicling the narcotics trade and the War on Drugs. Doug talks about the way in which the CIA took over the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and later the DEA. We talk about how important the drug trade is to the CIA and how it is a cornerstone of the agency and its operations. I finish off by talking about several exciting upcoming episodes coming out in the next two months.
01/03/2017 Tuesday - On todays epsidoe I lay out my predictions for 2017. In the first hour I look at geopolitics and the places I think will be important in 2017. I begin by focusing on a possible resolution in Syria and how this may play out for the future. I also talk about a few other hot-spots in the middle east to pay attention to: Israel and Yemen. I discuss why these are both important for the future of the region and on a global scale. I also explore Asia, focusing on China and North Korea. I discuss how president Trump may handle these countries and how geopolitics and foreign policy will change under his administration. I also touch on the idea that the CIA will become even more bold and out of control under Trump.
In the second hour Chuck Ochelli (and Frankie) joins me for more 2017 predictions. We talk about where the alt-media is headed. Whether or not Wikileaks is actually going to release some bombshells this year. If Trump really knows any secrets about cyber security. The future of marijuana legalization and the drug war. Will comedy get better? And the possibility of Ivanka as First Lady.