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guys we clearly can't rely on the president and we certainly can't rely on private companies that take a stand against torture which is why it's up to you and me so let's go to work guys and let's break the set. i . the climate of censorship that's burgeon in the last decade has given rise to a new form of dissent activism and perhaps no group exemplifies this more than the online collective known as anonymous it's a loosely associated network of internet activists who use their tech savvy skills to expose government and corporate corruption but after some high profile hacks the obama administration has been on a full out crusade monitoring and surveillance and arresting anyone not to be involved in the group one such person is barrett brown he's a thirty one year old activist and freelance journalist who was arrested by the f.b.i. last september after the agency ransacked his home but it wasn't until months later
that he was indicted on charges of what she has pled not guilty while today marks three hundred days for barrett in jail without bail or trial and we finally does go to court he'll be facing a potential sentence of over one hundred years in federal prison earlier i spoke to kevin gallagher director freeh barrett brown about his disproportionate prosecution i first asked him to break down the charges barrett is facing and here's be had to say. he's been indicted three times on a total of seventy two counts of the first charges are related to alleged allegedly threatening you tube videos treats the second indictment relates to having a student link into a chat room and charging him with access device fraud and identity theft multiple counts and a certain date maybe is on obstruction for allegedly stealing a laptop during the march creative's is in its mother's. and are they stacked to equate to the. over one hundred years in prison or is there one that carries. time
. all told altogether the maximum. he's facing up to one hundred five years in prison i think it's really are a just see what they're doing with transforming these trivial things into multi-county felony indictment it's amazing for people that don't know about his case about what he did can you can you talk about what the stratfor leaks revealed and how barrett was involved in that week. yeah in late december of two thousand and one weapon i believe. i mean this is all orchestrated by who later turned out to be an f.b.i. informant people so she was not that hacked into strapped for and receive emails and it revealed a number of things including you know mass spying on activists. including that in the notes from h.p. gary just that small rare window into the activities of these firms the prime
intelligence contract industry shows that we can't trust them because they're involved in very question activities there is the team famous scandal where a consortium of these firms were going to. discredit and attack since henri's including going greenwald there is a coin which is a mass surveillance program directed their world and there's also the capability called persona management which is the software that allows them to control the online sock puppet personalities that can be used for a number of things so and how and how is bear involved in that. he was involved as an investigative journalist with his group called project pm and in going through the e-mails to actually identify the connections between the firms and figure out what they're up to. and you know i can't help but wonder why brown is considered be a bigger threat than someone who helps terrorists build nuclear weapons considering how that charge really lands someone twenty years in prison why do you think he's considered such a threat that he needs to face one hundred plus years in jail. i think the u.s.
government seeking to teacher and make examples out of. people around who are working for a better world in reveal our comfortable truths. we have a government that's at war with the press whistleblowers activists they're trying to criminalize investigative journalism and internet activism generally what is it that he you know you talk about this war on journalism the war on the president really what is it about this private intelligence firm and the growth of the privatization of surveillance so threatening exposing this is so threat of the establishment because in a recent op ed for the guardian barrett referred to these intelligence firms as the privatized segment of the invisible empire i mean why is it such a dangerous trend will say since nine eleven the private contracting industries exploded in size and you have these huge companies such as booz allen hamilton were ninety nine percent of the review comes from the federal government and yet the public has no idea what they're doing there's no oversight and most of their work
happens in secret so you know just from these e-mails that bear was going through they're involved in very sketchy things and you know people who are in power don't want to do would rather keep those activities in the dark and they don't want to be revealed and that's why people are being punished right the more the more privatized something is the less accountability the less transparency for the public the less discourse about it you know i as i understand it michael hastings the former journalist is planning to visit barrett in jail later this month was working on a story about him do you have any idea what that story was about. well yeah hastings was had contact with barry and they're both involved in projects and. she was just playing to to cover the story because you know. in the context of the government's war on the press basically and. a lot of the things you reported about like the psyops on u.s.
senators good things for the war ties into the persona management stuff in the stuff that barrett was researching so there's a lot of overlap between the two and of course this is a war on journalism as we saw it michael hastings sadly tragically his life ended but you know he was trying to expose this case unfortunately it's not getting more notoriety today is day three hundred if i'm not mistaken of him being in jail no trial no due process really kevin where can people go to help i know there's an active campaign called bear brown what can people do. right now on the most important thing is for people to donate to contribute to his legal defense because we're trying to entirely from public contributions and we put together a highly qualified legal team. people like i make of corn sherry slit both of whom have experience defending the detainees in guantanamo actually so it doesn't get much better but they should go to ground or. find a way to help out it's an important case for many reasons absolutely thank you so
much kevin gallagher director of brown thank you. i guys it's been a busy month so far egypt's and political turmoil the n.s.a. scandals unraveling and whistleblower edward snowden is on an international escapade so midst all of this you might have missed the biggest story of all one barely being covered by the press like of enormous implications for everyone everywhere. they go to for that detective it's day seven of testimony overall under way in the zimmerman murder trial yes it's a busy day in washington all right now we're going to take a live picture of the courtroom in sanford florida where any moment now george zimmerman's lawyers will start calling so it's already begun actually right now there's a live testimony from key witnesses coming in this day eleven of the murder. trial before you court watchers out there working for an eye on the courtroom in sanford
florida how many books have been sold as a result of mr jermyn the charge against crime terms of how many books are you going to school but i did you have no idea in all the money that is made from that book or you will offer to go to the profits to mr zimmerman's actually were deposited in attorney. for george after you say jewelry stores they remember talking about the defendant right that's. barely covered sorry i mean incessantly covered from every angle oh yes it's been nonstop zimmerman and not just analysis of the trial but actually arean rawer trial footage of witness testimony all day every day oh look obviously stand your ground laws should be a point of contention in this country and i don't want to downplay the tragedy of trayvon martin's untimely death but i'll tell you what's a bigger tragedy the twenty four seventh's zimmerman media circus without even a nod of acknowledgement for the thirty three people who were shot in chicago over
the weekend including the death of a five year old boy no because the disproportionate coverage of the lone trial for months and months on end is easier than discussing the true nature of inequality or the roots of violence in the u.s. raising awareness about inner city violence means the corporate media would actually have to provide a service to the public good and we all know that that's not good for business so what else is going on that actually affects us while we're being distracted by george zimmerman eating away his problems while there is this if you take a pill for restless leg syndrome it ends up giving you a hole in your heart there ain't nothing you can do about it yet thanks to a recent ruling by the supreme court eighty percent of all prescription drugs in the u.s. are now exempt from legal liability the plaintiff in the case karen bartlett was taking a generic anti-inflammatory drug that just so happens to have a dangerous side effect one that causes the. skin to peel off in the same manner
one would experience with third degree burns look the u.s. is already one of only two countries in the world that allows pharmaceutical companies to directly advertise to consumers we're already being treated like a bunch of guinea pigs so now we're being told that if we get crazy side effects that are worse than the ailment that we're treating there is no way to hold these companies accountable and i guess i shouldn't be surprised considering how much big pharma is already in bed with the f.d.a. so while the drug companies and their wealthy investors celebrate the fact they're officially above the law let's move on to another story involving questionable legal actions that been completely swept under the rug the sterilization of female prisoners in california yes this troubling story was brought to light by the center for investigative reporting which revealed that between two thousand and six and two thousand and ten as many as one hundred fifty three male prisoners were sterilized without any legal oversight or state authorization see there's
a federal and state ban on inmate sterilizations and if the procedure is done it needs government approval regardless of that the state of california was doing this for over a decade and spending nearly one hundred fifty thousand taxpayer dollars to do so what's worse however is that many of the cases the prisoners were forced into having the surgery one former inmate says that she was sedated and strapped to a surgical table while in labor she recounts her experience with the doctor he said so we're going to be doing this to bowl litigation right i'm like to the litigation what are you talking about i don't want to have a procedure i just want to have my baby and i went to a straight panic. good guys trying to coerce someone to have their tubes tied while strapped to a table immediately after giving birth is not exactly informed consent and in fact it's straight up eugenics but none of that's important. one salacious court cases. all that matters in the world today. stick around guys after the break we'll speak
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a little. bit like a. pop. up as the ongoing n.s.a. revelations yield more information about the government's secret spying program the man who leaked the story edward snowden has been thrust into the spotlight however it's important remember that this is far from the first time someone has come forward to expose the overreach of the n.s.a. before edward snowden it was thomas drake former senior executive and before him it was bill binney a former intelligence official but before binney the very first person to claim the title of n.s.a. whistleblower is a man you've probably heard the least about his name is russell tice and he served twenty years with in various government intelligence agencies including the n.s.a. two thousand and five ties blew the whistle on the n.s.a. and gave an unlawful and i'm constitute. no surveillance of american citizens so here to tell us his story and why he thinks that snowden's leaks are just barely
scratching the surface rust tice thank you so much for coming on and thanks for having me what did you see that made you come out and blow the whistle on nationally well the first thing i saw was i'm a satellite system specialist so with the things that i was doing with satellites i found out sort of an inversion layer that american citizens were being spied upon by our base capabilities so that was my first sort of heads up into what was going on and i was just shocked because n.s.a. was not supposed to do this it was against regulation it was against the law it was against our constitution so it was sort of. it was sort of a come to jesus moment for me and so for a wake up call there you've alleged that the n.s.a. abuses go far beyond what people are even talking about right now how far does it go russ. well it goes very far because initially what i saw was.
they were targeting news organizations they were chart targeting targeting u.s. companies that did international business they were charging looking at financial institutions but they were also going after the state department and secretary of state colin powell at the time and they were going after high ranking military generals and that was just with my space capabilities that i saw later when i got together with colleagues and we started to put together the trust that's the side that is being done with all those nodes all over the country with the fiber optics and that sort of thing then we found out that it got much worse because this was just the phone that we were looking at but it was also being done at the e-mail level but that wasn't the information i was getting the information i was seeing were phone numbers that were being plugged into a system that was going after people's phone phone numbers. associated numbers and a lot of a lot of numbers i was human sure but they weren't after they went to
a law firms and lawyers they went after more generals general petraeus was one of the guys it seemed like right about that three star level it was they were going after admirals and generals they went after the supreme court of which i held judge alito as paperwork in my hand numbers associated with judge alito that someone had put into the system that n.s.a. used to spy on judge alito and let's just break this down a little bit because these are explosive allegations right now that i have not heard anyone talk about before that they're actually orders that use personally saw in your hands to wiretap judge alito high ranking intelligence officers david trance barack obama. want to be senator barack obama at that time he wasn't even a senator he had won his primary in illinois and i think maybe the callous and i'm not sure it was the fact that he had just done a big speech at the democratic convention you know you know i was at that time a lifelong republican i didn't even watch the democratic convention so at the time
you know it the significance of it really didn't hit me until later i mean i did look up well who is this guy barack obama well ok you made a speech blah blah blah but then of course later things started to come into play that this is our future president the united states and you've also said that this is not just in their congressional offices i mean we're talking about home surveillance and personal correct this is this would be for a senator or congressman it would be personal phone numbers associated it would be and a lot of the times i could not tell because there were a lot of the numbers were unlisted and we would go to try to sue to reverse to find out where these numbers were and we were being very careful about it because we didn't want too many people to figure out how we were doing that but we would find that it would be associate with family members especially wives or spouses from the other direction but it would be there also. just an office it was a congressman for whatever state they'd have two or three or four little district
offices back home so he would be very yes it would be very. i guess the next election is who was it who was administering the surveillance. that's a good question i don't know the answer to that it looked like the in for the plugging in of these phone numbers was being done in the evenings at n.s.a. so almost it was like being done on the sly even so that most n.s.a. employees did not know what was going on a high level person at n.s.a. told me this was being directed from the vice president's office that would be vice president dick cheney i don't know that for sure but that's what i was told from a very senior person so high level bush administration official i guess the next question is why why was it being done i mean the first thing that comes in i mind is a black male. i don't know the answer to that either what do you think i mean based on your experience for us well what could the reason be to be wiretapping and
spying on people like obama. trance. i think you hit the word you know to me i don't know for sure but that would be a means of control if you were to look and be able to listen to everybody's conversation for years on end for a period of time you you could probably find out perhaps some salacious information that could be used to control that individual now you know. the intelligence community you know i notice that the intelligence community is not being hit with the sequester the intelligence budget well how is that possible. is there some kind of leverage that's being placed on our three branches of government to make sure that the intelligence community gets what they want in other words is the intelligence community grown in this country not our government that's and i guess that begs the question what is there some. sort of shadow government out playing i mean we talk about the military national complex here what do you think as an
insider and through all your research from people that you've talked to who's running the show here us. well remember i don't know for sure but i just know i just know that a whole lot of people guy. but if i if i had to guess i would say it's the the upper echelon of the intelligence of the intelligence community who is running the show and it makes me wonder people like dick cheney i mean are they still working behind the scenes we know that these people been working on the administration in behind the scenes for decades i mean kissinger all these people their kind of who knows i mean do you think that they're still vetting people. like obama you know to get in the positions that he's an. but you know what political opponents have been spying on each other for decades so how is this different now. but what's different about this is this this is the orwellian scale this is the the everything scale this isn't just rickard richard nixon going after a few you know enemies list this is everybody and everything and now and i say.
n.s.a. is literally tapping every communication every digital communication in this country content not just not just the bed of data the content and when they're saying well it's not that far there once again they are lying they are they they continue to lie about the four capabilities right what's your response to obama consistently saying we're not doing that. we the previous president in april of. two thousand and four you know condescendingly pointed at the camera and said we only do such things with a court order now you know i did not know what the time that the president was lying because i did not know how high up you know that went but now we know president bush was lying you know blatantly to the american. people so now now president obama is lying to the american people is it because he's being controlled
i don't know but i certainly know when he was candidate obama even though i was a republican and i heard that he wanted to stop these things that he was going to make sure that we didn't have national security letters just william william and i and to say i was for obama even though i was a conservative. i can't trust any i mean all these political politicians just seem like actors i mean i call d.c. hollywood for ugly people it's and you can never tell what these people really think but i want to go to the media because really why do you think the media is in a frenzy over snowden's allegations really you came out eight years ago and said almost the same thing except on a smaller scale ross and really you've been censored tell us your story about trying to get this information out as well well i mean as i said i've i was trying to get the news out and i was trying to with snowden coming out i figured now was the time to try to tell the rest of the story because i've been holding on to this for a long time and i when i went on keith urban show four and a half years ago i decided i was going to tell the media that n.s.a.
was going after journalists and news organizations and there seemed to be no interest whatsoever from the media that i was telling that n.s.a. was going after you so they either considered me a liar or they considered you know that i say you know oh this guy must be crazy or there must be some other interests that was making sure the media was not covering this now i don't know what that is but i know that it was got not getting much coverage so i figured with the snowden thing and the difference with snowden is he has evidence he has a paper now because he has paper and it has cost occasions they are they are after him because he has the tangible proof of what i've said in the past it's easy to dismiss me when it's my words and you just say well the guy's a lawyer or crazy liar but now we have the proof that what i've said in the past is true and they want snowden bad. because he's now codified the truth
of what is going on with the national security agency you said that we are living in a police state right now why. well i sort of consider this sort of a like police state because they're hiding the fact it's a police state i mean the fact that they can literally go into all of our communications all our digital communications the fact that you know it's been disclosed recently that the post office is now doing a cover on every tangible letter that goes to the post office they're taking a picture of everything they're looking at the return address and they're looking at the main address of who's mailing something and that is also being digitally store so every means of communication in this country everything is being watched by the federal government and that is orwellian and that is a trademark of a police state thank you so much we're going to have to wrap it up now a lot more to be said russ i'm glad you're in town and russ tice original and i say . thank you. for our show today you guys we'll see you right back here to break the
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