Category Archives: Politics

PODCAST: Tremendous Day at the CIA

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On Saturday (January 21) President Donald Trump addressed CIA employees at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va.

Standing in front of the famous Memorial Wall dedicated to fallen officers, Trump tried to set aside his “feud” with the CIA by way of a speech which consisted of a series of rants about the “dishonest” media, his inauguration, the war on Islamic terrorism and the merits of Mike Pompeo (his nominee for CIA Director).

The speech garnered a lot of criticism from the press and on social media. Most of the news reporting has focused on President Trump’s “alternate facts” regarding the size of the crowd at his inauguration the day before.

This podcast breaks down the entire speech. Enjoy!

-Vince

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PODCAST: Twitter, Snowden and Privacy

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This episode breaks down last week’s online Q & A between Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and infamous NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden on Periscope. The event, promoted by the organizers of the campaign Pardon Snowden, featured a lengthy discussion on privacy and the role of social media in sharing user data with law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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Jacob Young – who submitted a question to Snowden and had it answered, sorta.

The event also included questions from Twitter users. Jacob Young, a software engineer and privacy advocate, was one of the lucky users who submitted a question and had it answered by Snowden during the event. Jacob joins the podcast to give his reaction to Snowden’s answer to his question and also shares his thoughts on mass surveillance, privacy and more.

If you are curious about the Snowden Q&A in question and want to view the event in it’s entirety, here’s a link to the Periscope video: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1vOxwgnXeYLxB

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PODCAST: Ron Brynaert

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Guest: Ron Brynaert

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Ron Brynaert is an investigative reporter and media critic. He is also a former executive editor at Raw Story. Ron covers political scandals, security firms, hacktivists and journalists. He has done extensive reporting on the US government’s case against convicted investigative journalist Barrett Brown.

Lately Ron has been doing a lot of reporting on Hillary Clinton’s dubious connections to Teneo Holdings, a global strategic consulting firm co-founded by former Bill Clinton advisor Doug Band. Recently Ron had an opinion piece published in the Washington Times entitled “A liberal take on the Hillary Clinton email scandal.”

“Teneo Holdings is rapidly becoming an extremely powerful consulting firm for businesses, and even governments, across the world, and it recently landed the European telecommunications company, Altice, as a client. A few weeks ago, Altice bought Cablevision for approximately $17.7 billion, creating the “No. 4 cable operator in the U.S. market.” And even though Teneo “handled the press,” The New York Times left the Clinton-linked firm out of its “scoop,” as I reported.”

~ Excerpt from Ron’s Washington Times opinion piece entitled “A liberal take on the Hillary Clinton email scandal.”

You can find more of Ron’s reporting on his blog: ronbryn.blogspot.com

Note: Song at end of podcast is the music from a parody video which portrays Ron as a tin foil headed troll. The mysterious musician behind the song appreciated Ron’s endorsement.

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