Guillermo Jimenez is the host of the Traces of Reality Radio show and Demanufacturing Consent, an exclusive weekly podcast on Boiling Frogs Post. In 2012, he served as a National Delegate for Ron Paul, and is now working to advance the message of liberty outside of politics through a venture into independent media and grassroots activism.
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Guillermo Jimenez | How easy would it be for the state to convict you of a crime that you did not commit? How much can an innocent man withstand when faced with the full, soul-crushing might of the US criminal-justice system? These are the lingering questions that will echo in viewers’ minds after watching Netflix’s new documentary series...
Guillermo Jimenez | Call me a cynic, but it seems like the wool has been pulled over our eyes. Following a rash of police-brutality cases in recent years, civil libertarians across the country — and around the world, even — are now nearly in lockstep behind the idea of body cameras as a means to curb the use of excessive force.
Guillermo Jimenez | In a way, you’ve got to hand it to them: what progressives lack in principles, they certainly make up for in creativity. On Saturday, December 12, pro-gun activists in Austin, Texas, collided with a group of “mass farting” counter protesters. According to the San Antonio Express-News, gun enthusiasts organized a...
Guillermo Jimenez | In South Dakota, it’s not just illegal to ingest or possess marijuana, it’s also illegal to have ingested it elsewhere — legally — even if weeks earlier. Welcome to the land of “Weird Laws that Make No Sense,” where South Dakota lawmakers are apparently running a masters course in absurdity.
DC on BFP #67 | John Whitehead joins Guillermo to discuss how zero-tolerance policies in public schools have criminalized an entire generation of young students, and trained them how to live in a police state. We also touch on the case of Ahmed Mohamed, and explain how his story has been largely misrepresented in the media.
RadioWHO #7 | "If you think you know what’s going on in Mexico, you’re misinformed." With questions mounting over the prison escape of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and the Mexican government’s credibility at an all-time low, speculative theories have flooded the internet, from the believable to the ... not so much.
Guillermo Jimenez | Arivaca's had enough, and residents of this rural Arizona border town are letting the US Department of Homeland Security know that their inland immigration checkpoint has got to go. Some 100 concerned citizens and like-minded supporters descended upon the Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road...
Narconoia Podcast #2 | In the past three months, Jalisco's "New Generation" cartel has conducted well-coordinated attacks against Mexican authorities, culminating with a large-scale offensive and helicopter shootdown on May 1. But how did this organization suddenly become so dangerous and powerful?
DC on BFP #66 | Tom Secker joins Guillermo to discuss the shooting in Garland, Texas allegedly carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS): the questionable circumstances, heightened security, FBI foreknowledge and years-long surveillance of one of the alleged shooters, and the potential for it to have been a "Gladio-style" false flag event.
RadioWHO #6 | Shawn Carrie, a journalist based in New York, shares his story of covering the Baltimore riots and being shot in the head by a police pepperball and then arrested and held without charge. Carrie recounts how Baltimore police were quick to remind him that under a State of Emergency your rights "go out the window."
Boiling Frogs Post | In this introductory episode: Sibel Edmonds, Guillermo Jimenez, and Pearse Redmond introduce the new BFP Roundtable Season, discuss new ideas and possibilities for coming shows, and debate the so-called 9/11 smoking gun: the infamous redacted 28-page Saudi memo.
RadioWHO #5 | Rebecca Gordon joins Guillermo to discuss her TomDispatch article: “Can You Say 'Blowback' in Spanish? The Failed War on Drugs in Mexico and the United States.” Given the money at stake, and the cyclical nature of “policy failures,” can this truly be called “blowback,” or is something more?
DC on BFP #65 | Sheldon Richman joins Guillermo to discuss the issue of voting. Is it a duty or a right? Should it be mandatory, as President Obama would like? Are there candidates out there worth voting for? And does any of it really matter, or do these good intentions actually serve to legitimize an inherently corrupt system?
Narconoia Podcast #1 | Peña Nieto's "Captured Without a Shot Fired" Narco-Theater: As Mexico's government proclaims that the country is "open for business," courting investors, tourists, and foreign diplomats, narco-violence continues to escalate. What about all of those druglords they've caught?
DC on BFP #64 | Danny Benavides joins us to discuss the launch of a new Wikileaks-style project in Mexico called "Mexicoleaks": we go over the project's goals, why its been introduced, who's involved, their source of funding, and why we remain skeptical about the operation in the "post-Snowden" age.
RadioWHO #4 | Diego Quemada-Díez joins Guillermo to discuss his award-winning film "La Jaula De Oro," coming to US audiences in the summer of 2015 on HBO as "The Golden Dream." The film raises powerful and timely issues dealing with US immigration and drug policy, as well as political interventions in Latin America.
ClandesTime 47 | Tom Secker, Pearse Redmond, and Guillermo Jimenez discuss three recent examples of the crossover of popular culture and politics: the film The Interview, the attack on Charlie Hedbo magazine in Paris, and American Sniper. We talked about how the popular dialogue around these events has diluted and degraded...
DC on BFP #63 | Derrick Broze joins Guillermo to discuss the federal trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged "Dread Pirate Roberts" and mastermind behind the Silk Road marketplace on the Deep Web. We also touch on the philosophy of the Silk Road, why Ross Ulbricht deserves to be freed, and what this case means for the future of internet freedom.
DC on BFP #62 | Tom Secker joins us to discuss the various theories circulating around the Sony hack, who may have ultimately been responsible, and why North Korea is the least likely of culprits. We also explain what the US government has to gain from pinning the attack on the North Koreans, despite their flimsy evidence.
DC on BFP #61 | Dr. Roy Eidelson joins us to explain the role of psychologists, and the complicity of the American Psychological Association, in CIA torture. We discuss the "architect" of the CIA's torture program, James Mitchell, the theory of "learned helplessness," and the role of the media and pop culture in the normalization of torture.
RadioWHO #3 | "Freeway" Rick Ross joins Guillermo Jimenez on the RadioWHO podcast to discuss life before, during, and after the CIA drug game. Rick talks openly about growing up in poverty, struggles with illiteracy, and what led him down the path to become a $3 million-a-day Los Angeles crack dealer with hidden CIA support.
Guillermo Jimenez | Daniel Pantaleo choked a man to death on camera. He wrapped his arm around his victim’s neck and squeezed until the life escaped his body. The victim was, of course, Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black father of six, whose final words, “I can’t breathe,” have become a rallying cry for social justice...
PPR Episode 32 | Pearse Redmond, host of Porkins Policy Radio, interviews TOR's Danny Benavides on the mass disappearance in Iguala, narco-cartel reorganization and the prospect for a “Mexican Spring.” The conversation begins with Danny explaining what actually transpired last September near the city of Iguala...
Reality Bytes Radio | Neil Foster, host of Reality Bytes Radio, talks to Traces of Reality's Guillermo Jimenez and Danny Benavides about Mexico's narco state, the forced disappearance of the normalistas from the Ayotzinapa school in Guerrero, the wave of civil unrest and what may lie ahead for the troubled nation.
DC on BFP #60 | Aaron Cantú details the case of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old father of six who NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo choked to death last July; the failings of the grand jury system in both the Garner case and Michael Brown in Ferguson; and why police are the "most violent parts of white supremacy distilled down to human form."
RadioWHO #2 | Paul Alan Smith joins us to discuss why he left a lucrative job at one of Hollywood’s most influential agencies to found his own company, and shares his perspectives on the way Hollywood shapes American culture, the media's role in "democracy," and the establishment's last word on Hollywood productions.
DC on BFP #59 | Douglas Valentine, CIA expert and author of The Phoenix Program, joins us to discuss the "sweeping organizational changes" proposed for the agency, how its counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency tactics have invaded nearly every law enforcement department in the country, including local police.
Boiling Frogs Post | On this edition of the BFP Roundtable the panel gets into a lively discussion on the marketing of the "ISIS" brand of "Islamic Terror." But if the terror boogeyman is the product, then who's the customer and who are they buying from? Join Peter, Sibel, Guillermo and James for an uncensored conversation on terror, black ops...
Guillermo Jimenez | Over a month has passed since the forced disappearance of the normalistas (student teachers) of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa, and still 43 remain missing. On September 26, members of the Iguala municipal police and the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel ambushed the caravan of students...
DC on BFP #57 | Andalusia Knoll joins us to discuss the suspected massacre of students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. We clear up the misinformation in the US media, explain these students were targeted, and explore how this fits into the bigger picture of Mexico's US-led drug war.
DC on BFP #56 | Shahid Buttar explains why the greatest threats to liberty in the United States are not foreign, but domestic and found within our own government, and why the NSA could be said to have found a "political ally" in the Islamic State. Also: potential solutions, reactions from Ferguson, racial profiling, and much more.
DC on BFP #55 | Abby Hall joins us this week to discuss her article "Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Control." We discuss the "boomerang effect" and how war and the expansion of the American empire have given rise to the police and surveillance state in the United States.
DC on BFP #54 | Doug Owen joins us this week to discuss the latest round of US military aggression in Iraq, why the "war fatigued" American public appear to be largely in favor of the attack, and what it has to do with September 11, 2001. We also talk about the importance of the ongoing 28 Pages campaign, and much more.
DC on BFP #53 | On September 10, 2014, Barack Obama became the fourth consecutive US President to announce the bombing of the country of Iraq. Whether it's a conservative former head of the CIA, a freewheeling, smoothing talking womanizer from Arkansas, a bumbling Bonesman with a fake Texas accent...
TOR Radio #105 | Sibel Edmonds discuss her new book, a novel, called The Lone Gladio. Sibel explains why she chose a "fictional drama" as the vehicle to tell this story, the inspiration for the various interesting characters, and many of the book's larger themes: Operation Gladio, black ops, government corruption, and the Deep State.
TOR Radio #104.2 | Guillermo and Danny illustrate how a product of government propaganda — that serves to further legitimize the "war on terror," justify another war, and accept a greater loss of liberty — nevertheless found willing mouthpieces among some of the larger "alternative media" outlets.
TOR Radio #104.1 | Hector Cubillos joins Guillermo and Danny to discuss the police killing of Jose Walter Garza that took place on August 30, in Laredo, Texas. Hector has now interviewed two witnesses that confirm police are lying about what actually took place in the moments before they killed Garza.
DC on BFP #52 | Pearse Redmond joins us to discuss the dubious connections between fake journalist "turned freedom fighter" Matthew Van Dyke and alleged ISIS victims James Foley and Steven Sotloff; the bullshit rumor that ISIS is operating on the US-Mexico border, and how and why this fear-based propaganda has taken hold of the so-called alternative
Guillermo Jimenez | An eyewitness to the police killing of Jose Walter Garza in Laredo, Texas, on Saturday has come forward to contradict the official account of events. In an interview with local, independent journalist Hector Cubillos, Gateway Truck Stop CFO Victor Treviño said police know...
RadioWHO #1 | Douglas Lucas joins us to discuss how the the drug war on the Mexican border has morphed into an all-out counterinsurgency war, how its effects extend beyond the border, and what these counterinsurgency tactics have to do with the militarized police in Ferguson, Missouri and throughout the United States.
DC on BFP #50 | Kevin Gosztola joins us to discuss the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, the killing of Michael Brown, and the larger issues of police accountability and incremental militarization. We also go over the similarities in counterinsurgency and paramilitary tactics in play both in Ferguson and Gaza.