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The Rackets Podcast focuses on news related to organized crime. The subject matter isn't limited to traditional gangsters, such as drug cartels. The show also focuses heavily on white-collar criminals, including corrupt politicians, lobbyists, corporate criminals, crony capitalists, shady government officials, etc. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rackets/support

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The Rackets Podcast focuses on news related to organized crime. The subject matter isn't limited to traditional gangsters, such as drug cartels. The show also focuses heavily on white-collar criminals, including corrupt politicians, lobbyists, corporate criminals, crony capitalists, shady government officials, etc. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rackets/support

    Bowe Bergdahl & the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan

    Bowe Bergdahl & the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan

    This episode's guest is Michael Ames. He is an investigative reporter and book author based in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade working in media in southern Idaho, Ames moved east and shifted to national issues, writing mostly for the Daily Beast and Harper's and Newsweek magazines. His first book, American Cipher, which he co-authored with former US Army infantryman Matt Farwell, was published by Penguin Press in March. 

    In this interview, Michael set the record straight about this former soldier, along with the manner in which his capture was a pretext for many vested interests. Ames also demonstrated a variety of ways in which Bergdahl's exploited public image paralleled the endless war in Afghanistan. 

    This excellent and critically-acclaimed book, American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan, is available on Amazon, in Barnes and Noble, and all independent book stores. 


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    • 38 min
    Lindsey Graham Doesn't Understand the Constitution

    Lindsey Graham Doesn't Understand the Constitution

    (The audio for this episode isn't great. This issue will be corrected in the following episodes.)

    The highlights include:

    Censorship in Arizona's state prisons

    Backlash against the maker of OxyContin and the heirs to the company's fortune

    Racketeering by Big Pharma

    Lindsey Graham's buffoonery

    Central American Narco-State

    Wasteful Military Spending

    Former CIA Director's Ironic Choice of Words on Terrorism

    Baltimore being held ransom by hackers using former tool of the NSA 



    (Image - Flickr - Jim Greenhill)


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    • 24 min
    Trump's Emoluments and the Government's Corrupt Revolving Door

    Trump's Emoluments and the Government's Corrupt Revolving Door

    This episode covers a range of topics including:

    Robert Kraft's lawsuit

    Possible Chinese espionage

    A Federal Lawsuit involving Trump's Emolument Violations

    Trump's Pay to Play System

    A Number of Revolving Door Officials Finding High-Paying Work in the Private Sector

    Boeing Whistleblowers

    Foreign Lobbying

    War Crimes

    Bribery by Shell/ENI of Nigerian officials


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    • 24 min
    China's Illegal Organ Harvesting

    China's Illegal Organ Harvesting

    Leon Lee is the Peabody Award winning director of the documentary film, Human Harvest. Lee explained that the Chinese government began persecuting a group known as Falun Gong in the 1990s. They can best be described as prisoners of conscious. Falun Gong practitioners have been tortured, harassed, falsely imprisoned, etc. And many of them have been executed with the sole purpose of selling their organs within the Chinese medical system. It's a subject that is so sinister that it's difficult to believe, but evidence provided by Lee and a few award-winning journalists demonstrate that this is a vile human catastrophe that needs much more international attention.


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    • 34 min
    UN Refugee Bribery Scandal, Foreign & Domestic Kleptocrats

    UN Refugee Bribery Scandal, Foreign & Domestic Kleptocrats

    The latest episode covers a bribery scandal involving the UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, corporate drug pushers, Russian election interference in  Madagascar, corrupt foreign and domestic officials, and much more. 


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    • 28 min
    A Mob Boss Murdered, CIA Embassy Break-in, Weapons Trafficking, & International Crime

    A Mob Boss Murdered, CIA Embassy Break-in, Weapons Trafficking, & International Crime

    This episode covers a range of topics. That includes the murder of the leader of the Gambino crime family, a break-in at the North Korean embassy in Spain, the international weapons racket, a hip-hop artist / credit card  fraudster,  cartel warfare and much more.  


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    • 42 min

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