Kenneth Steiger served a Special Agent in the FBI from the 1980’s until 2006, and was assigned to major cases in organized crime like the Colombo family. He even worked on the famous case of the largest Ponzi scheme in history with Bernie Madoff. We really get the lowdown on mafia crime in New York City from Steiger, and you do not want to miss it. Also on this show, Steiger gives his take on what he sees as a massive politicization of intelligence in more recent years, and from there we get into the highly publicized cases of Trump and Russian collusion, as well as Hillary Clinton’s private email server. We discuss how things have changed from the days of primitive wiretaps, to threats made publicly on social media. We rarely hear from those with a background in the FBI on here, so it was a real privilege to sit down in studio for this nearly two-hour discussion.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been called a “traitor” and a “defector” by the likes of prime time television hosts on mainstream media, military personnel, and even our current President. The narrative has also been that the Obama administration traded him for five terrorists, and the lives of American war fighters were lost in the process to get this man back in country. Michael Ames, co-author of “American Cipher” says not so fast, as he investigated Bergdahl’s background in-depth, and learned the true story of what really went down.
Michael spent a lot of time in Hailey, Idaho as a “glorified ski bum” as he puts in, and when the news broke of Bergdahl being freed, he realized that he was familiar with this young man who grew up there. His interest became the catalyst for the book out now co-written with Matt Farwell, and on this episode, Michael joins us in studio and gives us the facts behind such a major news event that became plagued with falsehoods and misinformation. Be sure to pick up “American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan” to gain some real insight into American foreign policy and how the narrative often told to us gets out there before all the facts come out.
Bob Baer served as a CIA case officer, primarily in the Middle East, and has written renowned books on his experience including “See No Evil.” Baer served with the Agency from 1976 to 1997, and as some of you may know, “See No Evil” became the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film “Syriana” with George Clooney portraying the role of Baer. This is Bob’s second appearance on the podcast, and we’re really honored to have him back a few years later to tackle some very important and timely issues. We start off with the subject of American military personnel being utilized in countries like Yemen and Haiti as we’ve recently seen, and the damage that this can cause. From there we get onto the subject of Blackwater founder and former SEAL Erik Prince now working with the Chinese, and Bob does not mince words when giving his stance on this. Another subject tackled this episode is the killing of Osama bin Laden, conspiracy theory surrounding it, and Bob’s take on the controversial Seymour Hersh report. Baer’s most recent book is “The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins.” Pick that one up, and dig into this episode, because we go deep!
We start off this show with a pretty big announcement some of you may have heard earlier in the week from myself (Ian Scotto,) that I have decided to move on from the podcast and work on some future endeavors. I greatly appreciate the positive feedback from any of you who reached out, and have loved both doing this podcast and getting to know such a top notch audience. I still have a whole month of great shows planned with some big name guests before I make the transition, but feel free to keep up with me, I will continue to interact with this audience as always.
With that, our guest this show is writer Alex Hollings, who many of you are familiar with. We discuss his article on a downed Japanese F-35 aircraft still missing, as well the recent comments by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praising the VA by stating, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” With unacceptable numbers of veteran suicides, some even killing themselves in front of VA hospitals, it’s understandable why many in the veteran community find these comments appalling. We also answer your emails, including a question on Syria, and I rant for a few about “fake news.”
Jack Murphy’s memoir “Murphy’s Law” hit shelves this week, pick it up. It’s available on Audible as well, and is read cover to cover by Jack himself. You can also check out Jack’s most recent interview with Andrew Wilkow promoting the book if you’re a Sirius XM subscriber and want to listen back On Demand.
Joining us this episode are previous guests of the show Doug Kechijian & CJ Woodruff. To refresh you on both of these guys, Doug is a retired Air Force PJ, physical therapist, and current CEO of Resilient Performance Systems, and CJ is a retired Marine, personal trainer, and social media personality. I decided to pair them up for a discussion because fitness is not only a huge part of military readiness, but there’s also just a major demographic of listeners with a love for this subject matter. As you’ll hear, although physical therapy and personal training are two separate routes in this field, these guys see eye to eye on quite a lot. We cover supplementation, government regulation and insurance issues in their respective professions, and what they feel qualifies for military effectiveness. We also cover my own article for The Loadout Room that went up last week titled, “E.A.R.N. – A simple but effective way of mastering your fitness regimen,” and you’ll hear why CJ and I share a great deal of respect for three-time Mr. Olympia Frank Zane.
One of our listeners Sean also made me aware of an original Women’s Army Corps officer and World War II veteran Sara Parsons celebrating her 100th birthday that wants nothing more than cards from all of you out there. So check out that article from Wausau, Wisconsin’s ABC affiliate on where to send them. Be sure to visit Resilient Performance Training online at ResilientPerformance.com, which links to all of their social media and podcast, and follow CJ on Instagram @CJWoodruffOfficial.
We’ve all been waiting for it, “Messages From Beyond” by James “Smokey” West is finally here, and joining him in studio to talk about it is his co-author, Charlene da Silva. As you’ll hear Jim discuss, this will be the first in a series of books, and this one begins at a time detailing the legendary Green Beret‘s brush with death in the late 1970’s after a car accident. As Jim says to me, there were no bright lights for him. Some of the work that Jack Murphy started in helping to write Jim’s memoir appears in here, but much of that will also be told in a later book. The natural question I wondered when meeting Charlene, is how does a young woman with no military background get into the mind of a seasoned warrior and fighter like Jim to tell a story from his perspective? We get her insight on that, and you’ll hear why Jim holds her work in such a high regard.
“Messages From Beyond” is out now on Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback, and we hope that you pick it up. We also encourage you to visit Charlene’s website at CharlenedaSilva.com. Always a great time with Jim in studio, and I’m glad he introduced me and our audience to the writer he chose to help tell his story.