This week we broadcast a mash-up of previous interviews Sam and Jerod conducted with NSA whistleblower Kirk Wiebe and FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley. For the full versions check out the ICYMI episodes here & here.
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Having been disheartened and disillusioned by the duopoly of the US political system, Sam was drawn to the Occupy Wall Street movement. OWS soon blossomed and he quickly became dedicated full-time to the various causes therein, running live-streaming and social media support for Occupy Minnesota and traveling on various assignments to protests nationwide including the Port Shutdown by Occupy Oakland, the RNC and DNC protests and elsewhere including Mexico City. In these endeavors, Sam has witnessed the power of new media technologies and citizen journalism, and the impact they can have on shaping the national dialogue. A firm belief of his is that the American people, when presented with non-ideologically driven information, generally make wise choices. That is part of what he hopes to bring to the North Star Post, to disseminate truly vital information to the People and do so as objectively as possible, without ideological or other spin. His first solo story as an independent journalist was the exposure of the FBI's aerial surveillance fleet the so-called #FBISkySpies.