A couple of days ago social media was discussing the change in Pete Santilli’s attitude towards his former activist friends, as expressed below in this message. In 2016, Santilli’s handsome face was memorialized in a Mug Shot taken when he was arrested during the Oregon Standoffs. In the past few months, Jason Goodman has interviewed Pete Santilli on more than one occasion, and seems to feel a kinship with Santilli for his ordeal of spending 619 days in jail, while he contended with two separate federal criminal lawsuits. Jason Goodman is presently a defendant in two federal civil lawsuits: one for defamation, and the other for racketeering. He has expressed concern over the potential of getting his own Mug Shot photo someday, and appears to be psychologically compensating by creating Meme Mug Shots of his legal adversaries.
A Pete Santilli Show guest introduction states, “Jason Goodman is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and stereoscopic cinematographer. A little over one year ago he left the world of Hollywood to pursue independent journalism, creating Crowdsource the Truth.” From that lofty beginning, Jason Goodman has now lowered himself to designing Memes for Mugs as part of his unusual legal defense strategy. His favorite mug design was on display for a July 24, 2018 LIVE show with Pete Santilli, which unfortunately had to be canceled due to technical difficulties.
Today we are going to explore the mysteries behind the reputational crises of broadcast journalists, Jason Goodman and Pete Santilli.
A little background on Santilli:
Two years ago when Santilli was arrested in the Oregon Standoffs, a commenter calling himself Cwp54nm observed, “Shock jocks are simply practicing stochastic terrorism”. To explain what he meant, Cwp54nm provided a link to the website, stochasticterrorism. blogspot.com, which features a January 2011 article, Stochastic Terrorism: Part I, triggering the shooters.
The author G2G explains, “Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terroristic acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. In short, remote-control murder by lone wolf….The stochastic terrorist is the person who is responsible for the incitement. For example they go on radio or television and stir up hatred toward a particular person or group….At each step, plausible deniability increases through the diffusion of responsibility…The random actor gets captured and sentenced to life in prison, while the stochastic terrorist keeps his prime time slot and goes on to incite more lone wolves.”
Cwp54nm’s comment was a response to a February 4, 2016 article by Maxine Bernstein at oregonlive.com, Federal judge affirms decision to keep Pete Santilli behind bars in conspiracy case. In the case of Santilli, the Oregon standoff scenario did not play out in conformity with the stochastic terrorist definition, for this Shock Jock spent nearly two years in jail, and the lone wolf shooter never showed…or did he? After all, one protestor in Oregon did lose his life by gun fire…
If one delves into these Hammond and Bundy stories with an unbiased view, it is clear that the Alternative News Media Shock Jocks were instrumental in creating a false narrative in order to stir up the righteous indignation of their viewers against events that were falsely labeled as government injustices.
Santilli as a Suit and Tie Man
At the beginning of Santilli’s broadcast career, his photo displayed an executive type with a short haircut, wearing glasses and a suit and tie. In this conservative attire, Santilli claimed he was “indisputably the most controversial voice of reason and reality on the air in the United States.” He stated he subscribed to principles learned from “the late, great William Cooper”. Incidentally that particular conspiracy theorist died while confronting law enforcement. Santilli advised, “Never trust anyone. Listen to and read everything you can get your eyes and ears on. Never believe anything you haven’t personally researched yourself.”
Out with the Executive Look, In with the Camo Cowboy Image
At the time of Pete Santilli’s arrest, he had changed his image to that of a CAMO COWBOY holding a bullhorn who was shouting down environmental protestors. This change in demeanor was noted in an article written February 21, 2016, as a special to the Washington Post, by Leah Sottile of bendbulletin.com called Pete Santilli: a shock jock, a journalist or a mouthpiece for the patriot movement? The Shock Jock image was dismissed by “Santilli’s attorney, Thomas Coan”, who “argued that his client was not to be taken seriously: His words were the bloviations of a ‘shock jock,’ ‘an entertainer,’ but also a ‘new-media journalist’. U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman saw Santilli’s words differently: ‘When he says he will die a free man, I don’t take that as a man who is joking about it,’ he said.”
In contrast to his attorney, Pete Santilli’s girlfriend and co-host, Deborah Jordan Reynolds was quoted as saying, “What he does is dangerous. He’s speaking out against the United States government, and he’s an activist.” “It’s ambush journalism,” she says. It’s “this new in-your-face journalism.”
That latter opinion certainly underscores the Stochastic Terrorism observation of Cwp54nm, for this type of activism can no longer be regarded as unbiased journalism. Ambush journalism is a façade for the works of an agent provocateur. The question which appears to haunt Pete Santilli is whether or not he was ever employed as an FBI operative who had infiltrated antigovernment protest groups. Santilli claims that the federal criminal trials in which he was a defendant proved he had never been employed as an informant for the FBI. Pete Santilli took a plea bargain in the Nevada case for time served while in an Oregon jail, and now he is back on the air waves.
Jason Goodman Inserts Himself Into Santilli’s Story
Today we are going to take a look at the Jason Goodman interview of Pete Santilli which addressed this question, Pete Santilli-FBI Informant or Framed By Hackers?; originally posted April 21, 2018 on his Crowdsource the Truth 2 YouTube channel. This video was reposted May 7, 2018 on the Jason Goodman You Tube channel.
Towards the end of this interview (44.32), Jason Goodman declares, “Pete, this is one of the most important shows I’ve ever done, because you, Sir, are a victim of the intelligence agencies of the United States of America taking action against the citizens [Santilli: Oh, yeah.] when we try to utilize our power through social media and through connecting in the way they are attempting to stomp us down even farther. I haven’t told you this prior to now, but there is a very active and troublesome individual who is engaged in a campaign to get me indicted…”.
Note that Jason Goodman is interested in linking his perceived victimhood of being set up and framed, with that of Pete Santilli’s imprisonment for federal charges in two criminal lawsuits, two years ago. This particular video was done almost two months prior to Jason Goodman being named as the Defendant in a federal civil RICO lawsuit by Plaintiff, D. George Sweigert. As we shall observe, the narrative which Jason Goodman related in his August 3, 2018 federal court filing, Memorandum In Support of Motion To Dismiss was being storyboarded ahead of schedule, and enhanced by Pete Santilli’s explanation for his own reputation problems on the internet.
The main focus of Pete Santilli’s personal story of the FBI informer accusations which had been made against him in 2013, involves some anonymous hackers and later on, his former associate in the Guerilla Media platform, New Zealand radio host Vinnie Eastwood, in coordination with writer Susan Posel.
Jason Goodman turns this 58 minute interview into a confirmation of his own claim that he was setup by several individuals, which resulted in his being named a defendant along with two others in a September 1, 2017 Federal civil lawsuit for defamation by Robert David Steele and his Earth Intelligence Network nonprofit corporation. At that same time, there was also a cloud hanging over Jason Goodman and his Crowdsource the Truth broadcasts due to his association with George Webb and his hidden source, Deep Uranium and their combined responsibility for the events that unfolded June 14, 2017 when a false report of a dirty bomb caused the Port of Charleston to be shut down for 8 hours.
After viewing this CSTT interview of Santilli, there is a clear thread of remarks by Jason Goodman that suggest that the focus on Santilli’s possible FBI informant history is secondary to Goodman establishing a defense for his own journalistic liabilities. When I independently reviewed the many internet references to Pete Santilli, I found no rock solid proof that he ever was employed as a FBI informant. This accusation, even where documentation is provided, only leaves more unanswered questions. And Santilli now claims that during his recent federal trials, the question of his FBI informant employment was laid to rest.
So are these internet accusations merely an orchestrated diversion for entertainment and profiteering purposes? Goodman leads in to his interview with Santilli, by discussing the recent Inspector General investigations into the top of the tier of the FBI.
At the 2.08 mark, Jason Goodman says, “…and I’m particularly interested Pete because as an independent journalist, as a guy who’s been investigating the activities of the BLM and the possible collusion of the BLM and the FBI to basically steal the land of the Bundy’s…”.
Wait just a minute Jason! You are reframing the illegal cattle grazing problems on public lands of the Bundy’s into an entirely different story board; that of the theft of the land of the Bundy’s. This latter conclusion is not based on the facts, nor the laws involved in the Bundy controversy. Such willful ignorance is unbecoming to a broadcast journalism interviewer.
But then perhaps this interview of Santilli is not meant to be an unbiased investigation into a story. For just two minutes into the interview, Goodman shows his underlying self-serving motive as he tries to insert himself into Pete Santilli’s story, by asserting, “It’s not at all inconceivable to me that you could be framed and of course I personally have experienced a lot of malicious hacking activities…”.
Pete Santilli is then allowed to explain the FBI informant accusations which were brought forth against him, utilizing a set of exhibits to illustrate his story. In addition, Pete Santilli presents Jason Goodman and the viewing audience with a February 24, 2014 article from The Intercept written by Glenn Greenwald titled: Psychology: A New Kind of SIGDEV- How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations. This article centers its discussion around another publication, The Art of Deception: Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations.
Online Covert Operators are charged with targeting Alt Media Journalists
The viewer’s focus has just been drawn into the world of online covert operations which have the intent of destroying a person’s reputation, as shown in this screen shot from The Intercept article linked to above.
While Jason Goodman expresses his belief that these techniques are being employed against him, it must be noted that he has been accused of doing these same things to others. What is it that the viewers are being distracted from seeing?
Let’s ask a simple question with regard to Pete Santilli’s employment history: just exactly, what is presently being covered over? So let’s begin with the biography which Pete Santilli provided for Rense Radio years ago, when The Pete Santilli Show had been broadcast from their platform. This particular bio had also been reviewed by the government prosecutors of the 2016 lawsuits against Santilli.
On March 4, 2016 a 59 page document (#3) was filed in the United States District Court, District of Oregon Case 3:16-MJ-00024, (The United States of America v. Peter T. Santilli, Jr.), titled Government’s Memorandum in Support of its Motion for Pretrial Detention.
In this document the Government was seeking to continue pretrial detention of Santilli based on the facts which existed in his Nevada federal criminal case. Among other things, this Memorandum stated on page 2, “Santilli was a key player in the build up, organization and execution of an unprecedented, massive armed assault against federal law enforcement officers near Bunkerville, Nevada, on April 12, 2014. As set out in the Superseding Criminal Indictment, in which he is named as a principle organizer and leader of a criminal enterprise, Santilli is charged with knowingly joining a criminal conspiracy to threaten and use force and violence against law enforcement officers in order to extort about 400 head of cattle from their care and custody…”.
On page 9, this document continues, “Based on the evidence adduced from its investigation to date, the government proffers the following in support of its motion for pretrial detention: A. Background. At the time of these events, Santilli (50) was a resident of Hesperia, California. A former Marine, having served honorably as an aviation ordnance technician from 1983 to 1987, there is evidence to show that Santilli worked as a security guard and as a real estate agent during his civilian career.”
“According to his self-reported biography, however, Santilli claims that he is a disabled veteran and former executive with Coca-Cola who, according to him, became a ‘whistleblower’ after discovering an ‘inside wage skimming scheme’ at Coke, supposedly initiating a class action suit against the company for ‘millions of dollars’. None of those claims, however, is corroborated by any evidence adduced by the investigation.”
Of interest to us is this statement made by the Government about Pete Santilli, saying, “Further uncorroborated is his claim that he is a ‘Certified Crime Scene Investigator’ who ‘developed revolutionary evidence detection techniques with the use of LASERS.’ He advertises that he taught forensic experts at the FBI Academy, U. S. Secret Service, Department of Justice, almost every State D. O. J. in the Nation, as well as County/Municipal/City police crime labs,…”.
The subtle covering over of Pete Santilli’s history by his attorney
These declarations by the Government were countered on March 10, 2016 in Document 5, Defendant’s Response to Government’s Detention Memorandum filed in the District of Oregon U.S. District Court by Thomas K. Coan, the attorney for Pete Santilli. This 109 page response including extensive exhibits, acknowledges that Santilli is “a boisterous, right wing, libertarian, shock-jock, talk show host and independent news reporter who has been openly and highly critical of the FBI and the BLM on his Internet talk shows…Much of what Santilli says, though, needs to be evaluated in this context, because as he uses audacity and bravado to attract and entertain viewers….”.
Thomas Coan then provides information and exhibits of Santilli’s Coca-Cola lawsuit, showing him as one of the plaintiffs. Also the medical discharge for a service related injury is discussed, and other such matters. Thus some of the facts asserted by the Government Memorandum were in error.
Page 2 of Coan’s reply explains, “Set out below is a summary response to the Government’s 59 page detention memorandum, and while this summary does not address every point in the Government’s memorandum, the failure to address each and every point should not be considered an admission by Santilli but just a lack of time to address each and every point.”
Under the subheading, II. The Government’s unwarranted character attack is evidence of retaliation for Santilli’s criticisms, it is asserted, “The Government spends several pages of its memo disparaging Santilli and casting doubts upon his background. It is unfortunate the Government felt the need to do this, because all they had to do was search their own databases or conduct a simple Google search to verify much of the information they imply is false.” Coan then provides information and exhibits to counter several claims made in the Government memorandum.
However, one point in the Government’s memorandum was not addressed in the Defendant’s response. The Government had claimed that Santilli’s assertion that he is a Certified Crime Scene Investigator and had taught forensic experts at the FBI academy, the Secret Service and the Departments of Justice at various levels was not corroborated.
This would seem to be an important fact for the defense attorney to establish, as an argument that the Defendant was not an antigovernment extremist.
So why did Pete Santilli and his attorney fail to specifically address this claim on his resume? Is it because Santilli had lied on his resume? Or was there some other reason that Santilli felt the need to brush this issue aside, and out of view. Was it because at that time he was incarcerated with his fellow antigovernment protestors and concerned about retribution?
Pete Santilli claimed in his interview with Jason Goodman that no proof was set forth in his two federal criminal lawsuits that he was ever a paid informant for the FBI. But as we see here, there was a shifting of the walnut shells by Santilli’s defense attorney in regard to one facet of his self published employment history as a government contractor.
The Stupid Illiterate Masses Need A Meme
At the 32.35 mark in the Jason Goodman interview of Pete Santilli, he says, “Pete, it’s a compelling story and I have to tell you I believe you because what’s happening to me right now is so similar. [Santilli: Mmm.] People coming to me telling me to do things, gaining my trust, trying to set up these elaborate scenarios where their groups of people instructing people over You Tube and Facebook and Twitter [Santilli: Yes.], that don’t send money to Jason or Crowdsource the Truth. Jason’s doing all kinds of things that I’m not doing [Santilli: Right.]. People who have come to me to gain my trust only to turn around and start campaigns where they’re emailing my associates and calling my associates and telling them false things about me. [Santilli: Oh, yeah.] You know networks of individuals that are making hoax videos with ridiculous memes that are intended to make me look silly.”
They love the Memes, according to the Counter Meme Mug Maker
Continuing, Goodman adds, “They love the memes, Pete, they love to put out a meme because I think what I’ve realized is by making counter memes, is that you know you and I could sit here for two hours presenting a bunch of compelling evidence, but it doesn’t seem to grab the masses quite as quickly or directly as a single image making you look evil, that burns in to someone’s mind and all this complicated discussion about dates and FTP servers and passwords you know sort of escapes most people and they’re not going to necessarily listen, but when you can make a meme and put it out there and put the face on a pig and show the person in a straight jacket where they belong that upsets them because they know that people are going to start to realize they’re disgusting pigs and lunatics, and that said with an image.”
An example of Jason Goodman’s concept of Compelling Evidence as shown in his August 3, 2018 filing of Facts to support his motion to dismiss:This is a nine sentence interpretation of one of his Meme Mug Shots, as displayed at the beginning of this post. If these lawsuits against Jason Goodman ever come to trial, will he have to hire a Meme Interpreter as an Expert Witness? Will Goodman’s words be translated back into a Meme Mug Shot?
One question which remains unanswered in the Jason Goodman interview with Pete Santilli is, How does a Covert Operative go about destroying the reputations of two Alternative News Media journalists, who had already ruined any chances they might have had of being regarded as credible investigative journalists?