Lee Camp tears Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos a new one. He explains the true “cost of convenience” when it comes to the online retailer behemoth. Amazon is quickly taking over our lives and homes. It may sound extreme, but now with their $14 billion purchase of Whole Foods, Amazon is leaping into the “IRL” sphere. The plan is most likely to induce more people to pay to become Prime members by offering deals on food. Amazon controls a huge amount of online sales traffic and now they’re getting into the food sphere, combine that with the reality that they have a $600 million contract with the CIA and that Bezos owns the Washington Post, and it’s certainly time to push back and try to divest. Next, Lee presents a new segment called, “What You Won’t Hear.” He delves into stories the mainstream media may cover, but definitely won’t give you the full story. He talks about the police officer’s acquittal in the Philando Castile murder trial, as well as a massive carbon-sucking machine in Switzerland. In the second half of the show, correspondent John F. O’Donnell joins Lee at the desk to break down a new report by the NGO, Save the Children, entitled, “The End of Childhood Index.” The international child’s rights organization did a comparative analysis of 172 countries to determine the best and worst countries to be a child. Where the US ranks will certainly surprise you. Finally, correspondent Naomi Karavani files a scathing report about the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Naomi delves into a botched drug operation the DEA embarked upon in Mexico. They recklessly shared confidential information that led directly to a massacre. A Propublica report, which largely went under the radar, spotlights the DEA’s role. Naomi also highlights an incident with the DEA in Honduras where they misled congress and the DOJ about fatal shootings. All of this on episode #153 of Redacted Tonight!
Lee Camp reveals what’s in store for the future of our nation’s infrastructure. Things are looking grim, as Trump plans for wide-scale privatization of our bridges, tunnels, and roads. This means our travel, safety, and health will be put into the hands of corporate entities that care about profit well above our well-being. Lee also delves into how our country is being sold for parts to foreign conglomerates and nation-states. Then Lee moves on to discuss a shocking new report on how the world’s wealth is becoming even more inequitable. The 5 richest men in the world now have the same amount of wealth as HALF OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION. That’s 5 people with as much as 3 BILLION PEOPLE! Beyond being a psychotic representation of greed, it’s also incredibly unstable for the world. In the second half of the show, correspondent Naomi Karavani joins Lee at the desk to discuss leaked documents that expose a conservative foundation’s plan to consolidate power. It’s the Bradley Foundation and their tactics include crushing unions, especially in blue states where they wield an enormous amount of power. The Bradley Foundation influences the government to pass so-called “Right to Work Laws” and breaks apart unions, all while operating under the guise of being a charity. Finally, correspondent Natalie McGill investigates how a chemical that scientists acknowledge is very harmful to human beings is somehow in countless everyday products we use. They’re known as PFCs and they’re a dangerous, unregulated substance. But that doesn’t keep them from being in your shampoo and water. All of this on the new Redacted Tonight!