July 2, 2015
In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, host Marc Clair welcomes in 23 year old independent journalist, Sam Richards! Sam details how he first became exposed to independent journalism while helping to cover and promote local protests in Minneapolis. Marc and Sam discuss some of the pitfalls of going through the traditional path of a journalistic career, and how being independent can allow one to be a true "watchdog" journalist. Sam describes how a tip from his brother regarding an odd flight pattern over Minneapolis led him down a rabbit hole to discovering an entire fleet of secret government surveillance plans operating through several front companies. Marc and Sam discuss the implications of this program, who is affected by it (spoiler alert: everyone!), and how it relates to futuristic-sounding spying technologies such as Stingray and Argus. Marc and Sam discuss the future of journalism, and Sam has some advice for anyone aspiring to become an independent journalist themselves.