Surveillance Video of FBI Raid Against FTL Studio

It was about ten degrees Fahrenheit at around 6am on March 16th, 2021 when dozens of armed agents from the FBI, IRS, USPS, ATF, and Keene Police swarmed onto the duplex containing the Free Talk Live studio. They smashed in windows and a front door, set off explosions, flew in drones, and held multiple peaceful bitcoin activists at gunpoint. Simultaneous raids were being conducted in multiple other locations, with six people arrested in total. They were since dubbed “the Crypto Six” by supporters.

One had her charges dropped and three have taken plea deals despite never harming another human being. Two remain, facing hundreds of years in prison for completely victimless, made-up financial “crimes” regarding bitcoin.

Now, more than a year later, the FBI has returned the surveillance DVRs they took from the property. This is some of the footage taken at the scene of the Free Talk Live studio in Keene, NH:

Ian Freeman Returns to the Stage at Porcfest 2022 to Discuss the FBI

I had the pleasure of speaking from the main stage at Porcfest 2022, the biggest, sold-out Porcfest ever. My speech was about the history of Free Talk Live and the FBI’s obsession with the Free State Project, specifically agent Phil Christiana. Thank you to Dennis Pratt and the rest of the Porcfest crew for having me back!

Here’s the full speech and Q&A:

Thank you to Jim Babb for speaking out years ago and Rodger Paxton for laying the groundwork for having me back to Porcfest.

TALKERS’ Publisher on FTL’s Ian: “The greatest champion of free speech that we have.”

This year, I was tremendously honored to receive the talk radio industry’s most prestigious award, TALKERS Magazine’s Freedom of Speech Award. Sadly, due to the insane bail restrictions on me in the Crypto Six case, I was unable to attend TALKERS’ NYC convention to receive the award. Thankfully, Free Talk Live’s co-hosts Mark Edge and Captain Kickass were in attendance and Mark accepted the award while Captain recorded video.

Here’s the full presentation including the very kind introduction by TALKERS’ publisher, Michael Harrison, who called me, “the greatest champion of free speech that we have”. That’s probably too kind, but I sure do appreciate his sentiment. Mark then read aloud the short speech I wrote for the occasion, which you can read in full here.

Thank you to the audience for listening, TALKERS’ staff for choosing me for this awesome award, and Mark for receiving it on-stage. If you missed Michael Harrison’s interview of me, you can listen to it here.

“Freedom of Speech” Award from TALKERS Magazine for 2022 Goes to FTL’s Ian Freeman

Ian with MegaphoneIndustry honors don’t get bigger than this.  Every year at their convention in New York City, talk radio’s premiere industry publication, TALKERS Magazine awards the “Gene Burns Memorial Award for Freedom of Speech”, which prior to Burns’ death in 2013 was called the “Freedom of Speech Award”. Burns was the award’s first recipient in 1988 and I’m extremely honored to be its recipient this year of 2022.

TALKERS has stated their prestigious award is given to broadcasters who “have demonstrated through their words, deeds and courage the First Amendment in action, its purpose and how it operates.” Past recipients include Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, Sean Hannity, Thom Hartmann, G. Gordon Liddy, Al Franken, Glenn Beck, Matt Drudge, and more. There’s no doubt that the hosts of Free Talk Live, the country’s only syndicated libertarian radio show, are dedicated to freedom, especially the freedom of speech. While I am the founder of the show, all of our co-hosts share the same philosophy. I’m super grateful to the people at TALKERS for this award.

In any normal year, I’d be attending the TALKERS convention in NYC to accept the award in person. This year however, I’m currently on highly restrictive bail conditions as I await trial in the Crypto Six case. Unless I can get the prosecution to agree to let me attend, I’m stuck at home. Thankfully, Mark Edge will be there to accept the award in my stead. Would I have been able to speak, I’d have said something like this:

I’m grateful to Michael, Kevin, and the rest of TALKERS Magazine’s staff for presenting me with the Freedom of Speech Award. Every year we gather here in New York City and gratitude is often expressed that as an industry, we are free to share our opinions on the radio. However, is it really true that we have free speech? Or, is it simply that most talk radio hosts have opinions that are within an acceptable range? (more…)

“Central Bank Digital Currency – A Moral Hazard” – Panel Discussion ft. Ian of FTL

I was honored to be invited to speak on a panel about Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) regarding them being a moral hazard. Many government gangs are moving towards implementing a CBDC and that is very bad news for financial freedom. Here is the full 22 minute panel discussion. Thank you to Chris from Sustany Capital for hosting the conference.

Video & Voice Calling Now Working on FTL’s Matrix Chat Server!

LRN.FM Matrix ChatBig news from our Matrix chat server!  Finally, we have gotten direct audio and video calling working.  These calls are supposedly client-to-client and do not use our server as a midpoint, so they should be as fast and as high quality as the calling parties’ internet connections and devices allow.  Note, this only works on direct conversations with two people.  If you have a chat room with more than two, you’ll still need to use the Jitsi conference option that has always been available.  Enjoy!

If you’re not yet part of our Matrix server, you can visit this page to get step-by-step instructions on how to join.  Matrix is a self-hosted, open source, federated chat system where you can join existing channels or create and admin your own, public or private!

TALKERS Names FTL #24 in the 2022 “Heavy Hundred”!

Radio industry publication TALKERS Magazine’s “Heavy Hundred” is their list of the “most important radio talk show hosts in America” and we’ve moved from from #25 to #24 on the 2022 edition!  It is an honor to continue to be included and moved up year after year.  Thank you to the great people at TALKERS.  If you missed TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison interviewing me recently, you can find that here.

Talkers' Heavy Hundred 2022