The Dissenter

Suleiman Abdullah Salim | Photo from ACLU
13 Oct 2015

CIA Torture Architects Sued by Former Detainee for Water Dousing & Other Methods

The ACLU sued two psychologists contracted by the CIA to develop, implement, and personally administer an experimental torture program in the War on Terror.

A destroyed area of the MSF hospital in Afghanistan the morning after the facility was bombed. (Photo via Doctors Without Borders MSF)
12 Oct 2015

Doctors Without Borders Rejects Pentagon Offer to Help Rebuild Bombed Hospital

Doctors Without Borders rejected the Pentagon’s offer to rebuild their hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which US military forces bombed on October 3.

Ryan Harvey performs "Omar" in Liberec, Czech Republic
12 Oct 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Omar’

The global refugee crisis in Europe persists, as over a million of the most vulnerable people seek resettlement in countries which can support them with humanitarian aid. Yet, some of the most wealthy countries in the world have failed to appropriately respond to this desperate moment. Amnesty International estimates only

Helicopter after night of operations in Afghanistan| Photo from U.S. Army Europe
11 Oct 2015

Podcast: Journalist Anand Gopal on MSF Hospital Attack & Next Phase of Afghanistan War

The Afghanistan war returned to the headlines this past week, reminding Americans it is still ongoing. The U.S. bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the Kunduz province. General John Campbell, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, appeared before congressional committee to make statements about the strike and also, with


Prison Protest

Buzz Westfall Justice Center, the St. Louis County Jail | Photo by Dave Herholz
09 Oct 2015

St. Louis County to Privatize Healthcare at Jail, Documents Show

If St. Louis chooses to privatize healthcare at the Buzz Westfall Detention Center and Family Court Juvenile Justice Center, the county could end up announcing a deal with a contractor any day now. According to documents obtained by Shadowproof, St. Louis “anticipates selection of an apparent successful proposer at the beginning of October

The exterior of Advanced Correctional Health headquarters in Peoria, IL. (Screenshot of Google Maps)
07 Oct 2015

Tennessee County Seeks New Jail Medical Contract After Inmate Deaths

About one month after two inmates died in one week at the Henderson County Jail in Tennessee, the county issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) [PDF] for a new jail medical contract. Henderson County Jail had a contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare (ACH) at the time of the deaths—a company which has

CPD officer and Cortland City Schools Resource Officer, Rob Reyngoudt (via Philip LaConte on Flickr)
06 Oct 2015

School Officers’ Pepper Spray Policy Declared Unconstitutional In Alabama

High school public safety officers employed by the Birmingham Police Department (BPD) in Alabama violated the constitutional rights of students by using pepper spray against them “unnecessarily” and then failing to adequately decontaminate the children, according to a decision by US District Court Judge Abdul K. Kallon. The ruling in the class action lawsuit brought by eight Birmingham City School

File: A statue of "blind justice" holds a pair of scales, on the exterior of the Albert V Bryan Federal District Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia.
05 Oct 2015

Long-Awaited Criminal Justice Reform Introduced In Senate

A bipartisan criminal justice reform bill introduced in the Senate last week includes changes to mandatory minimum sentences for low level drug offenses.


The Bullpen

JPMorgan Chase World Headquarters in New York (Michael Premo on Flickr)
12 Oct 2015

Former JPMorgan Vice President Alleges Money Laundering Cover-Up

Last Friday, JPMorgan successfully got a whistleblower lawsuit from former VP Jennifer Sharkey tossed out of federal court.

Fight for 15 at annual McDonald's shareholders meeting in Oakbrook, IL, in May | Photo by peoplesworld
09 Oct 2015

Fight For 15: Minimum Wage Jobs No Longer Short Term

Though many Americans may still be under the impression that those working minimum wage jobs are just young people in their first job, evidence continues to show that a sizable and increasing portion of the minimum wage workforce are over 40 and staying in the “entry level” jobs for years.

Empty drug test cup (micahb37 on Flickr)
08 Oct 2015

Drug Testing Welfare Applicants Was Waste Of Time And Money

Tennessee has spent $11,000 drug testing applicants & an undisclosed amount administering the program – and only 0.19% tested positive for illegal drug use.

The TPP Handshake (Electronic Frontier Foundation via Flickr)
07 Oct 2015

TPP: Supposed Free Trade Agreement To Expand Copyrights And Patents

The TPP is being sold as a “free trade” agreement to facilitate the flow of goods and services across borders, but a big part of it does the exact opposite.