The Dissenter

What you see when you try to load Barton Gellman's wiped presentation
09 Oct 2015

‘Classified Speech’: Purdue Destroys Video of Presentation on Snowden Documents

There are numerous examples of American colleges or universities invoking “civility” to stifle free speech, especially speech around the issue of Palestinian human rights. Multiple instances exist where students have demanded particular speech or acts of expression, which make them uncomfortable, be controlled or suppressed. On a lesser scale, there

The Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong invites Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to join him for a "selfie" during a reception prior the opening dinner of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, May 29, 2015. Pictured at right is Senator Jack Reed. (Flickr / Department of Defense)
08 Oct 2015

How TPP Stands To Significantly Boost U.S. Military Power In Asia-Pacific Region

WikiLeaks cables reveal one hidden agenda of the Trans-Pacific Partnership: increasing the might of American empire against China’s growing power.

FBI agent Kate Macer played by Emily Blunt (Screen shot from LIONSGATE Publicity Trailer for press)
07 Oct 2015

Film Review: In ‘Sicario,’ What Happens When FBI Agent Threatens to Expose True War on Drugs

In ‘Sicario’ as in real life, those who have the integrity to challenge authority, like Emily Blunt’s character, do so at great risk to their livelihood.

Gen. Campbell addresses the Senate Armed Services Committee
06 Oct 2015

U.S. Commander Claims Forces ‘Would Never Intentionally Target Protected Medical Facility’

The United States commander of military forces in Afghanistan appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee and addressed the U.S. airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz. He claimed the Doctors Without Border hospital was “mistakenly struck,” and the U.S. “would never intentionally target a protected medical facility.” General John F.


Prison Protest

The exterior of St. Louis' Buzz Westfall Justice Center, which includes the county jail. (Screenshot: Google Streetview)
01 Oct 2015

St. Louis Considers Privatizing Jail Medical Care

With St. Louis jails disproportionately filled with blacks and other populations underserved by health care, the move could prove disastrous for inmates.

Seen from behind, three residents of Cook County Juvenile Detention Center sit, arms over each others' shoulders, wearing their jail uniforms while watching a performance on May 2, 2013. (Flickr / WBEZ)
29 Sep 2015

Attitudes Toward Treatment Limit Chicago’s Former Youth Inmates’ Access To Health Care

Only 15.4% of detainees with mental health disorders receive treatment. 31% of former youth prisoners were not sure where to go for treatment.

A pregnant prisoner in a bare cell with a simple bed. The inmate's head is turned away from the camera, so only her hair is visible. (National Crittenton Foundation)
28 Sep 2015

Juvenile Justice Reform Will Fail Without Specific Focus On Young Women

Black girls were about three times as likely as white girls to be referred to juvenile court, and 20% more likely to be detained than white girls. American Indian/Alaska Native girls were 50% more likely to be locked-up.

Judge's Gavel and Sound Block created and folded by Glenn Sapaden out of two dollar bills (Glenn Sapaden on Flickr)
25 Sep 2015

More Reports Of Debtors Prisons Surface In Louisiana And New Hampshire

A federal lawsuit in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a report by the ACLU of New Hampshire, document the practice of jailing people unable to pay their court debts, violating the due process rights of the poor by failing to provide them with legal counsel and ability-to-pay hearings.


The Bullpen

Ben Bernanke participates in a discussion at the Ford School in 2003 (via Ford School on Flickr)
06 Oct 2015

Former Fed Chair Bernanke Says Bankers Should Have Been Jailed For ’08 Crash

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who engaged in his own questionable conduct while head of the Fed, has now said that individuals should have gone to jail for engaging in the financial crimes that led to the 2008 financial crisis. Bernanke’s statement came last week during a book promotion

Activists hold lighted signs reading "STOP TPP" on March 5, 2015. (Flickr / Backbone Campaign)
05 Oct 2015

TPP Agreement Announced, Setting Up Battle In Congress

Congress becomes the last hope of stopping the Trans Pacific Partnership, where passage is not guaranteed despite fast track authority.

Elizabeth Warren (jacquelinesarah on Flickr)
02 Oct 2015

Brookings Firing Exposes Rift Between Elizabeth Warren And Hillary Clinton Supporters

Robert Litan’s resignation from the Brookings Institution exposed some fault lines within the Democratic Party.

File: A close-up of the backwards 'R' logo on the side of the Toys 'R' Us ferris wheel in New York City's Times Square on February 1, 2013. (Flickr / Thomas Hawk)
01 Oct 2015

Toys ‘R’ Us Misuses H-1B Temporary Foreign Worker Visas To Outsource Jobs

Toys ‘R’ Us, and other major corporations, are misusing the H-1B Visa program to train foreign workers then fire Americans when those jobs move overseas.