The Dissenter

President Donald Trump. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
20 Feb 2018

Trump Administration Argues It May Detain Captives At Guantánamo Until Fighting Stops In Afghanistan

In response to legal challenge against “perpetual detention,” Trump administration maintains it may hold detainees “until fighting stops” in Afghanistan

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18 Feb 2018

Daniel Ellsberg On A Life Dedicated To Preventing Nuclear Attack That Would Result In Near-Extinction Of Humans

Daniel Ellsberg is best known as the whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers, which exposed what United States government officials really knew and thought about the Vietnam War. But he also worked as a nuclear war planner when he was a RAND Corporation researcher and consultant for the Defense Department.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announcing indictments of 13 Russian nationals (Screen shot from C-SPAN broadcast).
16 Feb 2018

Mueller Indictment Part Of Cycle Of Information Warfare And Election Meddling Between U.S. And Russia

The Mueller indictment is part of an ongoing cycle of information warfare and election interference between the United States and Russia that goes back decades.

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Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
15 Feb 2018

Appeals Court: Trump’s Anti-Muslim Comments Continue To Taint Travel Ban

Yet another federal appeals court, the Fourth Circuit, ruled against President Donald Trump’s travel ban against Muslims.

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Prison Protest

14 Feb 2018

ICE Put Immigrant Woman, Who Alleged Sexual Abuse, In Solitary To Make Her Recant Claims

An incarcerated immigrant woman, who alleged sexual harassment and assault by a corrections officer, said she was thrown in solitary confinement for 60 hours and was told she would not be released until she publicly recanted her accusations. Laura Monterrosa is a 23 year old immigrant from El Salvador detained

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14 Feb 2018

New York Jail Inspectors Smuggle Contraband Into Jails, Find Culture Of Corruption Alive And Well

An undercover investigator posing as a correction officer smuggled drugs, alcohol, and a razor blade into jails in Manhattan and Brooklyn with incredible ease and found the Department of Corrections failed to implement reforms it supported publicly for nearly five years. A report published by the Department of Investigations [PDF],

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Protesters gather for an IWOC demonstration outside FCI Coleman in Wildwood, Florida. (Photo via IWOC Gainesville)
05 Feb 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 20: Operation PUSH Continues Fight Against Prison Slavery

Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein discuss Operation PUSH: a nonviolent prison labor strike and boycott in Florida that began on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware. Photo by trconrad2001 on Flickr
02 Feb 2018

One Year After Vaughn Prison Uprising, Demands Still Unaddressed

It has been one year since the uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. While DOC demands are being met, little has changed for prisoners.

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25 Jan 2018

Florida Officials Deny Operation PUSH Is Ongoing, Even As They Retaliate Against Prisoners

More than a week since Operation PUSH launched in Florida prisons, officials claim there is no strike, even though there are several reports of retaliation.

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Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson appears on CBS. Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/BristolCountySheriff/photos/a.1335231376503787.1073741827.224225530937716/2073706762656241/?type=3&theater
22 Jan 2018

Massachusetts County Plans To Make Video Screens Only Way For Incarcerated To See Loved Ones

Bristol County, Massachusetts, is planning to make video screens the only way incarcerated individuals can “visit” and see their loved ones.

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Sharp Edges

11 Dec 2017

Whitewashing Bush And Obama’s Anti-Muslim Policies To Attack Trump

President Donald Trump’s fervent Islamophobia, which will likely surge again now that the Supreme Court has blessed the travel ban, is viewed as a kind of unique hostility towards Muslims. Jennifer Williams, Vox’s deputy foreign and national security editor, and a Muslim herself, published a widely shared piece which argued,

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#HUResist members cook meals for the homeless. Photo by #HUResist on Facebook.
27 Nov 2017

#HUResist Is Anti-Racist Student Activism That Goes Beyond Trump

In the wave of Trump-era movements, #HUResist is a powerful student-led initiative at Howard University that goes beyond the White House.

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Paul Ryan. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
20 Nov 2017

Paul Ryan’s ‘Cindy’ Is A Cruel Figment Of The Capitalist Imagination

Republican Speaker Paul Ryan, who has an estimated net worth of $6.4 million, wants people to believe an extra $58 a month will allow for “Cindy” to save money.

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Still from "Toughest Prisons in America - Lewisburg Federal Documentary." Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ipVwX7frk
06 Nov 2017

Interview: Man Granted Clemency By Obama Over Drug Charges Rebuilds Life

In 1997, when Romaine “Chip” Dukes was 24-years-old, he was convicted on three federal drug charges and was given a mandatory life sentence, plus ten years.

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Flint Water Plant. Photo by George Thomas on Flickr.
24 Oct 2017

Little Has Changed For Flint Residents Forced To Pay For Poisoned Water

Nearly 1,250 days ago, a major water crisis hit Flint, Michigan. Yet, even as problems persist, officials involved in the crisis have yet to be held accountable.

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Urgent care center. Photo by youbelonginlongmont on Flickr.
17 Oct 2017

Failures Of Affordable Care Act Push Patients To Rely On Urgent Care Centers

As health care costs are leading cause of bankruptcy, more Americans are leaving their primary care physicians behind in favor of urgent care centers.

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The Bullpen

07 Feb 2018

If America’s Largest Companies Can’t Shop For Better Health Insurance, No One Can

Last week, to great fanfare, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase announced they will work on a new health care program for their employees “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.” The response to this announcement unintentionally produced some remarkably insightful conversation about American health care reform. What exactly this new

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Young Americans for Liberty supporter wearing "Taxation Is Theft" hat. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
09 Jan 2018

All Taxation Is Theft: Four Words To Understand The Republican Party

Besides the minimum taxes necessary to pay for national defense and basic law enforcement, the Republican Party treats all taxation as theft.

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01 Dec 2017

History Suggests Democrats Unlikely To Repeal Unpopular Tax Bill If It Passes

Senate Republicans are in a rush to pass a very unpopular tax bill that would dramatically cut taxes for the rich and corporations. There are many reasons why they want to pass this unpopular bill. It is what their donors want. Tax cuts are an article of faith among the

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President Trump delivers a statement on Syria. (Screenshot from White House video)
18 Oct 2017

Trump Is Taking Advantage Of The Fact That Obamacare Was Made To Be Broken

Trump is trying to remove as many Jenga blocks from Obamacare, as he legally can. The problem is that Obamacare is made of Jenga blocks in the first place.

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Protestors demand Medicare for all in Bakersfield, California. Photo by ufcw770 on Flickr.
14 Sep 2017

The Surprising Provision Buried In Sanders’ Medicare For All Bill

Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All bill contained one very interesting section that has been mostly overlooked.

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Vermont Human Right To Healthcare. Rally at the State House in Montpelier, VT. Photo by NESRI on Flickr.
09 Aug 2017

Interview With Jon Walker: Why MICA Is Good Plan To Transition U.S. To Single-Payer Health Care

Health care policy analyst Jon Walker discusses his proposal for transitioning the United States to a single-payer health care system.

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GOVINT

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seal.
19 Oct 2017

Read DEA Chief’s Critical Memo Admonishing Trump For Endorsing Police Misconduct

Former DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg resigned on October 1 but not before castigating President Donald Trump in an internal memo.

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Trump Tower. Photo by brad_t on Flickr.
18 Sep 2017

FBI Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny Trump Tower Wiretap

In response to a records request, the FBI said it “can neither confirm nor deny the existence of records” regarding a wiretap of Trump Tower.

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14 Sep 2017

Salt Lake City Police Chief Applauded Officers Instead Of Reflecting On Nurse Incident

Shadowproof obtained emails from the Salt Lake City police chief after the incident with a University of Utah nurse. Where is reflection on what happened?

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Heather Heyer memorial in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo by Bob Mical on Flickr.
04 Sep 2017

UVA Professor Warned Charlottesville Police Of Impending Violence On Night Before Heather Heyer’s Death

After witnessing a “no police intervention” the night before Heath Heyer’s death, a professor warned police “the White supremacists will be violent tomorrow.”

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"Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo by Rodney Dunning.
01 Sep 2017

Emails Suggest UVA Police Downplayed White Supremacist Groups During Unite The Right Rally

Read the University of Virginia’s police chief’s emails regarding the “Unite the Right” rally, obtained by Shadowproof under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Gil Scott-Heron. Photo by Martti Tulenheimo (tulenheimo) on Flickr.
30 Aug 2017

Read The FBI File For Renowned Black Musician And Poet Gil Scott-Heron

Shadowproof obtained 28 pages of FBI records regarding Black musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron under the Freedom of Information Act.

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THE IDIOCRAT

23 Nov 2017

President Donald Trump Allegedly Groped A Thanksgiving Turkey

A White House staffer present during the selection process for the Thanksgiving turkeys, which President Donald Trump would later “pardon,” said Trump allegedly groped one of the turkeys. Trump said, “Is this a woman?” as he hoisted the bird up in the air. “It’s a very special time to be

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23 Nov 2017

Man Still On Hold Waiting For Liberal Hotline To Tell Him What To Say About Trump During Thanksgiving Dinner

A 33 year-old man, who has #AbsolutelyWithHer and #WhenFemsResist in his Twitter bio, is still waiting on a liberal hotline for people who need talking points on President Donald Trump for their Thanksgiving dinners. The hotline was launched by Stand Above Impeachable Lies, or SAIL. About an hour ago, one

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06 Nov 2017

US Politicians Prepare Thoughts And Prayers For Next Victims Of Shooting They Won’t Do Anything To Prevent

The White House and members of Congress prepared thoughts and prayers for those who will be shot and killed in the nation’s next mass shooting. “It is best to be ready, since we’re not going to entertain a national conversation or support a policy change that could possibly reduce the

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Scott Pruitt. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
11 Oct 2017

Scott Pruitt’s EPA Will Fight For States’ Rights To Climate Change

In a draft four-year plan, the Scott Pruitt’s EPA promises to go above and beyond to restore the rights of states to endure climate change.

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08 Oct 2017

National Weather Service Reluctantly Takes On Role Of Forecasting Next Gun Massacre

As a nation once again debates whether to debate whether to do anything meaningful to make it harder for Americans to kill masses of people with guns, sources with the National Weather Service said they plan to include potential threats of gun violence in their forecasts. One official sighed very

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17 Aug 2017

Here Is The NDA That George Soros Forced Professional Anarchist To Sign

It was nearly six months ago that I came forward and revealed my role as a professional anarchist paid to protest President Donald Trump by George Soros. Upon revealing the truth, I immediately had to go into hiding and I sought out privacy tools that weren’t infiltrated by Soros and

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