The Dissenter

Mayor Bill de Blasio and DOC Commissioner Joe Ponte present plan for violence at Rikers (Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office)
15 Nov 2015

Podcast: Rikers Island Reforms Solitary Confinement with Pre-Crime and New Isolation Units

There has been a push by activists, advocacy organizations, and concerned citizens in New York to reform solitary confinement. Yet, at Rikers Island prison, the city recently adopted a “rehabilitative” reform, which developed a new system of solitary confinement for inmates in order to accomplish solitary confinement reforms. Independent journalist Raven

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is being threatened with indefinite solitary confinement (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
14 Nov 2015

‘Any Alleged Discrimination Is Justified’: Justice Department Opposes Chelsea Manning Growing Her Hair

The Justice Department moved to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Chelsea Manning against United States Army personnel for prohibiting her from growing her hair.

The seal of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency inlaid in the floor of the main lobby of the Original Headquarters Building. (Wikimedia Commons / Duffman)
13 Nov 2015

Leak Hypocrisy: CIA Employee, Contractor Who Committed Security Breaches Weren’t Prosecuted

Evidence revealed by a VICE News investigation revealed the government’s hypocrisy in pursuing whistleblowers like John Kiriakou and Jeffrey Sterling.

Andy Worthington speaking at an event "Resisting Empire: Global Resistance to Guantanamo and Torture" in Sheffield, United Kingdom on October 5, 2012. (Wikimedia / Tobias Klenze)
13 Nov 2015

Protest Music Project: Andy Worthington Interviewed on Songwriting and His Influences

Andy Worthington of The Four Fathers talks about his album, “Love and War,” and what influenced him to become a writer & performer of protest music.


Prison Protest

Photo from UUSC report, "No Safe Haven Here: Children and Families Face Trauma in the Hands of U.S. Immigration"
23 Oct 2015

U.S. Immigration Prisons Lack Oversight, Re-Traumatize Refugees

Studies show families fleeing extreme violence in Central America are treated as criminals, not survivors, when detained in facilities without oversight.

Visitation (Ed Schipul on Flickr)
22 Oct 2015

Report: States Should Make It Easier For Families To Visit Prisoners

Isolation is a defining characteristic of incarceration, but a growing body of research shows contact with family is essential to reducing recidivism.

CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou sits on a couch with his children after his release from prison. (John Kiriakou)
20 Oct 2015

A Letter From John Kiriakou To Shadowproof Readers

Dear Friends, I have long been indebted to Jane Hamsher, Kevin Gosztola, and Brian Sonenstein at Firedoglake. They helped rally support for me in my deepest time of need, reaching out to people like you who gave very generously to FDL to help Heather and me pay for our mortgage

Sign at the entrance to Rikers Island (satanslaundromat on Flickr)
20 Oct 2015

New York City Considers Strict Limits on Jail Mail And Visitation

After a request by the city’s Department of Corrections (DOC) for greater control over the flow of contraband, the New York City’s Board of Correction (BOC) is considering strict new mail and visitation rules [PDF] for its jails. The request comes after a recent increase in violence due to the proliferation of


The Bullpen

Sen. Tom Cotton (Photo by Gage Skidmore)
10 Nov 2015

Senator Tom Cotton Wrongly Tries To Link Social Security And Drug Addiction

There is absolutely no basis whatsoever for Senator Tom Cotton’s batty claim that Social Security benefits fuels heroin addiction among the poor.

A factory worker adjusts his safety goggles fit over his ear in this March 2, 2011 photograph. His work shirt has a patch reading "Perfection is our Direction." (Flickr / Nick Harris)
09 Nov 2015

Support For Neoliberalism Is Killing Working-Class Whites

Middle-aged, working-class whites are dying faster than ever before, according to new research from Princeton. Are they voting away their own futures?

Sgt. Black Richardson and Staff Sgt. Gregg Foland, assigned to Bravo Company, TF Gladius, 82nd Airborne Div., talk to a local gas station owner about insurgent activity in the Kapisa province of Afghanistan on Nov. 4, 2009. (Photo by ISAFMedia on Flickr)
06 Nov 2015

Afghanistan Waste-A-Thon Continues With $43 Million Gas Station

The latest addition to the already $1.7 trillion “War on Terror” is a $43 million gas station in Afghanistan that should have cost around $500,000.

"Stop Fast Track rally in D.C." by AFGE on Flickr
05 Nov 2015

White House Releases Text Of Trans-Pacific Partnership

The White House has released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) online, the first time the public will see history’s largest trade deal.


The Next Cold War