The Dissenter

17 Jun 2020

North Carolina ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Aimed At Suppressing Whistleblowers Struck Down By Federal Court

A federal court declared an “ag-gag” law in North Carolina unconstitutional and barred the state government from enforcing key parts of the law against journalists or whistleblowers.

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17 Jun 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Walking In The Snow’ By Run The Jewels

The most powerful protest music can perfectly encapsulate the moments and moods being experienced by society. At times, it can even come across as eerily prophetic.

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16 Jun 2020

Northrop Grumman Accused Of Fueling False ‘Revenge Porn’ Allegations Against CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

Northrop Grumman, the third largest military contractor in the world, was allegedly involved in falsely accusing CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou of “revenge porn.” The false accusation allegedly resulted in his arrest, improper charges, and a police raid that violated his privacy rights.

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15 Jun 2020

California Domestic Workers Fight To End Exclusion From National Workplace Protections

The Health and Safety for All Workers Act would amend an Occupational and Safety Hazard Act in California so domestic workers were no longer excluded.

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13 Jun 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Whistleblower Cops Who Challenged The Blue Wall Of Silence

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights a few police whistleblower stories. Cariol Horne is a black Buffalo cop, who was fired in 2006 after she attempted to intervene when her white colleague, Gregory Kwiatkowski, put a black man in a chokehold. Kwiatkowski

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10 Jun 2020

Democrats Push Reforms That Will Not Fundamentally Change Policing

Proposals for police reform by Democrats are distressingly similar to prior proposals that have done nothing to fundamentally change policing. In fact, the vast majority of provisions in legislation introduced in Congress were recommended by a task force convened by President Barack Obama five years ago.

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Prison Protest

24 Jan 2017

Jailed Activist Pens Letter To Justice Department On MCC New York’s Squalid Conditions

A jailed activist, who faces felony charges for a digital sit-in against the Boston Children’s Hospital website, has written a letter from the Metropolitan Correctional Center calling attention to what he describes as appalling conditions inside the facility. The letter was addressed to officials at the Justice Department, the Federal

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14 Jan 2017

Angola Prisoner Retaliated Against For Speaking To Journalist Sues Prison Officials

An incarcerated man at the Angola Prison in Louisiana sued prison officials for throwing him in solitary confinement and denying him due process in retaliation for speaking to a journalist at the local Baton Rouge Advocate. William Kissinger, imprisoned at Angola for over 27 years, should be considered a “model prisoner”

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05 Jan 2017

How Corrections Officers Control Supply And Demand For Contraband Phones In Prisons

Corrections departments conduct searches and introduce policies to diminish contraband, but such efforts arguably play a role in preserving the market.

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02 Jan 2017

Mississippi Private Prison Neglected Problems After Deadly Riot

A recently released Department of Justice audit found a Mississippi private prison—which holds over 2,500 immigrant prisoners, most of whom are Mexican nationals—failed to remedy serious problems with staffing and living conditions that led to a deadly riot in 2012. According to the audit [PDF], the Adams County Correctional Center suffered from chronic under-staffing

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Journalist Chris Hedges (L) with Siddique Abdullah Hasan (R). Photo by Lucasville Amnesty.
19 Dec 2016

Phone And Email Restrictions End For Prison Strike Advocate In Ohio

A 60-day restriction on email and telephone privileges ended for Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan on December 5, 2016. Hasan, who is incarcerated at the Ohio State Penitentiary, was punished in October for participating in a live radio interview with NPR about the September 9 strike against prison slavery. Prison officials twice prevented Hasan

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Barrett Brown. Photo by Karen Lancaster (Given to uploader by the photographer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
17 Dec 2016

Out Of Prison, Barrett Brown Recommits Himself To Agitating Against Existing Order

Journalist and activist Barrett Brown speaks to Shadowproof about life at the halfway house, restitution, restrictions, and his plans now that he’s out of prison.

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The Bullpen

Satpura Thermal Power Plant By Ashish.prajapati90 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
16 Dec 2015

India Announces Plans To Double Coal Output After Paris Agreement

It looks like former NASA scientist James Hansen was on to something when he called the Paris climate agreement, known as COP21, a bullsh*t PR exercise.

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Greenpeace Climate March 2015 By OsvaldoGago (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
14 Dec 2015

Climate Deal Reached In Paris; US Congress To Oppose

On Saturday, representatives of 196 nations at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) approved an agreement that would cut greenhouse gas/carbon emissions in order to limit the rise of the global average temperature in the 21st century to below 2 degrees centigrade. Under the agreement, carbon emissions would

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11 Dec 2015

Thank Neoliberalism: Middle Class No Longer The Majority In America

As inequality gradually worsened there have been attempts to redefine the middle class or deny its imminent destruction. But now there can be little doubt.

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BuzzFeed teams up with the Koch brothers
10 Dec 2015

Time For Reader-Supported Journalism

The truth is, if you want to see the kind of journalism you like, you are going to have to get used to paying something for it.

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09 Dec 2015

Greenpeace Sting Shows Academics Selling Themselves To Polluters

An undercover investigation by Greenpeace revealed that US scientists would write research papers for polluters and carbon emitters in exchange for money.

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Mao and Jamie Dimon sit together (Composite Photo: Remy Steinegger and The People's Republic of China Printing Office)
07 Dec 2015

JPMorgan Had ‘Sons And Daughters’ Hiring Program For Chinese Elite

JPMorgan is already under investigation for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), but the WSJ claims there are further crimes.

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