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The Dissenter

Former ODNI General Counsel Robert Litt at the 2014 LENS Conference. (Photo from LENS Conference on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSjFSZWirwQ)
05 May 2016

Top US Intelligence Lawyer’s Testimony Shows Obama Encouraged Leak Prosecutions

Testimony from the former top intelligence lawyer undermines President Obama’s claims that he’s had no desire for leak prosecutions.

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The Assassination Complex by Jeremy Scahill. Graphic from the Intercept
05 May 2016

WATCH: Jeremy Scahill Discusses ‘The Assassination Complex’

Kevin Gosztola and The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill discuss The Assassination Complex, a collection of reporting on the US secret assassination policy.

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Bernie Sanders in Gettysburg. Photo by Henry T. McLin on Flickr
04 May 2016

Reports Of Sanders Campaign’s Death Were Over-Exaggerated

The victory matters but not to the establishment media, who carry themselves with such hubris they declared Trump could never be the Republican nominee.

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DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on "With All Due Respect." Photo from screenshot.
03 May 2016

DNC Chairwoman Alienates Independents With Defense Of Closed Primaries

It does not help Clinton that the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee defends a closed primary system that disenfranchises voters.

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The Bullpen

Paul Krugman and Charlie Stross (Photo by Cory Doctorow on Flickr)
08 Apr 2016

Paul Krugman Doesn’t Understand The 2008 Financial Crisis

That an economist could be so misinformed (if not disingenuous) on such a vital economic issue is extremely disappointing.

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Photo By CartoonDiablo own work, released under Public Domain. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
06 Apr 2016

Was Corporate Media Too Dumb To Understand Sanders Bank Breakup Plan?

The usual suspects in infotainment claim Sanders somehow blew an interview with The New York Daily News and does not understand how to breakup the banks.

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US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker at a meeting before the Council on Foreign Relations
05 Apr 2016

Commerce Secretary Pritzker Defends Corporate Tribunals In TPP

Commerce Sec. Pritzker told the Council on Foreign Relations a controversial provision in the TPP was good because the US has prevailed every time.

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The Next Cold War

Andriy Parubiy, on cover of his book "A View From The Right"
21 Apr 2016

Ukraine’s New Speaker Of Parliament Is A Neo-Nazi

So much for plausible deniability. While apologists and propagandists for the government in Kiev have tried their best to dismiss concerns about the government’s connection to neo-fascist movements, the jig is undeniably up. The new speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Andriy Parubiy, is a longtime neo-Nazi activist who was a

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Sec. of Defense Ash Carter with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman, April 2016 (DoD)
20 Apr 2016

Carter War Planning With Saudi and Gulf Defense Ministers, Obama Mending Fences

Next Cold War Roundup 4/20/16 It’s war season in the Middle East. Syrian opposition “rebels” declared a new war on the Syrian government and sources claim they will pull out of the Geneva peace talks.  Sec. Defense Carter and Pres. Obama are in Saudi Arabia meeting with military leaders of

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Slim Pickens as B-52 Bomber pilot Major T. J. "King" Kong, in the movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
19 Apr 2016

Next Cold War Brings New Nuclear Arms Race

As the United States continues to assert its imperial dominance and hegemony, rising powers throughout the world are looking for ways to counter it.

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Prison Protest

A detailed aerial view of Rikers Island. (Wikimedia Commons / United States Geological Survey)
11 Jan 2016

Reforms For Young Adults On Rikers Island Could Face Further Delays

NYC Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte made his second request for more time to end punitive segregation for Young Adults on Rikers Island.

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Tired Little Girl by Tim Brown on Flickr
07 Jan 2016

DHS Says ‘Focus On The Family’ With Latest Deportation Action

When will the U.S. accept that deportation, detention and messaging campaigns mean little to people immersed in danger and suffering at home?

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at Netroots Nation 2011 (Marta Evry on Flickr)
07 Jan 2016

DNC Chairwoman Flippantly Defends Her Support for War on Drugs

The DNC Chairwoman’s scary feelings about “drug culture” perpetuate the destruction of “safety” for countless Americans, especially those in her state.

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In this April 7, 2011 photograph, Norman Seabrook, President of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA), sits center at a table during a forum hosted by National Action Network. Seabrook claims his union hasn’t had a seat at the table during the Rikers Island reform negotiations. (Flickr / Azi Paybarah)
05 Jan 2016

The Devil In The Details Of Tentative NYC Correction Officers’ Contract Deal

The contract specifies a new unit at Rikers Island which would focus on prosecuting inmate-on-guard violence. But what’s the real cause of jail violence?

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