The Dissenter

09 Apr 2021

Dissenter Weekly: Amazon and Google’s Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights the turmoil at Google, which inspired a shareholder to demand the corporation adopt protections for whistleblowers. Amazon is in the midst of thwarting workers at a plant in Bessemer, Alabama, from forming a union. Kevin covers a

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08 Apr 2021

The Virtual Wall: Documents Show CBP Plans For Surveillance Towers At US-Mexico Border

The United States government plans to expand a program for monitoring the Mexico border through cutting edge artificial intelligence technology. At the vanguard of the project is Anduril, a nerd-chic tech firm with ties to Palantir. Delivery orders, statements of work, and contracts obtained by Shadowproof help to illustrate the

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07 Apr 2021

Former Employee: Transocean Nearly Caused Oil Rig Catastrophe During Hurricane Zeta

A lawsuit—one of several civil lawsuits—was filed by Christopher Pleasant, a former employee of Transocean and Triton Voyager Asset Leasing assigned to the Deepwater Asgard. He claims the corporations delayed disconnecting from a deepwater well until it was unsafe to “unlatch the vessel.”

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07 Apr 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘I Pity The Country’ By Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is an acclaimed novelist, poet, scholar, and singer. She is also a member of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg people, native to southern Ontario, Canada. She recently released her stunning new album “Theory Of Ice.”

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02 Apr 2021

Dissenter Weekly: Biden Justice Department Wields Espionage Act To Coerce Drone Whistleblower’s Guilty Plea

In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola shares his reporting on drone whistleblower Daniel Hale, who was charged under the Espionage Act and pled guilty on March 31. Although Hale was charged under President Donald Trump, the plea made Hale the first whistleblower prosecuted with

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31 Mar 2021

Drone Whistleblower Charged With Violating Espionage Act Pleads Guilty

The following was originally published as part of The Dissenter Newsletter. Daniel Hale, who blew the whistle on the United States government’s targeted assassination program that includes drones, pled guilty to transmitting and retaining “national defense information” in violation of the Espionage Act. The guilty plea by Hale makes him

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Prison Protest

08 Jul 2020

Beyond Prisons: Historian David Stein Reflects On Ascent Of Abolition

Historian David Stein joins the Beyond Prisons podcast to reflect on the sudden rise in awareness of the abolition movement.

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02 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak Feared At Massachusetts Prison After Incarcerated Man Collapses In Kitchen

Advocates and incarcerated people fear a potential COVID-19 outbreak at MCI Norfolk in Massachusetts after an incarcerated man collapsed during his kitchen duty shift.

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"Abolish the police" graffitied on boards outside Moon Palace Books at 3032 Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: Tony Webster on Flickr).
18 Jun 2020

OPEN CALL: Freelance Journalism On Prison And Police Abolition

Shadowproof is mobilizing resources and our platform to raise the abolition movement’s visibility, inviting journalists to pitch us stories on the subject.

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09 Jun 2020

Beyond Prisons: How Do We Get Through This? feat. Kay Whitlock & Donna Murch

Donna Murch and Kay Whitlock join Beyond Prisons to think through the question “how do we get through this?” in light of the intensity of the pandemic.

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03 Jun 2020

Beyond Prisons: Reflecting On The Protests

Kim and Brian sit down for an extended conversation on the current Black Lives Matter protests, policing and police reform, media literacy, and more.

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02 Jun 2020

Beyond Prisons: Evolving Political Consciousness feat. Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams discusses co-founding the hashtag “#MasculinitySoFragile” and evolving political consciousness on an episode of the Beyond Prisons podcast.

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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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