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Russian Threat Is Good for Business, U.S. Defense Contractors Tell Investors

As the media and politicians work to cast Russia as a great threat to Americans, the arms industry is pressuring NATO member states to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic products on weapons and defense systems.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE


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Glenn Greenwald: How Democrats Use ‘Russia Sympathizer’ to Smear Rivals

The Intercept journalist points out that Clinton loyalists have given Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and even Julian Assange a “turn in the Kremlin seat” and puts this form of “Red-baiting” into historical context.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE



Nine FOIA Requests Seek to Find the Extent of Government Spying on Climate Protesters

The Intercept revealed last month that federal agents went undercover at a fossil fuel auction protest.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE



Should a Man Who Did Not Commit a Murder Be Executed for It Anyway?

Jeff Wood is scheduled to be put to death by the state of Texas on Aug. 24, even though he never killed anyone.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Administration Drone Death Tally Falls Short, Critics Say

“It’s hard to credit this death count, which is lower than all independent assessments,” says Hina Shamsi, director of the National Security Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s State Department Let South Sudan Use Child Soldiers

Hillary Clinton spent years vowing to defend the rights of children worldwide, but under her leadership the State Department played a central role in allowing rebel forces in southern Sudan to use child soldiers in defiance of a 2008 law forbidding it.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Rips The Associated Press for Prematurely Announcing Hillary Clinton’s Victory

“This is the perfect symbolic ending to the Democratic Party primary,” wrote the Intercept journalist on Tuesday. “The nomination is consecrated by a media organization, on a day when nobody voted, based on secret discussions with anonymous establishment insiders and donors whose identities the media organization— incredibly— conceals.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



Emails Confirm Hillary Clinton Used Her State Department Role to Press Countries to Embrace Fracking

The emails belie both an upstate New York campaign commercial in April touting Clinton’s work as secretary of state forcing “some of the world’s worst polluters” to make “real change” and her promise to “stand firm with New Yorkers opposing fracking, giving communities the right to say ‘no.’ ”

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE



Believe It or Not, Hillary Clinton Wasn’t Always This One-Sided on Israel

The former secretary of state used to hold a more nuanced view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in contrast to the fact that she now seems to blindly support Benjamin Netanyahu’s increasingly right-wing regime.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



The Intercept Expands Public Access to the Snowden Archive With Release of SIDtoday Files

In order to make possible a fuller exploration of the U.S. government’s activities in the post-9/11 era, The Intercept on Monday began publishing more of the source material leaked by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in the summer of 2013.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE


Brazil’s Interim President Takes Power With Conservative All-White, All-Male Cabinet

Brazil’s former vice president assumed the role of interim president Thursday after the country’s Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff.

Posted on May 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Edward Snowden Explains What Makes Whistleblowing Permissible

In a piece published by The Intercept, the ex-CIA employee and NSA subcontractor reflects on the risky but necessary act of revealing information not intended to be publicly known.

Posted on May 5, 2016 READ MORE



Democratic Sen. Mark Warner Urges the Rich to Challenge Populist Anger (Video)

The Virginia senator called on an audience of business and political elites to respond to public discontent by lobbying harder for the reduction of corporate taxes and the cutting of public programs like Social Security.

Posted on May 5, 2016 READ MORE


Cable News Not Covering Government Corruption Protests in Washington, D.C. (Video)

Democracy Spring is all about reforming campaign finance laws in the United States. But although the movement is gaining momentum, mainstream media coverage remains scant.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Fight Israel in Self-Defense? You’re a ‘Terrorist.’ Boycott? You’re ‘Anti-Semitic.’

How are Palestinians and their allies supposed to resist oppression when critics deem every recourse available to them illegitimate? Glenn Greenwald poses the question at The Intercept.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



Students Challenge Canadian Government on Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia, Citing Kingdom’s Rights Abuse

A lawsuit led by their professor charges that the $15 billion contract violates Canadian law, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims his government’s credibility would be harmed if he broke the agreement.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE


Think the NSA Can’t Hack an iPhone Without Apple’s Help?

A secret, internal government catalog of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices displays the tricks the U.S. military and intelligence agencies can use to spy on anyone. Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept discusses the revelation.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Live Blog: A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden

Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



The ‘Drone President’: Rhetoric Versus the Atrocious Facts

Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Would This Man Be Hillary Clinton’s Treasury Secretary?

BlackRock Inc. is the world’s largest manager of financial assets—five times larger than Goldman Sachs. And its CEO, Larry Fink, and his team are poised to take over a Clinton Treasury Department.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE



Top GOP Pollster Finds Young Americans Are Terrifyingly Liberal

Right-wing political consultant Frank Luntz says the “hostility” of Americans age 18 to 26 to “the underpinnings of the American economy and the American government” should “frighten every business and political leader” and “excite activists for Sanders and, to a lesser degree, Clinton activists.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 READ MORE



Key Members of Hillary Clinton Team Lobbied Against Bills She Now Touts as National Accomplishments

On the presidential campaign trail, the candidate has been hailing Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank Act, a measure aimed at Wall Street corruption. Yet she has infused her staff with former lobbyists and consultants who did all they could to block the two reforms.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



N.Y. Times Misleads About Bernie Sanders’ Funding and Later Endorses Hillary Clinton

The newspaper hangs an article about Sanders’ campaign finances on a legal technicality, and the next day it backs his main rival’s presidential bid.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Compares 7 Stages of Establishment Backlash Against Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders

The journalist with The Intercept has done a great job of recording how establishment reactions to the rise of Bernie Sanders feel a bit like British déjà vu.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Laughs When Asked if She Will Release Her Goldman Sachs Speeches

The Democratic presidential candidate laughed and turned away when Intercept reporter Lee Fang asked if she would release transcripts of her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE



Half the Foreign Policy Experts Behind Clinton’s Anti-Sanders Letter Have Military Industry Ties

Earlier this week, the media reported on a letter by 10 experts claiming that Sanders had “not thought through … critical national security issues”—without telling readers that fully half of the signers have strong connections to military contractors.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Members of Unions and Progressive Groups Back Sanders. When the Chiefs Pick, Clinton Gets the Nod.

Every major union or progressive group that let its members decide the organization’s endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has selected Bernie Sanders, while all of Hillary Clinton’s major endorsements have come from groups in which the leadership decides.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



A Drone Protester Heads to Jail

Mary Anne Grady Flores, 59, will serve six months for photographing a peaceful protest outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, N.Y., where the U.S. trains pilots to launch drone strikes in the Middle East, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Reform Plan Leaves Credit Rating Agencies Untouched

“Clinton’s vision of financial reform neglects one part of the industry everyone agrees was an essential factor in the 2008 crisis: the credit rating agencies, which assess the worthiness of Wall Street securities for investors,” writes David Dayen at The Intercept.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



Weapons Industry Revenue Forecaster Enthuses Over Global Turmoil

Contrary to expectations that revenues would fall as the U.S. downsized its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, the professional services firm Deloitte gushes in a new report that “the resurgence of global security threats” promises a lucrative “rebound” in military spending.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Is Right About Clinton and Big Banks—and Here Are the Numbers to Prove It

As the Vermont senator recently pointed out, Hillary Clinton’s relationship with Wall Street becomes clear when you look at how much she’s charged for speeches to Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and big banks.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Incarcerated Population, Bigger Than Any Other Nation’s, Grew Even More Last Year

The Intercept reports that the federal government’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reveals that “about 1 in 36 adults in the United States was under some form of correctional supervision at yearend 2014.”

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



Military Lobbyists Brag About Getting Presidential Candidates to Favor War

An email to supporters shows a recently formed defense industry group congratulating itself for getting Republican presidential candidates to demand the escalation of U.S. military action in Syria.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



Private-Prison Executive Predicts More Profits, Downplays Criminal Justice Reform

A senior executive with the second-largest for-profit prison company in America told investment bankers last summer that, talk of drug policy and criminal justice reform notwithstanding, the United States will continue to “attract crime,” generating new “correctional needs.”

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Former Air Force Pilots Who Blew the Whistle on U.S. Drone Program

In an open letter to President Obama, the four accuse him of creating and carrying out “one of the most devastating forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.” And for speaking this important truth, they have suffered greatly.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE



Hear a Network CEO Revel in the Amazing Profits of Candidates ‘Throwing Crap at Each Other’ (Audio)

An inside look at why the corporate media egg on Trump’s divisive—and lucrative—braggadocio, in the words of Les Moonves, chief executive of CBS Corp.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE



AUDIO: Defense Contractors Tell Investors That Escalating Conflicts Are Good for Business

Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., recently that they stand to profit from escalating conflicts in the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Recruitment Thrives in Brutal U.S.-Backed Egyptian Prisons

A 26-year-old dual U.S. and Egyptian citizen who endured “torture, deprivation and cruelty while locked in the prisons” of Egypt’s military dictatorship says the regime is effectively acting as a “recruiting agent” for militant extremist groups like Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



Rep. Jason Chaffetz Uses House Leadership Power to Protect His Drug Company Backers

Republican Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform, has been accused of protecting drug companies Valeant and Turing Pharmaceuticals from a congressional investigation into alleged price gouging.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



‘Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter

The unidentified whistleblower calls on Americans to demand that the government stop an illegal, immoral and ultimately ineffectual campaign. The method of picking people to assassinate is a travesty, the source says.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



New Budget Grants Debt Collectors the Right to Bombard Student Borrowers With Robocalls

Debt collectors will be allowed to harass student loan borrowers with unlimited automated calls and text messages—even when asked to stop.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



Movie About Dan Rather Falls Short of ‘Truth’ Concerning George W. Bush’s Military Service

It features Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett as beleaguered newscaster Dan Rather and CBS producer Mary Mapes, but according to this breakdown, the film “Truth” misses still another opportunity to really get the story about George W. Bush’s Vietnam-era years.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Drone Papers’ Offer Even More Reasons to End Remote-Controlled Wars

Politicians and most mainstream media pretend our drone wars don’t exist. But new revelations by an anonymous source lay bare the details of these failed military operations.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: The ‘Drone Papers’ Whistleblower

Thanks to an anonymous source’s exposure of the inner workings of America’s drone war, we now know that nearly 90 percent of people killed in recent strikes in Afghanistan were not the intended targets.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on U.S. Kill Program’s Secrets

In a major exposé based on leaked government documents, The Intercept this week published the most extensive look to date at the U.S. drone assassination program. Here, Scahill, the lead author of the exposé, “The Drone Papers,” talks to Democracy Now!

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



New Leaks Reveal Dark Details of U.S. Drone Program

Targeted killings carried out by unmanned drones, though still very controversial, have become a fixture of U.S. foreign policy. On Thursday, The Intercept published a report, “The Drone Papers,” which gives the public a close look at the grim realities of drone warfare, based on information leaked by a plugged-in source.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Matching Funds Would Have Made Sanders Campaign More Flush Than Clinton’s

A system of matching small donations with public funds would have transformed the financial dimensions of the current presidential race, a new report says.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE



Leaked Audit Reveals That Many Seattle Mortgages Are Void

An audit of land records commissioned by the Seattle City Council and leaked to local activists found that many mortgages held within the city are void, which means foreclosures based on them are illegal and unenforceable.

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE



Controversial British Intelligence Unit Engaged in Domestic Law Enforcement

Documents published by The Intercept on Monday reveal that a British spy unit purported by officials to be focused on foreign intelligence and counterterrorism—and notorious for using the “most controversial tactics of surveillance, online propaganda and deceit”—is heavily focused on political groups and other domestic matters.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE



New Emails Reveal Friendship of Koch Lobbyists and Financial Regulators

Recent emails reveal the close bond between Koch lobbyists and regulators at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE


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