Update: The Case for a New Trial

After 20 years in prison for a murder he insists he did not commit, Devonia Inman returns to court for an evidentiary hearing that could finally help him prove his innocence. Testimony reveals that the state hid evidence tying Hercules Brown to the 1998 murder of Donna Brown, and that Devonia’s trial lawyers dropped the … Continue reading “Update: The Case for a New Trial”

“A Government That Has Killed People for Less”: Pro-Saudi Social Media Swarms Leave Critics in Fear

Geoff Golberg watched his own face flicker across the screen in disbelief. A short video clip posted to YouTube and Twitter this March characterized him as a mortal enemy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The narrator, Hussain al-Ghawi, alleged Golberg’s “entire work aims at smearing Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE” — the United … Continue reading ““A Government That Has Killed People for Less”: Pro-Saudi Social Media Swarms Leave Critics in Fear”

His Conviction Was Overturned Amid Evidence of Innocence. The Supreme Court Could Throw It All Out.

Brandie Jones was in the yard at Arizona State Prison Complex Perryville, a women’s prison just west of Phoenix, when she got called into the office for important news about her dad. It was the summer of 2018. Her father, Barry Jones, was on death row. But now, after more than 23 years, a federal … Continue reading “His Conviction Was Overturned Amid Evidence of Innocence. The Supreme Court Could Throw It All Out.”

“Worst of Brazil”: Covid-19 Vaccine Corruption Implicates Top Bolsonaro Allies

Brazil’s failure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and promptly purchase vaccines has largely been attributed to ideology — the economic libertarianism and anti-science stances of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. As a steady stream of revelations of multimillion-dollar kickback schemes in vaccine purchases emerges, however, another possible motive is emerging: maximizing profit. “There is a direct relationship … Continue reading ““Worst of Brazil”: Covid-19 Vaccine Corruption Implicates Top Bolsonaro Allies”

Guatemalan Communities Turn Out for Indigenous-Led Nationwide Shutdown

The highway was still enveloped in fog as thousands gathered in Guatemala’s western highlands Thursday morning. Paulina González was one of the first to arrive in Los Encuentros, a key juncture along the Pan-American Highway. The local Indigenous Maya Kaqchikel mobilization, which she and a few of her fellow Indigenous Maya Tz’utujil ancestral authorities attended, … Continue reading “Guatemalan Communities Turn Out for Indigenous-Led Nationwide Shutdown”

Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Is a Truth-Teller in a Time of Systemic Deceit and Lethal Secrecy

Since the arrest and indictment of Daniel Hale on charges that he leaked the documents that formed the basis for The Intercept’s series “The Drone Papers,” as well as documents about the government’s secret watchlisting system, I have wanted to speak publicly about this unjust prosecution. However, due to security concerns, legal advice, and a … Continue reading “Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Is a Truth-Teller in a Time of Systemic Deceit and Lethal Secrecy”

Biden Has Said Pot Prisoners Should Be Free. Now He’s Poised to Send Some Back to Prison.

Diana Marquez has spent the last 14 months going on long walks, hitting the treadmill, and cooking with her daughter. She’s gotten to know her grandson, a fourth grader, helping him with his math homework. She has also lived with a weight hanging over her head — and an ankle bracelet strapped to her leg. … Continue reading “Biden Has Said Pot Prisoners Should Be Free. Now He’s Poised to Send Some Back to Prison.”

NYPD Reforms Are Failing, Say Plaintiffs Who Won Landmark Stop-and-Frisk Case

A landmark federal court ruling eight years ago was supposed to put an end to the New York Police Department regime of racially targeted harassment known as stop-and-frisk. The people who won that ruling now say the court-ordered reform process is in danger of falling apart. In a motion filed in federal court Thursday, the … Continue reading “NYPD Reforms Are Failing, Say Plaintiffs Who Won Landmark Stop-and-Frisk Case”

CIA Drove Spike in Media Leak Investigation Requests Under Trump

New data obtained by The Intercept adds considerable detail to what we already know about former President Donald Trump’s relentless campaign against whistleblowers and leakers in the intelligence community. The Trump administration referred far more media leaks for criminal investigation each year than any of the previous 15 years, with the CIA accounting for the … Continue reading “CIA Drove Spike in Media Leak Investigation Requests Under Trump”

House’s Resolve to Curb Surveillance State Faces Biggest Test Since Trump Presidency

In a huge win for surveillance reformers, the House Rules Committee agreed on Wednesday morning to another full chamber vote on a bipartisan proposal that would limit the federal government’s warrantless searches of Americans’ private data. The vote, expected later in the day, will now test rank-and-file lawmakers’ willpower to break with congressional leaders, who’ve killed … Continue reading “House’s Resolve to Curb Surveillance State Faces Biggest Test Since Trump Presidency”

Democrats’ New Midterm Strategy: Knocking the GOP for Vote Against Police Funding

As the 2022 midterm elections draw closer, Democrats in Congress are taking on a new strategy: blaming Republicans for voting to defund the police. And according to Democratic aides, the change in messaging is coming straight from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Establishment Democrats have spent months under fire, from both Republicans, who claimed that Democrats … Continue reading “Democrats’ New Midterm Strategy: Knocking the GOP for Vote Against Police Funding”

In the Race Against Nina Turner, GOP Donors Fund Shontel Brown

As the Democratic primary for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District draws to a close, establishment pick Shontel Brown, a current Cuyahoga County Council Member and county Democratic Party chair, is facing a potential ethics probe for her past work supporting millions of dollars in contracts awarded to companies run by her partner and campaign donors. According to … Continue reading “In the Race Against Nina Turner, GOP Donors Fund Shontel Brown”

Daniel Hale Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison for Drone Leak

Daniel Hale, a former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst, was sentenced to 45 months in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to leaking a trove of government documents exposing the inner workings and severe civilian costs of the U.S. military’s drone program. Appearing in an Alexandria, Virginia, courtroom, the 33-year-old Hale told U.S. District Judge Liam … Continue reading “Daniel Hale Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison for Drone Leak”

How to Defend Yourself Against the Powerful New NSO Spyware Attacks Discovered Around the World

An international group of journalists this month detailed extensive new evidence that spyware made by Israeli company NSO Group was used against activists, business executives, journalists, and lawyers around the world. Even Apple’s iPhone, frequently lauded for its tight security, was found to be “no match” for the surveillance software, leading Johns Hopkins cryptographer Matthew … Continue reading “How to Defend Yourself Against the Powerful New NSO Spyware Attacks Discovered Around the World”

To Counter “Critical Race Theory” Attacks, Advocacy Groups Dodge the Term

“Trust students to talk about what’s happening in the world around them,” instructs the Partnership for the Future of Learning, a national coalition of left-leaning think tanks, unions, foundations, and advocacy groups. The coalition is one of many that hopes to combat conservative outcry over “critical race theory” by promoting the idea of “teaching honesty” … Continue reading “To Counter “Critical Race Theory” Attacks, Advocacy Groups Dodge the Term”

Rand Paul’s Attack on Anthony Fauci Chills Scientific Debate Over Gain-of-Function Research

A decadelong debate over pandemic preparedness that has divided some of the world’s leading biologists into opposing camps, for and against so-called gain-of-function research — in which deadly pathogens that could cause pandemics are artificially enhanced for study in the lab — has all but ground to a halt in the past week, thanks to … Continue reading “Rand Paul’s Attack on Anthony Fauci Chills Scientific Debate Over Gain-of-Function Research”

She Blew the Whistle on Military Sexual Assault, Then Came Under Investigation

The Biden administration has made combating sexual assault in the military a major policy goal. In January, as his first directive in office, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a memorandum calling on senior Pentagon leaders and top generals to “battle enemies within the ranks” with the aim of wiping out the “scourge of sexual assault.” … Continue reading “She Blew the Whistle on Military Sexual Assault, Then Came Under Investigation”

Colombian Mercenaries and the Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

The men sat on a tile floor, many wearing tan combat boots, most with their hands cuffed behind their backs. The table before them was piled with weapons, passports, and bulletproof vests. Soldiers in black balaclavas stood guard nearby, rifles ready. They were Colombian mercenaries, Haitian authorities said, dispatched in a brazen international plot orchestrated … Continue reading “Colombian Mercenaries and the Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse”

“Meant to Intimidate”: Months After Police Raids, Kashmir Human Rights Groups Remain Dormant

SRINAGAR — On the morning of October 28, 2020, rights activist Parveena Ahanger was startled by the sound of revving engines outside her home in Srinagar, the biggest city in Indian-administered Kashmir. She closed the Quran she was reading from and peeked through a window; there were nearly a dozen armored vehicles and dozens of police … Continue reading ““Meant to Intimidate”: Months After Police Raids, Kashmir Human Rights Groups Remain Dormant”

A Photographer Watched Syria’s Children While Their Government Bombed Them

In 2020, a young father in Idlib, Syria, posted a video of himself teaching his four-year-old daughter to laugh when she heard incoming bombs. In the video, a strike can be heard, then the little rosy-cheeked girl, standing on a couch next to her father, erupts into laughter. Between squeals, she says, “Yes, it’s very … Continue reading “A Photographer Watched Syria’s Children While Their Government Bombed Them”

Facing Years in Prison for Drone Leak, Daniel Hale Makes His Case Against U.S. Assassination Program

The missiles that killed Salim bin Ahmed Ali Jaber and Walid bin Ali Jaber came in the night. Salim was a respected imam in the village of Khashamir, in southeastern Yemen, who had made a name for himself denouncing the rising power of Al Qaeda’s franchise in the Arabian Peninsula. His cousin Walid was a … Continue reading “Facing Years in Prison for Drone Leak, Daniel Hale Makes His Case Against U.S. Assassination Program”

Mystery Group Promoting Infrastructure Privatization Boosted by Toll Road Lobbyists

Let’s Build Infrastructure is preparing to launch formally in Washington, D.C., next week with a six-figure advertising blitz focused on pressing lawmakers to use privatization, rather than taxation, to pay for the infrastructure proposals debated in Congress. The organization touts public-private partnerships and a process known as “asset recycling,” in which the government finances new construction … Continue reading “Mystery Group Promoting Infrastructure Privatization Boosted by Toll Road Lobbyists”

Rep. Ilhan Omar Questions Biden’s First Airstrike on Somalia

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is challenging the Biden administration’s justification for its Tuesday airstrike in Somalia, which the Pentagon claimed was targeted against suspected members of al-Shabab. The Minnesota Democrat is also hitting the White House for a failure to make promised and appropriated reparation payments to families of civilians killed in American airstrikes, according to … Continue reading “Rep. Ilhan Omar Questions Biden’s First Airstrike on Somalia”

Stuck in the Smoke as Billionaires Blast Off

Many people here think they are safe from climate change, the journalist from a German newspaper explained to me. They don’t see it as an immediate threat, like Covid-19. They see the Greens as scolds who want to take away their cheap holidays. “What do you have to say to them?” The question came via … Continue reading “Stuck in the Smoke as Billionaires Blast Off”

“We Knew Who Was Going to Die”: Warnings About Lower-Income Heat Risk Went Unheeded

In the wake of an extreme heat event in the Pacific Northwest that killed at least 200 people, a scientist testified before Congress that the deaths could have been prevented. “Those who died lacked access to financial capital, social networks, and had aging or injured bodies,” Vivek Shandas, director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research … Continue reading ““We Knew Who Was Going to Die”: Warnings About Lower-Income Heat Risk Went Unheeded”

The Coup That Wasn’t

  The assassination earlier this month of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse is raising new questions about the threat posed by international mercenaries. It also casts a new light on a story The Intercept published last month that revealed the existence of a 2020 coup plot against the newly elected president of Bolivia, Luis Arcé, successor … Continue reading “The Coup That Wasn’t”

Eight Months Later, a Vigilante Shooting Over a Trump Sign Divides Topeka

Grainy black-and-white security footage shows a backyard with a shed and a modest deck framed on either side by statuettes of a dog and an owl. Lights glow in the distance from neighboring homes, street lamps, and passing cars. It’s a quiet night — Halloween 2020. Several minutes into the video, a light on the … Continue reading “Eight Months Later, a Vigilante Shooting Over a Trump Sign Divides Topeka”

Minnesota Police Expected Pipeline Budget Boost to Fund New Weapons

A few weeks before a controversial oil pipeline was approved for construction in his area, Aitkin County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Cook bought a new assault rifle that cost $725. The purchase was part of an effort to standardize police weaponry, said Cook’s boss, the local sheriff, and was unrelated to the Line 3 pipeline … Continue reading “Minnesota Police Expected Pipeline Budget Boost to Fund New Weapons”

I Tried to Make Claims About Election Fraud So Preposterous Trump Fans Wouldn’t Believe Me. It Was Impossible.

Photo illustration: Elise Swain/The Intercept The most beautiful and most terrifying Twitter experience of my life — one that made me laugh so hard I got hiccups, while also convincing me that humans are destined to obliterate themselves — began with several small jokes like this a few days before the 2016 election: My guess … Continue reading “I Tried to Make Claims About Election Fraud So Preposterous Trump Fans Wouldn’t Believe Me. It Was Impossible.”

Wiped Phones and the Battle for Evidence in Rick Snyder’s Prosecution

In October 2015, then-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder finally announced that Flint’s water was contaminated with dangerous lead levels. That public admission had come after more than a year of pleading from the city’s residents to examine the situation. The city, Snyder promised, would immediately stop using water from the Flint River, which residents had been … Continue reading “Wiped Phones and the Battle for Evidence in Rick Snyder’s Prosecution”

Bill to Subsidize Sustainable Agriculture “Prime Contender” for Reconciliation Package

A bipartisan measure to boost carbon credit markets is a “prime contender” to be in the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., told The Intercept. But its inclusion in the simple-majority process would put Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and other critics in the awkward position of supporting a bill … Continue reading “Bill to Subsidize Sustainable Agriculture “Prime Contender” for Reconciliation Package”

Secret NYPD Document Teaches Cops to Illegally Raid Sealed Records

The New York Police Department has been training its officers to break a long-standing law that bars police from snooping in the sealed arrest records of millions of innocent people, according to court papers filed in a lawsuit last week. The news comes in a class-action lawsuit concerning the police department’s practice of flouting a … Continue reading “Secret NYPD Document Teaches Cops to Illegally Raid Sealed Records”

American ISIS Offers a Firsthand Look Inside the Caliphate

For more than six months, The Intercept’s Trevor Aaronson communicated with Russell Dennison, an American man who traveled to Syria and joined the Islamic State. This week on Intercepted: Aaronson, an investigative reporter, discusses American ISIS, the newest Audible Original podcast documentary from The Intercept and Topic Studios, in which he chronicles the story of Russell … Continue reading “American ISIS Offers a Firsthand Look Inside the Caliphate”

U.S. Military Bought Cameras in Violation of America’s Own China Sanctions

Numerous federal agencies, including several branches of the military, buy video surveillance equipment that can’t legally be used in U.S. government systems and that is made by Chinese companies sanctioned on national security grounds, records and products reviewed by The Intercept indicate. The agencies purchased blacklisted hardware through a network of American resellers that claimed … Continue reading “U.S. Military Bought Cameras in Violation of America’s Own China Sanctions”

The Incredible Cynicism of GOP Support for #FreeBritney

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks at a ‘Free Britney’ Rally in Los Angeles, Calif., on July 14, 2021. Photo: Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images Following Britney Spears’s devastating testimony last month on the abusive conservatorship under which she is forced to live, an array of politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties aligned themselves … Continue reading “The Incredible Cynicism of GOP Support for #FreeBritney”

As Transphobes Rally Again at Los Angeles Spa, Police Attack Counterprotesters

Los Angeles police attacked trans rights activists with batons and rubber bullets on Saturday, declaring an unlawful assembly outside a spa where dozens of far-right transphobes dressed for battle gathered for the second time this month to demand that the facility stop permitting trans women to use the women’s section. Sorry for the stop in coverage. Hand … Continue reading “As Transphobes Rally Again at Los Angeles Spa, Police Attack Counterprotesters”

As Transphobes Rally Again at Los Angeles Spa, Police Attack Counterprotesters

Los Angeles police attacked trans rights activists with batons and rubber bullets on Saturday, declaring an unlawful assembly outside a spa where dozens of far-right transphobes dressed for battle gathered for the second time this month to demand that the facility stop permitting trans women to use the women’s section. Sorry for the stop in coverage. Hand … Continue reading “As Transphobes Rally Again at Los Angeles Spa, Police Attack Counterprotesters”

As Transphobes Rally Again at Los Angeles Spa, Police Attack Counterprotesters

Los Angeles police attacked trans rights activists with batons and rubber bullets on Saturday, declaring an unlawful assembly outside a spa where dozens of far-right transphobes dressed for battle gathered for the second time this month to demand that the facility stop permitting trans women to use the women’s section. Sorry for the stop in coverage. Hand … Continue reading “As Transphobes Rally Again at Los Angeles Spa, Police Attack Counterprotesters”

What Amazon and Facebook Get Wrong About FTC Chair Lina Khan

Last week, Facebook filed a motion with the Federal Trade Commission demanding that its chair, Commissioner Lina Khan, recuse herself from any decisions involving Facebook. Two weeks earlier, Amazon filed the same request, with both tech giants arguing that her previously expressed views on concentration in the tech industry, coupled with her work in Congress … Continue reading “What Amazon and Facebook Get Wrong About FTC Chair Lina Khan”

What Amazon and Facebook Get Wrong About FTC Chair Lina Khan

Last week, Facebook filed a motion with the Federal Trade Commission demanding that its chair, Commissioner Lina Khan, recuse herself from any decisions involving Facebook. Two weeks earlier, Amazon filed the same request, with both tech giants arguing that her previously expressed views on concentration in the tech industry, coupled with her work in Congress … Continue reading “What Amazon and Facebook Get Wrong About FTC Chair Lina Khan”

The Controversial Prosecutor at the Heart of the Julian Assange Case

The battle to extradite WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange from the United Kingdom to the United States is shaping up to be a legal case of paramount importance to the future of national security reporting. The U.S. continues to press the case even after a change of administration, with President Joe Biden keeping up efforts to … Continue reading “The Controversial Prosecutor at the Heart of the Julian Assange Case”

At Least Seven Colombians in Haiti Assassination Received U.S. Training

More than a quarter of the ex-Colombian soldiers currently suspected in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse received U.S. military training, The Intercept confirmed Friday, with some of the alleged attackers participating in programs as recently as 2015 that ranged from vehicle maintenance and professional development to counterterrorism and drug war operations. Courses were … Continue reading “At Least Seven Colombians in Haiti Assassination Received U.S. Training”

Oil and Gas Heir Backs Pro-Israel Group Attacking Nina Turner

The largest donor to the super PAC backing centrist Democratic candidate Shontel Brown in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District special election is an oil and gas executive who belongs to a billionaire family. Activists worry the donations could compromise Brown’s support for progressive climate policy. Stacy Schusterman, heir and chair of Samson Energy, a fossil fuel … Continue reading “Oil and Gas Heir Backs Pro-Israel Group Attacking Nina Turner”

Ron Wyden Throws Wrench in Medicare Expansion Plans by Wresting Control of Process

Democrats have heralded Medicare expansion as a major component of the $3.5 trillion package agreed to on Tuesday night, but that provision is only now being written by Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore. By vowing to take hold of the process, Wyden is in effect discarding several years worth of legislative work in … Continue reading “Ron Wyden Throws Wrench in Medicare Expansion Plans by Wresting Control of Process”

Antitrust Makes a Comeback

Last Friday, President Joe Biden announced a sweeping executive order aimed at ending what he called a 40-year “experiment of letting giant corporations accumulate more and more power.” Attorney and law professor Zephyr Teachout joins Ryan Grim to discuss the return of antitrust under the Biden presidency. Transcript coming soon. The post Antitrust Makes a … Continue reading “Antitrust Makes a Comeback”

Providers Sue to Block Law That Would Eliminate Nearly All Abortions in Texas

Amy Hagstrom Miller is furious. “It’s a righteous kind of fury that I’m feeling,” she told reporters on a July 13 press call. “That we have to go back into the courts to plead with them to protect the people of Texas from extremists who hijacked the state Legislature.” At issue is Senate Bill 8, … Continue reading “Providers Sue to Block Law That Would Eliminate Nearly All Abortions in Texas”

An American ISIS Fighter Describes the Caliphate’s Final Days — and His Own

  I’d been communicating with Russell Dennison almost daily for more than six months when his messages suddenly stopped coming. Dennison was a devout Muslim. He believed the time and place of his death were predetermined, that if a bomb were meant for him, it would kill him, regardless of anything he might do to … Continue reading “An American ISIS Fighter Describes the Caliphate’s Final Days — and His Own”

On a Single Day in May, Israeli Settlers and Soldiers Cooperated in Attacks That Left Four Palestinians Dead

Nidal Safadi was a quiet man, his neighbors said. He lived in Urif, a Palestinian village of several thousand people in the West Bank. Just 25, Safadi had three children with his wife and a fourth, a girl, on the way. Urif is not always quiet. With the Palestinian city of Nablus less than 10 … Continue reading “On a Single Day in May, Israeli Settlers and Soldiers Cooperated in Attacks That Left Four Palestinians Dead”

Closed-Door Progressive Caucus Antitrust Meeting Turns Fiery Amid Industry Influence Allegations

A Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on Tuesday broke out into a furious argument over the House’s package of antitrust legislation, pitting Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., whose district encompasses a large part of Silicon Valley, against the authors of the series of six bills moving through the chamber. The argument began when Lofgren, one of the most senior … Continue reading “Closed-Door Progressive Caucus Antitrust Meeting Turns Fiery Amid Industry Influence Allegations”

Noncitizens May Soon Be Eligible to Vote in New York City

After coming up repeatedly during the Democratic mayoral primary, a bill to enfranchise noncitizens in New York City elections appears to be within close reach. Since 2005, activists in the city have been working to extend the right to vote in local elections to noncitizens. Though there were prior legislative attempts in 2009 and 2013, … Continue reading “Noncitizens May Soon Be Eligible to Vote in New York City”