Legal Observers Sue the NYPD Over Assault and Detention at Bronx Protest

The rash of civil rights lawsuits against the New York Police Department as a result of its behavior during last summer’s protests continues to grow, with a new suit filed September 2 by a group of people alleging police violated their constitutional rights during the now notorious Mott Haven kettle. Unlike many of the other … Continue reading “Legal Observers Sue the NYPD Over Assault and Detention at Bronx Protest”

Press Freedom Bill Would Protect Journalists Facing Persecution — but Not Julian Assange

Earlier this year, just days before World Press Freedom Day, Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., joined forces to introduce the International Press Freedom Act of 2021, a bipartisan bill to protect at-risk journalists working in highly censored countries. The legislation is predicated on the idea that the United States is a uniquely … Continue reading “Press Freedom Bill Would Protect Journalists Facing Persecution — but Not Julian Assange”

How Sirhan Sirhan Was Mentored Through Parole by Suge Knight, Mafia Leaders

When Sirhan Sirhan appeared at his parole board hearing in late August, he brought with him the memory of multiple failed attempts — 15 in 53 years — that had left the convicted murderer of Robert F. Kennedy no closer to release. His problem, he had become convinced, lay in his prior inability to accept … Continue reading “How Sirhan Sirhan Was Mentored Through Parole by Suge Knight, Mafia Leaders”

Heather Bresch, Joe Manchin’s Daughter, Played Direct Part in EpiPen Price Inflation Scandal

Heather Bresch, the former president and CEO of the drugmaker Mylan, worked directly with the CEO of Pfizer to keep prices of the company’s EpiPen product artificially high, according to new documents released as part of an ongoing lawsuit. The documents also show Bresch approving a scheme to force customers, captured by the company’s monopoly, … Continue reading “Heather Bresch, Joe Manchin’s Daughter, Played Direct Part in EpiPen Price Inflation Scandal”

New Details Emerge About Coronavirus Research at Chinese Lab

Newly released documents provide details of U.S.-funded research on several types of coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The Intercept has obtained more than nine hundred pages of documents detailing the work of the EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based health organization that used federal money to fund bat coronavirus research at the Chinese laboratory. … Continue reading “New Details Emerge About Coronavirus Research at Chinese Lab”

Companies Lobbying Against Infrastructure Tax Increases Have Avoided Paying Billions in Taxes

An infrastructure proposal that would raise the corporate tax rate is facing opposition in Congress from companies that have dodged tens of billions of dollars in taxes over the last decade. Several such companies are lobbying against corporate tax increases and measures designed to crack down on tax havens in President Joe Biden’s economic proposal.  … Continue reading “Companies Lobbying Against Infrastructure Tax Increases Have Avoided Paying Billions in Taxes”

Jair Bolsonaro’s Pro-Coup Rally: September 7 Is Shaping Up to Be Brazil’s January 6

Supporters of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro are organizing online to take to the streets on Tuesday and begin the overthrow of the country’s democratic institutions. “It’s all or nothing now,” said an unnamed narrator in a video shared in pro-Bolsonaro online messaging groups. “Take the streets this September 7 or we’ll be slaves.” Another … Continue reading “Jair Bolsonaro’s Pro-Coup Rally: September 7 Is Shaping Up to Be Brazil’s January 6”

Line 3 and a Week of Climate Catastrophe

  More than 45 dead after remnants of Hurricane Ida slammed the Northeast. In Louisiana, where the hurricane hit days before, hundreds of thousands remain without electricity. Meanwhile, massive fires in the West have burned for weeks. Amid all this catastrophe, we continue building new infrastructure to prop up a fossil fuel industry, barreling us … Continue reading “Line 3 and a Week of Climate Catastrophe”

My Husband Died on 9/11. I Am Still Waiting for a Trial of His Killers.

Colleen Ryan holds a photo of an office staff, all but two of whom died in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, including her brother, to urge Congress to set up a commission to investigate the events that led up to the attacks, on Nov. 23, 2002. Photo: Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images … Continue reading “My Husband Died on 9/11. I Am Still Waiting for a Trial of His Killers.”

Secretive CBP Counterterrorism Teams Interrogated 180,000 U.S. Citizens Over Two-Year Period

More than four years have passed since Aaron Gach, a sculptor and installation artist, was detained at San Francisco International Airport. He was interrogated by U.S. border agents, and his cellphone was searched. He still doesn’t know why. “It has absolutely had a chilling effect on myself and my art practice,” he said. “They wouldn’t … Continue reading “Secretive CBP Counterterrorism Teams Interrogated 180,000 U.S. Citizens Over Two-Year Period”

Democrats Who Joined Republicans to Increase Military Budget Have Strong Defense Ties

Just two days after the U.S. ended its 20-year war in Afghanistan, more than a dozen Democrats with strong ties to the military establishment defied President Joe Biden and voted to add nearly $24 billion to the defense budget for fiscal year 2022. On Wednesday, 14 Democrats joined 28 Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee … Continue reading “Democrats Who Joined Republicans to Increase Military Budget Have Strong Defense Ties”

What the U.S. Could Have Bought After 9/11 Instead of a “War on Terror”

In April 1953, three months after he took office, President Dwight Eisenhower addressed the American Society of Newspaper Editors. In what would become known as his “Chance for Peace” speech, Eisenhower famously said: Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and … Continue reading “What the U.S. Could Have Bought After 9/11 Instead of a “War on Terror””

The West Virginia Senator Reaps Big Financial Rewards From a Network of Coal Companies With Grim Records of Pollution, Safety Violations, and Death

In the early hours of August 11, the Senate voted to approve a $3.5 trillion budget resolution that would mark the nation’s most significant investment in the fight against climate change ever undertaken in the United States. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., cast the tie-breaking vote. The resolution’s approval kicked off a legislative process likely to last … Continue reading “The West Virginia Senator Reaps Big Financial Rewards From a Network of Coal Companies With Grim Records of Pollution, Safety Violations, and Death”

Biden’s Basic Question in a 2009 White House Meeting Exposed the Folly of the Afghanistan War

On the afternoon of October 9, 2009, President Barack Obama met with his top generals, Cabinet officials, and his vice president to hash out strategy for the war in Afghanistan. Earlier that morning, Obama learned he’d been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The war in Afghanistan was now eight years old, and Obama had campaigned … Continue reading “Biden’s Basic Question in a 2009 White House Meeting Exposed the Folly of the Afghanistan War”

I Reported on the War in Afghanistan. Was I Complicit in the Harm America Caused?

Afghan children stand by the road as seen through the window of a M-ATV vehicle, the heavily-armored successor to the Humvee, June 15, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images We came in through the Khyber Pass, risking the gunmen, or flew on small planes, soaring over the mountains before diving sharply to the … Continue reading “I Reported on the War in Afghanistan. Was I Complicit in the Harm America Caused?”

Hurricane Ida Makes a Mockery of Big Oil’s Philanthropy

As Hurricane Ida wrought destruction throughout Louisiana and Mississippi this week, the companies that own the oil rigs and refineries in the storm’s path — and helped fuel this and the other natural disasters now upending life in every region of the world — said very little. While a highway collapsed, people died, homes flooded, … Continue reading “Hurricane Ida Makes a Mockery of Big Oil’s Philanthropy”

California Democrats Eye Long Game to Delay Military’s ICBM Program

California Democrats John Garamendi and Ro Khanna on Wednesday are setting the stage for a floor vote later this year that would compel each member of the House of Representatives to reveal where they stand on the military’s plan to build a brand new intercontinental ballistic missile system, or ICBM. The new system is slated … Continue reading “California Democrats Eye Long Game to Delay Military’s ICBM Program”

The Supreme Court Will Not Save Us From the Decimation of Abortion Rights

Reproductive rights advocates, right, face off against anti-abortion demonstrators, left, during a rally at the Supreme Court on March 2, 2016, as justices hear a case concerning a Texas law regulating abortion clinics and providers. As of Wednesday morning, abortion has, for all intents and purposes, been outlawed in the state of Texas. The most draconian anti-abortion … Continue reading “The Supreme Court Will Not Save Us From the Decimation of Abortion Rights”

FBI Spy Planes Monitored a Single Suspect for Nearly 429 Hours

The FBI’s secretive spy plane program targeted a man in Florida last year with nearly constant surveillance, logging more than 400 hours in the air with a fleet of Cessna aircraft registered to what appear to be front companies. This aerial surveillance, described in a filing made Monday in federal court, reveals for the first … Continue reading “FBI Spy Planes Monitored a Single Suspect for Nearly 429 Hours”

The Long-Lasting Consequences of the War on Terror

The United States flew its last military flight out of Afghanistan, ending the 20-year war in the country — the longest in U.S. history. This week on Intercepted: Journalist Spencer Ackerman discusses his new book, “Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump.” In 2001, the George W. Bush administration used … Continue reading “The Long-Lasting Consequences of the War on Terror”

Over Two Decades, U.S.’s Global War on Terror Has Taken Nearly 1 Million Lives and Cost $8 Trillion

The U.S.-led global war on terror has killed nearly 1 million people globally and cost more than $8 trillion since it began two decades ago. These staggering figures come from a landmark report issued Wednesday by Brown University’s Costs of War Project, an ongoing research effort to document the economic and human impact of post-9/11 military operations. … Continue reading “Over Two Decades, U.S.’s Global War on Terror Has Taken Nearly 1 Million Lives and Cost $8 Trillion”

U.S. Citizen in Afghanistan Was Desperate to Get Out — but the State Department Never Called Back

When Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, descended into panic as the city fell to the Taliban, Prince Wafa placed a desperate call to a State Department number set up to help people trying to flee. Wafa, an American citizen who lives in San Diego, had arrived in Afghanistan just a month before to visit his wife in … Continue reading “U.S. Citizen in Afghanistan Was Desperate to Get Out — but the State Department Never Called Back”

U.S. Drone Strike in Kabul Killed a Family — and Began a New Chapter of the War

A Sunday drone strike in Kabul initially claimed by U.S. officials to have destroyed a car packed with “multiple suicide bombers” reportedly killed 10 civilians from one family, including several children. The drone strike that hit Khwaja Burgha, a working-class residential neighborhood in Kabul, was said to have killed numerous members of the Ahmadi family, with the … Continue reading “U.S. Drone Strike in Kabul Killed a Family — and Began a New Chapter of the War”

The Georgia Prison Guard Shortage Is Killing Incarcerated People

Dontavius Mint’s mother says her son had been dead in his cell for days when the smell finally attracted attention. Guards at Ware State Prison in Georgia are supposed to check on people in the hole regularly. Of course, they’re supposed to be doing a lot of things they’re not doing right now. That’s the message Mintz … Continue reading “The Georgia Prison Guard Shortage Is Killing Incarcerated People”

Post-9/11 Stings Targeted People Who Posed No Threat. They Remain in Prison.

Right up until his death in 2018, Ferik Duka dreamed of seeing his three eldest sons, Shain, Dritan, and Eljvir, freed from prison. In 2009, the three brothers were sentenced to life for their role in an alleged plot to attack the Fort Dix military base in New Jersey. The convictions followed a terrorism sting … Continue reading “Post-9/11 Stings Targeted People Who Posed No Threat. They Remain in Prison.”

How the Bayh-Dole Act Wrested Public Science From the People’s Hands

1979: Inventing Competitiveness On the morning of June 6, 1979, Navy Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, the longest-serving officer in the history of the U.S. armed services, sat down before a Senate subcommittee on the Constitution. Famous as the father of the nuclear submarine program, Rickover had recently emerged as that rarest of Washington breeds: a … Continue reading “How the Bayh-Dole Act Wrested Public Science From the People’s Hands”

Andrew Quilty and Rep. Ilhan Omar on Afghanistan

  A suicide bombing at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Thursday struck crowds that had gathered in hope of escaping the country. Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K, an Afghanistan-based offshoot of ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Journalist Andrew Quilty joins Ryan Grim to talk about the history of ISIS-K and the … Continue reading “Andrew Quilty and Rep. Ilhan Omar on Afghanistan”

Brazil’s Indigenous Groups Mount Unprecedented Protest Against Destruction of the Amazon

Indigenous communities in Brazil organized the largest-ever native protests to block what they described as “a declaration of extermination” from lawmakers representing agribusiness, mining, and logging interests aligned with far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. The umbrella group Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, or APIB, put together the protests as part of the weeklong “Struggle for … Continue reading “Brazil’s Indigenous Groups Mount Unprecedented Protest Against Destruction of the Amazon”

Capitol Police Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt Insists He Did Warn Her Before Opening Fire

Lt. Michael Byrd, the Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6, has rejected claims from her defenders that he opened fire without warning, telling NBC News that he ordered the fanatical Trump supporter to stop advancing before he fired the fatal shot. “I had been yelling and screaming,” Byrd said … Continue reading “Capitol Police Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt Insists He Did Warn Her Before Opening Fire”

Supreme Court Ended Eviction Moratorium, but Pandemic Showed Road Map for Fighting Back

The Supreme Court released a ruling blocking President Joe Biden’s latest coronavirus pandemic-related eviction moratorium in a 6-3 decision on Aug. 26, 2021. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images At 10 p.m. Thursday night, without oral arguments or a full briefing, the Supreme Court ruled to end the federal eviction moratorium. The eight-page order puts hundreds of thousands, … Continue reading “Supreme Court Ended Eviction Moratorium, but Pandemic Showed Road Map for Fighting Back”

Minnesota Law Enforcement Shared Intelligence on Protest Organizers With Pipeline Company

Police responsible for public safety surrounding the construction of an oil pipeline in Minnesota have repeatedly denied having a close relationship with Enbridge, the company behind the controversial energy project. According to records obtained by The Intercept through public information requests, however, Enbridge has provided repeated trainings for officers designed to cultivate a coordinated response … Continue reading “Minnesota Law Enforcement Shared Intelligence on Protest Organizers With Pipeline Company”

Defense Department Halts Evacuation of Afghan Visa Applicants Amid Terror Threat

Amid terror concerns, the Defense Department has asked congressional staff to stop sending evacuation requests on behalf of some Afghans whose work for the U.S. during the war may now put them at risk of Taliban reprisals, according to two people familiar with the order. The directive, issued Wednesday night by the Defense Department’s Afghanistan … Continue reading “Defense Department Halts Evacuation of Afghan Visa Applicants Amid Terror Threat”

Chinese Police Kept Buying Cellebrite Phone Crackers After Cellebrite Said It Ended Sales

In its bid to go public next week, Israeli cellphone hacking company Cellebrite has tried to present itself as a defender of global human rights, highlighting its withdrawal from Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Hong Kong, Russia, and Venezuela. In a presentation to investors filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this month, the company … Continue reading “Chinese Police Kept Buying Cellebrite Phone Crackers After Cellebrite Said It Ended Sales”

For Two Decades, Americans Told One Lie After Another About What They Were Doing in Afghanistan

In the immediate aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, U.S.-backed Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum’s forces murdered hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners by jamming them into metal shipping containers and letting them suffocate. At the time, Dostum was on the CIA’s payroll and had been working with U.S. special forces … Continue reading “For Two Decades, Americans Told One Lie After Another About What They Were Doing in Afghanistan”

Seven Months In, Avril Haines Shows No Appetite for Investigating CIA War Crimes

The military and political leaders behind the U.S. war in Afghanistan are now lamenting its catastrophic conclusion, amid scenes of panic in the capital, Kabul, presently under Taliban control. So far, however, they have been silent about the mistakes and atrocities that brought the war to this conclusion. One terrible example is crying out for an official … Continue reading “Seven Months In, Avril Haines Shows No Appetite for Investigating CIA War Crimes”

No Labels Offered Conservative Democrats Hundreds of Thousands to Spurn Nancy Pelosi Fundraiser

The dark-money group No Labels offered to raise $200,000 for two of the so-called Unbreakable Nine — the House Democratic faction blocking the party’s agenda this week — if they would cancel an appearance last Saturday at a Napa Valley fundraiser hosted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to two congressional sources familiar with the proposal. … Continue reading “No Labels Offered Conservative Democrats Hundreds of Thousands to Spurn Nancy Pelosi Fundraiser”

Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls on Biden to Pardon Daniel Hale for Drone Leak

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is calling on President Joe Biden to pardon Daniel Hale, a former Air Force intelligence analyst who leaked top secret documents revealing the inner workings and civilian consequences of the U.S. military’s drone program. Hale was sentenced to nearly four years in prison last month. In a letter sent to the … Continue reading “Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls on Biden to Pardon Daniel Hale for Drone Leak”

Little-Known Federal Software Can Trigger Revocation of Citizenship

Software used by the Department of Homeland Security to scan the records of millions of immigrants can automatically flag naturalized Americans to potentially have their citizenship revoked based on secret criteria, according to documents reviewed by The Intercept. The software, known as ATLAS, takes information from immigrants’ case files and runs it though various federal … Continue reading “Little-Known Federal Software Can Trigger Revocation of Citizenship”

Already, Cracks Emerge in Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s “Unbreakable Nine”

In January 2017, when Rep. Josh Gottheimer was a first-term Democrat representing a wealthy northern New Jersey district, he had an invitation to the 80th birthday party for a senior member of his state’s delegation. The region Rep. Bill Pascrell represented abutted Gottheimer’s, but it couldn’t have been more socioeconomically different, containing the working-class city of … Continue reading “Already, Cracks Emerge in Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s “Unbreakable Nine””

The EPA’s Rationale for Banning Chlorpyrifos May Make it Harder to Eliminate Other Brain-Harming Pesticides

Patti Goldman is thrilled that the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to cancel the use of chlorpyrifos on all food crops. An attorney with the environmental group Earthjustice, she has spent more than 20 years working to protect people from the pesticide, which causes brain damage in children, including intelligence deficits, learning, memory, attention, and … Continue reading “The EPA’s Rationale for Banning Chlorpyrifos May Make it Harder to Eliminate Other Brain-Harming Pesticides”

Portland’s Bizarre Experiment With Not Policing Proud Boys Rampage Ends in Gunfire

Portland narrowly avoided tragedy on Sunday as the city’s police force abandoned its duty to secure the streets and officers made no effort to stop assaults on residents by members of the far-right Proud Boys gang, many of whom had traveled from around the country to live out their fantasies of attacking anti-fascist protesters. The … Continue reading “Portland’s Bizarre Experiment With Not Policing Proud Boys Rampage Ends in Gunfire”

USAID’s Samantha Power Reaches New Summit of Cynicism About International Criminal Court

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power speaks during a meeting in Washington, D.C., on May 26, 2021. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Earlier this month, Samantha Power, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, tweeted in celebration about Sudan moving to join the International Criminal Court at the … Continue reading “USAID’s Samantha Power Reaches New Summit of Cynicism About International Criminal Court”

Banks Are Opting Out of PPP Loan Forgiveness

At least three major banks have decided to opt out of a new process for getting Paycheck Protection Program loans forgiven directly by the Small Business Administration, The Intercept has learned, leaving their small business customers with no other recourse if the banks refuse to forgive loans or drag out the process. Bank of America, … Continue reading “Banks Are Opting Out of PPP Loan Forgiveness”

The International Response to the Taliban’s Ascent Will Shape Afghans’ Fate

In statements, interviews, and press conferences given since they dramatically swept into power in Kabul this week, high-ranking Taliban officials, not previously known for moderation or pragmatism, have struck a surprisingly conciliatory tone on issues of minority and women’s rights. Taliban officials have posted pictures of themselves visiting religious minorities, including Sikh and Shia Muslim … Continue reading “The International Response to the Taliban’s Ascent Will Shape Afghans’ Fate”

Anand Gopal And Richard Ojeda On Afghanistan

  A media consensus has quickly emerged around the Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal, and it goes like this: whatever its merits in the abstract, in its execution the whole thing has been a chaotic debacle. On this week’s Deconstructed, Ryan Grim talks to journalist and author Anand Gopal and to politician and former US army … Continue reading “Anand Gopal And Richard Ojeda On Afghanistan”

Congressman Seeking to Relaunch Afghan War Made Millions in Defense Contracting

Few lawmakers are as outspoken about the end of the war in Afghanistan as Michael Waltz, a Republican from Florida’s 6th Congressional District. In recent weeks, Waltz has called on President Joe Biden to “reverse course,” relaunch military operations in the region, and “crush the Taliban offensive by committing American air power” supported by “special … Continue reading “Congressman Seeking to Relaunch Afghan War Made Millions in Defense Contracting”

Sierra Club Executive Director Resigns Amid Upheaval Around Race, Gender, and Abuses

During a summer of extreme heat, wildfires, and floods, the largest environmental organization in the U.S. announced last Friday that its executive director will step down, effective at the end of the year. The resignation of Michael Brune, the head of the Sierra Club, comes amid the fallout of an internal report, the executive summary recommendations … Continue reading “Sierra Club Executive Director Resigns Amid Upheaval Around Race, Gender, and Abuses”

Cable News Military Experts Are on the Defense Industry Dole

Jack Keane has had a busy week. The retired four-star general has been making the cable news rounds, offering scathing criticism of the White House in wake of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. On Wednesday, he appeared on Fox News, where he told host Harris Faulkner that the administration “made a terrible mistake in pulling our … Continue reading “Cable News Military Experts Are on the Defense Industry Dole”

U.S. Media Organizations Scramble to Get Hundreds of Afghan Colleagues to Safety

On Wednesday night, the New York Times announced that it had evacuated a group of Afghan colleagues and their immediate families — a total of 128 people — days after the Afghan government collapsed to a precipitous advance by the Taliban. “We really want to express our deepest appreciation and respect for those who were on … Continue reading “U.S. Media Organizations Scramble to Get Hundreds of Afghan Colleagues to Safety”

Formaldehyde Causes Leukemia, According to EPA Assessment Suppressed by Trump Officials

A 2017 draft assessment of formaldehyde that was suppressed by the Trump administration found that the chemical causes myeloid leukemia, according to several sources familiar with the document. The draft assessment concludes that 1 microgram of formaldehyde in a cubic meter of air increases the number of myeloid leukemia cases by roughly 3.5 in 100,000 people, … Continue reading “Formaldehyde Causes Leukemia, According to EPA Assessment Suppressed by Trump Officials”