Former State Department Adviser Prosecuted for Leak Recounts How His Life Was Utterly Destroyed

By: Wednesday February 18, 2015 12:41 pm

Former State Department adviser Stephen Kim, who was prosecuted and sent to jail after pleading guilty to violating the Espionage Act, has confessed that the United States government effectively destroyed his reputation, wrecked his marriage, jeopardized his relationship with family members and transformed him into “property of the state.” Kim was sentenced to 13 months [...]

New Wrongful Death Lawsuit Raises More Questions About Coming Rikers Island Reforms

By: Monday February 16, 2015 5:43 pm

Over 40% of Rikers inmates have diagnosed mental illness, and Offley and Ballard are just two of far too many people who have been maimed or killed by the prison’s pathetic delivery of medical care. Corizon has lied to families of deceased Rikers inmates, and is under scrutiny in other states for similar misconduct.

How many more reasons will the city need before it is willing to re-assess its relationship with Corizon and take prisoners out of harms way?

This Week, the Dissenter Goes to Prison

By: Monday February 16, 2015 11:50 am

It is a relief that Firedoglake is back up and running again, especially because writer Brian Sonenstein will be a guest blogger at The Dissenter all week while I am in Costa Rica for a wedding. Sonenstein launched a website called Prison Protest last year. He focuses much of his attention of the role of [...]

‘A Challenge Against Insanity’: Texas & the Abuse of Solitary Confinement in Prisons

By: Tuesday February 10, 2015 5:14 pm

Inmates locked up in solitary confinement in Texas remain in those confinement conditions for an average of four years. Over 100 Texas prisoners have spent more than 20 years in solitary confinement. The state also holds at least 2,012 people with mental illness in isolation, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. In [...]

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Prosecute CIA Case Officers Who Flouted the Law & Tortured Detainees

By: Monday February 9, 2015 3:08 pm

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who was released from a federal prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania, last week, after serving about 23 months in jail, called for CIA case officers to be prosecuted for “flouting” the law when they tortured detainees. In an interview for “Democracy Now!”, Kiriakou addressed the shocking details in the executive summary of [...]

Leaked HSBC Files Show Banking Giant Provided Services to Clients Tied to Arms Trafficking, Blood Diamonds

By: Monday February 9, 2015 11:10 am

Files from a whistleblower, which a major French newspaper obtained, show HSBC’s Swiss private bank offered services to clients, who the United Nations, court documents and media had singled out as having connections to arms trafficking, bribery and blood diamonds. The HSBC files span from 2005 to 2007. According to The Guardian, the files “amount [...]

Podcast: Baraa Shiban on US Drone Strikes, AQAP, the Houthis & the Power Vacuum in Yemen

By: Sunday February 8, 2015 11:01 am

Amidst a power vacuum in Yemen, the United States has continued to launch drone strikes against alleged al Qaeda militants. There have been three strikes since January 26, which altogether have killed at least ten people. In the strike on January 26, a child was killed by the attack. While Al Qaeda in the Arabian [...]

Conflict of Interest Brewing as Ohio Confronts Prison Overcrowding

By: Saturday February 7, 2015 12:43 pm

Ohio’s prison system is facing a severe overcrowding crisis. With facilities hovering around 130% capacity, prison chief Gary Mohr considered declaring an overcrowding emergency for the first time in the state’s history. This would have granted early release to prisoners nearing the end of their sentences, but those plans were inexplicably scuttled less than a month ago. It was unclear what [...]

Video Shows NYPD Arresting Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern When He Tried to Attend Petraeus Event

By: Friday February 6, 2015 4:49 pm

Former CIA analyst and activist Ray McGovern was arrested by New York police on October 30, as he attempted to attend an event featuring former CIA director and retired military general, David Petraeus. He was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. This week a judge dismissed those charges, and a recently posted [...]

Judge Gives US Government a Week to Appeal or Comply With Order Involving Thousands of Prisoner Abuse Photos

By: Friday February 6, 2015 11:54 am

The United States government has been given a week to appeal or comply with a federal judge’s order to provide a justification for why approximately 2,100 photographs of torture and abuse of prisoners must remain secret. The American Civil Liberties Union has pursued the release of records related to detainee treatment and “the death of [...]

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