“We Need a Whistleblower Prize”: Radley Balko

at HuffPo: ...High-level whistleblowers know when they come forward that they're sacrificing their national security clearance, likely their jobs, and quite possibly their freedom. Set aside for a moment what you think about the actions of Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden. Imagine you have a top-level security clearance, and you discover in the course of your work evidence of illegal government activity. Even going through the proper internal channels carries risks, and aren't likely to change … [Read more...]

“What We Taught Children to Do to Other Children”

Indiegogo site raising money for Fix My Kid, a documentary on the abuses of the "troubled teen industry." (More here.) … [Read more...]

Two Very Different Links About Prison

First of all, America's prison population is finally falling. Via Jesse Walker, I think.Second, "Tenth and Greenwich (Women's House of Detention)" is pretty amazing, and you should give it a spin. Via Helen Rittelmeyer. … [Read more...]

“Will the Great US Penal Reform Tip the Balance for Addicts?”: The Fix

feature: ...Now, after decades of runaway incarceration fueled greatly by the War on Drugs, California is in the midst of what one expert calls “the biggest penal experiment in modern history,” diverting tens of thousands of inmates from state prisons to local supervision. California’s so-called realignment leads a growing pack of sentencing and legal reforms nationwide, all designed to change how the US treats low-level offenders—most of them facing drug charges, and many suffering from addicti … [Read more...]

UPDATE to Mexican Drug-War Journalism Story: Plagiarism, Self-Promotion?

At least some part of this story may be false. See here and here. THANKS to GJP on Facebook. (If you try to click the Blog del Narco links here they're broken, but you can see the stories on BDN's front page and they do pretty clearly seem to be plagiarized.) … [Read more...]

“Mexico Relies on Social Media for Drug War News”: The Fix–UPDATED

reports: With most mainstream media sources silenced by fear of the drug cartels, social media has become a safer way for Mexicans to stay informed about the drug war-related violence continuing to rage throughout the country. more [UPDATE: At least some part of this story may be false. See here and here. THANKS to GJP on Facebook. (If you try to click the Blog del Narco links here they're broken, but you can see the stories on BDN's front page and they do pretty clearly seem to be … [Read more...]

I Suppose Character Assassination Is Still Better Than the Other Kind

but this little tale of the hunt for dirt on Glenn Greenwald should make you a) think of the worst or most shameful things you've ever done, b) ask yourself whether it could be reconstructed from your credit card bills, legal records, social media, security camera footage, or internet history, and then c) keep in mind that revelations about state power and secrecy are the important things, not the personal character of the people doing the revelatin'. ...So I've been fully expecting those kinds … [Read more...]


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