A Vast Criminal Conspiracy to Torture

It is worth going back a few weeks to call attention to the remarkable Dec. 21 New York Times editorial scolding the Obama administration for failing to prosecute previous administration for their torture regime. For the normally staid Grey Lady, the Times editorial board commentary is astonishingly sharp. The editors quote a ACLU-Human Rights Watch letter…

A Blow Against Civil Forfeiture

Last Friday Eric Holder announced the end of federal participation in civil forfeiture programs with police departments, though the practice will continue at the state government level. This is a major victory against this despicable form of government theft.

The strange politics of covering Serial

First the typically adversarial and brilliant journalists at the Intercept run a series of friendly interviews with Jay and the prosecutor allowing them to double down on their stories (even as they contradict themselves and each other). The tone and editorializing provide a clear subtext of inexplicable hostility toward Serial. Next The Blaze of all…

Azerbaijan – Washington’s Corleone Family Friend

Yesterday’s Sunday New York Times carried an editorial by the paper that does Paper of Record credit. It focused a spotlight on the authoritarian rule of Ilham Aliyev in Washington-allied Azerbaijan. The editorial cites a Wikileaks revelation (the paper’s hostility towards the transparancy organization while relying upon them as the source for so many insights is not…

The Nigerian Military and the Hypocrisy of #BringBackOurGirls

In September Frontline released a devastating expose of the abuses of the Nigerian military in the course of its campaign against Boko Haram. The footage of mass executions and the like is horrifying. However, the short documentary only obliquely alludes to the longstanding close collaboration between the Pentagon and Nigeria’s armed forces. These ties make…