In the incredibly overheated, paranoid environment of the Cold War, anything seemed possible. Senator Joe McCarthy saw Communists hiding in every broom closet, Julius and Ehtel Rosenberg were executed as spies -- although the evidence we have today suggests that Ethel, at least, wasn't guilty of any ... More >>
He did his time for burning down two Oregon lumber mills, but he's not exactly a free man
Why does anyone drive in New York? Operating an automobile in this city is terrifying, outrageously expensive, and statistically quite likely to result in a trip to the impound lot. (The Brooklyn Navy Yard is lovely this time of year, by the way, excellent for strolling through with gritted teeth an ... More >>
Whenever one's privacy is breached in the public sphere, there's always that awkward, immediate reaction when the reader asks, "Was that one too far?" Well, it depends on impact and damage; this was a main concern with WikiLeaks - "Did their privacy leaks put anyone in harm's way?" underlies every c ... More >>
Get excited New Yorkers! Our city is inching one step closer to resembling one of those nightmarish societies depicted in your favorite 20th century dystopian novel with the impending introduction of police surveillance drones into our air space. No, they're not just for the war in Afghanistan. Unm ... More >>
We did it, everyone. Following a public outcry, petition, and the filing of a federal Freedom of Information Act request, the Leader of the Free World will release the White House's beer recipe.
Chug, chug, chug, chug! [See More: Dr. Seuss Loves Beer: Let's Sing a Song About It | Brooklyn Pour Announces First Round of Brewers] Well, it's no surprise that the guy with the most stressful job in the world likes to drink beer. We just want to be able to drink it with him. Some clever beer e ... More >>
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is upping the ante on the debate over teacher evaluations by calling on the mayor to release evaluations of staffers from his office. De Blasio -- who is expected to run for mayor in 2013 and who frequently gets headlines for criticizing Bloomberg -- is rallying arou ... More >>
Will teacher rankings be made public? This is a complicated question, and will likely be decided soon by New York pols. But first, a bit of background. Remember that various media outlets published in February 18,000 New York City teacher ratings, after the United Federation of Teachers lost a len ... More >>
Gage SkidmoreBanks benefited even more from the public bailout than previously known.It's been three years since the the cataclysmic financial crisis that nearly destroyed the global economy, and three years since the government offered up $700 billion in public money to prop up the banks tha ... More >>
The FBI has released a cache of documents about the Village Voice dating from 1969 to 1997 that are now available under FOIA. Bomb threats! Contras! Secret lists! Ed Koch vs. J. Edgar Hoover! First up: were Village Voice subscribers in the '70s added to a creepy secret government list? A le ... More >>
Talking Points Memo (or TPM, as the kids call it), was down for about 8 hours overnight. This major site interruption comes after they ran 14 mugshots of alleged members of the hacker group Anonymous after their arrests. TPM obtained the mugshots through the Freedom of Information Act and wer ... More >>
Maybe this really is the age of WikiLeaks. Transparency, hacks and secrets of all stripes are currently getting big play in media news, ranging from the travails of Anthony Weiner's penis to shady New York Times snooping and the Freedom of Information Act at work. We've seen the latter in the ... More >>
When President Barack Obama decided he would not make pictures of a dead Osama Bin Laden public for fear of inciting violence by "spiking the football," a handful of enterprising journalists went the legal route to campaign for their release. By filing Freedom of Information Act requests, pub ... More >>
With President Obama deciding that the United States is not the type of country to release photographs of a dead Osama Bin Laden, shot in the head, there are two ways the public will ever see them: 1) a government leak when this all dies down, or 2) an enterprising journalist whose Freedom of ... More >>
Since President Barack Obama decided that the pictures of Osama Bin Laden were too gruesome to make public, lest they inflame violence or be used as anti-U.S. propaganda, it will be up to journalists to force transparency from the administration. (That, or Obama could have them leaked, thereb ... More >>
The "secret-sharing" website Cryptome has released a never-before-seen video of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, as visible from a police helicopter circling 300 feet above the burning towers. The video was obtained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as part o ... More >>
Microcosm PublishingZinn FoerMilkshakes meet mind control, acid dropping, and American hegemony in Michael Hoerger and Mia Partlow's new book, Edible Secrets: A Food Tour of Classified U.S. History, which makes the case that food and government conspiracy go hand in hand.
The New York Times got its hands on some internal e-mails today that show how desperate city health department officials were to sell a "soda makes you fat" campaign in an effort to boost support for a penny-per-ounce soda tax proposal that ultimately fizzled.
Gotta love that Freedom of Information Act! The New York Times filed one to get the names of Mayor Bloomberg's interns, and when they got them, they wrote about who they are! And who are they?
It's Christmas Eve's Eve's Eve and we got nothing, so thank Santa for the Freedom of Information Act, which got the FBI to release documents showing that the feds were looking into Michael Jackson's life, particularly the parts spent with young boys. Now we can relive the magic all over again ... More >>
Sometimes one must just bow to the bounteous fruits of the Freedom of Information Act, a request via which has led the FBI to unveil their epic file on Michael Jackson, wherein the twin salient facts relevant to the law--the threats and stalkers and extortion schemes that accrue to the very, ... More >>
The New York Civil Liberties Union is suing the Department of Homeland Security to find anything it can about the NYPD's plans to build a massive surveillance system in Lower Manhattan. The system will allow the NYPD, and possibly the federal government, to create a computerized database on the mo ... More >>
9/11 hysteria, even surrounding 60-year-old documents about American spies
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The Bush team chants, 'We do not torture,' but nobody around the world believes them
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Picking up the pieces of 9-11, putting them in order, trying to make sense
Tax Resisters Chip Away at Bush's War Chest
Ground Laid for Historic Presidential Powers Push
Where Is Our Bill of Rights Defense Committee?
New Awareness of EMF Health Risks Fuels Opposition to Chelsea Substation
Finding Documents the Man Wants to Hide
Will e-tailers eliminate the university bookstore?
Will the Justice Department Limit Public Access to Information?
Keeping a Piece of the Action
APB Online Hopes Crime Will Pay
The U.S.-led ECHELON spy network is eavesdropping on the whole world