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ALEC Sham Chemical Disclosure Model Tucked Into Illinois Fracking Bill

Illinois is the next state on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)'s target list for putting the oil industry's interests ahead of the public interest.

(Photo: silverfuture via Flickr) 98 percent funded by multinational corporations, ALEC is described by its critics as a "corporate bill mill" and a lobbyist-legislator dating service. It brings together corporate lobbyists and right wing politicians to vote up or down on "model bills" written by lobbyists in service to their corporate clientele behind closed doors at its annual meetings.

These "models" snake their way into statehouses nationwide as proposed legislation and quite often become the law of the land. 

Illinois, nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," has transformed into the "Land of ALEC" when it comes to a hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") regulation bill - HB 2615, the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation Act - currently under consideration by its House of Representatives. "Fracking" is the toxic horizontal drilling process via which unconventional gas and oil is obtained from shale rock basins across the country and the world.

HB 2615 - proposed on Feb. 21 with 26 co-sponsors - has an ALEC model bill roped within this lengthy piece of legislation: the loophole-ridden Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Composition Act.

As covered here on DeSmogBlog, this model bill has been proposed and passed in numerous statehouses to date. If the bill passes, Illinois' portion of the New Albany Shale basin will be opened up for unfettered fracking, costumed by its industry proponents as the "most comprehensive fracking legislation in the nation." 

"If At First You Don't Succeed, Dust Yourself Off and Try Again"

This isn't ALEC's first fracking-related crack at getting a model bill passed in Illinois. In 2012, the Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Composition Act - introduced as SB 3280 - passed unanimously by the Illinois Senate but never passed the House. 

SB 3280 isn't merely an ALEC model, but is a Council of State Government's (CSG) model, too, as covered here on DeSmog.

The "disclosure" standards' origins lay in the Obama Department of Energy's (DOE) industry-stacked fracking subcomittee, formed in May 2011 "to study the practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and determine if there are ways, or even a necessity, to make it safer for the environment and public health." 

As exposed by The New York Times in April 2012, these "disclosure" standards were originally written by ExxonMobil, first passed in Texas in June 2011, and now serve as both an ALEC and CSG model bill for the states. I say "disclosure" - as opposed to disclosure - because the bill includes loopholes for "trade secrets," ala the "Halliburton Loophole" written into the industry-friendly federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. 

Section 77 of HB 2615, titled "Chemical disclosure; trade secret protection," also includes the same trade secrets exemption from the ALEC/CSG ExxonMobil-written model bill. 

Ever persistent, ALEC has taken the late pop diva Aaliyah's words to heart with regards to chemical fluids "disclosure," at first not succeeding and dusting itself off and trying again

The FracFocus Façade

The oil and gas industry has chosen FracFocus as the entity to oversee the chemical disclosure process. An August investigation by Bloomberg News revealed that FracFocus offers the façade of disclosure while the industry tramples roughshod over communities nationwide.  

"Energy companies failed to list more than two out of every five fracked wells in eight U.S. states from April 11, 2011, when FracFocus began operating, through the end of last year," wrote Bloomberg. "The gaps reveal shortcomings in the voluntary approach to transparency on the site, which has received funding from oil and gas trade groups and $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy."

In reality, FracFocus is a public relations front for the oil and gas industry, as we reported here in Dec. 2012, explaining

FracFocus' domain is registered by Brothers & Company, a public relations firm whose clients include America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Chesapeake Energy, and American Clean Skies Foundation - a front group for Chesapeake Energy.

Another Nov. 2012 Bloomberg investigation revealed that oil and gas corporations "claimed trade secrets or otherwise failed to identify the chemicals they used about 22 percent of the time," according to its analysis of FracFocus data for 18 states.

Cosponsors Tied to ALEC, CSG

Five of the 26 Illinois House cosponsors are ALEC members: Reps. David Reis (R-119), Mike Fortner (R-95), Jil Tracy (R-93), Dennis Reboletti (R-97), and Patricia Bellock (R-94). 

Further, three more cosponsors have ties to CSG. Rep. Ann Williams (D-11) and Rep. Pam Roth (R-75) both attended CSG Midwest's 2012 Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD). Two of the sponsors of BILLD in 2012 included BP America and Enbridge Energy. Another, Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D-97), is a 2005 CSG Midwest BILLD alumni.

The bipartisan "group of 26" took a total of $53,060 before the Nov. 2012 election, data collected from the National Institute on Money in State Politics shows.      

How Will IL Regulate Fracking with 12 Inspectors?

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's 2012 budget included Department of Natural Resources (DNR) cuts to the tune of 13.5-percent for fiscal year 2013. The DNR is the regulatory body tasked to referee the fracking process under HB 2615, an agency which in the past decade has lost over half of its budget

"Our agency has essentially been cut in half over the last decade. There are a lot of ramifications...You're going to see a noticeable difference in the maintenance. It won't be the fault of the people that work for us," DNR Director Marc Miller said at a Feb. 2012 public forum in a foreshadowing manner. "It will be because we don't have the resources."

There are 12 inspectors in IL to oversee fracking regulation enforcement, among myriad other regulatory duties, down from 28 in 2005, as revealed in a recent Freedom of Information Act conducted by ProPublica.

"What we are looking for is a sustainable solution," Miller said at the public forum. "We want to get to the point of having revenue we can count on to plan and to be able to do the programs we're supposed to do for the public."

Yet Miller believes more DNR cuts from Quinn are in the works in forthcoming budgets.

Earthworks pointed out in a Sept. 2011 report titled, "Breaking All the Rules: the Crisis in Oil & Gas Regulatory Enforcement" that numerous states - akin to Illinois - are vastly understaffed, underfunded and unable to do their jobs to protect the public. Predictably, this has led to under-enforcement, lending the oil and gas industry a free pass to contaminate without accountability.

And even with enforcement, Earthworks pointed out that because the penalties for breaking the law are so minimal, the industry simply passes this off as a tiny "cost of doing business."

Bill Endorsed by Sierra Club/NRDC 

Despite this reality, two major green NGOs - the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) - have come out in cautious support of the bill. 

"NRDC is working to transition as quickly as possible to a clean energy future based on energy efficiency and renewable energy, but as long as we have to have dirty fossil fuels, our communities need the strongest rules in place," NRDC's Henry Henderson wrote in blog post, offering the important caveat that "Those rules are only as good as their enforcement, which needs to be robust and strict. And that is another issue that we will be following if this bill moves forward."

No concerns are raised about Section 25 of the bill dealing with setbacks and prohibitions.

This section lends the industry the ability to conduct fracking operations within 1,500 feet of groundwater sources and 500 feet of schools, houses, hospitals, nursing homes, and places of worship. It also enables the industry to frack within 300 feet of rivers, lakes, ponds and reservoirs.   

These regulations do not take into account the fact that the horizontal drilling portion of the fracking process extends between 5,000 and 10,000 feet. The sobering reality: none of these things would be protected under this bill's current language

Sierra Club, which came under fire last year for taking $26 million from gas giant Chesapeake Energy to fight against coal, sang a similar tune.

"We may not be able to decide whether fracking comes to Illinois, but we absolutely must decide to make sure we are as protected as we can be," Sierra Club's Jack Darin concluded on The Huffington Post, despite the fact that fracking has yet to begin in the state. 

Other Groups Call for a Moratorium, Support Alternative Bill 

Other groups are fighting for a different recently-introduced moratorium bill, SB 1418, which has one sponsor so far, Sen. Mattie Hunte (D-94).

That effort is being led by the Illinois Coalition For A Moratorium on Fracking, whose members include Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE), MoveOn.org Illinois, Progressive Demcrats of America (PDA) Chicago and Illinois, Stop the Frack Attack on IL, Rising Tide, and Rainforest Action Network (RAN) Chicago. 

"The moratorium will allow two years for a science-based investigative task force to look at current and ongoing studies on fracking," the Coaliton's press release in support of SB 1418 reads. "As new research continues to uncover more harmful effects of high-volume fracturing, both in the surrounding area and to the climate, ICMF, SAFE, and many other environmental organizations are committed to supporting studies on the procedure."

SAFE, one of the Coalition members, will play host to a one-day summit called "The Fracking Truth" on Mar. 1 to rally people in support of the moratorium bill.

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Soon-to-released Chelsea Manning wants to help others after prison

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FBI paid nearly $1mn to hack into San Bernardino killer’s iPhone – Senator

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Neocon Anne Applebaum: Give Me Money To Fight ‘Russian Disinformation’!

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NSA collected over 151mn phone records in 2016 despite surveillance law changes

The NSA collected over 151 million phone records from Americans last year, while having warrants for...

Trump Adviser Jared Kushner Didn’t Disclose Startup Stake

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NSA to stop collecting Americans' emails, texts about foreign surveillance targets

Published time: 28 Apr, 2017 20:25 The National Security Agency says it will halt the warrantless collection...

Trump team did no additional vetting of Flynn beyond Obama security clearance

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Twice the price of Clinton: Obama to net $400K for Wall street speech

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The Greatest US Blunder

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BBC’s Nick Robinson accused of bias against Labour’s Corbyn & in favor of PM...

BBC veteran Nick Robinson has been attacked by figures across the political spectrum, who say...

Obama/Trump: Contrasting Deceivers

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Trump Is Hiring Lobbyists and Top Ethics Official Says "There's No Transparency"

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How Trump and Obama are Exactly Alike

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'What Are You, Chicken?' Coast-to-Coast Protests Dare Trump to Release Taxes

From the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to Fairbanks, Alaska, to the Mar-a-Lago Resort in West Palm Beach, Florida, Americans are taking to the...

‘Opposite of draining the swamp’: Watchdogs hit Trump for secret White House visitor log

President Donald Trump’s administration announced they will no longer disclose records pertaining to who visits the...

2 Air Force members charged with sexually abusing 15yo runaway

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Julian Assange vs. Allan Nairn: Did WikiLeaks Inform Voters or Aid Trump's Right-Wing Revolution?

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US lawmakers want to know how many Americans under surveillance

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Domestic abuser ordered to report all new relationships to police

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Talking About My Generation–So We Don’t Have to Talk About the Rich

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Firm Hired by FERC to Review Dominion's Atlantic Coast Pipeline Linked to Project's Main...

A contractor working for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its environmental review of the proposed Atlantic Coast pipeline has ties to the...

Sick of SJW Tech Giants?

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Pentagon seeks to ‘surprise’ ISIS with unannounced troops deployments in Iraq & Syria

The Pentagon wants Islamic State terrorists to be pleasantly surprised by US troop deployments in Iraq...

Why Vault 7 Tools Used by Private Contractors Shows US Intel Needs a Ground-Up...

The Vault 7 exposé by WikiLeaks neglected to mention the most important part of the disclosure. Sure, the CIA has all these tools available....

White House to disclose financial info on high-level staff

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Treasury secretary under fire for ‘Lego Batman’ joke

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MAR-A-LAGO Act introduced to disclose ‘southern White House’ visitor records

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DEA approves synthetic marijuana for big pharma company against legalization

A synthetic marijuana product could be available for commercialization after the DEA gave a newly approved...

'Beyond Irregular': GOP Intel Chair Under Fire for Bizarre Trump Briefing

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FBI confirms probe into Trump’s alleged ties with Moscow during 2016 election campaign

Published time: 20 Mar, 2017 15:47 FBI Director James Comey has confirmed that the bureau is investigating...

Architect of Federal Fracking Loophole May Head Trump Environmental Council

Confidential sources have told Politico that Bill Cooper — current congressional staffer and former fossil fuel industry lobbyist and attorney — is under consideration to head...

The Trump/Obama ‘Leak War’

“Leaks” can be whistleblowers exposing government wrongdoing, but many actually are government agencies manipulating the public or punishing enemies, as...

Leaks Can be for Good or Evil

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FOIA fail: 'Most transparent ever' Obama administration spent $36mn to hide records in 2016

Published time: 14 Mar, 2017 21:13Edited time: 15 Mar, 2017 09:33 The Obama administration granted less than...

FBI not obligated to share rules for spying on journalists, judge rules

A federal judge has ruled that not only is it okay for the FBI to spy...

London trading could be driven by advance inside knowledge of official data – report

An analysis of official trading data suggests some London-based investors may be trading with advanced knowledge of sensitive economic reports before they are released...

How SCOTUS Campaign Finance Rulings 'Distorted' US Democracy

With the pending confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch shaping up to be a referendum on the role of money in politics, a...

Pentagon wants looser rules on using force in ‘temporary areas of active hostility’ –...

The White House is reportedly mulling over a Pentagon proposal to designate undeclared battlefields across the...

WikiLeaks’ Assange hits back at senator’s calls for his imprisonment

Published time: 13 Mar, 2017 15:24 WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has hit back at Nebraska Senator Ben...

#Vault7 hacking leak clearly an 'inside job' – former CIA deputy director

The WikiLeaks could’ve only obtained documents from CIA’s covert hacking program from somebody within the agency,...

Drone Wars watchdog crowdfunds legal challenge to beat British military secrecy

Published time: 10 Mar, 2017 12:29 Drone Wars UK is crowdfunding a legal attempt to force...

#Vault7: US will use ‘full force of law’ if WikiLeaks dump contains factual info,...

Published time: 10 Mar, 2017 13:42 The US will use the “full force of the law” to...

Flynn received over $500k lobbying as ‘foreign agent’ of Turkish government

Upon learning that General Michael Flynn had registered as a foreign agent of Turkey in 2016,...

Bipartisan Senators Demand Proof of Trump's Wiretapping Allegation

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Wednesday sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI asking for...

Fresh Doubts about Russian ‘Hacking’

Exclusive: The gauzy allegations of Russia “hacking” the Democrats to elect Donald Trump just got hazier with WikiLeaks’ new revelations...

Spies, Killers, Thieves, Liars

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Vault 7: Wikileaks Begins New Series of Leaks on CIA

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How the Trump Administration May Be Skirting Its Own Ethics Rules

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US govt allows child porn suspect off hook in bid to protect Tor hack...

Published time: 6 Mar, 2017 14:51 The anonymous nature of the search engine Tor is in question...

Washington Governor's Order to Protect Immigrants Will Also Save State's Economy

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Never Buy a Flood-Damaged Vehicle

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British ISIS suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee who won £1mn compensation

Suicide bomber Abu-Zakariya al-Britani detonated a car bomb outside an Iraqi military base southwest of Mosul, 12 years after winning £1 million ($1.25 million)...

White House Power Player Jared Kushner Is Keeping Parts of His Real Estate Empire

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British suicide bomber ‘wasn’t being monitored’ because Theresa May ‘downgraded surveillance’

While serving as home secretary, Prime Minister Theresa May downgraded the surveillance of an extremist...

Cloudflare bug exposed sensitive Fitbit, Uber, OkCupid data

A major bug in software used by content delivery network Cloudflare has exposed sensitive, encrypted data...

FBI pressed to reveal cost & source of San Bernardino suspect’s phone hack

Media organizations suing the FBI for information about software used to access the San Bernardino terrorist...

Single-Payer Reform is ‘the Only Way to Fulfill the President’s Pledge’ on Health Care:...

Proposals floated by Republican leaders won’t achieve President Trump’s campaign promises of more coverage, better benefits, and lower costs, but a single-payer reform would,...

Fed Up with 'Dysfunction and Deadlock,' Former FEC Chair Will Resign

The primary responsibilities of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) are to ensure full disclosure of campaign money and fair enforcement of election law, former...

Twitter continues court fight for right to disclose government surveillance requests

Twitter attorneys told a federal judge that the US government restricted its First Amendment rights by barring the social media giant from publishing a...

Climate Change Industry: NOAA Cheated and Got Caught Faking Climate Data

They were duped – and so were we. That was the conclusion of last week’s damning revelation that world leaders signed the...

#ResistTrumpTuesdays: Protect Our Protections on Valentine’s Day

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Oil, gas companies no longer required to disclose taxes & fees paid to foreign...

President Donald Trump has repealed the mandate for US oil and gas companies to report taxes...

Amazon may face penalty for sales banned by Iran sanctions

Internet retail giant Amazon may face sanctions after disclosing that it “processed and delivered” consumer products...

Common Cause Urges Rep. Chaffetz to Investigate Rampant Conflicts of Interest & Ethics Violations...

WASHINGTON - Common Cause is urging House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to investigate rampant conflicts of interest, apparent violations...

Trump’s Labor nominee admits to hiring undocumented worker

US President Donald Trump’s pick for Labor Department head, Andrew Puzder, has admitted to employing an...

Thousands of US airstrikes unaccounted for in Syria, Iraq & Afghanistan – report

US Central Command has been misleading the public in its assessment of the overall progress in the war on terror by failing to account...

Google must comply with FBI data request to hand over overseas emails – US...

An American judge has ruled that Google must provide emails stored overseas to US authorities for...

Netanyahu Proves Israel Is Corrupt To Its Rotten Core

(RINF) - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in danger of being brought down, possibly soon, over what initially appears to be little more...

British hackers, spies & whistleblowers could face 14yrs in prison under new proposals

British spies and civil servants could now face up to 14 years in prison if they are found leaking national secrets, after allegations about...

'Unreasonable burden': House votes to repeal SEC rule on US energy company payments to...

House Republicans have approved a resolution repealing the rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...

House Poised to Repeal Global Anti-Corruption Measure

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Trump imposes lifetime ban on foreign govt lobbying for appointees

As part of his promise to ‘drain the swamp’ US President Donald Trump has signed an...

Trump staff using RNC private server for emails – report

After attacking Hillary Clinton for deleting emails from her private server, members of the Trump administration...

Trump’s First Test on Taxes

Donald Trump’s voters have high hopes that he’ll boost the economy and protect jobs for those who’ve been left behind after three decades of...

Valium, couches & grizzlies: Twitter finds funny side of Senate confirmation hearings

Senators appear to be a little loopy thanks to the number and the pacing of confirmation...

Body count: Judith Miller slammed on Twitter for saying Manning leaks killed people

Judith Miller, who through her reporting advocated invading Iraq in 2003, has been blasted on Twitter...

DOJ to probe FBI’s handling of Clinton email investigation

The US Department of Justice is launching a review of how the FBI handled the inquiry...

Democrat Lobbyist's Latest Special Interest: Jared Kushner

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Ohio mulls drug to ‘reverse’ lethal injections amid executions debate

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Video: Investigating Investigators: DOJ to probe FBI’s handling of Clinton email inquiry

The US Department of Justice is launching a review of how the FBI handled the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's private email server, and whether...

NYT: If Only We Knew What We Already Know About Jeff Sessions

The New York Times (1/8/17) raises questions about Jeff Sessions–questions it admits have already been answered. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions seems to be on his way...

Trump Considering GOP Lawmaker Who Despises Consumer Watchdog To Head It

President-elect Donald Trump is getting closer to debilitating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the watchdog agency founded by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that...

Likely Conflicts Ahead as Trump Elevates Giuliani to Cyber Czar

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be serving as a key cyber security adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, the transition team announced...

Mark Zuckerberg Is Pissing Off a Lot of People

Mark Zuckerberg will be grappling with a growing problem in 2017: Facebook hate. The social-networking giant has landed on a list of...

Protecting Privacy

You don’t have to follow Edward Snowden’s revelations to be concerned about your privacy on the Internet. Anytime you use Google as a search...

Kentucky GOP Supermajority Just Gutted Women's, Workers' Rights

Republicans, now wielding total control of the Kentucky state legislature for the first time in nearly a century, exerted their power this weekend to...

Trump Must Expose Obama’s Abuses of Power

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Donald Trump's Pick for Spy Chief Took Hard Line on Snowden, Guantanamo, and Torture

Colleagues of former Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., describe the septuagenarian as competent and congenial — the “Mister Rogers” of Republicans, as Sen. Cory Gardner,...

WikiLeaks & Clinton aide Tanden clash in Twitter spat

Neera Tanden, Clinton aide and regular feature in the WikiLeaks of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s...

GOP Tries to 'Jam' Through Nominees Not Yet Vetted, Ethics Office Warns

Days before the confirmation process is set to begin, with schedule purposely packed with conflicts, it appears that many of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet...

‘What is going on?’ Trump wonders why FBI never requested access to the DNC’s...

Amid an avalanche of self-replicating reports of “Russian hacking”, Donald Trump has questioned how the task...

No Conflict Here: 150 Wall Street Firms Own Over $1.5 Billion of Trump's Debt

As many suspected, President-elect Donald Trump's web of business conflicts is much more complicated than he has let on. An analysis by the Wall Street...

In Syria, Western Media Cheer Al Qaeda

This Daily Beast headline (8/8/16) was an unusually direct acknowledgement of Al Qaeda’s role in Aleppo. The Syrian government—a dictatorship known for imprisoning, torturing and...

Details Still Lacking on Russian ‘Hack’

Exclusive: The mainstream U.S. media is all atwitter about Russia having to pay a price for hacking into Democratic emails...

US issues more sanctions on Russia over alleged election hacking

President Barack Obama has issued new sanctions against Russian people and companies that the US government...

Church should be more transparent – creator of ‘MormonWikiLeaks’

A former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has built a secure...

‘So correct’: Trump responds to Putin’s holiday letter

President-elect Donald Trump has praised a “very nice” holiday letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin, expressing...

Earth Bombarded by High Energy Waves

The role of a journalist is to report “the truth” based on available verifiable evidence of unfolding events and developments in this world. Because...

Gov't requests for account data went up 27% in 2016 – Facebook

Requests by governments around the world for Facebook account data went up 27 percent in the...

Vox’s Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest, Explained

It’s “simply more fun” and will give you “extra cool points,” Vox (12/14/16) declares of the latest gadget from its corporate cousin. Vox Media has...

Malcolm Gladwell Likes Leaks When They Bolster Government Power

Malcolm Gladwell (New Yorker, 12/19/16): “Ellsberg was an insider—and that fact puts him in stark contrast with the man who has come to be...

A Spy Coup in America?

Exclusive: As the Electoral College assembles, U.S. intelligence agencies are stepping up a campaign to delegitimize Donald Trump as a...

Yahoo Says One Billion Accounts Exposed in Newly Discovered Security Breach

Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) warned on Wednesday that it had uncovered yet another massive cyber attack, saying data from more than 1 billion...

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

As the hysteria about Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election grows, a key mystery is why U.S. intelligence would...

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

As the hysteria about Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election grows, a key mystery is why U.S. intelligence would rely on “circumstantial evidence”...

Hundreds of UK police officers accused of sexually abusing victims – watchdog

Hundreds of British police officers have been accused of engaging in the sexual abuse of...

Teens charged with arson in connection to Tennessee wildfires

Two juveniles are being charged with aggravated arson after being suspected of starting the East Tennessee...

Parliament backs Brexit, votes to trigger Article 50 by March 31, 2017

British MPs have voted in favor of government plans to trigger Article 50 by March...

Snowden: Ex-CIA Director Petraeus ‘shared far more classified info than I ever did’

Whistleblower Edward Snowden is surprised at the leniency shown to CIA Director General David Petraeus, who...

Virginia State Police’s Stingray-like device captures voice communications – docs

Documents acquired from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show the Virginia State Police have...

Ex-Florida cop says he was fired after whistleblowing on ‘illegal’ racial profiling practices

A former Florida police officer says he was fired for “blowing the whistle” on his department’s “unconstitutional” practices of racial profiling that specifically targeted...

Elizabeth Warren accuses big pharma of hijacking ‘cures bill’

Accusing Republicans of giving handouts to pharmaceutical industry, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts warned that...

Bait & Switch- Fake News, propornot, the Real Inform & Influence Operation

A few days before the 2016 election I contacted several publishers and told them they were on a list to be dealt with/ taken...

Possible conflict of interest: Trump owns shares in Dakota Access pipeline parent company

President-elect Donald Trump’s investments in two companies behind the Dakota Access pipeline, although small, are raising...

The Senate Can and Should Demand Transparency Into Trump Family Finances

As we hear of a settlement in the "Trump University" civil fraud case brought in part by New York State Attorney General and learn...

Trump’s Awesome Opportunity

Come January, President-elect Donald Trump — the self-described “king of builders” — will be faced with a unique re-modeling opportunity that’s nearly exclusive to...

FEC targets Trump campaign for possible $1.3 million in 'excessive' campaign contributions

The Federal Election Commission has asked the Donald Trump campaign to correct and clarify more than...

Chop Shop Hospitals

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7yo Muslim boy reported to police after school mistakes brass cylinder for ‘bullet’

A seven-year-old Muslim schoolboy in Birmingham, England, was left in tears after two police cars...

'Red Scare 2': Russia and the 2016 US election

Among the many ways in which the 2016 US presidential election has been out of the...

Butter Is Better

By Dr. Mercola In your musings about odd things, it may have occurred to you to wonder, if butter is basically made from the skimmings...

The FBI Can’t Actually Investigate a Candidate Such as Hillary Clinton.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The power above the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the U.S. Attorney General, and, above that person,...

The Coming Plague of Poverty Among the Elderly: Clinton’s Plan For Gutting Social Security

Photo by aphrodite-in-nyc | CC BY 2.0 In the recent Wikileaks revelations confirming Hillary Clinton’s duplicity, one of the clearest disclosures of her policy plans...

Trickle-Up Democracy: State and Local Ballots Give Voters a Say

Even in a presidential campaign where both candidates are speaking out against the influence of big money in politics, it's easy to be cynical...

FBI sees no proof of Trump-Russia ties – NYT

FBI officials say their investigation into links between US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Russia...

What Non-State Disasters Could Lie Ahead?

Did you know that the White House is currently coordinating with Homeland Security to make preparations for a possible solar storm that could bring...

Hillary Clinton is Playing With Thermonuclear Fire, and You Will be Glowing

I would never vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, and therefore have no dog in this fight.  That said, I am an...

Oilfield Wastewater Used to Grow Food in California May Contain Toxins

An oilfield in Kern County, California, in a photo taken on Fenruary 10, 2008. (Photo: Ben Klocek; Edited: LW / TO) Did you...

#PodestaEmails20: WikiLeaks releases another batch from Clinton campaign chair

WikiLeaks has released a 20th batch of emails from the account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair. The whistleblowing site has promised to release...

Bernie Sanders’s Hopes and Regrets

Leading protests and stirring up trouble in the Senate might be all that’s left for Bernie Sanders to do in contesting Hillary Clinton’s administration...

Tory deficit targets in tatters as leaked Treasury papers expose £16bn ‘black hole’

A leaked Treasury document reveals the government faces a black hole of up to £16...

Govt surveillance court order to Yahoo not likely to be declassified

The secret court order issued to Yahoo that allowed the US government to obtain user data...

GCHQ hired New Zealand firm for mass hack capabilities – Snowden leak

Electronic spy agency GCHQ paid a New Zealand firm to tap undersea internet cables in...

US security chiefs stumped over source of global DDoS attack – Obama

US President Barack Obama has admitted security chiefs have not yet identified those behind a sophisticated cyber-attack which crippled some of the world’s biggest...

They can't rig elections, but they can fake it – US officials alter approach...

While agreeing with President Barack Obama that the US election system is too big to hack,...

Name the Dangerous Candidate

To use a metaphor appropriate for the age, the big guns are being brought out to keep the unitary Presidency in Democrat hands. The...

October 2016: The Month Political Journalism Died

A version of this commentary originally appeared on Environmental Health News (10/19/16). Fox News‘ Chris Wallace before the last chance to ask both major presidential...

FBI releases Clinton probe documents

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has published another set of documents from their probe into Hillary...

Roaming Charges: a Wikileak is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Photo by thierry hermann | CC BY 2.0   + I’ve spent the week greedily consuming the treats offered up by Wikileaks’s excavation of John Podesta’s...

Maintaining Influence in Afghanistan

U.S. Army patrol in Afghanistan (courtesy Wikimedia Commons) Over the past few months, the Obama administration has renewed its efforts to strengthen its position in...

'Open Trade and Open Borders': Hacked Emails Contain Transcripts of Clinton Paid Speeches

Emails obtained illegally from the inbox of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chair, appear to contain partial transcripts of Clinton's paid speaking...

A Government Is Seizing Control of Our Election Process, and It Is Not the...

There is an attempt underway for a government to take control of our election process and throw the election to...

Wikileaks releases over 2,000 emails from Clinton campaign chair

The internet whistleblowing group Wikileaks released over 2,000 emails involving Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta....

US gov't officially accuses Russia of political hacks

The US intelligence community is “confident” that Russia is behind the recent hacks of US officials’...

How Do We “Package” Peace? Can We Make It Palatable?

A review of Peace Plays by Johan Galtung, Vitahl Rajan, and S. P. Udayakumar But where can wisdom be found?  And where is the place...

Clintons Accused Of Dodging Federal Taxes, Established 'Shell Companies'

While the hand-wringing over Donald Trump's 1994 tax returns continues, it wasn't long ago that the Clintons themselves were under a microscope for...

'We interpret every govt request' – Yahoo responds to e-mail scanning revelations

Yahoo called the report that the company scanned its customers’ incoming emails “misleading.” This comes as...

Over 1,000 Illegal Voters in Eight Virginia Localities

More than 1,000 aliens, or residents who are not U.S. citizens, have been free to vote illegally in Virginia. The bombshell disclosure was...

Official Stupidity Killed Keith Lamont Scott

Shooting a man slowly backing away is no way to preserve or protect Some reasonable people are weighing the available evidence and waiting for...

NYPD used undercover police to snoop on Black Lives Matter protests – court documents

Newly obtained documents indicate the New York Police Department may have committed constitutional violations by deploying...

GOP Attorneys General Held Private Meetings With Fossil Fuel Lobbyists on Exxon Investigation

(Photo: Mike Mozard; Edited: LW / TO) Republican attorneys general held private, undisclosed meetings with fossil fuel industry lobbyists in July to coordinate...

CDC used 40% less sensitive Zika test, punished whistleblower for raising concerns – investigation

The US health agency in charge of fighting Zika used a less effective test to diagnose the virus and punished a whistleblower who raised...

CIA Whistleblower Kiriakou Honored for Integrity

Former CIA official John Kiriakou, who spent two years in prison for revealing the truth about White House-sanctioned torture, became the 15th recipient of...

3rd party candidate Jill Stein responds to Clinton-Trump duel in real time (WATCH LIVE)

Barred from participating in the Clinton-Trump showdown at New York’s Hofstra University, Green Party presidential candidate...

Tech firms distancing themselves from spies thanks to Snowden – MI6 chief

Spy chief Alex Younger says the leaks from Edward Snowden have undermined the relationship between...

Introducing: The Proud Boys

On Sunday, September 11, while college students vandalised memorials, the NYC chapter of the Proud Boys held its second meet-up at the Tribeca bar...

Be Worried

Investor Jim Rogers has some sobering words on the future of the global economy. Even though the leading oil producers are working on price...

Ofcom to begin regulating BBC in major Tory shakeup

Britain’s public broadcaster, the BBC, will soon come under the watchful eye of Ofcom like every other media channel in the country, Culture Secretary...

House urges Obama not to pardon Snowden, claims he is ‘not a whistleblower’

US lawmakers intend to shoot down any hope for pardoning Edward Snowden, claiming that the...

Sugar industry blamed fat in fake studies

The sugar industry paid Harvard researchers in the 1960s to bury research linking sugar intake to heart disease and to instead make...

Sweet deal? Sugar industry blamed fat in fake studies – study

The sugar industry paid Harvard researchers in the 1960s to bury research linking sugar intake to...

Libeling Leakers: Julian Assange, Wikileaks and the Russian “Connection”

360b | Shutterstock.com What was the New York Times thinking in making the suggestion? Evidently, its patriotic sense has been affronted by the disclosures from WikiLeaks that...

Snowden ‘uncomfortable’ with film portrayal, calls UK ‘authoritarian’ in new interview

US exile Edward Snowden, the subject of a new Oliver Stone film that premiered at the...

Huffington Post’s Coverage of Donald Trump

Eric Zuesse After NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” on September 7th, Huffington Post’s top of homepage the next day was:  LIAR-IN-CHIEF: TRUMP REPEATS WHOPPER ABOUT IRAQ WAR — AGAIN! Don Previews His...

A Stairway to Heaven (Part One)

And it’s whispered that soon if we all call the tuneThen the piper will lead us to reasonAnd a new day will dawn for...

Vicious Military Spy Gear Offered to US Police

A CONFIDENTIAL, 120-PAGE catalogue of spy equipment, originating from British defence firm Cobham and circulated to U.S. law enforcement, touts gear that can intercept wireless...

This Guardian Piece Touting Bill Gates’ Education Investment Brought to You by Bill Gates

Bill Gates’ influence is so ubiquitous it’s invisible. (photo: Sebastian Derungs/WEF) The Guardian (8/31/16) published a broadly positive report on Liberian education, which is handing...

Escaping the US

A few weeks ago, the IRS published its quarterly “name and shame” list in the Federal Register. That’s the list federal law requires the...

Under fire: Chipotle, Papa John, McDonald’s over ‘pervasive’ wage theft and discrimination

Federal regulators and states are finding fast food companies like Chipotle, McDonald’s and Papa John culpable...

The Trump Campaign's Surprising $8.4 Million Expenditure

When the Trump campaign filed its latest campaign finance reports last weekend, the largest expense surprised a lot of reporters. Almost half of the...

Polish & Italian applications for UK passports spiked before Brexit vote

UK passport applications from European Union citizens jumped 14 percent in the run-up to the...

Click to share with Homeland Security: DHS to monitor visa-waiver applicants’ social media

The process for visa-waiver applicants has been under fire from US citizens and politicians alike. But...

Show me the money: Trump campaign pays The Donald’s businesses handsomely

Donald Trump has been running an unusual presidential campaign, to say the least. Unlike previous candidates,...

The 50-State Solution

Disgusted by the prospect of Hillary Clinton and/or Donald Trump having the power of the presidency? I certainly am. And for full disclosure here,...

Ex-SEAL who wrote about Bin Laden to pay US govt $6.6mn in book settlement

A former US Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the raid that killed Osama Bin...

‘If You’re So Proud of This Technology, Put It on the Label’ – CounterSpin...

Janine Jackson interviewed Patty Lovera about GMO labeling for the August 12, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Patty Lovera: “If...

10 Orwellian Moments

The Intercept recently began releasing batches of top secret internal newsletters from the most important division of the NSA, the Signals Intelligence Directorate, or...

Another study finds that diversity lead to mistrust and lack of community cohesion

It turns out the most cohesive neighborhoods are almost never the most diverse ones. But does that mean we shouldn't fight against...

AP Smears Trump

Eric Zuesse The Associated Press issued, on Wednesday August 17th, a news story of possible corruption implicating both the campaign manager of the Trump campaign...

Tangled web: Trump's campaign chief worked in Ukraine for Clinton associates

While Donald Trump’s campaign chair Paul Manafort worked for Ukraine’s former government, he funnelled some $2.2...

Cannabis vaporizer being tested by NHS could lead to ‘properly regulated market in UK’

A cannabis product used by people suffering from various conditions is now being tested by the National Health Service (NHS) in a move it...

British soldiers embedded in Okinawa could breach US-Japan treaty

British Royal Marines secretly embedding in Okinawa with their US counterparts may have breached a...

Chelsea Manning Supporters Deliver More Than 100,000 Petition Signatures Calling for No Punishment Following...

This morning Chelsea Manning supporters delivered more than 115,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, calling for him to drop...

Britain Not Officially At War But Fully Engaged On The Front-line Of Deadly War...

By Graham Vanbergen – “We do not disclose details of all ongoing operations, (says the MoD), as disclosure would prejudice the security of the...

Was report on bad guy Russia’s military superiority deliberately leaked to score MoD funding?

A leaked report suggests British military leaders are deeply concerned about Russia’s military capabilities, but...

New World Bank Policies Imperil Environment and Land Defenders

The World Bank approved Thursday its new "Environmental and Social Framework" which civil society groups say weakens human rights protections and will likely endanger the very communities the...

US drone warfare relies on ‘near certainty’ of target IDs & collateral damage

The White House has released a redacted copy of the so-called drone strike “handbook”, which outlines...

BBC accused of silence over possible conflict of interest among journalists

After being accused of blatant bias against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the BBC is now...

Spies targeted 20 VIPs in ‘unjustified’ surveillance operations

British security services spied on high-profile figures in operations that were not justified, according to...

Hillary Clinton, Her Email and a Body Blow to the Freedom of Information Act

Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey announced that his agency is recommending no charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of an unclassified...

New Rules Allow Employers to Pay for Employees' Health Information

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions for employee wellness programs give employers the power to reward or penalize their employees based on...

A Prime Day to Celebrate the Boss’s Business

Moving merchandise for Amazon in the Washington Post. Amazon.com rang up its biggest sales day ever on Tuesday as shoppers hit up its Prime Day...

Yes, You Can Be a Witness Against Yourself

As a US citizen or permanent resident, you are forgiven for the belief you have the right to remain silent. “Pleading the fifth” (amendment), is...

Still Second-Class Citizens

When I heard about the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, I thought back to another name etched into American history: Dred...

Hillary Clinton, Her Email and a Body Blow to the Freedom of Information Act

Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey announced that his agency is recommending no charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of an unclassified...

For the Senate, Transparency Is a Slow Process

Last week, the books closed on the second quarter of fundraising for this year's congressional candidates. On July 15, the latest campaign-finance reports...

Hillary Clinton: More Equal Under the Law Than Others

In his July 5 press briefing, FBI director James Comey spoke 2,341 words explaining his decision not to recommend criminal charges over Hillary Clinton’s...

Money tossed on Senate floor as Vermont’s Sanders and Leahy protest federal GMO bill

A federal bill to label GMO foods garnered protests not only from Vermont senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, but also members of the...

UK police commit 2,300 data breaches in 4.5yrs – report

Some 800 UK police staff were responsible for more than 2,300 breaches of personal data...

Hillary Clinton backs industries responsible for miscarriages and infertility while claiming to support ‘reproductive...

Hillary Clinton has been hailed as a feminist figurehead who fights for women's issues, equality and reproductive rights. She has won the votes of...

Freddie Gray case: Highest-ranking officer charged opts for bench trial

Like the two previous Baltimore police officers tried and acquitted before him, Lieutenant Brian Rice has...

New Evidence Suggests the IRS Broke Federal Law

If you thought the story of how the IRS spent years persecuting conservatives was over, you were wrong. We’ve now known for years that...

Dark Money: How You Can See More of It, Thanks to the FCC

The Federal Communications Commission has made it easier for researchers, journalists and citizens to track dark campaign contributions by expanding its online...

Lewandowski Hire Makes Journalists Choose Between Defending Their Profession and Embracing Its Demise

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski depicted in the Washington Post, which reported that his hiring by CNN “could be very valuable” to the...

Global terror database World-Check leaked

The terrorist database used by global banks and intelligence agencies World-Check has reportedly leaked online. The mid-2014 version of the database contains some 2.2 million...

Freddie Gray case: ‘Defects’ in prosecution cited in 3 officers’ requests for charge dismissals

Three of the four Baltimore police officers awaiting trial related to the in-custody death of Freddie Gray last year have requested a dismissal of...

High powered Wall St. breakfast among gaps & missing entries in Clinton’s State Dept...

Hillary Clinton’s official calendar from her time as Secretary of State is missing details of dozens...

A Senate committee wants to crack down on spy agencies’ cozy relationship with Hollywood

The Intelligence Community is going to have to justify its relationship with Hollywood. Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the Republican chairman and ranking Democrat...

Koch Front Groups Are Defending ExxonMobil's Anti-Science Campaigns

If you're an executive at a big oil company watching as ExxonMobil is finally exposed for studying climate change, covering up the...

Clinton superdelegate & long-time congressman found guilty on 22 counts in corruption trial

Representative Chaka Fattah, one of Hillary Clinton’s superdelegates, was found guilty on over 20 separate federal...

DOJ Seeks Privacy Act Exemptions for FBI's Extensive Biometric Database

The U.S. Department of Justice has proposed a new rule that would exempt the FBI Next Generation Identification system -- purportedly the world's largest...

Orlando fallout: Mateen’s family put on no fly lists

Omar Mateen’s father and wife were added to the US’ no-fly list as investigators try to...

Down the memory hole? Why are police refusing to release Mateen 911 call?

Orlando police are refusing to release the 911 call that Omar Mateen placed the night he killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub, raising questions...

Home Office refuses to reveal Yarl’s Wood sexual violence data, because it’s bad for...

The Home Office has reportedly refused to disclose data on sexual violence towards detainees at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Center, because the information could...

Tesla rebuffs charges of Model S safety issues as regulator reviews complaint

A US regulator is examining reports of defective suspensions in Tesla Motors' Model S. The company...

FBI found over 300 classified docs on computer of Petraeus’ mistress

Newly released documents reveal that during the search of former CIA director David Petraeus’ home, the...

Secrecy abounds over 12 Gitmo detainees, attacks on Americans

Since a Pentagon official reported two months ago that some dozen former Guantánamo detainees were responsible...

FBI again asks to make secret filing in Clinton email probe

Continuing its pattern of secrecy in the probe into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email...

MI5 was bulk collecting public’s data, with little or no oversight

MI5 was allowed to escape regular scrutiny of its bulk collection of communications data by the watchdog charged with overseeing it, newly-released confidential correspondence...

Missing Pieces of Bin Laden’s Execution Mystery

According to Seymour Hersh, the original plan of the Obama Administration regarding the disclosure of the execution of Osama bin Laden to the press...

The Pentagon’s War on Accountability

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Colonel Mark Cheadle, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), recently made a startling disclosure to Voice of America...

Intel Vets Urge Fast Report on Clinton’s Emails

A group of U.S. intelligence veterans is calling on President Obama to expedite the FBI review of former Secretary of...

Intel Vets Urge Fast Report on Clinton’s Emails

MEMORANDUM FOR: The PresidentFROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for SanitySUBJECT: Those “Damn Emails” – “Really a Concern” Introduction Last Wednesday Robert Gates, CIA Director under President Bush-41...

Israeli Weimar: It Can Happen Here

“Please don’t write about Ya’ir Golan!” a friend begged me, “Anything a leftist like you writes will only harm him!” So I abstained for some...

The FBI’s secret biometrics database they don’t want you to see

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wants to prevent information about its creepy biometric database, which...

US reveals Saudi Arabia’s US debt holdings for the first time (and it’s big)

Saudi Arabia tops all other oil exporting countries in holding US debt, with $116 billion, US Treasury documents reveal. The first such disclosure in...

Meet the Ayn Rand Enthusiast Whose Private College Empire Reaps a Fortune From the...

Ayn Rand enthusiast Carl Barney says he ethically objects to government-backed loans because they interfere with unbridled free market capitalism. But that...

Report on CIA torture won’t be revealed under Freedom of Information Act

The US legal system has rejected the public disclosure of the full torture report, after American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued federal agencies just...

UC Berkeley: Background Checks are "Demoralizing"

Group seeks to build a “prison to school pipeline.” Beginning this week, UC Berkeley will no longer include a box for on-campus...

Did Tories break election spending rules? Electoral Commission seeks court order

The Electoral Commission is seeking a court order to have the Conservative Party disclose information...

NYPD must disclose cancer risks of X-ray spy vans, court rules

The New York Police Department has been ordered to release information on health risks associated with...

Tax haven brands Cameron’s strategy for ‘tackling’ financial secrecy futile

Cayman Islands officials have dismissed UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s latest transparency drive as “pointless,”...

Russians Remember Their WWII Vets

The West’s propaganda war against Russia filters events there through a prism of cynicism and contempt, but that misses the...

Triumph of Love: British security agency loses legal bid to force hacker to reveal...

Campaigners have welcomed a UK court ruling against Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA), which was...

‘Unprecedented’: UK activist fearing US extradition, 99yr sentence awaits landmark court ruling

UK authorities have hijacked a civil suit launched by a cybersecurity expert from Suffolk accused...

Chicken wings robbery exposes secret surveillance tool of US police

To catch a chicken wings thief, Maryland police employed one of their most secretive, high-tech tools:...

'Easily & Repeatedly’: Romanian hacker on gaining access to Hillary Clinton’s server

The Romanian hacker, “Guccifer” said breaching former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s personal server in early...

LEAKED: Explosive TTIP documents expose corporate takeover, dismantled climate protection

Climate protection, jobs, food safety and online privacy rights will be whittled away under the...

FBI doesn’t know how to use iPhone hack it bought for $1mn – report

The FBI spent roughly a million dollars to hack into the encrypted iPhone 5C that belonged...

Stop laundering of plundered Nigerian assets via UK, reformers tell Cameron

Britain must end its role as a “safe haven” for white-collar criminals who steal Nigeria’s...

Vox’s Puff Piece on Goldman Sachs Doesn’t Reveal Goldman Sponsors Vox

Vox’s Matthew Yglesias (4/25/16) gave a generous write-up to Goldman Sachs’ new commercial banking subsidiary, GS Bank, without noting that Goldman Sachs is a...

Face-off: Scientology leader threatens to sue his father over tell-all book

An exposé about internal Scientology leadership struggles between founder L. Ron Hubbard and current leader David...

FBI may keep vulnerability it used to access iPhone under wraps

The FBI is analyzing the security flaw that allowed it to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists in order...

CIA doesn’t have to disclose info on drone killings, appeals court rules

A federal appeals court has rejected a freedom of information lawsuit brought about by the American Civil Liberties Union, ruling that the government doesn’t...

Cameron Is Cornered

It’s said that there’s nothing more vicious than a wild animal that’s cornered. I’d add that there’s nothing more devious than a top corporate...

‘Dodgy Dave’s’ tax affairs to avoid parliamentary probe, says watchdog

Prime Minister David Cameron’s tax affairs will not be investigated by the parliamentary standards watchdog,...

DOJ faces legal fight with EFF over US govt ‘secret’ surveillance requests

A digital rights group is suing the US Justice Department over secret court orders it suspects...

‘US lead industry must be held accountable’ – healthy housing scientist to RT

The US lead industry should be held accountable for nationwide exposure from pipes and paint that...

IRS to US taxpayers: Come clean over #PanamaPapers or we’ll come looking for you

The agency Americans love to hate, the Internal Revenue Service, put on its Robin Hood hat...

‘The Big Granny Book’: Judge rules against releasing Newtown shooter’s documents

Despite a public records request, a Connecticut judge has ruled that police won’t have to release...

UK prime minister defends super-rich in statement on Panama Papers revelations

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Julie Hyland Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, used his statement to parliament...

Time to pay the piper: Cameron faces wrath of MPs over tax affairs

Prime Minister David Cameron will announce new laws in the House of Commons on Monday with the aim of tackling tax evasion, but is...

'This reopens the pain': Biggest US military base shootings in last decade

The apparent murder-suicide at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas turns attention once again to fatal...

PM Cameron received £200,000 in gifts from mom, potentially avoiding inheritance tax

Pressured over links to his late father’s offshore dealings, UK PM David Cameron has published statements on his personal finances. The disclosure reveals he...

CIA’s Work With Filmmakers Puts All Media Workers at Risk

John Goodman played a moviemaker working with CIA agent Ben Affleck to produce a fake film in the Oscar-winning Argo. It turns out there...

FAIR Activists Get Two Responses From NPR on Fossil-Fuel Funding Controversy

NPR’s factchecker acknowledges that it’s “pretty much true” that the main superPAC backing Hillary Clinton got $3.25 million from donors associated with fossil fuels. FAIR.org...

Panama Papers’ Publishers Don’t Need to Sell Out WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange irresponsibly helped overthrow the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt and end the occupation of Iraq. When it’s all said and...

The Panama Papers: Is their release a coup attempt between Soros and Rothschild?

Over the weekend we saw a disclosure bombshell that makes Edward Snowden and Julian Assange's data dumps seem like a drop in the ocean....

A New Right to Secrecy for Companies Must Be Rejected

The proposed EU legislation on "Trade Secrets Protection," which the European Parliament will vote next April 14, creates excessive rights to secrecy...

When Hillary Clinton Out-Neoconned a Neocon

Hillary Clinton’s unquestioning loyalty to Israel is another sign that she is out of touch with the new Democratic zeitgeist. (Photo: Joe Crimmings /...

Nuclear Power Plants: Pre-Deployed WMDs

Pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction. That’s what nuclear power plants are. And that’s another very big reason—demonstrated again in recent days with the disclosure that two...

John Kerry: Candidates' rhetoric on Muslims 'upsets people's sense of equilibrium'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has noted regretfully that “every leader” he meets overseas is...

Obama Pays Tribute, but Doesn't Say "Sorry" to Argentine Victims of Kissinger's Allies

President Obama on Thursday recognized the role of the US government in Argentina's Dirty War, a campaign of violence waged for seven...

Obama’s Foreign-Policy Self-Enslavement

Exclusive: President Obama may have seen his refusal to bomb Syria in 2013 as his “liberation day” from Official Washington’s...

Foreign Office forced to deny plans for Libya airstrikes, troop deployments

No UK troops will be deployed to Libya and airstrikes will not be extended to...

‘Grassroots campaign’ ousts Laquan McDonald-involved county prosecutor Anita Alvarez

An exclusive RT interview reveals the institutional problems of Chicago that led Cook County voters to...

Sadistic sexual assaults ignored by Church of England – report

Senior figures in the Church of England failed to act after hearing about a sadistic...

GMA, GMOs and the letter of the law: Lobbying in food-labeling initiative goes to...

If “you are what you eat,” you may unknowingly be a genetically modified organism, thanks in...

Was a TIME Front-Cover ‘Hero’ a Fraud?

Eric Zuesse A court ruling, on March 10th, in a Southern District of New York (Manhattan) lawsuit, raises serious question as to whether Preet Bharara,...

FBI agents under investigation for possible misconduct in LaVoy Finicum shooting

An FBI agent is suspected of lying about firing twice at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum and may have gotten help from four other FBI agents...

UK: Metropolitan Police demand Pitchford Inquiry take evidence in secret

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Trevor Johnson The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has submitted a demand to...

Big Pharma Officially Owns The FDA

In February, President Obama’s nominee Robert Califf sailed through the Senate approval process to be approved as the next FDA commissioner. Califf has financial ties...

Labeling GMO: Dems put forward new bill as ‘Dark Act’ pushed on the hill

US Senate Democrats have offered an alternative GMO labeling bill that would require manufacturers to disclose the presence of GMOs to consumers, while still...

What Do the Possible Supreme Court Nominees Have in Their Wallets?

The federal appellate judges mentioned as possible replacements for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia have generally kept financially conservative profiles, according to a Center...

The TPP Trades Public Interest for Corporate Profits

Communications Workers of America protest the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Image: AFGE / Flickr) From her home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Karen Feridun is...

How a Candidate’s Mega-Donors Get Served After the Election

Eric Zuesse, updated from strategic-culture.org An example will be described here of a way in which corrupt Presidential candidates load up their campaigns’ advertising budgets...

‘This “Independent” Academic Is Promoting Public Policy Issues for a Private Corporation’

Janine Jackson interviewed Carey Gillam on the conflicts of interest of food science experts for the February 5, 2016, CounterSpin. This is a lightly...

Betting the Farm on Free Trade

From her home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Karen Feridun is helping stage a growing citizen pushback against the expansion of natural gas extraction. But...

‘Artful Smear’ Attack Backfires as Clinton Accused of Denying Impact of Big Money

'Clinton, like our Supreme Court, ignores thousands of years of human experience in how money corrupts politics.' Lauren McCauley Hillary Clinton is under fire for defending...

Obama administration continues suppression of torture photos

Tom Carter On Friday, the Department of Defense released 198 out of around 2,000 photos showing torture and other war crimes perpetrated by US military...

Pentagon Releases 200 Photos of Bush-Era Prisoner Abuse, Thousands Kept Secret

'What the photos that the government has suppressed would show is that abuse was so widespread that it could only have resulted from policy...

Still Secret JFK Murder Documents

Here It Is — a Map to What We Can Still Learn Exciting news: WhoWhatWhy has obtained the complete list of 3,603 secret documents on the...

Lawsuit Targets EPA’s Failure to Release Public Records on Toxic Herbicide

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to provide public records regarding its approval of Enlist Duo, a...

New Documents Uncover Monsanto’s Secret Role in Illinois Professor Bruce Chassy’s Academics Review Website

The consumer group U.S. Right to Know today called for improved transparency and public disclosure of industry funding for and coordination with public university professors. Email...

‘Corporate power grab:’ Govt’s refusal to release TTIP documents sparks outrage

The government’s refusal to publish sensitive information that could reveal the negative impact TTIP might have on Britain’s health service has been condemned by...

How Candidates’ Mega-Donors Get Served After the Election

Eric Zuesse, updated from strategic-culture.org The prison industry provides a good example: One recent article at Vice News criticized the legislation proposed by Presidential candidate...

The Good, Bad and Ugly in Oregon Standoff Coverage

Unraveling the Gordian knot of media issues in the Oregon standoff between federal authorities and a Patriot/Militia alliance of building occupiers is a daunting...

We Applaud Campbell Soup for GMO Labeling Decision

Campbell Soup should be applauded for its leadership and support of mandatory GMO labeling, according to Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president of government...

TransCanada’s $15B Lawsuit Against U.S. on Keystone XL Presents Strong Case

Eric Zuesse TransCanada, the Canadian company that had been planning to build and own its proposed Keystone XL Pipeline carrying Canada’s tar-sands oil to Texas...

Surprise! Corporate America Is Throwing Down for the TPP

Flurry of big business endorsements is likely aimed at building congressional momentum for mega-deal by Sarah Lazare American big business has now officially endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

New Obama rule allows doctors to declare patriots, conservatives and Constitutionalists mentally ill to...

Following the Alinsky—Marx playbooks to the letter, one thing Barack Obama and complicit members of Congress have managed to do during his tenure is...

The Clintons’ Paid-Speech Bonanza

Exclusive: With primary voting set to start next month, one of Hillary Clinton’s remaining hurdles is convincing Democratic voters that she is not beholden...

Emerging Trends Show "Citizens United" Ruling to Be Disastrous, and More

  TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of Economic and Labor News... You need to know this. It's been five years since...

Clinton Conflicts: Bill cashes in on Hillary’s diplomacy

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is under further scrutiny after it emerged that her husband and former president, Bill Clinton, made $8 million giving...

Unarmed man shot by police in Detroit, family wants answers

Relatives of a man shot and killed by a Dearborn, Michigan police officer say he was mentally ill but not violent. Protesters have called...

15 Things We Learned About Money in Politics in 2015

15. It was a pretty good year for anti-pay-to-play rules in court as the SEC anti-pay-to-play rule for investment advisers to public pension fund...

Tories fight to keep secret Saudi security deal under wraps

UK authorities are trying to block details of a secret 2014 security deal with Saudi Arabia from being made public, according to reports. Home Secretary...

In Case You Missed…

Some of our special stories in November focused on the realities behind the Syrian crisis, Turkey’s dangerous provocations toward Russia, the many failings of...

On the Trail of Turkey’s Terrorist Grey Wolves

From the Archive: Turkey, as a NATO country near Russia’s border, developed a powerful “deep state” where intelligence operatives, terrorists and gangsters crossed paths...

Details of MI6 informant’s murder trial must remain secret, even from ECHR — Supreme...

The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal filed by a Chinese dissident and MI6 informant convicted of murder to take his case to...

GMOs and “Unremitting Fraud” in India: Petition Filed for Contempt of Court Against Members...

  A petition has been filed by activist and campaigner Aruna Rodrigues against three persons of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC). The GEAC is...

Don’t Be a Fossil-Foolish Investor

Investors who choose to steer clear of oil, gas, and coal are protecting their portfolios in the short term and the long run. Who has...

When Mass Killings Aren’t ‘News’

The 24/7 coverage of the San Bernardino mass killing, perpetrated by a Muslim husband and wife, has alarmed and frightened Americans, but there is...

Learning to Love the ‘Drone War’

The mainstream U.S. news media is so in the tank on the “war on terror” that it ignores critical information that the American people...

Killer Drone News Blackout Continues as Mainstream Media Ignore Four Whistleblowers

The polls show it and commentators of all political stripes often cite the figures: Killer drone attacks by the U.S. military and the CIA...

Do Not Be Impressed by Mark Zuckerberg’s Phony Generosity

CEO Mark Zuckerberg promises to give 99% of his Facebook shares to charity – eventually. Exact phrasing: the stock, currently worth $45 billion, will be donated "during...

President Obama Can Expose Corporate Election Spending

Since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision paved the way for unlimited corporate spending on elections, shadowy political organizations that don’t disclose their donors...

‘You Don’t See Big Changes Without Major Scandals’ – CounterSpin interview with Nicholas Kusnetz...

CounterSpin interview with Nicholas Kusnetz on state government accountabilityJanine Jackson interviewed Nicholas Kusnetz about state government accountability for the November 13 CounterSpin. This is...

America’s Awesome Corruption – Especially in the Military

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On November 16th, the great journalist on international strategic and military issues, F. William Engdahl, headlined at journal-neo, “Do We...

US officials seize on Paris attacks to press for “back door” to encryption

By Joseph Kishore US officials are moving rapidly to exploit the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday to push forward with already existing plans to undermine...

CIA Whistleblower Kiriakou Honored

CIA officer John Kiriakou, the first U.S. official to confirm that waterboarding was used to torture “war on terror” detainees, then faced a retaliatory prosecution and 30...

Scapegoating Snowden is ‘Irrational’ and Very Troubling, Advocates Warn

Shifting the blame to 'unauthorized disclosures,' security officials seize on Paris tragedy to expand surveillance state by Lauren McCauley As politicians and security officials rush to shift...

Democracy Beats Oligarchy

“From coast to coast, conservatives score huge victories,” announced a Washington Post headline after last week’s elections. “Liberals Got Smoked Across the Country Last...

Bezos’ Stake in Uber Goes Under the Radar at Washington Post

The Washington Post, like all major publications, reports on Uber quite a bit. In fact, it’s done so about a dozen times in the...

US states score poorly on cronyism & corruption test

The majority of state governments are hotbeds of cronyism, with the public shut out from true accountability by loophole-ridden open-records laws, according to a...

Why NYT Dissed the ‘Drone Papers’

When the “Downing Street Memo” surfaced in the UK in 2006 revealing that the intelligence to justify the Iraq War had been “fixed” around...

Tony Blair, imperialist war and the Labour Party

By Chris Marsden Tony Blair’s role in waging war against Iraq in 2003 has returned to haunt the ruling elite in Britain–nowhere more so than in...

The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

What is it about whistleblowers that the powers that be can’t stand? When I blew the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program, I was...

BBC’s “Panorama” attacks Edward Snowden

By Robert Stevens Last week the BBC’s flagship documentary show “Panorama” broadcast what it described as the first British TV interview with US whistleblower Edward Snowden. In...

American Jihadi Starts Private NSA and Attacks America

Have you ever wanted to put somebody on a no-fly list because they were black, white, Christian, Muslim, liberal or conservative?  Maybe because they believed...

War criminal Tony Blair urged Gaddafi flee during Libya uprising

Tony Blair encouraged Colonel Gaddafi to flee Libya and find a safe haven as the Arab Spring intensified and rebels raged against his regime,...

Why is the University of Illinois Receiving $1 Million from Monsanto? 

Monsanto likes to say that those of us against GMOs don’t use ‘real’ science to support claims that genetically modified crops are unsafe, but...

Inmates’ private letters regularly tampered with by prison staff — report

Prisoners’ private and privileged correspondence with lawyers and courts has been opened by prison staff in 50 percent of all cases investigated by the...

Down the Memory Hole: NYT Erases CIA’s Efforts to Overthrow Syria’s Government

The New York Times depicts a sad Obama to accompany its story claiming that he trained Syrian rebels against his better judgment. (photo: Manuel...

Comcast-Owned Vox Explains the Great Deal You’re Getting From Comcast

Vox told you you’re getting a bargain from Comcast–but tried not to tell you that Comcast is one of Vox‘s major investors. It appears Ezra...

Government Refuses to Say Who was Considered for FOI Commission

The UK Government is refusing to release information regarding how candidates were chosen for a Commission which is considering reform of the Freedom of...

‘UK police force threatens court action against May’

One of the biggest police forces in the UK is threatening court action against the British home secretary over revelation of Theresa May’s deep funding...

Warrant now required for federal ‘Stingray’ surveillance use – DoJ

US Department of Justice agents now have to acquire a search warrant before utilizing a cell-site simulator, the department said, though the new policy...

Big Pharma, petrochemical companies and criminal banksters paid Bill and Hillary Clinton more than...

When Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton hits the campaign trail, she does her level best to portray herself and her ex-president husband, Bill, as...

DHS Kept Secret the Release Of Violent Criminal Illegal Immigrants

Local law enforcement ‘perplexed’ over controversial policy Adam Kredo Obama administration officials only began notifying local law enforcement officials of the release of violent criminal illegal...
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Video: In Victory for Corporations, Court Rejects Rule on Labeling Goods Containing “Conflict Minerals”

Since 1998, more than 5 million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo in what has been described as the deadliest documented...

John Oliver lifted the lid on prosperity gospel pastors – here’s how their IRS...

John Oliver’s segment on televangelist prosperity preachers this week has exposed what some say is a massive system of fraud that is being carried...

Assange and Democracy’s Future

Democracy rests on citizens getting real facts and applying rational analysis. The ability of governments, including the U.S. government, to suppress facts and thus manage perceptions represents the...