Justice

Steve April 12, 2021

With the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the dying days of the Trump presidency, there is likely now a majority on the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the two landmark legal precedents that, together, have prevented states from banning abortion outright. To be sure, […]

Steve April 12, 2021

About a month ago, our old friend from Iowa, J.D. Scholten, introduced me to a Missouri candidate for U.S. Senate. Lucas Kunce. He may well be the candidate who runs against scandal-ridden Trumpist crackpot Eric Greitens. When J.D. told me about him, I asked him why he was so enthusiastic. Kunce is literally the first […]

Steve April 11, 2021

The post was originally published as part of The Dissenter Newsletter. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been detained at the high-security Belmarsh prison in London for two years. During that time, Assange became the first publisher to be indicted under the United States Espionage Act and prevailed after a district judge denied the U.S. government’s […]

Steve April 11, 2021

Image via Gage Skidmore. Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said Saturday that amid the immediate emergencies of climate change, Covid-19, mass unemployment, and homelessness, congressional Democrats cannot afford to dampen their infrastructure ambitions in the hopes of winning support from obstructionist Republicans. “The time is now to go forward,” Sanders (I-Vt.) […]

Steve April 10, 2021

As Amazon on Friday received the votes needed to defeat a unionization effort at its Bessemer, Alabama warehouse, the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union announced that it intends to formally object to the election results and file unfair labor practice charges against the tech behemoth for “unlawfully interfering” with employees’ right to organize. “We […]

Steve April 9, 2021

In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights the turmoil at Google, which inspired a shareholder to demand the corporation adopt protections for whistleblowers. Amazon is in the midst of thwarting workers at a plant in Bessemer, Alabama, from forming a union. Kevin covers a ruling by the National Labor […]

Steve April 9, 2021

Although libertarian journalist/author Radley Balko is right-of-center politically and has been active in the Cato Institute, he has been a blistering critic of police overreach — especially with the War on Drugs. Some far-right pundits have accused Balko of being anti-police, which he isn’t. Favoring reforms in police work does not make him anti-law enforcement. […]

Steve April 9, 2021

Democrats are seeing the largest advantage over Republicans in nearly a decade according to a recent Gallup poll. The poll, released on Wednesday and conducted via phone from January to March, found that 9 percent more Americans currently affiliate themselves with the Democratic Party than the Republican Party. This means that, throughout the first quarter […]

Steve April 8, 2021

Vice President Joe Biden speaks in front of the Pentagon during a 9/11 Anniversary Service at the Pentagon, in Arlington, VA. Sep. 11, 2011. The future isn’t what it used to be. As a teenager in the 1970s, I watched a lot of TV science fiction shows, notably Space: 1999 and UFO, that imagined a […]

Steve April 8, 2021

The United States government plans to expand a program for monitoring the Mexico border through cutting edge artificial intelligence technology. At the vanguard of the project is Anduril, a nerd-chic tech firm with ties to Palantir. Delivery orders, statements of work, and contracts obtained by Shadowproof help to illustrate the scope and potential outcomes of […]