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The Intercept is an online news publication of First Look Media, owned by Pierre Omidyar. Its editors are Betsy Reed, Glenn Greenwald, and Jeremy Scahill. It also publishes two podcasts, Intercepted hosted by Scahill and Deconstructed hosted by Mehdi Hasan. The Intercept was launched in February 2014, by First Look Media, which is funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The publication initially reported on documents released by Edward Snowden.Source
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Unredacted FBI Document Sheds New Light on White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement

Unredacted FBI Document Sheds New Light on White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement

A 2006 intelligence assessment reveals that officials had concerns about the infiltration of police departments for years but failed to warn the public.The FBI has long been concerned about the infiltration of law enforcement by white supremacist groups and its impact on police abuse and tolerance of racism, the unredacted version of a previously circulated document reveals.The FBI threat assessment was released by Rep. Jamie Raskin, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, ahead of a about the white supremacist infiltration of...

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Dan Crenshaw’s Coronavirus Rhetoric Has Put His Seat at Risk

Dan Crenshaw’s Coronavirus Rhetoric Has Put His Seat at Risk

Sima Ladjevardian, Crenshaw’s Democratic opponent, is going after the representative’s downplaying of the coronavirus pandemic in Texas.Rep. Dan Crenshaw has spent much of the pandemic playing down the threat of the coronavirus, mocking Democrats and health professionals for overreaction, and broadly using Covid-19 as an opportunity to, as they say, own the libs.But the outspoken Texas freshman does not serve in a solidly Republican district, and the explosion of cases in his hometown of Houston, along with his dismissal of the threat, has become a critical liability in the last weeks of...

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Proud Boys Rally Fizzled but Portland’s Cops Went on the Attack

Proud Boys Rally Fizzled but Portland’s Cops Went on the Attack

Dozens of riot cops chased protesters and the press, pummeling them with fists and clubs following an order to disperse.The Proud Boys claimed that they would bring legions of dedicated patriots to the city of Portland, Oregon, in a powerful show of strength against their anti-fascist foes, but when the moment of truth came on Saturday, the right-wing gang failed to deliver.Despite weeks of hype and deep concerns over the possibility of severe and deadly violence, the organization, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a hate group, drew a modest crowd of angry men and women, whose...

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One Way to Prevent Police From Surveilling Your Phone

One Way to Prevent Police From Surveilling Your Phone

Use Signal and add a PIN code to your phone’s SIM card to help protect against spying.Federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department used “a sophisticated cell phone cloning attack—the details of which remain classified—to intercept protesters’ phone communications” in Portland this summer, Ken Klippenstein. Put aside for the moment that, if the report is true, federal agents conducted sophisticated electronic surveillance against American protesters, an alarming breach of constitutional rights. Do ordinary people have any hope of defending their privacy...

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Progressives Wrestle With How to Address Allegations of Mistreatment in San Francisco Race

Progressives Wrestle With How to Address Allegations of Mistreatment in San Francisco Race

A fierce debate over Shahid Buttar’s congressional campaign has divided leftist organizations along increasingly hardened lines.A fierce debate over the congressional campaign of Shahid Buttar is roiling San Francisco’s Bay Area progressive circles, dividing clubs and leftist organizations along increasingly hardened lines. A fight that began with unsupported accusations of sexual harassment, as well as claims of misogyny and sexism, has shifted to a debate over how voters and activist groups ought to consider accusations of the mistreatment of staff by a boss under fire from former...

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Deconstructed: What if Trump Won’t Go?

Deconstructed: What if Trump Won’t Go?

Georgetown law professor Joshua Geltzer talks about the threat Trump poses to our electoral system.Fears are growing, stoked by the president’s own comments, that he will refuse to peacefully leave office should he lose the election in November. How concerned should we be, and what can we do to make sure we’re prepared? Joshua Geltzer, visiting law professor at Georgetown University and a former member of Barack Obama’s National Security Council, joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss.White House Reporter: Will you commit here to a peaceful transfer of power?President Donald J. Trump: Well we’ll have...

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With Chamber of Commerce Defections, a GOP Mainstay Finds Allies Among Democrats

With Chamber of Commerce Defections, a GOP Mainstay Finds Allies Among Democrats

First came the Never Trumpers, and I did not speak out, because they stood against Donald Trump. Then came the Lincoln Project, and I did not speak out, because their videos went viral. Then came the Chamber of Commerce, and by then it was too late.The Chamber has been a fierce ideological ally of the Republicans, but that ideology was always a cover for its true motive: doing what it is paid to do by big companies and industries.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference advocating for the passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act in the House of...

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Texas Deployed Dozens of Cops to Investigate “ACAB” Car

Texas Deployed Dozens of Cops to Investigate “ACAB” Car

She had done nothing wrong. State troopers started following her because of “anti-law enforcement rhetoric” on her car windows.Twenty-four-year-old Lauren Mestas was already having a bad day when she noticed a cop car tailing her northbound on Interstate 35, headed into downtown Austin. She wasn’t overly concerned at first, as she wasn’t breaking any laws, but the patrol vehicle remained on her tail as she exited onto Riverside Drive, headed west. She started to suspect that it might have something to do with the slogans soaped all over the windows of her 2001 Toyota 4Runner. In addition to...

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Mysterious QAnon Conspiracy Theory Mailings Spook Minneapolis Suburbs

Mysterious QAnon Conspiracy Theory Mailings Spook Minneapolis Suburbs

“The level of vitriol and hate that comes through in these images is really, really scary,” one woman who received them said.Around lunchtime on Monday, Minnesota resident Luke Healy found a surprise waiting in his mailbox. Along with bills and junk mail was an envelope addressed to “Resident Neighbor.” Inside were 15 glossy prints depicting memes popularized by supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which holds that a government agent called “Q” dribbles clues about the global elites at the center of a diabolical pedophile ring. One image referenced Adrenochrome, a drug that adherents...

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The U.S.-Supported Coup in Bolivia Continues to Produce Repression and Tyranny, While Revealing How U.S. Media Propaganda Works

The U.S.-Supported Coup in Bolivia Continues to Produce Repression and Tyranny, While Revealing How U.S. Media Propaganda Works

Bolivia is the latest in a long line of thriving democracies destroyed as U.S. institutions cheer and lend support.,

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Welcome to the “Anarchist Jurisdiction” of New York — Where Cops Crush Every Tiny Protest

Welcome to the “Anarchist Jurisdiction” of New York — Where Cops Crush Every Tiny Protest

Bill Barr’s designation of Seattle, Portland, and New York is a cynical Trump reelection ploy — with potentially dangerous consequences.

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Did the FBI Downplay the Far-Right Politics of Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock?

Did the FBI Downplay the Far-Right Politics of Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock?

After Paddock killed 58 people in 2017, the FBI said he had no political motives. The evidence demands a second look.,

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North Carolina Nurses Win Union in Landslide After Bitter Opposition

North Carolina Nurses Win Union in Landslide After Bitter Opposition

HCA Healthcare had brought in a phalanx of union-busting firms to intimidate nurses into voting no.In a dramatic victory for the beleaguered American labor movement, 1,800 nurses at Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Hospital will now be represented by a union, National Nurses United, as officials finished counting votes early Thursday morning. The victory is the largest at a nonunion hospital in the South since 1975, and is the first private sector hospital union win ever in North Carolina.The hospital is owned by the largest hospital corporation in the country, Tennessee-based HCA...

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Inside the Prison Where California’s Coronavirus Outbreak Exploded

Inside the Prison Where California’s Coronavirus Outbreak Exploded

For Donald O’Brien, life at the California Institution for Men seemed a step closer to freedom. Then came the coronavirus.Donald O’Brien was excited when he got the news that his transfer had been cleared — as excited as any incarcerated person can be about staying in prison, he might clarify. Late last year he learned that he’d be moving from a maximum security facility near the U.S.-Mexico border to the California Institution for Men, a primarily minimum security prison about 40 miles east of Los Angeles. He hoped it would be his last stop before freedom.O’Brien, 56, had just been denied...

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Operation Legend Is Bringing Surveillance Tech to Cities

Operation Legend Is Bringing Surveillance Tech to Cities

Using federal grants, cities are contracting with companies that hack smartphones and detect gunshots.In August, 40 federal agents arrived in Memphis. Some were already on the ground by the time U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant announced the onset of Operation Legend and the city became, along with St. Louis, the seventh to be targeted by the Justice Department’s heavy-handed initiative to reduce violent crime. Many of the agents are on temporary assignment, working in collaboration with police; nearly half will relocate by November. But they will leave behind a city flush with grant money...

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Oregon Police Beg Public to Stop Calling In False Reports Blaming Antifa for Wildfires

Oregon Police Beg Public to Stop Calling In False Reports Blaming Antifa for Wildfires

False claims that antifascists are starting forest fires have been spread by supporters of President Donald Trump.Four police departments in parts of Oregon — propelled by high winds across parched land during hot, dry weather in — are pleading with the public to stop calling 911 to pass on unfounded rumors that antifascist political activists have intentionally set the blazes.The false claims have been spread on social networks , who has spent months pretending that antifascists in the Pacific Northwest dedicated to confronting white supremacists are members of an imaginary army of...

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Can “Progressive” Prosecutors Bring Justice to Victims of Police Violence?

Can “Progressive” Prosecutors Bring Justice to Victims of Police Violence?

Wesley Bell’s decision not to charge the officer who killed Michael Brown exposes the limits of the movement to elect reform prosecutors.When Wesley Bell was elected as St. Louis County’s first Black prosecutor two years ago, he ousted a tough-on-crime, old-school incumbent who had held on to his seat mostly unchallenged for nearly three decades. The police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, had rocked the region and made Bob McCulloch, Bell’s predecessor, a pariah and a symbol of prosecutors’ long-standing failure to hold police accountable. For months, thousands...

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Trump’s Execution Spree Continues at Federal Killing Ground in Indiana

Trump’s Execution Spree Continues at Federal Killing Ground in Indiana

More federal executions have been carried out in 2020 than in the past 57 years combined.Sister Barbara Battista entered the death chamber and walked toward Keith Nelson as he lay strapped down to the gurney. Wearing an N95 mask and a light blue T-shirt, she carried anointing oil, a book of psalms, and tucked inside it, a handbill labeled Execution Prayer Service. The room was small and sterile, lined with pale green tile. A warden stood a few feet away, along with a U.S. Marshal and another man in a suit — the executioner. The man gestured toward a piece of blue tape on the floor, marking...

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The Thin Blue Line Between Violent Pro-Trump Militias and Police

The Thin Blue Line Between Violent Pro-Trump Militias and Police

Police in Kenosha told armed vigilantes, “We appreciate you guys. We really do.” Then one of them killed two protesters.The videos that preceded Anthony Huber’s killing on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, are jarring. Among the most chilling is one from the parking lot of an auto repair shop. Several shots ring out. In the distance, you see the gunman in jeans and a green T-shirt. A man rushes up behind him. The gunman turns. More shots ring out and the man collapses to the ground. The gunman circles a parked car, then comes back to the man laid out on the pavement. He looks down at him...

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Journalism’s New Propaganda Tool: Using “Confirmed” to Mean Its Opposite

Journalism’s New Propaganda Tool: Using “Confirmed” to Mean Its Opposite

Outlets claiming to have “confirmed” Jeffrey Goldberg’s story about Trump’s troops comments are again abusing that vital term.

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Bill Barr Says Insulting a Rape Accuser Was Part of Trump’s Official Duties

Bill Barr Says Insulting a Rape Accuser Was Part of Trump’s Official Duties

The Justice Department is trying to squash E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case, which stemmed from her sexual assault allegation.

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Trump Supporters Rush to Defend One of Their Own Who Killed Protesters in Kenosha

Trump Supporters Rush to Defend One of Their Own Who Killed Protesters in Kenosha

Tucker Carlson said Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two during a protest in Wisconsin, “had to maintain order.”When Tucker Carlson set off a firestorm of criticism on Wednesday — by describing a 17-year-old Trump supporter who opened fire on protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday, killing two, as a well-meaning kid who decided he “had to maintain order” in the Democrat-run state because “no one else would” — the Fox News host was surfacing an idea that had already spread widely on the far-right.“The chaos that began with the first George Floyd protests on Memorial Day has reached its...

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Facebook’s Ban on Far-Left Pages Is an Extension of Trump Propaganda

Facebook’s Ban on Far-Left Pages Is an Extension of Trump Propaganda

Facebook announced a sweep to ban some user groups — and it equated violent white supremacist militias with antiracist organizing.

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Austin’s Vote to “Reimagine” Policing Prompts Threats From State Officials

Austin’s Vote to “Reimagine” Policing Prompts Threats From State Officials

After the city council approved $150 million in budget cuts, Texas leaders proposed capping tax revenue for cities that defund police.Ahead of the Austin City Council’s budget meeting in mid-August, Kathy Mitchell, a longtime community organizer and grassroots lobbyist, “basically spent the week in a deep and broad anxiety,” she said. “I was just anxious for seven days.”There was much at stake when the council members, mayor, and city manager on August 12 for a 14-hour hearing that included hundreds of city residents waiting for their minute to speak. For years, community groups had been...

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Trump Said Two Years Ago That He Would Deny Citizenship to Americans Like Kamala Harris

Trump Said Two Years Ago That He Would Deny Citizenship to Americans Like Kamala Harris

In 2018, the president called birthright citizenship “ridiculous” and vowed to stop it by executive order.It is not hard to prove that Donald Trump was lying when he said twice in the past week that he hasn’t given much thought to the crackpot legal theory that Sen. Kamala Harris was not entitled to citizenship when she was born in Oakland, California in 1964 to immigrant parents — and so, is not eligible now to be Vice President.That’s because the president stated clearly in a televised interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios just before the 2018 midterms that he planned to issue an...

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