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Police State

Classic WhoWhatWhy: Police State Gears Up

May 19, 2015 by

On May 18, 2015, President Obama made a surprising announcement: he ordered the federal government to reverse its standing practice of providing American police departments with surplus weapons and vehicles from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Given declining confidence in police after a seemingly constant recent stream of fatalities involving black suspects, this newfound caution with heavy provisioning is understandable. But questions about the wisdom of militarizing police are not new. WhoWhatWhy first wrote about the issue in February, 2014.

Police State, Rights

Crime’s Down, So Why is Police Aggression Increasing?

March 19, 2014 by

FBI statistics show violent crime is down, but politicians keep funding more cops, lavishing them with military equipment, and training and encouraging them to act like soldiers instead of peace officers.

Police State

Police State Gears Up

February 17, 2014 by

Does your local police department really need an armored vehicle capable of surviving explosive devices like those buried in the roads of Afghanistan or Iraq? A Republican legislator in New Hampshire, troubled by the increasingly militarized police force in his town, is trying to do something about it.

Big Money, Earth, Politics

Part 3: Climate Changes, Washington Freezes

February 7, 2014 by

In the third installment of our three-part look at underreported aspects of Climate Chaos, we cover a Washington conference which revealed terrifying new dimensions of the problem…but couldn’t quite get around to causes and cures.

Big Money, Earth, Politics

Part 2: Denying Climate Change….

January 29, 2014 by

Washington won’t act to slow the chaos of climate change, even as the Navy prepares to patrol an open Arctic Ocean and the oil industry pushes to be able to start drilling in newly ice-free Arctic waters.
Part two of a three-part WhoWhatWhy investigation.


Part 1: To See Climate Change in Florida

January 22, 2014 by

You don’t need to go to the North Pole to see evidence of climate change and rising seas. Just go to Florida.

Deep Politics, Media Fail

Exhumation Proves Murder of Brazilian President, New York Times Must Admit

December 27, 2013 by

The New York Times mocked political exhumations in Latin America. But one re-examination of a supposed accidental death of a popular ex-president in Brazil has already led to charges that his death was actually an assassination.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Deep Politics, Rights, Surveillance State

Islamic Name? US Banks May Not Want Your Business

November 18, 2013 by

U.S. banks are summarily canceling accounts of some customers with Islamic surnames. Why? They won’t say. And the trend is happening coast to coast, according to a Muslim advocacy group. Is the government behind it?

Deep Politics, Media Fail

Monday Morning Skeptic: NY Times Buries CIA Facts Re Latin American Deaths

October 21, 2013 by

Times Latin American correspondent Simon Romero portrays recent exhumations of political figures in Latin America as a kind of relic of early Christian practices, ignoring that most are being done to see if leftist leaders were murdered under a program called Operation Condor—orchestrated by the CIA.

War & Peace

US Demands Syria Destroy Chemical Weapons Lickety-Split, But Says It Needs Decades to Safely Eliminate Its Own Chems

September 23, 2013 by

Sixteen years after signing the chemical weapons treaty, the US says it needs another 10 years to destroy its stocks of chemical arms. But it insists that Syria, in the midst of a civil war, eliminate its huge weapons stockpile in 8 months or face a bombing blitz.

Deep Politics, War & Peace

Peaceful Syrian Opposition Ignored by Peace Laureate Obama – an Exclusive WHY Interview

September 12, 2013 by

An exclusive WhoWhatWhy interview with Syrian Democracy and Peace Activist Dr. Rim Turkmani about Assad, War, Chemical Weapons, and the fact that the Obama Administration has not reached out to the peace-loving parts of the Syrian opposition.

Deep Politics, Our Investigations, Police State, Rights, Surveillance State

FBI, Snipers & Occupy

June 27, 2013 by

Did the FBI ignore, or even abet, a plot to assassinate Occupy Houston leaders? What did the Feds know? Whom did they warn? And what did the Houston Police know?

Boston Bombing Investigation, Deep Politics, Police State

Official Story has Odd Wrinkles: A Pack of Questions about the Boston Bombing Backpacks

May 20, 2013 by

Many people have questions about the backpacks that allegedly contained the Boston Marathon bombs. WhoWhatWhy made some inquiries—with some surprising results.