Reading Time: 28 minutes Barrett Brown was almost put away for over 100 years. His crime: publicizing documents that reveal the shadowy world of intelligence contracting in the post-9/11 era.
Reading Time: 2 minutes WhoWhatWhy readers have weighed in, and think The Century of Self is “nothing short of magnificent”; a classic documentary series that “every public school and college should use in their curriculum and for discussion.” We thought it was so important that we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it.
Ever feel surrounded by things you don’t need? There could be a deep-seated psychological reason for it. This series chronicles the rise of advertising and the development of Freudian psychology. Think you own your mind? You may want to think again.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Ever feel surrounded by things you don’t need? There could be a deep-seated psychological reason for it. This classic four-part documentary series chronicles the rise of advertising and the development of Freudian psychology. Think you own your mind? You may want to think again.
Classic Why: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Iran and the Bomb, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Facts
Reading Time: 10 minutes With the June 30 deadline looming to reach a deal in the Iran nuclear talks, we revisit the good old days when everyone was still entirely misled about Iran’s nuclear program. Have those days really passed?
Reading Time: 6 minutes As President Obama mulls sending weaponry to the post-coup government in Ukraine, what’s driving America’s hard line against Russia? The bottom line. Christian Stork investigates.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Recently leaked chat logs reveal that an FBI informant was guiding criminal cyber-attacks and that the FBI may have lied regarding what—and when—it knew about hacking operations.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The FBI agent who fatally shot a friend of one of the accused Boston marathon bombers has a record tarnished by accusations of police brutality and misleading statements. It’s just another bombing-related secret the federal government doesn’t want the public to know.
Reading Time: 3 minutes When Uncle Sam’s allies want to spy on people—even U.S. citizens—help is only a web page away. A new report has unveiled a shadowy world of online vendors all too willing to share their hacking expertise to any government willing to pay.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The government must’ve gotten the memo—prosecuting journalists for linking in the digital age isn’t the best PR.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Listen to a recorded telephone conversation about evidence that a sniper who shot protestors in Kiev was actually hired by the opposition itself.
Reading Time: 5 minutes As Cairo burns and the American president tries to say anything but “coup”, the Washington chatterati are agreed that Egypt is just too precious a commodity to give up in the name of human rights. They’re right, but geopolitics has less to do with it than profits.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Just hours before his death, Michael Hastings sent off an ominous email saying that the FBI was investigating him “re: NSA.” Why were the Feds probing this noted investigative reporter? And what might his death have to do with Edward Snowden, now in exile, and Barrett Brown, facing a century in jail?
Reading Time: 8 minutes Some sinister—and some intriguing—new developments in the prosecution (persecution?) of Barrett Brown.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Documentary that intimately details the history of propaganda
Reading Time: < 1 minute This year is the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death. His life—and the story behind his death—are as relevant as ever. This documentary explores theories about the assassination—and is full of surprises.
Reading Time: 27 minutes A magazine-length, must-read story of hackers, leakers, democracy advocates, spies, cops, banks, lobbyists, WikiLeaks, the future of the Internet…and quite possibly of our democracy.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Documentary focusing on the dual track evolution of Straussian neoconservatism and radical Islamism.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Documentary detailing the history and science behind the techniques of mass control.
Reading Time: 9 minutes Carmen Ortiz has garnered much attention following the suicide of information activist Aaron Swartz, considering her office threw the book at him for a very minor offense. But what other skeletons hang in her closet, and what does it tell us about federal prosecutions these days?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Documentary focusing on the evolution and use of Freudian psychology in political and commercial advertising designed to manipulate audiences.