Our coverage of Barrett Brown

Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

Welcome, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!

Dear Justice Jackson,

Congratulations on yesterday’s historic swearing in! We want to warmly welcome you as our newest SCOTUS colleague and tell you how much we look forward to debating with you the direction of our nation.

Of course, we don’t expect there to be much actual “debate,” given that we are firmly in control of the agenda and decision-making process and, as you may have noticed, have a plan.

We expect you have been practicing and perfecting the art of the dissenting opinion and will be well-prepared to author an endless string of View article …

Christina Hull Paxson

A New College Motto: Buyer Beware



Well before the coronavirus pandemic, the US system of higher education was broken. 


Not for the wealthiest students, who prep until their SAT scores reach 1500, volunteer at elephant refuges, or gain national status through private soccer league competitions, then soar through the next four years without loans or even work-study jobs. 


But broken for everyone else.



The culture of perfection has caused dangerous levels of teen anxiety, and suicide is now the second highest cause of death for those between ages 15 and 24.



It’s no secret that the cost of attending View article …

To Those Most Affected by Stop-And-Frisk, Donald Trump is ‘Scary’

In last week’s debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump laid out his strategy for addressing the racial divide in America:


Now, whether or not in a place like Chicago you do stop-and-frisk, which worked very well, Mayor Giuliani is here, worked very well in New York. It brought the crime rate way down. But you take the gun away from criminals that shouldn’t be having it.


When WhoWhatWhy spoke to people in New York who had experienced the city’s version of stop-and-frisk, they reacted in horror:


“Oh no! No! No! No! Absolutely not!” said a man who asked that he View article …

INVESTIGATION The Last Word on Katrina: Treachery at Bush’s FEMA Pays Handsomely




The Anti-Government Folks Cash in on Government


If being ostensibly “anti-government” while playing a leading role in government is tricky, it all pays off on the back end. Nobody knows that better than Allbaugh, whom Newsweek described as having “the hide of a rhino” when it comes to criticism of conflicts of interest.


Once he left FEMA, he moved quickly to make up for years of privation in the public sector, forming the Allbaugh Company with his wife, Diane, an attorney. She View article …

Santa Monica Police, School Resource Officer

Why Policing in Schools Is Complicated

As a junior at East High School, an inner-city school in Rochester, NY, Eric Kounnavong, a first-generation Laotian American, got along well with other students. He had simultaneously enrolled in three art classes to explore his Laotian heritage, and he was taking night classes to graduate early. On the surface, Eric’s future looked promising. That is, until rumors began circulating that Eric was in trouble. He was a gang member. People were looking for him. Not long after, Eric’s body was discovered, slumped over the steering wheel of his car in the driveway of a nearby church, View article …

Thank you—from all of us at WhoWhatWhy


Dear Reader,

On behalf of our team, I would like to thank you for reading WhoWhatWhy this year.

Critical thinkers like you inspire WhoWhatWhy to keep asking the hard questions and pursuing stories that the establishment media can’t — or won’t — touch.

That’s because WhoWhatWhy is an organization unlike any other. We’re funded, staffed and mobilized by an amazing mix of supporters from around the world who are driven not by partisanship, profit motive or a desire to “fit in” but a View article …

Our Most Important Stories in 2014

Dear Reader:

When I founded WhoWhatWhy, I set out to build a news organization with a reputation for high-quality journalism, earned by tackling important issues of public interest and by reporting on topics others don’t—or won’t—cover at all.

In 2014, we’ve worked hard to do just that, and the feedback from our growing and loyal audience is that we’re on the right path.

What has that meant in terms of news coverage? (more…)

Obama & the Pope Tango Into Cuba: Dec. 17, 2014


When is a plea deal not really a deal? When you’re jailed journalist Barrett Brown, and prosecutors show up at what’s supposed to be a one-day sentencing with hundreds of pages of evidence against you, looking for the longest prison term possible.


Who was instrumental in brokering the sudden shift in U.S.-Cuba relations? Pope Francis quietly helped the two parties come together to make an historic course change in U.S. foreign policy.

Who is outraged by the opening View article …

The Mossad Goes Rogue, Rahm’s Chicago & the Paris Aftermath: Jan. 22, 2015


Barrett Brown’s Day of Reckoning by Douglas Lucas
Journalist Barrett Brown, who exposed corporate and government machinations in the national security apparatus, has been sentenced to 63 months in prison. The damage his prosecution caused to free speech, however, may be incalculable.  

Catching Up With Charlie: The Aftermath of the Paris Attacks by The WhoWhatWhy Team
Here’s a look at the news from the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. Tune in for a WhoWhatWhy view of the fallout.


Spies Among Us: How Community Outreach Programs to Muslims Blur Lines between Outreach and Intelligence
The Intercept View article …

Jeb Beats Around the Bush: Dec. 16, 2014


When is a plea deal not really a deal? When you’re jailed journalist Barrett Brown, and prosecutors show up at what’s supposed to be a one-day sentencing with hundreds of pages of evidence against you, looking for the longest prison term possible.



Who is ready for yet another Bush in the White House? Based on this Facebook posting, it sure looks like Jeb Bush is getting ready for a run against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. (Take a look View article …

John F. Kennedy space program

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Barrett Brown’s Prison Musings (Russ)

Barrett Brown, the “hacktivist journalist” whose struggles with the security state WhoWhatWhy covered, now provides a journal of life on the inside and thoughts about the outside.


Japan Votes to Amend ‘Pacifist’ Constitution (Dan)

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe has been focused on amending Japan’s ‘non-militaristic’ constitution to View article …

Women of Color Have Always Led

Black Women Senators: And Then There Were None

Between her full-time job as a caretaker for a special needs adult, attending to her mother who was battling kidney failure, raising her son, and hemming pants to make ends meet, Marquita Bradshaw ran for a seat in the US Senate. 

“I would start work as early as 5 o’clock and be finished by 2 p.m., and then work on my campaign from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m., and then full-time on the weekends,” said Bradshaw, who ran in 2020 to replace retiring US Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) in Tennessee. “I was a full-time candidate and View article …