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computer security

Exclusive: Georgia’s Voter Registration System Like ‘Open Bank Safe Door’

Two days before the midterm elections, a series of security vulnerabilities have been discovered that would allow even a low-skilled hacker to compromise Georgia’s voter registration system and, in turn, the election itself. It is not known how long these vulnerabilities have been in place or whether they have already been exploited.


Just before noon on Saturday, a third party provided WhoWhatWhy with an email and document, sent from the Democratic Party of Georgia to election security experts, that highlights “massive” vulnerabilities within the state’s My Voter Page and its online View article …

The Work Is Not Done at Standing Rock

After the news broke Sunday night that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had denied Energy Transfer Partners’ permit to continue building the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation, the gathered protesters celebrated but their mood remained apprehensive.

Many veterans and “water protectors” believe that the Army’s action was a ploy, prompted by the oil company’s desire to avoid the public relations disaster that would ensue if law-enforcement officers clashed with the thousands of U.S. military veterans who had descended upon Standing Rock, vowing to shield the camp.

Many also believe that the company will continue building and simply pay a small fine for not having View article …

Little Rock, integration protest, 1959

Remembering Brown v. Board of Education

Senate Votes to Overturn Ajit Pai’s Net Neutrality Repeal (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The US Senate voted to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules, with all members of the Democratic caucus and three Republicans voting in favor of net neutrality. … Democrats face much longer odds in the House, where Republicans hold a 236-193 majority.”


Dems Give Up on Trying to Get Cable News to Care About Anything but Russia (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “For the past View article …

RFK Friend to Raise Doubts About Sirhan Guilt at Parole Hearing

On Wednesday morning in San Diego, Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Bobby Kennedy, will once again be considered for parole. Sirhan was originally scheduled for release in 1984 but after intense political pressure, his parole date was rescinded and he has since been denied 13 times.


At the hearing, Sirhan will come face-to-face with Paul Schrade for the first time — a close friend of the Kennedy family who, on June 5, 1968, was walking behind the senator when the shooting started. Schrade was shot in the head by Sirhan.


For over 40 years, Schrade, now 91, has been campaigning View article …

Everything Epstein

One-stop shopping for the latest coverage of the mysterious life and death of Jeffrey Epstein — and his connections to powerful people.

The Jeffrey Epstein story strikes us at WhoWhatWhy as utterly unique — and, notwithstanding its tabloid aspects, of potentially profound importance. 

That’s why we’re launching a recurring aggregation of stories from a diverse range of sources — “Everything Epstein.”

Our goal is to keep us all informed of what is being learned, by collecting everything relevant to this ongoing View article …

US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

SCOTUS Absentee Ballot Ruling in PA Adds to Election Uncertainty

Protecting Out Vote 2020


The Supreme Court’s deadlocked decision regarding absentee voting in the swing state of Pennsylvania has created more uncertainty as more than 300 election-related lawsuits, concerning which mail-in ballots can be counted and for how long, await decisions just two weeks before voting ends.


The Court’s 4-4 ruling on Monday means that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court’s decision to consider valid absentee ballots received up to three days after November 3 as long as they View article …

Brett Kavanaugh, protest

The US Supreme Court at the Center of an Approaching Storm

Protecting Out Vote 2020
The US Supreme Court’s latest decision concerning the deadline for accepting Wisconsin’s mail-in ballots constitutes the opening volley in a volatile legal battle that is likely to become even more controversial with the addition of the court’s newest justice, Amy Coney Barrett.  


When the Republican Party challenged an earlier ruling by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court allowing mail-in ballots to be received up to three days after Election Day, the US Supreme Court reached a tie vote, View article …

Donald Trump

Trump: Bully For You

Jonathan Z. Larsen has seen a lot. 


He covered the 1968 police riots during the Chicago convention, the Charles Manson murders in LA, the implosion of the US Army at the end of the Vietnam War, and the slow decline of media beginning in the 1980s. 


But he has never seen anything as depressing as the election of Donald J. Trump.


Below, in an excerpt from his forthcoming memoirs, he describes how it happened, and how the celebration of schlock and the tolerance of corporate corruption have brought American democracy to a defining moment.


(Larsen was Time magazine’s Saigon bureau View article …

Obama’s Free Speech Attack & Big Pharma’s Wall Street Nemesis: Jan. 21, 2015


The Hidden Threat to Free Speech in the State of the Union Address by Douglas Lucas
President Obama introduced plans for new cybersecurity laws in his State of the Union address that may make it much easier for the government to prosecute journalists like Barrett Brown.


Obama’s State Of The Union Speech, In 4 Minutes
Miss the speech? Couldn’t make it to the final ovation? The folks at Vox condensed Obama’s SOTU down to a manageable length. As expected, he floated a bevy of DOA economic proposals, called for a predictable push on free trade agreements and recited View article …

The Jonathan Pollard Spy Case: Plot Thickens


Deciding who is a spy and who isn’t—and who is a good spy or a bad one—is highly subjective. For the longest time, anyone from your side caught behind enemy lines either was just doing his or her job, or, we were told, was innocent of the charges. We see that phenomenon every time the US media reports—usually with transparent relief, even joy—that Americans accused of spying in foreign countries have been sent home and reunited with their families.

The whole business of what constitutes spying has become far murkier View article …

Counterinsurgency in the U.S.A: The RadioWHO Podcast Premiere

Think we don’t have a shooting war on American soil?

Tune in for the premiere of the RadioWHO podcast, where you’ll learn all about that quiet war from WhoWhatWhy reporter Douglas Lucas.

Host Guillermo Jimenez and Lucas discuss how the drug war on the Mexican border has morphed into a counterinsurgency war that has Mexican and American forces crossing into each other’s territory with surprising frequency. Lucas walks through his reporting and how he discovered new information about the scope of this facet of the drug war.


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Jonathan Pollard, Sign

Classic Who: Should Pollard be Released?

Last year, we addressed questions of fairness in the long imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard for spying on behalf of Israel. With the Snowden case, the issue of how to handle those who reveal America’s secrets has taken on a new life. And now, there are new developments, including growing calls for Pollard’s release—even by former American diplomats who once opposed it.

Deciding who is a spy and who isn’t—and who is a good spy or a bad one—is highly subjective. For the longest time, anyone from your side caught behind enemy lines either was just doing his or View article …