• Everytown USA: Is the Policeman Your Friend?

    By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

    2014 822 polProtestors clash with police on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, the night of Aug. 19, 2014. (Photo: Eric Thayer / The New York Times)

    In Ferguson, the world finally got a long, hard look at what a hyper-weaponized military-style United States police force looks like in action.

  • Justice (?) for Renisha McBride

    Justice (?) for Renisha McBride

    By Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Truthout | News Analysis

    Ted Wafer, convicted of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 3. He faces a maximum of life in prison. Many feel that justice has been served; others do not. There is a sense of contradiction in equating justice for Renisha with Wafer's impending prison sentence.

  • The Same Hashish They Give Out

    The Same Hashish They Give Out

    By Bradford Betz, Truthout | Op-Ed

    As the public release of the Senate's report on a four-year investigation into the CIA's torture program approaches, John Brennan, the agency's director, is in an uncomfortable spotlight. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the CIA, has accused the agency of abusing its power. Brennan - CIA director since March 2013 - vehemently denies any such conduct. Since then, we have seen a massive expansion of the CIA's drone program, with Brennan playing an important role in its development.