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ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. The organization’s work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” ProPublica seeks to produce journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them. ProPublica is headquartered in Manhattan. Its establishment was announced in October 2007. Operations commenced in January 2008, and publishing began in June 2008. http://www.propublica.org/ Email this author.


Where Did Syria’s Chemical Weapons Come From?

ProPublica looks beyond the rhetoric of current and past Western governmental administrations to trace the genealogy of Syria’s current chem “stockpile.” You aren’t likely to be surprised at the shape of the chemical warfare family tree. by Jannis Brühl ProPublica,  Sep. 25, 2013, 12:41 p.m. In the wake of a recent Russian-U.S. deal averting American […]

ProPublica Explains How Obama Administration Halted Military Aid Transparency

This article, written by Cora Currier, was originally published by ProPublica on Tuesday. The U.S. spent roughly $25 billion last year on what’s loosely known as security assistance—a term that can cover everything from training Afghan security forces to sending Egypt F-16 fighter jets to equipping Mexican port police with radiation scanners. The spending, which […]

ProPublica Explains How Far Private Companies Can Go In Gathering Information About You

This post, written by  Lois Beckett, was originally published by ProPublica on March 7, 2013. It was updated with new information on Sept. 13. We’re continuing to learn new details about how the American government is collecting bulk records of citizens’ communications — from demanding that a telephone company hand over the daily records of […]

ProPublica On U.S. Aid To Egypt: Where Does All Of The Money Go?

Questions about the United States’ aid to Egypt have intensified in the wake of last month’s military coup. More than 1,000 Egyptians have been killed in the last week, most apparently supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. A few members of Congress have called for cutting off aid to Egypt, which the White House says is under review. ProPublica breaks down where the money actually goes.

ProPublica Explains A Powerful Legal Tool, and Its Potential for Abuse

This story, written by Joaquin Sapien for ProPublica, was updated by the publication to include a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the case of a Queens woman who says she was illegally held as a material witness in 2008. The 20-year-old document labeled the Hotel Custody log […]

The Sweeping Presidential Power To Help Prisoners That Holder Didn’t Mention

This ProPublica Article by Cora Currier, published Wednesday, examines the Obama Administration’s Spartan invocation of the power of the Presidential Pardon, alongside Attorney General Eric Holder’s arbitrary interpretation of his own promise to get “smart on crime.” Taken together, they demonstrate a mystifying take on Americans’ due process and civil liberties; one that veers closer […]

ProPublica: Does the U.S. Pay Families When Drones Kill Innocent Yemenis?

This piece, written by Cora Currier of ProPublica, was originally published Aug. 12, 2013. There have been nine drone strikes reported in Yemen in the past two weeks, an uptick apparently connected to the Al Qaeda threat that shut down U.S. embassies across the Middle East and Africa. As many as six civilian deaths have […]

The Surveillance Reforms Obama Supported Before He Was President

This story, written by Jonathan Stray for ProPublica, was originally published on Aug. 7, 2013. When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. was part of a […]

FAQ: What You Need to Know About the NSA’s Surveillance Programs

This story, written by Jonathan Stray for ProPublica, was originally published on June 27, 2013. There have been a lot of news stories about NSA surveillance programs following the leaks of secret documents by Edward Snowden. But it seems the more we read, the less clear things are. We’ve put together a detailed snapshot of […]

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