Corruption

  • Three Whistleblowers Talk About Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning

    The US government's pursuit of those who break rank to expose its secrets has emerged as the dominant narrative of this decade's war for information. I thought I'd speak to a trio of high-profile whistleblowers who know all about the repercussions of...

  • Asset Forfeiture, the Cash Cow of the Drug War

    Cops routinely seize assets—like cars, money, and even hotels—that are linked to criminal activity, even if the property owner hasn't been convicted of a crime. This leads to a dangerous system of incentives whereby cops seize property in drug busts so...

  • Big Money's Obama

    Once upon a time, Obama was apparently devoted to reining in the influence of money in politics, but after a couple of elections and some time inside the machine, he doesn’t seem to care about it at all. Instead of fighting against casual corruption...

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  • Incorrect Officers

    Daaamn! Look at this prison guard who’s having a cop killer’s baby after banging him behind bars! Over the years I’ve spent incarcerated, I’ve definitely run into a few slags working for Corrections.

  • Being a Brazilian Policeman Sucks

    I’m a military police soldier in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and if I disclose my identity, I'll lose my job. I work downtown, in the heart of the city. It’s one of the areas controlled by the criminal organization PCC. We are at war, and the situation we're...

  • Chinese Officials at It Again: More Scandal from the People's Republic

    This December has been like an advent calendar of folly in China. Hardly a day has gone by without the details of some misguided impropriety coming to light. In its own way, this is good news.

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  • China Gets Its First Political Sex Tape Scandal

    Unlike America, where a mistweeted cock shot can end a political career, for senior officials in China, sexual imprudence is almost always a coda to allegations of corruption. Only after an official’s political indiscretions are revealed do his...

  • World Peace Update

    This week's World Peace Update doesn't veer too far from its default distress curve on the bruised and bloodied axes of planetary suffering: some Slovenians got really angry with their government, a group of Tunisian protesters were blinded, and the...

  • Is William Lantigua the Most Corrupt Mayor in America?

    William Lantigua, the controversial mayor of Lawrence, Massachusetts, does not give a fuck. “Controversial” doesn’t really do him justice though, since that implies people have good opinions of him in addition to bad ones. Last week, he got married to...