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Andrew Kreig is an investigative reporter, attorney, author, business strategist, radio host, and longtime non-profit executive based in Washington, DC.
His most recent book is "Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters," the first book about the Obama administration's second term. The book grew out of his work leading the Justice Integrity Project, a non-partisan legal reform group that investigates official misconduct.
In a diverse career, he has advocated for the powerful, and investigated Mafia chiefs, Karl Rove, and top Obama administration officials. The major "Who's Who" reference books have listed him since the mid-1990s.
He holds law degrees from Yale and the University of Chicago, and a b.a. in history from Cornell. His experience includes work as law clerk to a federal judge, as an attorney at a national law firm, and as president/CEO of a worldwide high-tech trade association.
The contact for interviews, lectures, and review copies is Mary Byers at Eagle View Books. The author has lectured on five continents, held research fellowships at three major universities, and appeared on more than 100 radio, television and cable news shows as an expert commentator.
Obama Team Feared Coup If He Prosecuted War Crimes
President-Elect Obama's advisers feared in 2008 that authorities would oust him in a coup and that Republicans would block his policy agenda if he prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a law school dean who served as one of Obama's top transition advisers.
Monday, November 7, 2011(11 comments)
Cain's 'high-tech lynching' defense problem...Clarence Thomas lied
GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain describes himself as a victim of a "high-tech lynching" -- not a playboy chasing the women on his staff, as four have claimed, most recently on Nov. 7.
But Cain has a larger problem, aside from Sharon Bialek, a fourth accuser who surfaced today: Clarence Thomas perjured himself when he used the slogan to defend himself in his 1991 Senate testimony
Saturday, May 21, 2011(23 comments)
June Trial Looms As Obama DOJ Crusades Against Critics
The Obama administration's shocking crackdown on government whistleblowers became more prominent this week with the New Yorker's publication of a hard-hitting article about the plight and June trial of former NSA officer Thomas Drake.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011(9 comments)
Thomas Must Resign, Says Former Judge, Lover
Author and former Senate Judiciary Committee counsel Lillian McEwen, whose memoir this year describes a five-year romantic relationship in the 1980s with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, delivers a lecture Oct. 26 calling for his resignation on grounds of corruption that is dangerous to the public.
Friday, August 17, 2012(12 comments)
CIA Executive's Son: Agency Murdered JFK & Lover
Dr. Peter Janney, a psychologist reared amongst Washington's elite in the family of a high-ranking CIA official, undertook a decades-long effort to solve one of the nation's most important murder mysteries.
The result is: "Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer and Their Vision for World Peace."
Saturday, June 23, 2012(7 comments)
Rove Repeatedly Lies on Fox News About Siegelman Case
Republican money-man and strategist Karl Rove deflected a Fox News interviewer's questions about his financing this week with a lie-filled rant about Robert Bauer, President Obama's counsel, and Alabama corruption-fighter Dana Jill Simpson.
Whistleblower Says: Obama's DoJ Declares War on Whistleblowers
Dana Jill Simpson, the Alabama attorney who stepped forward in 2007 to provide sworn evidence on how her fellow Republicans were framing Democratic former Gov. Don Siegelman on corruption charges, today released a statement exclusive to OpEd News saying that President Obama's Department of Justice has declared a "war on whistleblowers."
Sunday, December 19, 2010(8 comments)
Rove Suspected In Swedish-U.S. Political Prosecution of WikiLeaks
Karl Rove's help for Sweden as it assists the Obama administration's prosecution against WikiLeaks could be the latest example of the adage, "Politics makes strange bedfellows."
These days, Sweden and the United States are apparently undertaking a political prosecution as audacious and important as those by the notorious "loyal Bushies" earlier this decade against U.S. Democrats.
Thursday, May 17, 2012(3 comments)
Alabama Judicial Scandal Could Taint Many Cases, Not Just Siegelman's
An Alabama newspaper exposed a scandal May 16 that deserves national prominence. The headline was "Federal judge's lengthy affair with court worker is exposed."
This is a scandal not simply for the judge, Mark Everett Fuller. It is a lifetime shame for those in the Justice Department, federal court system and the United States Senate who have protected him for an entire decade.
Sunday, March 16, 2014(12 comments)
Jailed Journalist Sends Shocking 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'
Alabama commentator Roger Shuler's condition has sharply worsened during his nearly five months of jailing, as I learned by visiting him in Birmingham March 10. The corruption-fighting reporter said he has lost 16 pounds during his jailing without bond since Oct. 23 on two contempt of court charges. The charges stemmed from his investigative reports alleging a sex scandal involving the prominent Alabama lawyer Robert Riley Jr
Cuban Exile Militant Claims CIA Meeting With Oswald Before JFK Killing
A former Cuban exile anti-Castro militant told a conference audience Sept. 26 in a blockbuster revelation that he saw accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald with their mutual CIA handler six weeks before the killing and there would have been no anti-Castro movement in Cuba without the CIA funding.
Where's Congress? Justice Dept. Whistleblower Slams Siegelman Case In Exclusive OpEd News Interview
This exclusive OpEd News interview is with Tamarah Grimes, a Justice Department paralegal working on the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman before she reported in 2007 wrongdoing on the prosecution team and was fired in June after reiterating her reports to Attorney Gen. Eric Holder. OpEd News published the interviews in two parts Sept. 16 and 17, with both parts now combined for reference purposes.
Saturday, July 6, 2013(10 comments)
Siegelman Frame-Up Led To New Book Exposing Obama, CIA, Romney Secrets
OEN's long leadership in the alternative media makes it the natural place to announce publication of my book, "Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters," and its findings: Hidden elites control our presidents. The evidence is everywhere, including in several unpopular recent positions by President Obama on drones, Syria's civil war, and domestic surveillance by NSA.
Helen Thomas Denounces DC Greed, Fear, War-Mongers
Pioneering White House correspondent Helen Thomas told a National Press Club audience Dec. 7 that the country is endangered by what she called pervasive government leader greed, fear of losing their jobs, and subservience to war-mongers.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009(2 comments)
Did DoJ Blackmail Siegelman Witness With Sex Scandal?
The top government witness in the 2006 federal conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is providing new evidence that prosecutors failed to give the defense required records documenting witness-coaching. Even more explosive is a claim by government witness Nick Bailey's current employer saying that prosecutors pressured Bailey to adjust his testimony under threat of exposing a romantic relationship with Siegelman.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011(1 comments)
Partner at Firm Counseling Assange's Accusers Helped the CIA In Rendition for Torture
Spy thriller author Thomas Bodström, an attorney whose firm represents the two Swedish women making the sex charges against WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange, knows better than most people that truth is stranger than fiction. As Sweden's Minister of Justice, Bodström helped his nation in 2001 secretly turn over to the Central Intelligence Agency two asylum-seekers suspected by the CIA of terror and then tortured by Egypt
Tuesday, September 27, 2011(6 comments)
Troy Davis, Clarence Thomas -- and Georgia on Our Minds
Georgia's shameful execution of Troy Davis on Sept. 21 prompts me to share the research tools below. For perspective, I researched a Georgia case involving Jerry Lee Banks, a young black man sentenced to death for a white couple's murder in 1974 after he could afford to pay his defense lawyer only $10 and a kettle of fish and collard greens.
Saturday, September 24, 2011(20 comments)
Siegelman's Re-Sentence Delayed As DOJ Hides Data
The Alabama judge presiding over the notorious Bush prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman postponed the defendant's re-sentencing last week while prosecutors continue to stonewall defense requests for documents showing whether federal prosecutors violated the defendant's right to an honest, unbiased prosecutor.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009(3 comments)
Siegelman Blasts DoJ and Judge In ‘Final' Reply Seeking Hearing
Facing a sentence of 20 additional years in prison recommended by Bush Justice Department holdovers, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman finally took off the gloves today against his prosecutors and the judge – and, for once, skipped any mention of Karl Rove.
Thursday, May 29, 2014(116 comments)
Don't Be Fooled By 'Conspiracy Theory' Smears
Most of us still rely heavily on the mainstream media to complement our information from other sources, in this article Kreig urges readers to evaluate evidence with an open mind, and to regard with special suspicion those commentators who slant their coverage with the loaded smear words "conspiracy theory" without citing specific evidence.
Friday, October 25, 2013(14 comments)
Alabama Deputies Beat, Arrest Corruption-Fighting Reporter
The Shuler prosecution illustrates how one-party governance in the Deep South inspired by Karl Rove, the Tea Party, and long-lingering racial and other animosities against the federal government have fostered a new view of the law, or more precisely a return to old views.
Terror, TSA and Our Rights as Sheeple
With luck, this week's protests will force our government to limit airport porno scans and genital-area pat-downs to those seriously suspected of being dangerous. Similarly, a Manhattan jury's acquittal Nov. 17 of a terrorism suspect from all but one of 285 federal charges shows progress in the "war on terror," not a setback.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010(3 comments)
Siegelman Judge Asked To Recuse Now, With Kagan, Rove Opposing Oversight
Imprisoned businessman Richard Scrushy, a defendant in the most controversial federal prosecution of the decade, last week repeated his call for the presiding judge to remove himself -"- even as the disputes widened to include reported Supreme Court contender Elena Kagan, up to $50 billion in scandal-ridden Air Force contracts, and Karl Rove's best-selling new memoir.
Peak Oil Warning Gains DC Traction
Peak Oil Warning Gains DC Traction. The first Washington convention focused on Peak Oil began this week with a press briefing citing evidence this is the worst year for the environment in recorded history.
"I would submit," said Peak Oil leader Jim Baldauf, "that all of these tragedies are due to Peak Oil. Peak Oil will affect every aspect of our lives."
Tuesday, December 30, 2014(1 comments)
Shackled Siegelman Typifies White House 'Human Rights' Charade
Federal authorities continued this month their remarkably harsh, unjust treatment of the nation's most famous political prisoner, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.
The U.S. legal jihad against Siegelman persists even as the Obama administration separately cites "human rights" as the rationale for U.S. foreign interventions.
Obama Should Learn From the Artur Davis Debacle In Alabama
Little-known Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks ran to the left of the better-funded Artur Davis and trounced him by a 62-38 margin even though the favored Davis is his state's senior Democratic congressman.
The Davis defeat is big news. In a red state, Sparks ran an issue-oriented campaign that offered solutions to voters' hopes and fears.
Thursday, September 22, 2011(7 comments)
Clarence Thomas' Lover Reflects On DC Life, Love, Law
The featured guest today, Sept. 22, on MTL Washington Update radio show is author and retired federal judge Lillian McEwen.She is a rare if not unique position to make news,including big trouble for Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, her former lover.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009(6 comments)
Why Did Feds Persecute Celebrity Expert Cyril Wecht? Who's Next?
Like many government employees, Allegheny County Coroner and famed TV analyst Dr. Cyril Wecht of Pittsburgh sometimes sent faxes from his office on personal matters. In 2006, the Justice Department used his faxes for 27 felony charges, thereby forcing the Democrat's resignation after 20 years. Such cases are creating bipartisan alarm nationally among legal experts who believe that DoJ increasingly abuses its vast power
Monday, October 20, 2014(7 comments)
Former House JFK Murder Prober Alleges CIA 'Lied,' Seeks Hidden Records
Did the CIA try to thwart the nation's last investigation of President Kennedy's assassination?
"The CIA not only lied, it actively subverted the investigation," says G. Robert Blakey, the former general counsel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), which issued its report in 1979.
Friday, December 3, 2010(4 comments)
Christie's Corruption Case Shows Horrid Legacy of 'Loyal Bushies,' Cover-ups
The Justice Department this week resumed its massive New Jersey political corruption "Bid Rig III" case with a trial that continues the self-inflicted damage from its 2006 political purge of U.S. attorneys.
The bribery trial continues the DOJ's disgraceful 46-defendant sting that Now-Gov. Chris Christie concocted after the infamous 2006 political purge of prosecutors.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010(4 comments)
Victims Of $3.6 Billion Petters Ponzi Fraud Protest Court Process
Victims of the $3.6 billion financial fraud by Minnesota businessman Tom Petters are justifiably angry about the federal victim-restitution process that began after his 2008 arrest.
The feds used hardball tactics to install well-connected cronies in key positions, which should trouble anyone who fears precedent if their own finances get trapped in such a dispute nationally.
Saturday, November 27, 2010(6 comments)
Thanksgiving Reflections on Political Prisoners Kerik, Siegelman, Scrushy
This Thanksgiving weekend is an apt time for those of us enjoying family and freedom to reflect about those being prosecuted in the United States primarily for political purposes.
Let's examine the Justice Department's crusades against former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, a Republican, and former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, his state's leading Democrat.
Monday, August 22, 2011(8 comments)
Feeling Friendly This Week? Beware
New evidence emerged in Washington last week of sophisticated phishing and surveillance plots. The snitch scams were reportedly run by government-affiliated IT contractors targeting those who published WikiLeaks documents or similarly embarrassed federal officials or key members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Imprisoned Former Alabama Gov. Siegelman Backs Jailed Blogger, Denounces Corruption
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman sent me the column below opposing the jailing in a libel suit of a journalist shown puffy-eyed after arrest at home and MACE: "Roger Shuler," Siegelman wrote, "has written time and time again exposing Rob Riley, the former governor's son's insidious and sinister connections to money making schemes."
Monday, November 14, 2011(2 comments)
Herman Cain, Front-Man for Billionaires
GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain serves as front man for the billionaire Koch brothers in a way rarely, if ever, seen in modern times for a prominent U.S. major party candidate. The relationship of Cain's campaign and his Koch backers should be this month's biggest campaign story.
Noted Swedish Journalist, Assange Critic Exposed As Police Agent
Martin Fredriksson, a winner of a major investigative reporting prize in 2014 for his work exposing right-wing groups opposed to NATO, has been secretly paid for years by Säpo, the Swedish Security Service.
In deep intrigue that resembles a spy novel, Fredriksson's work in left-wing, pro-NATO and anti-WikiLeaks commentary undermines conventional wisdom that journalists must work independently.
Thursday, January 19, 2017(27 comments)
Using JFK and 9/11 Research To Decode Fake News
Researchers into the causes of President Kennedy's assassination and the 9/11 attacks hold an advantage over most others in deciphering news about national security intrigues that rely on dubious evidence
Wednesday, June 10, 2009(1 comments)
Alabama Decisions Illustrate Abuse of Judicial Power
The plight of litigants who face a biased judge is illustrated by the track record of a prominent Alabama federal judge, as well by major recent decisions requiring new trials in West Virginia and Georgia courts.
The track record of Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery, Alabama shows that he continues to supervise cases compromised by his personal, financial or political interests.
Sunday, August 9, 2009(3 comments)
Gagged FBI Translator Claims Evidence of U.S. Reps Bribery
Seeking to overcome years of gag restraints, former FBI contract translator Sibel Edmonds reportedly claimed in an Aug. 8 deposition that several leaders in Congress and other high-level U.S. officials were suspected early this decade of being bribed by Turkey's government.
Monday, June 2, 2014(8 comments)
Media Self-Censorship Suppresses 3 Key Elements From Obama Foreign Policy Analysis
The mainstream media typically self-censor discussion of sensitive topics that might undermine the bipartisan support in congress for "The Intelligence-Industrial Complex," a modern successor to "The Military-Industrial Complex" denounced by President Eisenhower during his Farewell Address in 1961. Among verboten topics are reminders of the constitutional requirements founders created for war-making.
Monday, February 21, 2011(2 comments)
Court Slaps Feds Again For Christie-Era NJ Prosecutions
In a major setback for the U.S. Justice Department and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a federal appeals court last week dismissed federal bribery and conspiracy charges against two New Jersey Democrats targeted in a trap set by Christie. The decision helps illustrate why the 46-defendant "Bid Rig III" case is one of the nation's most scandalous political prosecutions of recent years.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Rove's Top 2 Alabama Targets Dare Challenge His "Courage'
As Karl Rove travels to Alabama this week to hawk his memoir Courage and Consequence, his two most prominent Alabama targets are calling him a charlatan -"- and urging authorities to stop ignoring his role changing the nation's political map by bogus federal criminal prosecutions against Democrats.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011(2 comments)
Siegelman Showdown Nov. 2 Now Hurts Obama, Not Rove
A legal showdown of historic proportion unfolded Nov. 2 in an Alabama federal court. Squared off in Montgomery were the Obama Justice Department and its most important domestic defendant, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, once the leading Democrat in his state.
Monday, August 11, 2014(6 comments)
Siegelman's Judge Charged with Beating Wife, Affair With Clerk
Atlanta police this weekend alleged wife-beating by the Alabama judge who helped railroad into prison former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.
The story opens a rare window in the mainstream media regarding the judge instrumental in the frame-up of Alabama's leading Democrat and the imposition of one-party rule.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011(3 comments)
Florida Judge Continues Whitewash of Siegelman Frame-up
A Florida federal judge has ruled that former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and his co-defendant have been treated so fairly that no one can reasonably suspect the appearance of bias. The decision continued the whitewash of the nation's most notorious political prosecution of the decade.
Thursday, November 11, 2010(3 comments)
Justice Probe of CIA Torture Evidence: Another Whitewash
Here's why the Justice Department's halt to its probe of CIA obstruction of justice involving torture looks like another whitewash. The DOJ compromised its probe from the beginning in 2008 by assigning it to Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham, whom courts have twice implicated in suppressing evidence.
Monday, September 27, 2010(7 comments)
Famed Physician Dr. Cyril Wecht: Fight Justice Department Misconduct
Forensic medical expert Cyril H. Wecht provides a vitally needed defendant's perspective on the terrible Justice Department misconduct that USA Today just documented in a major investigative project.
"Once a victim has been targeted," he wrote back, "there are no limits to the amount of time, energy, money, and use of personnel that the Feds will employ to pursue and persecute that individual."
Friday, October 1, 2010(1 comments)
Kerik Appeal Documents Injustice By Judge at Sentencing
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik argued this week that a federal appeals court should vacate his four-year prison sentence because of serious errors and bias by his trial judge. The three major arguments in Kerik's brief filed Sept. 28 attacked U.S. District Judge Stephen C. Robinson, who put Kerik in solitary confinement pre-trial for until he agreed to plead guilty to corruption charges last November.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Feds Bully 'Die Hard' Moviemaker McTiernan Into Plea for False Statements
A noted Hollywood filmmaker faces prison after a conditional guilty plea July 12 in a wiretapping case so interesting that it deserves two alternative news accounts.
Here's a version that Reuters provided to news organizations serving a vast majority of Americans:
"Die Hard" film director John McTiernan pleaded guilty to lying to law enforcement officials in connection with the racketeering case of a private detective.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Obama, Press Ignore GOPer Use of DOJ to Cheat Voters, Taxpayers
Far from limiting government as touted, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie used his previous post as his state's U.S. attorney to waste taxpayer funds to help himself and his cronies and crush political opponents. As elections loom this fall, learn of this "loyal Bushie" scheme for the DOJ to connive with Solomon Dwek, a big-time bank swindler and brothel operator. Why does the Obama DOJ keep whitewashing these scandals?
Monday, January 24, 2011(1 comments)
Olbermann's Ouster: 'In the Barracuda Tank...'
What really caused Keith Olbermann's stunning announcement Friday evening that the show would be his last on MSNBC? "Olbermann was the most controversial, outspoken on-air personality," says one network TV expert. "In the barracuda tank, no one needs to read a memo to know what to do."
Friday, September 13, 2013
Why Puppet Masters Need Presidents
President Obama did Americans a favor by bungling his recent attempt to please his powerful backers who want military action to overthrow the Assad dynasty in Syria.
Justice Breyer Reviews Court History, Skimps On Thomas Dispute
The Supreme Court preserves democracy by earning public confidence, as Justice Stephen Breyer told a packed hall last week in Washington, DC. But his lecture and book, "Making Our Democracy Work," glossed over such controversies as the "Virginia and Clarence Thomas Bought by Billionaires" ad released this week.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011(1 comments)
U.S. Needs Fearless, Fighting MSM Reporters
The recent passing of longtime Hartford Courant reporter William Cockerham,one of the paper's most fearless and memorable reporters for nearly a quarter of a century, raises the question of what readers want in a news organization.
Saturday, August 15, 2009(4 comments)
Forensic Expert Dr. Cyril Wecht Blasts Rove-Inspired DoJ Abuses
After Tuesday's revelations from Karl Rove's testimony about the mid-term firing of U.S. attorneys for political reasons, forensic expert Dr. Cyril Wecht gave a powerful, first-person account Aug. 13 of what it's like when one of the "loyal Bushie" U.S. attorneys targets a Democrat for absolute destruction.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Nations Struggle Over Scandal-Marked Air Force Tanker Deal
To kowtow to Europe's EADS and their mostly Republican U.S. allies for the wrong reasons would only hurt the U.S. economy and encourage scandalous conduct that's been occurring on both sides of the nearly decade-long EADS rivalry with Boeing over tanker contracts.
Friday, August 6, 2010(3 comments)
What's Next After Kagan's Confirmation?
With the Kagan appointment, we're now seeing the ascendancy of a well-credentialed careerist to a lifetime job where it seems likely she'll help further shift constitutional power toward an unaccountable Executive Branch vastly different than one the Framers envisioned. Kagan suggests she's comfortable with these dangerous long-term trends.
Monday, December 22, 2014(5 comments)
Let's Learn From Gruber's 'Stupid' Remarks On Health Care
We can learn a lot from the public-relations drubbing that Republicans are inflicting on Jonathan Gruber. He is the recently humbled MIT economist who has been a much-cited expert on the Obama administration's health care plan.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Justice Project Urges 'No' Vote On Kagan
The Senate should reject Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination because she seeks to expand executive branch authority at the expense of the public's historic civil rights. She is part of an Obama Department of Justice leadership team that has failed to redress unconstitutional lawbreaking by overzealous prosecutors and greedy judges.
Reform Teams Should Fight for the Dream, But Do It Better
Reformers require new approaches to fight due process violations and other wrongdoing that appears to extend high into the legal system.
These general principles coalesce in the person of Clarence Thomas -- associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and someone whom the FBI should vigorously investigate.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Jersey Democrat, JIP Urge "No' On Kagan, Citing Rights Concerns
The Senate should reject Democrat Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination based on her shabby civil rights record that's apparent from her Department of Justice work, according to a Democratic former New Jersey legislator and Jersey City mayoral candidate.
Will An Oct. 27 Hearing Make History For Your Health Rights?
To energize public support for robust health care reform, a civil rights icon and two House leaders are planning a hearing and rally Oct. 27 on Capitol Hill.
Their ambitious plan is to duplicate for health care the same kind of breakthrough legal reform achieved in civil rights by 1960s marches.
Monday, September 14, 2009(1 comments)
DoJ Assault On Siegelman Threatens Civil Rights For Many
The Justice Department is arguing that no evidence exists for a hearing on new evidence pertaining to the 2006 conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. The government's effort is a bad-faith attempt to keep intact dubious prosecutions nationwide that curtailed public choices in elections.
Freedom of the Press is Guaranteed by the First Ammendment
We have read about journalists who have died in suspicious circumstances (Michael Hastings), about computer activists serving long sentences and whistleblowers hounded out of the country or jailed or driven to suicide because they got too close to the truth about powerful people. Here is a more ordinary case of a local political reporter who revealed scandals involving powerful people in Alabama, beaten and jailed w/o charge.