The Government Spies on Us

Another long dismissed conspiracy theory is the notion that the National Security Administration (NSA) illegally eavesdrops on its citizens. While this particular theory has a long history, it gained new life after the events of 9/11 and a push by government agencies to monitor all communication to prevent terrorist acts. As the Director of National Intelligence recently revealed, the surveillance state is incredibly robust. As the Snowden documents also show, multiple programs, institutions, and companies […]

Operation MockingBird

Although contemporary media often face critiques for seemingly collaborating with government officials, the CIA once actively tried to control mass media outlets. Near the beginning of the Cold War, Director of the Office of Special Projects Frank Wisner launched a top-secret project to buy influence at major media outlets. He specifically established Mockingbird based on directions from above to craft an organization to engage in sabotage, propaganda, and subversion of hostile states through domestic and […]

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

In 1932, the United States Public Health Service and Tuskegee Institute began the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male to record the natural history of syphilis and analyze differences between black and white men. The study involved 600 black men in Macon County, Alabama, 399 of whom had contracted syphilis and 201 of whom had not. It was supposed to last only 6 months, but would go on for 40 years, during […]

Four calls you won’t Forget

“The suicides stick with me the most, here are a few: “First one was less than a year on, get a call from a female who sounded numb, said she came home from work and found her fiance hanging from the rafters. She kept asking me ‘What do I do now?’ I had no answer for her, just kept repeating that I would stay on the line with her until units showed up. “Another one, I […]

Why I have no Mirrors

I am 19 years old. There are no mirrors in my house. None of my friends want to come over because they want to do normal sleepover activities, like makeovers hair styling. But we can’t do that at my house, so I always go to their houses. Even then, I refuse to look in the mirror, because of something that happened a few months ago. About 4 months ago, I was just a normal girl. […]

Rope

Jay was a normal kid. An absolutely, completely normal kid. I’m not sure why that happened… but I do know, the day we learned that Jay Martin was found strung up in a fucking oak tree in the park, the entire neighborhood wept. Jay made average grades, played trumpet in the band, and had average looks—absolutely nothing about him was special. Nothing really made him a target. He was just a genuinely nice kid. I’m […]

Brutal Murder in Bibb Town

The State’s evidence tended to show the following.   On February 24, 1995, Tallapoosa police discovered the charred body of Kimberly Brooks rolled in a carpet;  the carpet was lying beside a dirt road in Bibb Town. The coroner testified that Brooks had been shot in the head and the stomach and that there was soot in her lungs and trachea;  he testified that she died of the “shots to the head [and] the chest […]