Ryan Devereaux

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Ryan Devereaux is a Brooklyn-based journalist covering national security and criminal justice. His work has appeared at The Guardian, RollingStone.com, The Nation, Democracy Now!, The Village Voice, and elsewhere.

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The al Qaeda Files: Bin Laden Documents Reveal a Struggling Organization

The al Qaeda Files: Bin Laden Documents Reveal a Struggling Organization

Terror leader’s last years were focused on palm oil cultivation, climate change, and how to kill Americans more effectively.

We’re All Spies Now: CIA Director Announces Major Restructuring

We’re All Spies Now: CIA Director Announces Major Restructuring

The director of the CIA announced this week a major overhaul of the agency’s organizational structure ending the traditional separation between spies and analysts, while also creating a new division to handle cyberwarfare. Director John Brennan officially announced the restructure to agency employees on Friday. Thousands of spies and CIA analysts will be reassigned to>>

Feds: Ferguson Preys Viciously on Black Residents

Feds: Ferguson Preys Viciously on Black Residents

Police in Ferguson, Missouri have presided over a predatory system of entrenched racism, economic exploitation and constitutional rights violations stretching back several years, according to a long-awaited Department of Justice investigation released Wednesday. The scathing 102-page report paints a portrait of a vicious environment in which Ferguson’s black residents are disproportionately mired in municipal court>>

European Lawmakers Demand Answers on Phone Key Theft

European Lawmakers Demand Answers on Phone Key Theft

The mass theft of SIM keys by US and UK agents may have been illegal, Dutch and EU officials say.

NYPD Clarifies That New Counterterror Unit Won’t Carry Machine Guns At Protests

NYPD Clarifies That New Counterterror Unit Won’t Carry Machine Guns At Protests

The New York City Police Department says it won’t be carrying machine guns at protests, despite comments Commissioner Bill Bratton made recently. Speaking at a breakfast hosted by New York City’s Police Foundation Thursday, the commissioner unveiled a new unit–the Strategic Response Group or SRG–that will be made up of hundreds of officers tasked specifically>>

“Down Outright Murder”: A Complete Guide to the Shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson

“Down Outright Murder”: A Complete Guide to the Shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson

Everything known about the shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Surprise: U.S. Drug War In Afghanistan Not Going Well

Surprise: U.S. Drug War In Afghanistan Not Going Well

A new report has found the war on drugs in Afghanistan remains colossally expensive, largely ineffective and likely to get worse. This is particularly true in the case of opium production, says the U.S. Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. In a damning report released Tuesday, the special inspector general, Justin F.>>

De Blasio Administration Continues Attacks On Press Over NYPD Spying, Channeling Bloomberg

De Blasio Administration Continues Attacks On Press Over NYPD Spying, Channeling Bloomberg

Responding to a lawsuit alleging unlawful and unconstitutional police surveillance of Muslim communities, lawyers under New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have doubled down on the arguments of his predecessor, advancing the notion that the New York City Police Department did not engage in dictionary-defined surveillance of the plaintiffs in the suit and contending that>>

The Ghost of Ronald Reagan Authorizes Most NSA Spying

The Ghost of Ronald Reagan Authorizes Most NSA Spying

Any U.S. company having “some relationship with foreign persons” is subject to spying.

Managing a Nightmare: How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb

Managing a Nightmare: How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb

Freshly-released CIA documents show how the largest U.S. newspapers helped the agency contain a groundbreaking exposé.