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The History of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the F.B.I.

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I bet if you made these sorts of statements to the average American-on-the-street in 1964, they would have wholeheartedly agreed. Because the public simply had no idea of what was going on, back then. Those of us who know our history, however, just don't have that excuse today.

The IRS Scandal, and Hoover's Brutalist Legacy

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Any time a federal agency decides to intimidate those in the political arena in any way, large or small, it should be seen as a scandal by everyone -- no matter your political leanings. Because we've seen what happens when this sort of thing is allowed and encouraged, and it isn't a pretty sight.

Dark Drama Surrounds Local Family Who Founded Mall Chain

Sun Sentinel | Jon Burstein | Posted 05.24.2013 | Miami

She said she had damaging information about a wealthy South Florida family. The trim man in a blue suit claimed to represent the family. "What do you...

Petraeus's Public Shaming Better Than Hoover's Alternative

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In a way, I'm glad that David Petraeus's sex scandal is playing out across the pages and television screens of the mass media. Because one of the alternative ways it could have been handled is so much worse.

America's First Political Sex Scandal: The Reynolds/Hamilton Affair

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In the summer of 1791, Alexander Hamilton was the target of what a modern-day espionage novel would call a "honey trap," set by a blonde 23-year-old named Maria Reynolds.

Sakey's Newest Suffers in Comparison to His Earlier Works

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.13.2011 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Marcus Sakey is a talented writer that America has not yet discovered, and it is about time they did.

Why Unions Get a Bad Name

Laura Mola | Posted 07.23.2011 | Business
Laura Mola

My dad was in a union, my aunts and uncles, relatives, extended family, all staunch union members. It afforded my sister and me, daughters of an immig...

In Dealing With Blackmailers, We Can Help You, Mr. President

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven G. Brant

If Obama had asked the American people, I think he would have found almost unanimous agreement that it was worth spending $3,000 over the next 12 months to break the backs of those who were trying to blackmail him.

Child Porn E-Mails Sent To Wisconsin Senators In Blackmail Plot, Investigators Say

AP | SCOTT BAUER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

MADISON, Wis. — Investigators are trying to determine who sent e-mails containing images of child pornography to Wisconsin lawmakers as part of ...

Some Conservatives Equate Lindsey Graham's Bipartisan Cooperation with Homosexuality

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Scott Janssen

The message from William Gheen seems pretty straightforward--the only way a Republican like Graham could possibly be joining forces with Democrats on so many issues is that he is gay and being blackmailed.

David Letterman Blackmailed Again?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Even if sexual harassment (as opposed to conduct) should become relevant, in my opinion, the public statements of the defendant's lawyer were aimed at threatening the victim rather than vindicating his client.

Letterman Type Blackmail Common in Legal System

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

So many law suits that are settled are designated confidential because they are frequently the result of blackmail and extortion, which has become an accepted and common practice in our legal system.

China: Mentally Ill People Murdered, Used In Extortion Of Mine Owners

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — Police have arrested nine people in southwest China suspected of trafficking mentally ill people to be murdered in mines across the co...

Rethinking David Letterman: Exactly How Are We Supposed to Feel About All This?

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Deggans

We have not yet, as a pop culture-breathing, tabloid-fueled nation, decided how we feel about powerful older guys seducing the young women who work for them.

Letterman's "Blackmailer" Has Legitimate Defense

Jeff Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Norman

It's a fallacy that there's a morally or legally significant difference between what Robert Halderman stands accused of doing, and what agents and lawyers do all the time.

FBI Whistleblower: Hastert, Burton, Blunt, Other Members of Congress 'Bribed, Blackmailed'

Brad Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Friedman

The broad criminal conspiracy is said to have resulted in, among other things, the sale of nuclear weapons technology to black market interests including Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, Libya and others.

Formerly-'Gagged' FBI Whistleblower Details Congressional Blackmail, Bribery, Espionage, Corruption in Remarkable Videotaped Deposition

Brad Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Friedman

Just over two weeks ago, FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was finally allowed to speak about much of what the Bush Administration spent years trying to keep her from discussing publicly.