Trevor Aaronson, The Intercept

Trevor Aaronson

The Intercept

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Past articles by Trevor:

The FBI Paid a Violent Felon to Infiltrate Denver’s Racial Justice Movement

Mickey Windecker encouraged violence, accused activist leaders of being police cooperators, and tried to draw demonstrators into elaborate stings. → Read More

Annotating Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Redacted Report

Intercept reporters annotate the redacted version of Robert Mueller's “Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election.” → Read More

Violent Far-Right Extremists Are Rarely Prosecuted as Terrorists

Since 9/11 federal prosecutors have applied anti-terrorism laws against 34 right-wing extremists compared to more than 500 international terrorism defendants. → Read More

There’s a Better Battlefield for the War Against Trump’s Lies: the Courts

The Truth-O-Meters aren't working. Instead, public interest groups are suing the Trump administration using the Information Quality Act. → Read More

Defense Department Abruptly Stopped Releasing Key Details on Strikes in War Against ISIS

The Defense Department quietly announced that it would be paring back its "strike releases," which watchdogs use to corroborate reports of civilian harm. → Read More

U.S. Ramps Up Bombing of ISIS in Eastern Syria Following Trump Withdrawal Announcement

The fiercest attacks have occurred in Al Kashmah, a village on the Euphrates River near the border with Iraq, according to three sources in eastern Syria. → Read More

Accused Bomber Cesar Sayoc Was a Fervent Trump Supporter

Court records and online archives show vigorous pro-Trump stances by Sayoc, charged with sending parcel bombs to Democratic politicians. → Read More

Democrats Hope the FBI Investigation Will Sink Brett Kavanaugh — but Such Probes Are Inherently Limited

The FBI’s investigation of Brett Kavanaugh is hamstrung by a lack of subpoena power. → Read More

Even the FBI Agrees: When Undercover Agents Pose as Journalists, It Hurts Real Journalists’ Work

As part of an attempt to withhold records about the controversial practice in a FOIA lawsuit, the FBI made an astonishing admission. → Read More

The FBI’s Use of Informants Is Full of Problems, but What Happened in “Spygate” Isn’t One of Them

Trump has wrapped a conspiracy theory around a fundamental truth about the agency's misuse of informants. → Read More

The Father of Pulse Attacker Omar Mateen Was an FBI Informant. Did He Convince the Bureau to Stop Investigating His Son?

FBI files suggest that agents consulted Seddique Mateen when trying to determine whether his son Omar posed a security threat. → Read More

Nunes Memo Accidentally Confirms the Legitimacy of the FBI’s Investigation

The Nunes memo revealed that FISA surveillance on a Trump campaign staffer was renewed three times — strongly suggesting useful intelligence. → Read More

Trump Administration Skews Terror Data to Justify Anti-Muslim Travel Ban

A new report from the DOJ and DHS appears to understate non-Muslims and U.S. citizens in the latest count of international terror defendants. → Read More

Welcome to Law Enforcement’s “Dark Side”: Secret Evidence, Illegal Searches, and Dubious Traffic Stops

The convoluted and secretive process of building a criminal case without revealing underlying intelligence can deprive the accused of a fair trial. → Read More

How the Government’s Case Against Cliven Bundy Went Sideways

The mistrial of Cliven Bundy is the latest in a series of embarrassing blunders and egregious misconduct by federal agents and prosecutors. → Read More

The FBI Routinely Abuses Its Powers but the Trump Investigation Has Been By the Book

Republicans are suddenly upset about the FBI invading homes and surveilling citizens. Civil rights groups have complained about this for 50 years. → Read More

NSA Secretly Helped Convict Defendants in U.S. Courts, Classified Documents Reveal

By withholding evidence of warrantless spying, the government avoided a court challenge to its controversial mass surveillance — which is now before Congress. → Read More

Long Before the New York Attack, FBI Agents Were Targeting Uzbek Immigrants

The U.S. has charged a number of Uzbek immigrants with terrorism, but data has shown that nationality is a poor indicator of terrorist threats. → Read More

Recordings Capture Brutal FBI Tactics to Recruit a Potential Informant

By recording his encounters with the federal agents harassing him, Jabar Ali Refaie effectively ran a one-man counterintelligence program against the FBI. → Read More

The FBI Pressured a Lonely Young Man Into a Bomb Plot. He Tried to Back Out. Now He’s Serving Life in Prison.

The alleged terrorist said he went along with the plot because he was afraid that FBI agents, posing as ISIS members, would kill his family. → Read More