September/October 2011 Issue
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- The Informants
- Our yearlong investigation into the FBI's vast program to infiltrate and spy on America's Muslim communities
- PLUS 508 prosecutions, 158 stings, 49 agent provocateurs: We crunch the numbers.
- Locked Up Abroad—for the FBI
- Inside "rendition-lite," the federal program that enlists foreign governments to detain and interrogate American citizens overseas
- The Turncoat
- To many on the left, Brandon Darby was a hero. But to FBI officials consumed with busting anarchists, he was the perfect snitch.
Crazy Like a Fox
Don't be too quick to dismiss Michele Bachmann as a Palinesque sideshow.
To Catch a Warlord
Bosco Ntaganda stands accused by the International Criminal Court of heinous war crimes. So why is he free and living the high life in Congo?
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Libertarians take over New Hampshire (and they ain't Romney voters); NYPD rookies' trial by fire; $320 million worth of US military bands; why for-profit colleges love the GI Bill; Obama—patsy or crafty?; LEED certification: "like requiring people to wear copper bracelets for arthritis!"
From Omar Little to Chalky White, actor Michael Kenneth Williams has a knack for portraying likable bad guys; Craig Thompson tackles religion, love, and debauchery in his epic new graphic novel; Michael Ondaatje almost writes a comedy; plus book, film, and music reviews
- Cloud Control
- Your web archive burns up mountains of coal. True or false?
Cover illustration by Tim O'Brien
The centerpiece of our package on the FBI's counterterrorism program ("The Informants") is the result of a yearlong effort by 1 Trevor Aaronson, a 2010-11 Investigative Reporting Program fellow at the University of California-Berkeley.
Mother Jones news editor 2 Nick Baumann reported on how the bureau enlists repressive regimes to interrogate US citizens ("Locked Up Abroad—for the FBI"), while staff reporter Josh Harkinson investigated the FBI's infiltration of leftist groups ("The Turncoat").
3 Jeffrey Smith, whose paintings grace the package, started out making Mexican album covers and now freelances for a who's who of major publications. In 2004, he won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators.
For 30 years, 4 Anita Kunz, who illustrated the Bachmann story, has brought magazine pages, books, and gallery walls to life, earning Canada's highest civilian honor for her work.
A former cop, 6 Antonio Bolfo ("NYPD Blues") animated games like Amplitude and Guitar Hero before pursuing photography full time.