Editor's picks 2006: News

Our groundbreaking reports on buried evidence from Abu Ghraib, Bush judges who broke the law, NSA spying online, George Allen's dark past and more.


Salon Staff
December 26, 2006 6:30PM (UTC)

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Losing their minds
More U.S. soldiers than ever are sustaining serious brain injuries in Iraq. But a significant number of them are being misdiagnosed, forced to wait for treatment or even being called liars by the Army.
By Mark Benjamin

The beef over pet food
Bowser gets raw meat because wolves eat it in the wild. Tabby gets raw chicken because lions don't eat kibble. But vets say the recent trend of raw feeding is dangerous to pets and people.
By Katharine Mieszkowski

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The Abu Ghraib files
279 photographs and 19 videos from the Army's internal investigation record a harrowing three months of detainee abuse inside the notorious prison -- and make clear that many of those responsible have yet to be held accountable.
By Salon staff

What Rumsfeld knew
Interviews with high-ranking military officials shed new light on the role Rumsfeld played in the harsh treatment of a Guantanamo detainee.
By Michael Scherer and Mark Benjamin

The corporate toll on the Internet
Telecom giant AT&T plans to charge online businesses to speed their services through its DSL lines. Critics say the scheme violates every principle of the Internet, favors deep-pocketed companies, and is bound to limit what we see and hear online.
By Farhad Manjoo

Controversial Bush judge broke ethics law
A Salon/CIR investigation reveals that Terrence Boyle, a key circuit court nominee touted by the White House and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, ruled in multiple cases involving corporations in which he held investments.
By Will Evans

Going long for Jesus
It's no accident that pro sports often resemble holy revival meetings. Devout athletes who praise God are coached by evangelical ministries with ties to the Christian right. But many players and fans feel left out of the huddle.
By Tom Krattenmaker

The Pentagon's ghost investigation
Nearly two years ago, a top general urged a probe into illegal "ghost detainees" held at Abu Ghraib prison. But according to the Pentagon, it never happened -- and never will.
By Mark Benjamin and Michael Scherer

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Is the NSA spying on U.S. Internet traffic?
Salon exclusive: Two former AT&T employees say the telecom giant has maintained a secret, highly secure room in St. Louis since 2002. Intelligence experts say it bears the earmarks of a National Security Agency operation.
By Kim Zetter

Incident on Khairallah Tulfa Street
A search for Sadr City's killing fields goes terribly wrong.
By Phillip Robertson

Killing a nation, one airstrike at a time
From Beirut to the Beqaa Valley to the south, Israel is methodically smashing Lebanon into the dust. A report from the ground.
By Mitchell Prothero

Inside the Iraqi forces fiasco
The U.S. effort to train Iraqi forces -- and bring our troops home -- is mired in bureaucratic mismanagement, inept recruits and astonishing shortages of equipment.
By David J. Morris

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Cityscape of fear
American architecture is still reeling from the 9/11 attacks. Critics and architects say that security now trumps design, as barricades and mall-like plazas are sucking the soul out of urban life.
By Farhad Manjoo

Teammates: Allen used "N-word" in college
Three members of Sen. George Allen's college football team remember a man with racist attitudes at ease using racial slurs.
By Michael Scherer

Barred from voting
State laws prohibit millions of ex-felons from voting -- and favor Republicans at the polls. But activists say prisoners who served their time have every right to serve their country by casting a ballot.
By Katharine Mieszkowski

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Money trails lead to Bush judges
A four-month investigation reveals that dozens of federal judges gave contributions to President Bush and top Republicans who helped place them on the bench. A Salon/CIR exclusive.
By Will Evans

The antiwar GIs
A new protest movement inside the military -- including active-duty soldiers back from Iraq -- is calling on Congress to end the war immediately.
By Mark Benjamin

The GOP's dwindling anti-gay parade
Polls show Americans turning their backs on the divisive politics of homosexuality. Will hard-liners in the heartland, like Colorado's Marilyn Musgrave, be forced to follow?
By Michael Scherer

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