Special Investigations

Border Patrol Politicization Was Explicit Under Trump. It’s Up to Biden to Contain It.

The next head of DHS will need to grapple with the insular, hard-right worldview held by influential border and immigration officials.

A U.S.-Backed Militia That Kills Children May Be America’s Exit Strategy From Its Longest War

Operatives from an elite CIA-trained paramilitary unit massacred at least 51 civilians in 10 previously undocumented night raids.

Congress Has the Power to Override Supreme Court Rulings. Here’s How.

Overriding judicial decisions, an important tool in Congress’s legislative toolbox, has fallen by the wayside over the last 20 years.


Oil and Water

In the Mercenaries’ Own Words: Documents Detail TigerSwan Infiltration of Standing Rock

North Dakota’s private security regulator said a trove of company documents showed TigerSwan’s denials were “willfully false and misleading.”

Special Feature

Snowden Archive: The SidToday Files

SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. The Intercept released four years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003, after editorial review.

The War on Immigrants

A Public Defender’s Lonely Fight Against Family Separation

Before “zero tolerance” was rolled out nationwide, Sergio Garcia found himself up against a secret pilot project to test family separation in El Paso.

After the Beirut Explosion, Lebanon’s Women-Led Civil Society Is Building on the Edge of Despair

Last year’s protests were beaten back. Then came the pandemic and, finally, one of the largest nonnuclear explosions in human history.

Move Over, Hunter Biden. Meet Eric Branstad, the China Ambassador’s Son Who Got Rich in Trump’s Swamp.

Branstad’s checkered past includes killing two people in a car crash; he has profited from ties to his father and Trump.

The Coronavirus Crisis

As the Coronavirus Descended on the Border, the Trump Administration Escalated Its Crackdown on Asylum

The coronavirus presented the Trump administration with the pretext to shut down the border and choke off asylum once and for all.

Special Feature

The Drone Papers

The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.

Online Lenders Are Preying on Desperate Borrowers and Could Trigger a New Consumer Financial Crisis

The surge in fintech lending may have dire consequences for American consumers.

Bad Chemistry

PFAS Contamination Divides an Alabama Town

In industry-friendly Decatur, a longtime production hub for 3M, residents are grappling with a PFAS crisis — and how to hold polluters to account.