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We repeatedly identified ourselves as journalists. The police asked us why we were out. I told them, the same reason that they were out, that we had a job to do, that as journalists it’s our job to be out here. They took us to the jail.

Ryan Devereaux, reporter for The Intercept

He was shot with a rubber bullet and detained over night while reporting on the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Click here to watch his interview on Democracy Now! today.

"Overpoliced & Underprotected": In Michael Brown Killing, Neglect of Black Communities Laid Bare

“It’s not simply a question of asking, ‘Is the country racist?’ or even, ‘Are the police racist?’ We live in a system in which black life is devalued,” explains UC-Berkeley professor john a. powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

“We should actually have a real conversation about race and what it means in the 21st century, even though we have an African-American president,” he says. 

“This was just a physical manifestation of the hostility between the community at large and the policing. It’s not just a Ferguson incident, but just the issue of police harassment and police brutality and police tactics used on this community,” says Patricia Barnes, Democratic committee member of Ferguson Township on Democracy Now! today.

What are your thoughts on the developments in Ferguson with the change in policing and the new information released today on the Michael Brown case?

When we take domestic police officers and we train them like soldiers and we give them military gear and we dress them up like soldiers and we tell them they’re fighting a war - a war on crime or a war on terror - they’re going to start to see themselves as soldiers.

Radley Balko, author of the book,“Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.”  

Watch the Democracy Now! interview with Radley Balko, who discusses the national debate over racial profiling and the militarization of local police forces.

“I’ve been stunned and flabberghasted since March when this was first reported from Guinea. … World, you just don’t get it. The scale of what we need to be doing versus what we are doing is a log scale differential,” says Laurie Garrett on Democracy Now! today, Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for her coverage of the previous Ebola outbreak.

Click here to watch the full discussion on Democracy Now! with Garrett, as well as public health law professor Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University and medical anthropologist Adia Benton of Brown University, who has conducted research on infectious disease in Sierra Leone over several years.

On August 14, 2013, Egyptian forces opened fire on tens of thousands of people who had been camping in Rab’a al-Adaweeya Square, peacefully protesting the ouster of democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi. Over the course of a single day, Egyptian forces killed at least 817 people.

On Democracy Now! today, Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a former member of the Egyptian Parliament with the Freedom and Justice Party (the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm), discusses his continued resolve to seek justice for his colleagues and friends, most of whom are in prison in Egypt.

“Rab’a represents freedom and peaceful resistance,” says Dardery, who left Egypt after the coup and is now living in the United States. Hundreds of people got killed there that day for nothing other than standing up for democracy and the will of the people to be respected. … We will continue this march towards freedom, peacefully, until democracy is back, until freedom is back, until social justice and human dignity are back.” Most of his colleagues are now in prison in Egypt.

Click here to watch the full 30-minute discussion with Dardery, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth, and Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo.

Glenn Greenwald on Iraq: Is U.S. "Humanitarianism" Only Summoned to Control Oil-Rich Areas?

“There is so much propaganda that constantly inundates U.S. media coverage,” says Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now! today in a discussion about President Obama’s justifications for increasing U.S. military action in Iraq. “Every state justifies its wars on the grounds of self-defense or altruism.”

Watch: On Democracy Now today, reporter Glenn Greenwald sharply criticizes NPR’s counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston for presenting a report quoting a known CIA-backed tech firm as an objective account on the effects of the Snowden leaks on al-Qaeda cyber tactics.

“This was such a pure and indisputable case of journalistic malpractice and deceit,” says Greenwald. “NPR radically misled millions of people with this report.”

The tech firm Recorded Future claimed to have “tangible evidence” that Snowden’s leaks harmed national security by prompting terrorists to develop more sophisticated encryption programs.

Greenwald explains that the CIA had invested millions of dollars in the tech firm, that the investment arm of the agency sits on the board, and that the individual researcher Temple-Raston quotes in the report heads a company in a strategic partnership with the CIA.