Old Stuff

The Cleaner

Mark MacDougall of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld runs what is arguably the world’s best private fact-checking department, one that would put The New Yorker magazine’s legendary operation to shame. … More

Seth Hettena, The American Lawyer, October 2008

Little to Read in San Diego’s Reader

What would happen if a successful publisher suddenly came to the conclusion that it didn’t really matter what stories he ran in his free weekly newspaper? If a publisher were to show such contempt for his readers, the final product might look a lot like the San Diego Reader…. More

Seth Hettena, Voice of San Diego, January 3, 2008

The D Dock Curse

Three scandal-plagued members of Congress all shared the same dock at Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Yacht Club. … More

Seth Hettena, The New Yorker, September 24, 2007

Navy Secretly Contracted Jets Used by CIA

A branch of the U.S. Navy secretly contracted a 33-plane fleet that included two Gulfstream jets reportedly used to fly terror suspects to countries known to practice torture, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. … More

Seth Hettena, The Associated Press, September 24, 2005

Iraqi’s death during CIA interrogation came while he was suspended by his wrists

An Iraqi whose corpse was photographed with grinning U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib died under CIA interrogation while suspended by his wrists, which had been handcuffed behind his back, according to investigative reports reviewed by The Associated Press. … More

Seth Hettena, The Associated Press, February 17, 2005