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A.C. Thompson


A veteran of the alternative weeklies, A.C. spent nine years writing for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and SF Weekly. His stories in 2003 helped lead to the exoneration of two San Francisco men who’d been wrongly convicted; the duo, who spent thirteen years in prison, were the victims of police and prosecutorial misconduct. In 2005 his series “Forgotten City” prompted San Francisco city officials to create a task force to clean up a long-neglected public housing complex plagued by fire, housing, and health code violations. Collaborating with UC Berkeley academic Trevor Paglen, Thompson co-wrote Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights (Melville House 2006), the first book about the agency’s secret anti-terror program. He is the recipient of many accolades, including the 2005 George Polk award for local reporting.


Criminal Justice

Katrina’s Hidden Race War

White vigilante justice tore through New Orleans in the wake of the storm. No official investigation has ever examined the crimes. A.C. Thompson's reporting on New Orleans was directed and underwritten by the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. CIR, ProPublica, and New America Media provided additional support. >> Read the complete story that ran

Dec 17, 2008

Oil Slick

The petro-giants are touting their new sensitivity to global warming. They’re also spending huge amounts of money to defeat anti-warming legislation. To hear the captains of the oil industry speak these days, you’d think the petro-giants are leading the charge against climate change. At a recent energy conference in Houston, the CEOs of both Chevron

Apr 24, 2007