Theodoric Meyer is a former ProPublica reporting fellow. He started at ProPublica as a reporting intern in 2012 and previously worked as a reporting intern at The New York Times and The Seattle Times. He was a lead reporter for ProPublica’s “After the Flood” series, which won the Deadline Club Award for Local Reporting in 2014. His reporting on the National Security Agency with Justin Elliott was cited in Judge Richard J. Leon’s ruling that N.S.A. surveillance of phone metadata was likely unconstitutional. He is a graduate of McGill University and Columbia University.
The agency, President Obama, and members of Congress have all said NSA spying programs have thwarted more than 50 terrorist plots. But there’s no evidence the claim is true.
In the months since revelations about NSA surveillance began, intelligence officials and members of Congress have claimed that the agency's efforts have thwarted 54 terrorist attacks. But a review of official statements shows the NSA has been inconsistent about how many plots have actually been thwarted and what the role the spying programs played. Despite a lack of evidence, Congress and the media have rushed to repeat the most extreme version of the NSA’s claims.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has failed to set up a body that would make recommendations on how to deal with rising seas.
With the Obama administration cutting off some U.S. aid to Egypt as the violence there continues, we've taken a step back to look at how much the U.S. gives Egypt and what those billions have bought.
The designation could make it harder for Syrian refugees to come to the U.S., even if they haven’t actually taken up arms against the regime.
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A Q&A with Brian Fontenot, whose research gives the latest indication that fracking may be tied to arsenic contamination.
Homeowners have to bear the cost of fixing the agency's mistakes.
A Q&A with Professor David Maidment on what makes today’s maps 10 times more accurate than the ones much of the country is still stuck with
Certain federal programs encourage developers to build and rebuild in areas that are increasingly vulnerable to flooding and hurricanes.
The recent leaks have shed light on one of the darkest corners of the U.S. government -- but when it comes to mass surveillance practices, clarity remains elusive.
The evolution of the National Security Agency’s dragnet under Presidents Bush and Obama.
Funding to update the nation’s decades-old flood maps has been cut in half in recent years, even as extreme weather has grown more frequent.
What’s actually happened in the two months since the across-the-board budget cuts took effect?
The drug maker denies wrongdoing, but the Justice Department and a whistleblower say Novartis used cash and meals to get doctors to prescribe its drugs.
Seven different agencies regulate fertilizer plants in Texas, but none of them have authority over how close they are to homes and schools.
A ruling in a similar case last year suggests that judges do not have the authority to reject settlements in which firms neither admit nor deny wrongdoing.
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