Democratic Rights in the US
By Gabriel Black, 16 April 2014
The military trial of five men accused of murder for the attacks on 9/11 has been halted after it was revealed that the FBI had turned a member of the defense team into an informant.
By Barry Grey, 15 April 2014
The bombings on April 15, 2013 became the occasion for an unprecedented state operation, in which for the first time a major American city was placed under de facto martial law.
By Mike Ingram, 14 April 2014
City officials have unveiled a plan for massive video surveillance and police checkpoints along the route of the April 21 Boston Marathon.
By D. Lencho and Stuart Winters, 12 April 2014
The US Department of Justice released a damning report on escalating violence by the Albuquerque Police Department.
By Ed Hightower, 10 April 2014
Nineteen states have either enacted or taken steps towards measures limiting the right to vote.
By Tom Carter, 7 April 2014
Federal Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled that there is no legal remedy for the extrajudicial killing of a US citizen, endorsing a battery of totalitarian pseudo-legal doctrines advanced by the Obama administration.
By Nick Barrickman, 7 April 2014
The report demonstrates that one year after the Boston Marathon bombings, the political establishment, including those sections aligned with the Democratic Party, continues to cover up the grave and reactionary implications of the Boston lockdown.
By Kate Randall, 5 April 2014
Tommy Lynn Sells was executed Thursday after the US Supreme Court denied a petition that charged his lethal injection constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2014
Details of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture demonstrate that the ruling elite in the United States is a criminal class.
By Matthew MacEgan, 2 April 2014
In a rapid turn of events on Monday, the Mississippi Supreme Court threw out the murder conviction of Michelle Byrom, a 56-year-old woman who was sentenced to death in 1999 for “masterminding” the murder of her husband.
By Nick Barrickman, 1 April 2014
The 38-page report is heavily redacted, with large sections of text dealing with the most critical issues blacked out.
By Gabriel Black, 1 April 2014
Police fired tear gas, made arrests and beat protesters at a march protesting police violence by the Albuquerque police department.
By Thomas Gaist, 31 March 2014
The NSA has carried out systematic surveillance against more than 100 heads of state.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 March 2014
Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have alleged that FBI agents attempted to force his older brother Tamerlan to inform on the Chechen and Muslim community in the Boston area.
Obama administration urges Supreme Court to dismiss First Amendment suit brought by anti-Bush demonstrators
By Eric London, 31 March 2014
In oral arguments before the Supreme Court, the Obama administration asserted a near-absolute right to arrest and sequester demonstrators on the basis of their political views.
By Tom Carter, Jeff Lincoln and Charles Abelard, 31 March 2014
The ruling represents a further attack on the principle of the separation of church and state and on basic democratic rights.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 March 2014
The UN Human Rights Committee charged the US with violations of international law, including inhumane treatment of migrants, dragnet surveillance, torture and extralegal targeted killings.
By Gabriel Black, 28 March 2014
Mary Virginia Jones spent 32 years behind bars on the charge of first-degree murder, a crime her boyfriend at the time committed.
By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2014
Far from curtailing the NSA’s activities, the White House is seeking to expand the amount of data to which the spy agency has access.
By Gabriel Black, 27 March 2014
A local news station has revealed that “StingRay” technology is used regularly by the major police departments of California to collect all cellphone communications in a given area.
By Ed Hightower, 27 March 2014
State Attorney Jeffrey Ashton’s report cherry picks facts, ignores conflicting evidence, and weaves a tale of “justified self defense” to exonerate a state murder.
By D. Lencho and Stuart Winter, 27 March 2014
Barely a year after the Albuquerque Police Department’s chief resigned over escalating police violence, the fatal shooting of a mentally ill, homeless man captured on video has sparked outrage in New Mexico’s largest city.
By Andre Damon, 26 March 2014
Carter told reporters this week that he does not use email or phone calls for sensitive political correspondence.
By Barry Grey, 26 March 2014
A ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would mark an historic and unprecedented attack on the principle of separation of church and state.
By Patrick Martin, 25 March 2014
The pseudo-left International Socialist Organization is covering up the far-reaching assault on democratic rights involved in the CIA spying scandal.
By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2014
The FBI has whitewashed every case of an agent killing or wounding a suspect over the last 20 years.
By Patrick Martin, 22 March 2014
A letter from the Senate Majority Leader to the Justice Department renewed charges of unconstitutional CIA spying on the Senate.
By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2014
A judge in Wichita, Kansas has ordered the federal government to assist efforts to restrict voting by state officials in Kansas and Arizona.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 March 2014
A federal judge ruled that warrant applications submitted by the Justice Department were unconstitutional.
By Eric London, 20 March 2014
Whereas Nixon’s cover-up involved illegal “dirty tricks” operations, the Obama administration is covering up even more serious crimes—an international program of state torture and assassination.
By Andre Damon, 19 March 2014
The National Security Agency has developed and deployed a system capable of recording “100 percent” of the telephone calls made by residents of a targeted country.
By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2014
A virtual blanket of silence covers the explosive allegations that the CIA spied on the US Senate committee charged with overseeing its activities.
By E.P. Bannon, 18 March 2014
Glenn Ford, 64, was held in the brutal Angola penitentiary for three decades for a crime he did not commit.
By Joseph Kishore and Barry Grey, 14 March 2014
The extraordinary speech delivered Tuesday on the Senate floor by Senator Dianne Feinstein provides grounds for immediate impeachment proceedings against top government officials, including President Barack Obama.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 March 2014
NSA operations have already infected at least 80,000 computers according to documents provided by Edward Snowden.
By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2014
The public clash between the Senate and the CIA reflects the effective collapse of democratic forms of governance in the United States.
By Thomas Gaist and Barry Grey, 11 March 2014
NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden gave a live interview Monday to the South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas.
By Nick Barrickman and Patrick Martin, 11 March 2014
More than nine months after the unexplained shooting death of Ibragim Todashev by the FBI, the US media has suddenly revived interest in the case.
By Tom Carter, 10 March 2014
The revelations of CIA spying on the legislative committee charged with overseeing it underscores the fact that America is actually run by an unelected, unaccountable military/intelligence apparatus.
By Matthew MacEgan, 10 March 2014
Several hundred detainees at an immigration holding center in Tacoma, Washington have gone on hunger strike to demand better conditions at the facility and an end to deportations.
By Eric London, 8 March 2014
The Senate vote makes clear that admission to the political establishment requires a track record of unwavering opposition to democratic rights.
By Ed Hightower, 7 March 2014
The court may sanction the officers’ brutal and unnecessary actions through the qualified immunity doctrine, which sets a high standard for cases involving police misconduct.
By Juan Verala Luz, 6 March 2014
The bill would intensify the assault on California teachers in the name of cutting costs.
By Eric London, 4 March 2014
New protocols published by the Obama administration standardize widespread First Amendment violations.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 February 2014
The NSA and GCHQ are employing deceptive tactics to monitor, manipulate and subvert online activities.
By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2014
The 6-3 majority backed the warrantless search of a home after police arrested the resident who had objected to it.
By Sandy English, 26 February 2014
District Judge William Martini blamed the Associated Press for reporting on the surveillance rather than the government for its misconduct.
By Ed Hightower, 26 February 2014
SB 1062 allows businesses to refuse service to gays on the flimsy pretext of respecting religious beliefs.
Report to the Workers Inquiry
By Tom Carter, 24 February 2014
This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions, by Tom Carter, World Socialist Web Site legal correspondent.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2014
A national license plate tracking system sought by the Department of Homeland Security would provide officials with personal information on millions of individuals.
By Gabriel Black, 21 February 2014
Sister Megan Rice and two others were sentenced to several years in prison under the Federal Sabotage Act of 1918 for a non-violent break-in and protest at a nuclear facility.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014
Files from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the US has waged an international campaign against WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and its supporters.
By Mike Ingram, 19 February 2014
The MBTA is installing hundreds of cameras on buses that will provide live video streams to transit police cruisers.
By Mike Head, 17 February 2014
The latest leaks underscore the central role that Australian intelligence agencies play in the massive US spying operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Kate Randall, 14 February 2014
The Committee to Protect Journalists is warning that the spy agency’s dragnet of communications data threatens to make it “next to impossible for journalists to keep sources confidential.”
By Mike Head, 13 February 2014
Attorney-General Brandis amplified the earlier denunciation by Prime Minister Abbott of the NSA whistleblower as a “traitor.”
By Tom Carter, 12 February 2014
If the government can order the assassination of US citizens in the name of national security, what can it not do? All the methods of a police state dictatorship become equally possible.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2014
The aim of the AP report is to lend a veneer of "transparency" and legality to a conspiratorial and unconstitutional program of state murder.
Obama’s war on journalism continues
By Ed Hightower, 11 February 2014
Stephen Jin-Woo Kim is one of nine US citizens to be prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act by the Obama administration as part of the latter’s war on journalism.
By Tom Carter, 11 February 2014
Referring to America’s mass internment of people of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War, current Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia declared, “You are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.”
By Kate Randall, 11 February 2014
A record 87 exonerations were recorded in the United States in 2013.
By the WSWS Editorial Board, 11 February 2014
In a blatant act of political censorship, the moderators of the r/socialism forum on the popular link aggregating site Reddit have decided to “blacklist” the World Socialist Web Site for a period of one month.
Jury acquits on terrorism, convicts on lesser charges
By Alexander Fangmann and Kristina Betinis, 10 February 2014
The court proceedings revealed the role of police provocateurs in framing the men on terrorism charges.
By Gabriel Black, 7 February 2014
Suzanne Basso was executed Wednesday despite last-minute appeals to the US Supreme Court arguing she was not mentally competent.
By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2014
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee suggested that journalists who have reported on illegal NSA surveillance should be prosecuted.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 February 2014
The data, which cover only a small portion of surveillance operations, show the NSA requested content from tens of thousands of accounts during the first half of 2013.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2014
In seeking the death penalty, US authorities are creating the best conditions for extracting a plea deal that would prevent unwanted testimony from ever being heard in an open court.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2014
New rules slightly modify an existing “gag order,” allowing telecommunications companies to make limited disclosures about surveillance orders they receive from the government.
By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2014
“These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me,” the former NSA contractor said in an interview broadcast by Germany’s ARD television network.
By Alan Gilman, 27 January 2014
The US Supreme Court has extended a temporary order excepting Little Sisters of the Poor from certifying that it is a religious institution in order to be exempt from paying for contraception coverage.
By Ed Hightower, 24 January 2014
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden answered questions online Thursday posted by an audience via Twitter.
By Kate Randall, 22 January 2014
The execution of Dennis McGuire’s in Ohio Thursday, and details of the gruesome manner in which authorities carried out his death sentence, have evoked revulsion in the US and internationally.
By John Andrews, 20 January 2014
The protest was directed against the January 13 not guilty verdicts in favor of two former Fullerton officers charged with killing 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 January 2014
The US National Security Agency has been intercepting and permanently storing billions of messages sent by ordinary people around the world.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 January 2014
Ohio authorities used an untried combination of drugs to kill death row inmate Dennis McGuire.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2014
The Obama White House is preparing an NSA “reform” that is aimed at institutionalizing illegal spying while suppressing future whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.
By Eric London, 13 January 2014
The pseudo-legal arguments used by the Obama administration to prevent the disclosure of state surveillance programs demonstrate the hostility of the political establishment to the democratic rights enumerated in the US Constitution.
By Nick Barrickman and Barry Grey, 6 January 2014
In the letter, the elder Todashev accused the FBI of murdering his son in order to prevent him from testifying in court.
By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2014
Concessions by the Obama administration have emboldened its opponents in right-wing religious groups.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 January 2014
The crusading attorney was serving a vindictive ten-year sentence stemming from her representation of an unpopular client on terrorism charges.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2013
Among the TAO’s “most productive operations” is the direct interception of new PCs and other computer accessories ordered by individuals targeted by the NSA.
By Tom Carter, 31 December 2013
US District Judge William H. Pauley’s ruling in the case of ACLU v. Clapper on December 27, which sanctions NSA surveillance of the telephone records of the entire country’s population, has immense significance for democratic rights.
By Douglas Lyons, 30 December 2013
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that those convicted of crimes committed as juveniles must serve life terms, despite a US Supreme Court ruling that declared such sentences unconstitutional.
By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2013
The court decision upheld the constitutionality of a program that, in the judge’s words, “vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States.”
By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2013
The report issued last week by a White House panel on US surveillance programs has set the stage for an intensified effort to suppress any further revelations of illegal government spying.
By Fred Mazelis, 20 December 2013
One of the prisoners facing a possible death penalty refused to cooperate with the court, citing torture and abuse.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2013
The report released Wednesday by the Obama administration’s hand-picked panel proposes minor reforms aimed at legitimizing the government’s illegal spying programs.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2013
The ruling by Judge Richard Leon, while doing nothing to curb the NSA’s mass spying operations, nonetheless acknowledges that they embody the methods of a police state.
By John Burton, 17 December 2013
A federal judge in Washington, DC has ruled that the NSA’s collection of telephone data on virtually every person in the United States violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”
By Joseph Kishore, 14 December 2013
A hand-picked panel is due to submit recommendations to the White House this weekend, part of efforts to ensure the continuation of mass spying programs revealed by Edward Snowden.
By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2013
The new documents were released as the European Union agreed to allow Edward Snowden to give evidence by video link to its committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs.
By Charles Abelard, 14 December 2013
Robert Cameron Redus was shot five times by an Alamo Heights police officer.
By Gabriel Black, 9 December 2013
A trial has begun for two police officers charged with the killing of Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, California.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2013
The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and her House Republican counterpart claimed in a televised interview that the threat of terrorism in the US is greater than ever.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 December 2013
In a logical extension of the brutal practice of force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners, their American jailers are denying the detainees any means of making their protest known to the public.
By Eric London, 5 December 2013
New revelations from Edward Snowden reveal that the US government collects five billion pieces of data per day on the exact location and movement of cell phone users across the globe.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2013
The United States leads the world in imprisonment, and a new report documents the unconstitutional use of cruel and unusual punishment.
By John Marion, 2 December 2013
Philip Chism, 14, is to be tried as an adult in the murder of his teacher.
By D. Lencho, 29 November 2013
On November 19, Albuquerque voters defeated a reactionary measure to restrict abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, the first attempt to pass such a bill at the municipal level.
By Eric London, 28 November 2013
The Christian right and the Catholic Church have been strengthened by the capitulation of the Obama administration to their anti-democratic demands.