Democratic Rights in the US
By Evan Blake and Juan Verala Luz, 16 September 2014
Residents of the California town turned out in large numbers to demand the local police department’s return of a newly-acquired Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle.
By Henry Allen, 15 September 2014
The drone, purchased with federal grant money, will be made available to 13 other bomb squads in the Bay Area.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 September 2014
The documents cover rulings in 2008 upholding the NSA’s warrantless data mining programs.
By Ed Hightower, 13 September 2014
A central aim of the prosecution was to cover up the details of one of the more extreme cases of US government torture.
By Tom Hall and E. P. Bannon, 12 September 2014
Tuesday’s hearing was aimed at reinforcing and intensifying the federal government’s arming of police forces under the guise of a “review.”
By Thomas Gaist, 12 September 2014
Accounts from two construction workers further substantiate already existing evidence that officer Darren Wilson fired numerous rounds into the unarmed Brown, even as the youth sought to surrender.
Courts reject condemned inmates’ appeals on lethal injection drugs
By Paul Michaels and Kate Randall, 12 September 2014
The two prisoners’ appeals challenging the secrecy surrounding the source and quality of lethal injection drugs and state protocols failed to halt their executions.
Thirteen years after the September 11 attacks
By Joseph Kishore, 11 September 2014
Recent events have confirmed that the highest levels of the US government and American intelligence authorized the most barbaric forms of torture.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 September 2014
According to a US Senate report that the CIA has sought to block, torture methods it used far exceeded what has previously been acknowledged.
By Tom Carter, 9 September 2014
Recently declassified documents detail the early stages of the ongoing effort to create the pseudo-legal framework for a police state in America.
Bowing to Senate Democrats
By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2014
Both conservative and liberal Democrats opposed any relaxation of anti-immigrant policies before the November election.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 September 2014
The unions are seeking to latch onto the legitimate grievances of workers to bolster the Democratic Party, which has presided over a wholesale assault on the working class.
The police-military crackdown in Ferguson, the assault on democratic rights, and the record of the World Socialist Web Site
By Tom Carter, 6 September 2014
The World Socialist Web Site, employing the method of Marxist analysis, has traced the various stages of the assault on democratic rights and sought to explain its relationship to fundamental historical and social processes related to the deepening crisis of American and world capitalism.
By Jerry White, 5 September 2014
Behind the dry, antiseptic testimony of the city’s chief financial officer in the federal bankruptcy courtroom Thursday was a restructuring plan that will produce untold suffering in Detroit.
By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2014
Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were released Wednesday after DNA evidence proved their innocence of a 1983 rape and murder.
By E.P. Bannon, 5 September 2014
Victor White III of New Iberia, Louisiana, is the third young man to die in a series of “Houdini handcuff suicides” that have occurred across the country over a two-year span.
By Jonathan White, 5 September 2014
The riot was one of the first uprisings to sweep America’s cities in the 1960s.
By Daniel de Vries, 4 September 2014
Mayor de Blasio last week signed into law a school bus workers bill that failed to restore job protections.
By Andre Damon, 3 September 2014
The chasm between working people and the political establishment was exemplified by the Labor Day speeches of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.
By Shannon Jones, 2 September 2014
The move is part of a deal based on huge concessions imposed on American auto workers
By Douglas Lyons, 2 September 2014
The homeless rate in Pueblo, Colorado has ballooned by 75 percent since January 2014.
The human toll of slump and part-time employment
By Fred Mazelis, 2 September 2014
Maria Fernandes worked part-time at three separate Dunkin’ Donuts.
By Thomas Gaist, 1 September 2014
Wages for low-wage male workers have fallen more than 31 percent since 1979.
By Jerry White, 30 August 2014
If Detroit is the epicenter of social counterrevolution in America, Ferguson revealed the repressive measures the ruling class is prepared to use against all opposition to its policies.
By Matthew MacEgan, 30 August 2014
The Truthy database has drawn sharp criticism from free speech advocates.
By Gabriel Black, 30 August 2014
The shooting comes amid a wave of police killings throughout the United States.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 August 2014
The development of sophisticated crowd control doctrines by the military is an expression of the far advanced preparations of the US elite for dictatorship.
By Niles Williamson, 28 August 2014
CNN published an audio recording Monday indicating that the officer who killed Michael Brown paused between barrages of gunfire, shooting at least 10 rounds.
By Mike Ingram, 28 August 2014
Recent scenes on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri were reminiscent of the massive mobilization of police and military personnel following the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013.
By Tom Hall, 28 August 2014
The so-called “Nola Patrol” will cover the French Quarter, paid for by a voluntary assessment on the city's hotels.
By Matt Rigel, 23 August 2014
Residents of the Twin Cities, Minnesota were startled as low-flying combat helicopters buzzed over working class districts in mock nighttime exercises.
By Andre Damon, 22 August 2014
St. Louis police released a video depicting the shooting Tuesday of 23-year-old Kajieme Powell, just ten days after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown that led to mass protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.
By a WSWS reporting team, 22 August 2014
The killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and other recent police shootings evoked an angry response from workers and young people across the US.
By Niles Williamson, 20 August 2014
A 23-year-old man was shot dead by St. Louis police officers on Tuesday, a day after police carried out mass arrests of protesters denouncing the killing of Michael Brown.
By Barry Grey, 20 August 2014
The resort to police state methods in Ferguson is the outcome of the protracted decay of American democracy.
“We have the right to protest. We have the right to assemble”
By Andre Damon and Eric London, 20 August 2014
As the National Guard expanded its presence in Ferguson, Missouri, residents voiced outrage over another police killing in St. Louis on Wednesday.
By Wolfgang Weber, 20 August 2014
Ansgar Graw and Frank Hermann were held in a prison cell for three hours and subsequently released without comment.
By Eric London and Patrick Martin, 19 August 2014
The arrival of a contingent of the Missouri National Guard has heightened the police-state atmosphere in this suburb of St. Louis.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 August 2014
No struggle against inequality and the police state apparatus in America can be successful unless it is based on the understanding that what is involved is a struggle against capitalism.
“They invaded Ferguson like they invaded Iraq”
By Andre Damon and Eric London, 19 August 2014
As the Missouri governor deployed National Guard forces to Ferguson, residents denounced the military-police crackdown and attacks on their right to assemble peacefully.
By our reporters, 19 August 2014
Workers and young people throughout the United States expressed their outrage at the police killing of the unarmed 18-year old and the militarized response of police to protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Journalist James Risen denounces President Obama as the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation”
By Nick Barrickman, 19 August 2014
Facing a possible prison sentence for refusing to identify a confidential source, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen denounced the Obama administration’s campaign against whistleblowers and journalists.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 August 2014
Following a night of police provocations and attacks on peaceful demonstrators demanding justice in the police murder of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, announced that he was calling in the National Guard to occupy the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Democratic Party operatives seek to stifle opposition, facilitate police crackdown in Ferguson, Missouri
By Eric London, 18 August 2014
Al Sharpton, the police, and a coterie of Democratic politicians delivered a “unity” message aimed at suppressing popular outrage over the killing of Michael Brown.
By Samuel Davidson, 18 August 2014
Nearly two weeks after the police shot and killed a 22-year-old man in a suburban Dayton Walmart store, government and store officials are still refusing to release surveillance tapes and other evidence related to the murder.
By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2014
The release of photographs and eyewitness statements is an attempt to justify the execution-style killing of Michael Brown.
By Zac Corrigan, 16 August 2014
Over a period of decades, federal government programs have been implemented which equip local police forces with military gear and incentivize its use.
By Jerry White, 14 August 2014
While the media has sought to brand protesters as violent “looters,” the eruption of popular outrage after the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has deep social roots.
By John Andrews, 14 August 2014
Ezell Ford, a 24-year-old mentally challenged man, was gunned down near his home in south-central Los Angeles.
By Jerry White, 13 August 2014
Yet another family and community in the United States have been traumatized by the death of an innocent young man at the hands of the police.
By Shannon Jones, 13 August 2014
A pregnant woman said she was thrown on the ground, maced and held at gunpoint by police Sunday night.
By Tom Hall, 13 August 2014
State prison officials told a hospital that hydromorphone was to treat a “medical patient,” not to execute a prisoner.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 August 2014
Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot multiple times and killed by a police officer Saturday afternoon in what eyewitnesses describe as a wanton and unprovoked homicide.
By Eric London, 11 August 2014
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, shot Michael Brown in the head and chest on Saturday, the latest in a spate of police killings.
As political crisis erupts over police killing
By Sandy English, 11 August 2014
The police chokehold killing of Eric Garner last month has sparked widespread anger, while Mayor de Blasio attempts to prevent a social eruption.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 August 2014
Parents whose children violate curfew could be fined as much as $500 with the enactment of the strictest curfew law in the US.
By our correspondents, 8 August 2014
SEP/IYSSE demonstrators received a warm response from Colombo workers, students and youth.
By Kristina Betinis, 8 August 2014
AAUP union leader Cary Nelson has defended the university administration’s action.
By Eric London, 6 August 2014
Obama has fronted for the CIA and tacitly supported its months-long efforts to undermine the Senate probe and delay the release of the Intelligence Committee’s findings.
By Tom Hall, 5 August 2014
The Los Alamos National Laboratory fired respected security expert James Doyle after retroactively declaring his scholarly article classified.
By Sandy English, 4 August 2014
The authorities admit that the death of the Staten Island man was caused by a police chokehold.
By Patrick Martin, 2 August 2014
The president declared his “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan one day after the agency admitted it had engaged in illegal spying on a Senate committee investigating its Bush-era torture program.
By Eric London, 2 August 2014
An internal State Department memo accidentally emailed to a journalist exposes the Obama administration’s continued efforts to cover up CIA torture programs.
By Jake Dean, 2 August 2014
Chauvinism whipped up by the political establishment has found expression in vigilante groups along the Texas border.
By Ed Hightower, 31 July 2014
The fact that prosecutors systematically read emails between inmates and their attorneys reveals a corroded legal system.
By Tom Hall, 29 July 2014
Judges in Alabama have overridden jury sentences in capital cases in order to impose the death penalty 101 times since the 1980s.
By Dan Brennan, 28 July 2014
The enormous and growing social inequality that is the defining feature of American capitalism inevitably requires police repression.
By Nick Barrickman, 26 July 2014
US officials have adopted procedures that allow virtually anyone to be designated a “suspected” or “known” terrorist by intelligence agencies, subjecting them to increased monitoring.
By Ed Hightower, 25 July 2014
An editorial by the former official in the Washington Post underscores both the immense scope of illegal spying and the sham character of official “reform.”
“The NYPD is a gang”
By a reporting team, 21 July 2014
The city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board reported more than 1,000 complaints about chokeholds in the past five years.
By Niles Williamson, 21 July 2014
The numbers were divulged by administration lawyers in a suit filed by a northern Virginia man challenging the constitutionality of the government’s no-fly list.
By Alan Gilman, 18 July 2014
The judge found that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 July 2014
The “message” sent by Obama with the first planeload of child deportees sent back to Honduras is that Washington is as contemptuous of international law at home as it is abroad.
By Kate Randall, 17 July 2014
The US Supreme Court refused to halt the execution of Missouri death row inmate John Middleton, the 25th person executed in the US in 2014.
By Andre Damon, 15 July 2014
A series of press reports document the fact that torture is widespread in America’s sprawling prison system.
By Thomas Gaist, 15 July 2014
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014, bound for the Senate floor, authorizes new forms of large-scale data transfer between US corporations and the state.
By Tom Carter, 14 July 2014
The Obama administration’s refusal to bring charges underscores the reality, behind the trappings of democracy, of de facto rule by an unelected and authoritarian military-intelligence apparatus.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2014
The NSA whistleblower was forced to accept a one-year asylum period in Russia after his applications were refused by numerous other governments.
By Kate Randall, 14 July 2014
Eddie Wayne Davis’s execution was the sixth in the state of Florida this year and the 24th carried out nationwide.
By D. Lencho, 14 July 2014
The Albuquerque Police Department has agreed to purchase at least 350 additional AR-15 assault rifles, the type of weapon used in the killing of a homeless man that sparked nationwide outrage.
By Matthew MacEgan, 14 July 2014
Mallory Loyola became the first victim of the law last week and is being held in a county jail just days after giving birth.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014
The leaks show that the surveillance apparatus collects information on anyone even remotely associated with opposition to the government’s repressive agenda.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014
Passengers with phones that do not power on will be prevented from boarding or have their devices confiscated.
By Ed Hightower, 10 July 2014
The plea deal is a reactionary development that echoes the eugenics movement of the 1920s.
By Tom Carter, 9 July 2014
The US Supreme Court’s recent decisions upholding the “religious liberty” of corporations and other institutions signal a more aggressive repudiation of the country’s democratic and secular traditions.
By Andre Damon, 9 July 2014
The funds will go toward building detention facilities, stepping up border checkpoints, and expanding the domestic use of military surveillance drones.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 July 2014
While the local and national media has reported on years-long epidemic of youth violence, there has been no effort to examine the deeper causes of this human tragedy in America’s third most populous city.
Vast majority of those spied on by NSA are non-suspects
By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2014
Some 90 percent of those who have had their email and other communications intercepted by the NSA are members of the general public, including US citizens.
Amid anti-immigrant protests in California
By Norisa Diaz, 7 July 2014
Obama vowed last week to bypass Congress to increase spending on border policing and deportations.
By Gabriel Black, 7 July 2014
Last week, a California Highway Patrol officer was caught on tape repeatedly punching an unarmed woman in the face.
By Tom Carter, 5 July 2014
On Thursday, in the wake of its decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the US Supreme Court issued an order that further undermines workers’ rights and the separation of church and state.
“Hobby Lobby” contraception ruling
By John Burton and Barry Grey, 1 July 2014
The US Supreme Court has upheld a reactionary challenge by employers claiming to oppose contraception on religious grounds to a provision of Obama’s health care law mandating that employee insurance plans include coverage for birth control.
By Patrick Martin, 30 June 2014
The White House will ask Congress Monday for $2 billion to detain and deport Central American child migrants in south Texas.
By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 30 June 2014
The US Supreme Court last Thursday unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that barred anyone other than patients, medical staff, police and passers-by from coming within a 35-foot radius of entrances to abortion clinics.
By Barry Grey, 25 June 2014
The long-suppressed Justice Department memo released Monday establishes that the president of the United States, Barack Obama, in the most calculated and criminal manner, oversaw the murder of an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki.
By WSWS reporters, 25 June 2014
The Albuquerque police department has carried out a series of fatal shootings over the past several years.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 June 2014
The Obama White House has responded to a humanitarian crisis of its own making with the methods of police repression.
By Gabriel Black, 23 June 2014
Anthropologists found dozens of bodies, some of which were stacked on top of one another or wrapped in trash bags, at a south Texas cemetery.
By Fred Mazelis, 23 June 2014
James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner sacrificed their lives in the struggle for democratic rights and social equality.