Democratic Rights in the US
Notes on police violence in America
By Evan Blake, 28 July 2015
Protesters were denouncing police for arresting a 14-year-old, at which point an officer sprayed a large group of protesters in his vicinity.
By Andre Damon, 23 July 2015
The July 13 death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, in an East Texas jail cell has once again brought the issues of police violence and attacks on democratic rights to the forefront of political life in the United States.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2015
In advocating mass internment of “radicalized” Americans, Clark speaks for powerful layers within the state and ruling oligarchy who fear the growth of social opposition.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 July 2015
”Radicalized” US residents should be subject to indefinite detention “for the duration” of the global war on terrorism, Clark said during a recent interview with MSNBC.
By Zac Corrigan, 20 July 2015
Fairey was arrested less than two months after completing a mural in Detroit, commissioned by billionaire Dan Gilbert.
By Andre Damon, 18 July 2015
The unexplained and suspicious death of Sandra Bland is only the latest episode in a wave of police violence and murder in the US.
By Matthew Taylor, 17 July 2015
A federal lawsuit has challenged laws adopted by the state legislature to reduce voter turnout among minorities and the poor.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 July 2015
The months-long war games will see US forces from all four branches of the military conduct “Realistic Military Training” in cities and rural areas throughout the American south and west.
By Kate Randall, 15 July 2015
David Zink’s execution was the first carried out nationwide since the US Supreme Court’s June 29 ruling on Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol.
Family of Eric Garner demands criminal prosecution after New York City announces $5.9 million settlement
By Fred Mazelis, 15 July 2015
A key aim of the settlement is to continue the cover-up of Garner’s murder, including the manipulation of the grand jury to protect the police.
Notes on police violence in America
By Evan Blake, 15 July 2015
Police shocked the young woman three times with a Taser as she was having a severe grand mal seizure, causing her to lose consciousness.
By Kevin Reed, 13 July 2015
Comey spoke before two Senate committees last week to press the case for stepped-up government surveillance of the American people.
By Mike Head, 13 July 2015
At least 46 countries are identified as seeking Hacking Team software to secretly access and monitor computers and smart phones.
By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2015
The decision to remove the flag from the state capitol comes after years of adamant refusal to respond to complaints that the flag was an offensive emblem of the slave-owning South.
Three decades on death row
By Niles Williamson, 8 July 2015
Ford, who died last week at his home in New Orleans, spent the previous 30 years on death row in solitary confinement at Angola prison—for a crime he did not commit.
By Kevin Martinez, 3 July 2015
The report concludes that inappropriate military and police tactics alienated and incited crowds peacefully protesting the killing of Michael Brown into violent confrontation.
By Patrick Martin, 2 July 2015
The 2015 National Military Strategy made public Wednesday outlines a shift in US planning from targeting terrorist groups to waging war against Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 July 2015
The move by the secret FISA court follows the passage of the “USA Freedom Act,” which codifies bulk surveillance while transferring data collection to telecommunication companies.
By David Walsh, 2 July 2015
Raoul Walsh’s High Sierra came to mind in the wake of the sad, predictable end to the three-week manhunt for escaped convicts Matt and Sweat.
By Joseph Kishore, 30 June 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that executions using the sedative midazolam can go forward.
By Tom Carter, 27 June 2015
The Supreme Court decision invalidates laws in a minority of US states that prohibit recognition of same-sex marriage and arbitrarily discriminate against homosexuals.
By Fred Mazelis, 25 June 2015
As reports of horrific conditions at the prison continue to mount, the city has agreed to a slate of minor reforms proposed by the Obama Justice Department
By Kevin Martinez, 25 June 2015
The state medical examiner’s office ruled that Gray suffered a “high-energy injury” to his neck and spine after being arrested and given a “rough ride” by Baltimore police.
By Tom Hall, 18 June 2015
Even legal immigrants spend months or years in prison without bail awaiting deportation for minor drug offenses, according to a report issued this week by Human Rights Watch.
By Tom Carter, 16 June 2015
The Supreme Court endorsed the Obama administration’s assertion of the arbitrary power to deny immigration visas based on vague invocations of the so-called “war on terror.”
By Richard Hoffman and Mike Head, 15 June 2015
Today, 800 years after the Magna Carta, the international working class confronts an historic assault on its fundamental democratic rights.
By Tom Hall and Andre Damon, 12 June 2015
American cops have killed more than three people a day over the past six months.
By Kate Randall, 12 June 2015
The Texas bill is among a host of laws in US states seeking to limit the constitutional right of women to an abortion as ruled by the US Supreme Court in 1973.
By Tom Hall, 10 June 2015
Officer Eric Casebolt was caught on bystander video attacking a group of high school students at a pool party near Dallas.
By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2015
Between 1962 and 2015, more than 130 former Nazis received at least $20 million worth of Social Security retirement benefits.
By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2015
The press coverage has falsely portrayed the USA Freedom Act as a major effort to curb police-state surveillance methods in the United States.
By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2015
The grossly misnamed USA Freedom Act extends the majority of the surveillance powers first established under the Patriot Act.
By a reporter, 3 June 2015
More than 50 planes, equipped with video and cellphone surveillance equipment, are involved.
By Tom Hall, 3 June 2015
The TSA was unable to detect undercover DHS agents smuggling fake guns and even a bomb, indicating that the agency’s real function has little to do with preventing terrorism.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 June 2015
The USA Freedom Act “surveillance reform” legislation reauthorizes components of the Patriot Act that have served as the pseudo-legal basis for warrantless mass surveillance.
By George Marlowe, 1 June 2015
The dilapidated Cook County Jail on Chicago’s highly impoverished west side houses more mentally ill people than any hospital in the US.
By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2015
Whether Section 215 of the Patriot Act is extended or allowed to expire, the vast US government apparatus for spying on the American people will continue unabated.
By George Marlowe, 18 May 2015
Reporters from the WSWS spoke to workers and youth about recent revelations of torture at Homan Square as well as the decaying social conditions in Chicago.
By Nick Barrickman, 16 May 2015
The death sentence is the barbaric culmination of a trial that has excluded any examination of the fundamental political issues raised by the Boston Marathon bombing.
By David Brown, 16 May 2015
Further allegations have surfaced of sexual abuse and torture by the Chicago Police Department at the secret Homan Square interrogation facility.
By Niles Williamson, 13 May 2015
The killing of teenager Tony Robinson by Madison police officer Matt Kenny on March 6 had generated student walkouts and protests by thousands of workers and youth.
By Robert Stevens, 13 May 2015
The ruling is another blatant trampling on the democratic rights of Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.
By Fred Mazelis, 13 May 2015
The judge declared Pennsylvania’s Revictimization Relief Act, aimed at silencing political prisoner Abu-Jamal, to be “manifestly unconstitutional.”
By Carl Bronski, 12 May 2015
The Conservatives have gone to extraordinary lengths to prolong Khadr’s ordeal since he was repatriated, fighting to ensure he remains behind bars.
By Zaida Green, 8 May 2015
The US National Security Agency has been automatically transcribing, analyzing, and tagging vocal electronic communications for almost a decade.
By Kranti Kumara and Jerry White, 5 May 2015
From the beginning, the Atlanta case has been a political vendetta aimed at further discrediting public school teachers and accelerating the process of privatizing public education.
By Marcus Day, 5 May 2015
Even as it rewards its executives and shareholders, BP has repeatedly claimed that it must cut costs and impose harsh working conditions to remain competitive.
By Johanna Murger, 5 May 2015
Executive Warren Evans says the “strong medicine” in his financial plan is the only way to avoid emergency management in the county that includes Detroit.
By Nick Barrickman and Jerry White, 4 May 2015
The response to the eruption of anger over the police murder of Freddie Gray has combined repression with the cultivation of a new layer of careerists steeped in identity politics.
“It is a war zone”
By our reporters, 4 May 2015
Residents spoke about what it is like living in Baltimore, describing a situation of everyday police violence and economic desperation.
By Jerry White, 2 May 2015
The prosecutor’s action was a highly political decision, made in close consultation with the Obama administration, as protests in the city expanded and a wave of solidarity demonstrations spread across the country.
By Joe Williams, 2 May 2015
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has sought to divert popular anger over the police killing of Freddie Gray by claiming that the investigation of Gray’s death is hampered by a controversial law known as the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBR).
By Tom Hall, 2 May 2015
None of the most essential questions, relating to the unexplained connections between the federal government and the Tsarnaev family, have been raised thus far in the proceedings, which began on April 21.
By Evan Blake, 29 April 2015
Nearly fifty years after the Supreme Court ruled that the right to marriage applied to interracial couples, the Court today is split on whether to allow states to ban same-sex marriage.
By Tom Hall, 27 April 2015
While Petraeus received two years’ probation, whistleblowers such as Chelsea Manning face the full wrath of the state for leaking state secrets.
By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2015
President Obama’s admission that CIA drone missiles killed two hostages held by Al Qaeda has evoked no significant questioning of the program of targeted killings.
By Kate Randall, 24 April 2015
Michael Hanline was released from prison after an analysis of DNA evidence cleared him.
By Kate Randall, 20 April 2015
It is highly likely that innocent people were executed based on fraudulent FBI testimony.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 April 2015
Defense attorneys had argued that the execution should be stayed in light of the state’s refusal to disclose the source of the drug cocktail to be used in the execution.
By Andre Damon, 14 April 2015
In a lead article posted Monday, the New York Times revealed the name of an American citizen who had been placed on the so-called “kill list” for drone assassination.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 April 2015
The move to undermine the population’s protections against police spying is of a piece with the anti-democratic policies undertaken by the Democratic Party nationwide.
By Gabriel Black, 11 April 2015
The execution took place the same day that Oklahoma passed a law allowing prisoners to be killed by nitrogen gas asphyxiation.
By Zaida Green, 11 April 2015
After surrendering peacefully, Francis Pusok was shocked with a Taser twice and struck 58 times by police.
By Andre Damon, 10 April 2015
The North Charleston, South Carolina police department exonerated Michael Slager after he repeatedly used a Taser on an innocent and unarmed man in 2013.
By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 6 April 2015
Workers and youth in Chicago speak out on deteriorating social conditions in the final days before the mayoral election runoff vote.
By Eric London, 4 April 2015
The attack on anti-discrimination laws is part of a drive to erode gains made through the social struggles of the working class, including the fight against segregation.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2015
As in previous prosecutions, the alleged plot would not have existed without the FBI’s intervention.
By D. Lencho, 4 April 2015
Dozens of detainees at the Karnes County Residential Center have refused to eat until they are allowed to go before a judge to have their asylum pleas heard.
By Joe Williams, 4 April 2015
Abreham Zemedagegehu spent six weeks in the county jail, essentially incommunicado, until he confessed to a crime that had not taken place.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 April 2015
In an online statement, Obama made clear that the new powers granted in his latest executive order will be used to target America’s main geopolitical rivals.
By Jerry White, 3 April 2015
The conviction of Atlanta educators on “racketeering” charges takes place in a country where bankers and other corporate criminals ravage the lives of tens of millions with impunity.
By Zaida Green, 1 April 2015
The Intercept published a document outlining the criteria used by the TSA to flag airline travelers for interrogation.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 March 2015
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a reactionary attack on democratic rights and a violation of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.
By Tom Carter, 30 March 2015
The law effectively disenfranchises 300,000 otherwise eligible voters in the state.
By Zaida Green, 30 March 2015
The CIA worked with the Justice Department to develop a program to spy on US cell phone conversations and data.
By Evan Blake, 28 March 2015
A series of recent exonerations point to widespread misconduct by police and prosecutors in obtaining criminal convictions.
By Barry Grey, 26 March 2015
The revival of execution methods most people had long considered relics of a more barbaric past exposes the real state of class relations in America.
By Gabriel Black, 21 March 2015
The Philadelphia District Attorney announced Thursday that no charges will be brought against two police officers who stopped and killed Brandon Tate-Brown in December.
By Joe Williams, 19 March 2015
A federal appeals court upheld the state’s practice of automatically placing all death row inmates in solitary confinement until their execution.
By Nick Barrickman and Andre Damon, 16 March 2015
Despite a lack of evidence, St. Louis County authorities sought to associate Wednesday’s shooting with ongoing demonstrations against police violence.
By Andre Damon, 14 March 2015
The wounding of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri is being used to delegitimize mass anger over the unending wave of police killings in America.
By Matthew MacEgan, 13 March 2015
A UN official lashed out at the US government for barring him from investigating federal prisons, as well as for being the only nation that sentences children to life in prison without parole.
By Niles Williamson, 10 March 2015
As many as 3,000 high school and college students converged inside the state capitol Monday afternoon to protest the police murder of unarmed teenager Anthony Robinson.
By Dorota Niemitz, 7 March 2015
The 81-year-old filmmaker testified February 25 for nine hours in Krakow in the extradition case filed against him by US authorities.
By Evan Blake, 6 March 2015
The report states that police in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb unlawfully arrest, beat, and taser residents.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 March 2015
While more victims of police torture at Homan Square have come forward, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his liberal Democratic challenger, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, have said nothing.
By Andre Damon, 27 February 2015
The Guardian newspaper has revealed the existence of a “black site” on the West Side of Chicago, where police detain, beat and torture prisoners.
By Thomas Gaist, 27 February 2015
Three years after the killing of the unarmed teen in Florida, the US government announced it would not press civil rights charges against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2015
As in so many similar “home-grown terrorism” cases brought by the government, a confidential informant was at the center of the alleged crimes.
By Ed Hightower, 27 February 2015
New prison regulations isolate inmates from visitors, including their attorneys.
By Evan Blake, 23 February 2015
Willacy County Correctional Center is one of fifteen federal for-profit prisons that house mostly undocumented immigrants under deplorable conditions.
By Roger Jordan, 23 February 2015
The NDP is now striking a pose as a principled opponent of Bill C-51. In fact its opposition is two-faced and motivated by tactical, largely electoral, considerations.
By Andre Damon, 21 February 2015
A report in the Guardian has revealed that a leading interrogator at Guantanamo Bay had used torture to extract false confessions as a police detective in Chicago.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2015
The latest revelations of hacking of the world's largest SIM card company further expose the criminality of the NSA and GCHQ spying operations.
By Richard Phillips, 20 February 2015
The Australian government’s defence of the illegal incarceration and torture of David Hicks is a warning that it is preparing to ramp up the “war on terror” and its attacks on democratic rights.
By Tom Carter, 19 February 2015
The American political and media establishment bears a significant portion of the responsibility for the spurt of racist attacks on Muslims.