Democratic Rights in the US
By Nick Barrickman, 20 December 2014
Thursday’s hearing was the first time in a year and a half that Tsarnaev appeared in public, his trial is set to begin early next month.
By Tom Mackaman, 20 December 2014
George Stinney, Jr., who was African American, was arrested, tried, convicted, and electrocuted for the murder of two white girls in the small mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 December 2014
The recent ruling in Heien v. North Carolina is yet another blow to the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 December 2014
Scalia’s remarks were made the day after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on CIA interrogations.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2014
Protest organizers, including Al Sharpton, sought to channel popular anger over police violence behind the Democratic Party and the Obama administration.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014
More than 10,000 protesters from many different states attended the demonstration against police killing in Washington, DC on Saturday.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014
Outraged workers and youth denounced systemic police violence at a mass demonstration in New York City.
By Evan Blake, 15 December 2014
The FBI has taken over the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, who was found hanging in a park in Bladenboro, North Carolina on August 29.
By Barry Grey, 13 December 2014
That the spy agency head issued the Obama administration’s rebuttal to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture makes clear who is really in control of the American state.
By Kate Randall, 12 December 2014
The US Supreme Court denied stays of execution for two death row inmates despite evidence of their intellectual disabilities.
By Joseph Kishore, 11 December 2014
The response of the Obama administration and the political establishment to the Senate report on CIA torture makes clear that none of those responsible for heinous crimes will be arrested, indicted or prosecuted for their actions.
By Ed Hightower, 11 December 2014
During a Georgetown University conference on cybercrime, leading right-wing jurist Richard Posner argued that “national security” needs must override privacy rights.
By David Walsh, 11 December 2014
The unraveling of the Rolling Stone feature story sheds a good deal of light on the upper-middle class individuals and groups obsessed with identity politics.
By Tom Carter, 8 December 2014
From CIA torture abroad to unrestrained police violence at home, the American ruling class is facing a deep crisis of political legitimacy, with revolutionary implications.
By Ed Hightower, 6 December 2014
In oral arguments on a case involving Facebook “threats,” the Roberts Court indicated it is seriously considering a major attack on freedom of speech and expression.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 December 2014
Newly published secret documents show that NSA surveillance operations aim to spy on all of the world's cellular phone data networks.
By Joseph Kishore, 5 December 2014
Once again, a police officer has been let off without charges for killing an unarmed man on the streets of an American city.
By John Burton, 3 December 2014
The grand jury process that ended with a decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was anything but a fair and impartial weighing of the evidence.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 3 December 2014
No let-up in police violence across the US.
By Andre Damon, 1 December 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is seeking additional funding to finance the continued deployment of the National Guard in the St. Louis area.
By Tom Hall, 29 November 2014
Levi Frasier, who videotaped the incident, says that he was forced to sign a witness statement “under duress” that absolved the officers of any wrongdoing.
By Marc Wells, 28 November 2014
A total of 323 people have been arrested in Los Angeles in three days, raising questions of unlawful police conduct.
By Sandy English, 25 November 2014
The killing of unarmed Akai Gurley by a police officer in Brooklyn has sparked widespread revulsion in the housing project where he died.
By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2014
In a contemptible speech, the chief representative of the corporate and financial aristocracy carried forth on the need for immigrants to “play by the rules” and be held “accountable.”
By Kate Randall, 21 November 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon refused to grant the condemned inmate clemency, and the US Supreme Court turned down his appeal for a stay.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 November 2014
According to the New York Times, the military and its investigative agencies have almost as many undercover agents working inside the United States as the FBI.
By Andre Damon, 15 November 2014
A coordinated campaign by the media and state and local officials to justify the killing of Michael Brown has been combined with threats to call in the National Guard.
By Kate Randall, 14 November 2014
Chadwick Banks was the eighth prisoner in Florida, and the thirty-second in the United States, to be put to death this year.
By Ed Hightower, 13 November 2014
A lawsuit was filed Monday challenging Pennsylvania’s recently enacted Revictimization Relief Act.
By Jake Dean and Kevin Martinez, 12 November 2014
The denying of legal representation to child migrants is part of the Obama administration’s drive to accelerate deportations.
By David Walsh, 11 November 2014
On October 15, 28 professors at Harvard Law School published a statement sharply criticizing the university’s sexual harassment policy announced in early July.
By Thomas Gaist, 8 November 2014
Without seeking a specific warrant, FBI agents forged an Associated Press article during a 2007 investigation.
By Stuart Winter and D. Lencho, 7 November 2014
The settlement does not hold any of the officers who participated in the string of police murders criminally accountable.
By Thomas Gaist, 7 November 2014
The leading mobile phone companies use so-called “supercookies” to secretly record day-to-day Internet usage by at least 100 million customers
By Sandy English, 5 November 2014
Recorded telephone conversations by FAA officials make clear that the purpose of a no-fly zone set up during protests in Ferguson, Missouri was “to keep the media out.”
By Kate Randall, 4 November 2014
If state corrections spending had been held at mid-1980s levels, US states would have $28 billion more each year to allocate to education and other social spending.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 November 2014
Proposed changes to legal restrictions on government surveillance would authorize the FBI to infect computers worldwide with ultrasophisticated surveillance malware.
By our reporter, 1 November 2014
An investigative report by Al Jazeera America reveals that 27 state governments, most of them Republican-led, have joined in an effort to disqualify seven million registered voters.
By Sandy English, 31 October 2014
The resignations follow revelations of widespread violence, neglect and torture at the prison.
By Eric London, 31 October 2014
The highest echelons of the state are engaged in an unconstitutional plot to hide from the public the harrowing torture methods employed by the CIA.
By John Marion, 30 October 2014
Robel Phillipos, an acquaintance of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, faces up to 16 years in federal prison despite not being involved in the bombings.
By Tom Hall, 29 October 2014
The US Internal Revenue Service, using the legal procedure known as “civil asset forfeiture,” unilaterally confiscates the assets of individuals it suspects of tax evasion.
By Richard Phillips, 25 October 2014
In this interview, Mori explains his experiences defending former Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks and how the US violated the Geneva Conventions.
By Tom Hall, 23 October 2014
Jailers in Madison County, Alabama deliberately denied health care to inmates with treatable illnesses in order to cut costs, according to three recently filed lawsuits.
By Matthew MacEgan, 21 October 2014
Whistleblowers have revealed a wave of torture and murder by guards in Florida prisons.
By Tom Carter, 20 October 2014
The Texas voter ID law, which was previously struck down as unconstitutional, will block hundreds of thousands of eligible voters from casting ballots in the November elections.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 October 2014
The NSA’s internal documents indicate that corporations are actively abetting and benefiting from the US government’s illegal mass surveillance programs.
By Patrick Martin, 18 October 2014
The one-month “pause” gives the Obama administration time to seek an appeals court review of the order to make the tapes public.
By Isaac Finn, 13 October 2014
The NYPD used undercover cops to spy on Mosques as well as Muslim cultural centers and businesses in New York and New Jersey.
By Marcus Day, 11 October 2014
The arrest of Mohammed Hamzah Khan at a Chicago airport last Saturday raises a number of questions about the degree of US intelligence involvement.
Two months after killing of Michael Brown
By Andre Damon, 10 October 2014
The officer fired 17 shots, including a downward shot to the head that killed the 18-year-old.
Notes on police violence in the US
By E.P. Bannon, 7 October 2014
Over the past week, police have killed at least fourteen more people, while judges and prosecutors continued to protect the perpetrators of police violence.
By Nick Barrickman, 7 October 2014
The findings follow revelations earlier this year that Customs and Border Protection had “loaned” its drone fleet to other intelligence agencies hundreds of times.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 October 2014
The very existence of the tapes—which show the repeated physical abuse of hunger striker Abu Wa'el Dhiab—was denied by the Obama administration until May 2014.
By Tom Carter, 6 October 2014
In a speech Wednesday, Scalia declared that the Constitution does not prohibit the government from favoring “religion over nonreligion,” calling for a fight against “secularists” who contend otherwise.
By Kate Randall, 4 October 2014
The court action could force nearly one million Texas women to drive at least 300 miles round trip to access their constitutionally protected right to an abortion.
By Philip Guelpa, 3 October 2014
Rikers Island is one of the most notorious examples of the national policy of mass incarceration.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 October 2014
The CIA worked with the major media outlets to suppress reporting on cocaine trafficking operations by the US-backed Contra militias.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2014
Julia Pierson stepped down after bipartisan demands for an independent probe of lapses in security surrounding the White House and the president.
By Matthew MacEgan, 29 September 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union filed two lawsuits this week claiming that Mississippi prison inmates were being indefinitely detained and others were kept in conditions “tantamount to torture.”
By Eric London, 29 September 2014
Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri show no sign of subsiding seven weeks after the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
By Tom Carter, 29 September 2014
During his six-year term, Holder has presided over the most comprehensive and aggressive trampling of democratic rights in US history.
By a reporter, 29 September 2014
The newspaper is cutting benefits immediately for non-union employees and demanding the same cuts in contract talks with the Newspaper Guild.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2014
The political victimization of Salaita in the name of “democracy” is another chilling warning that core democratic rights, including academic freedom, are incompatible with a society dominated by social inequality and the drive to war.
By Kate Randall, 23 September 2014
While the US accounts for about 5 percent of the world’s population, it incarcerates about one-quarter of all prisoners on the planet.
By Kristina Betinis, 22 September 2014
University leaders voted 8-1 to rescind a job offer made to Steven Salaita, provoking protests and an academic boycott of the university.
By Nick Beams, 20 September 2014
Within hours of Australia’s largest-ever anti-terror operation, US Secretary of State Kerry invoked the lurid news reports to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 September 2014
Google complies with at least 84 percent of US government data requests, which have risen by 250 percent during the past five years.
By John Burton, 20 September 2014
The prosecutor for St. Louis County, Missouri is using the grand jury to furnish political cover for a decision not to prosecute the Ferguson cop for the murder of Michael Brown.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 19 September 2014
The killings are part of a general pattern of violence and abuse carried out by an increasingly militarized police force.
By Paul Michaels, 19 September 2014
Lisa Coleman was the ninth inmate executed in Texas this year and the sixth woman executed since 1982.
By Kevin Martinez and Jake Dean, 19 September 2014
Immigrant families fleeing violence and poverty in Central America are to be detained in a center run by a for-profit corporation with a documented history of abuse.
By Fred Mazelis, 18 September 2014
Rev. Bruce Shipman was pressured to quit for pointing out that Israeli government crimes provide ammunition for those seeking to revive anti-Semitism today.
By Barry Grey, 18 September 2014
The raft of laws in Wisconsin and other states imposing photo ID requirements and other restrictions on access to the ballot represents an attack on the fundamental democratic right to vote.
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.