Democratic Rights in the US
By Tom Carter, 30 November 2015
Responsibility for the deadly attack in Colorado Springs on Friday rests with the ringleaders of the ultra-right campaign against Planned Parenthood.
By Christopher Davion and Kristina Betinis, 30 November 2015
The statements of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other officials are aimed at obscuring their own role in covering up for the criminal actions of police officer Jason Van Dyke.
“This is a whitewash, that is exactly what this is”
By Samuel Davidson, 26 November 2015
Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was shot dead by Cleveland, Ohio, police on November 22, 2014, as the boy was playing with a toy gun in a park near his home.
By Sandy English, 23 November 2015
The ultimate purpose of the new police unit is to deal with opposition from the city’s increasingly impoverished working class to growing social inequality and the drive toward war.
By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2015
At least six of the nine men involved in the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were known to the French and Belgian security services.
By Andre Damon, 19 November 2015
Republican presidential candidates and elected officials have called for the closure of mosques, a religious check on refugees and even the use of concentration camps to hold migrants.
By Tom Carter, 12 November 2015
The Supreme Court’s decision reflects the fact that, in the face of rising popular anger over police killings, all of the branches of government are closing ranks behind the police.
By Andre Damon, 11 November 2015
In a pattern becoming increasingly familiar throughout the United States, a minor security incident was used to launch a military/police lockdown at Miami International Airport Monday.
A recipe for total war and military dictatorship
By Thomas Gaist, 6 November 2015
This is the last of four articles analyzing the new US Department of Defense Law of War Manual.
A recipe for total war and military dictatorship
By Thomas Gaist, 5 November 2015
This is the third of four articles analyzing the new US Department of Defense Law of War Manual. The first article was posted November 3, the second on November 4.
A recipe for total war and military dictatorship
By Tom Carter, 4 November 2015
This is the second of four articles analyzing the new US Department of Defense Law of War Manual.The first article was posted November 3.
A blueprint for total war and military dictatorship
By Tom Carter, 3 November 2015
This is the first in a series of articles analyzing the new US Department of Defense Law of War Manual.
By Andre Damon, 31 October 2015
The implication of Comey’s argument is that those who expose police brutality serve to promote violent crime and should be suppressed.
By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2015
While cynically bowing to mass support for Snowden’s exposure of state criminality, the EU offers him no protection from persecution by US and European spy agencies.
By Tom Carter, 31 October 2015
A federal district judge rejected the Obama administration’s latest attempt to block the disclosure of videos that depict beatings and force-feeding at the torture camp.
By Isaac Finn, 27 October 2015
The lawsuit was filed in response to extensive spying on Muslims carried out by the NYPD’s now-disbanded Demographics Unit.
By Tom Carter, 27 October 2015
The publication of documents related to torture from the private email account of John Brennan is a reminder that there are torturers and war criminals who remain at large and have yet to be brought to justice.
By Shelley Connor, 23 October 2015
Forcing impoverished debtors to exchange their blood for freedom is a particularly grotesque expression of the class character of the American criminal “justice” system.
By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2015
Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law was a travesty of journalism that repeated the lies and propaganda of the US military-intelligence complex.
By D. Lencho, 13 October 2015
Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was shot at least 10 times by Border Patrol agents while walking along the Mexican side of the border.
By Philip Guelpa, 13 October 2015
A conviction that led to New York’s “broken windows” and “stop-and-frisk” policies has been overturned.
By Niles Williamson, 13 October 2015
In the face of widespread outrage over the police murder of the 12-year-old Cleveland boy last year, the police and the media have been working tirelessly to justify his shooting.
By Tom Carter, 10 October 2015
The arguments were not concerned with the possibility of abolishing America’s capital punishment system, but with fine-tuning the government death machine.
By Isaac Finn, 10 October 2015
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement drew criticism from civil liberties and Muslim community organizations, who argue that the program will unfairly target Muslims.
By Kate Randall, 3 October 2015
The execution of Alfredo Rolando Prieto came as Oklahoma suspended executions over lethal drug mix-up. Executions are also planned in Missouri and Texas.
By Ed Hightower, 1 October 2015
The state killing has only been delayed by Governor Mary Fallin, not forestalled.
Notes on police violence in the US
By Ed Hightower, 26 September 2015
Officers said the 28-year-old paraplegic man had a gun, a claim unsubstantiated by a bystander video and denied by his family.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 September 2015
The “newspaper of record” has devoted yet another column slandering opponents of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises.
By Tom Carter, 10 September 2015
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was released Tuesday, after five days of imprisonment for defying a court order to perform her official duties and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
By John Andrews and Alan Gilman, 5 September 2015
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, with the support of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, is defending the death penalty in federal court.
By Ed Hightower, 4 September 2015
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis cited religious objections to gay marriage in refusing, in defiance of a federal court order, to issue marriage licenses.
By Kristina Betinis, 3 September 2015
Police have responded to the shooting of an officer with a massive paramilitary manhunt, putting the town of Fox Lake, Illinois on lockdown.
By Joseph Kishore, 29 August 2015
Two years after the first leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the American political establishment and media are treating the revelations of illegal and unconstitutional activity as an insignificant issue.
By Sandy English, 29 August 2015
Newly released documents show undercover cops took photographs of organizers of protests against police violence last winter and recorded their activities.
By Evan Blake, 22 August 2015
The autopsy results, along with witness testimony, strongly indicate that St. Louis police lied to cover up a brutal murder committed by two of their officers.
New York City lawyers suggest health care provider committed a crime in death of Rikers Island inmate
By Isaac Finn, 22 August 2015
Court documents indicate that New York City will opt out of a contractual obligation to defend the health care provider at Rikers Island.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 August 2015
Classified NSA documents published this weekend have further exposed the vast scale of collaboration between the NSA and US telecommunications giants.
By George Gallanis, 15 August 2015
The whistleblower faces solitary confinement for disorderly conduct, disrespecting corrections officers and having prohibited items.
By Kate Randall, 15 August 2015
The state court’s 4-3 ruling declared that in the modern age the death penalty meets the definition of cruel and unusual punishment.
By James Cogan, 14 August 2015
The passing of five years has not dampened Washington’s vindictive pursuit of the WikiLeaks editor.
By Patrick Martin, 14 August 2015
The Rowan County clerk has refused to issue any marriage licenses at all since the Supreme Court decision striking down all bans on gay marriage.
By Evan Blake, 13 August 2015
The Obama administration is appealing a court ruling that seeks to ban the imprisonment of hundreds of children and their mothers in immigration detention centers.
By Evan Blake, 12 August 2015
Protesters demonstrated once again Monday night, and were met by riot police who used pepper spray and arrested at least 22 protesters.
By Andre Damon, 8 August 2015
Last year’s events in Ferguson, Missouri exposed the reign of police violence in the US and the militarized repression with which the ruling class responds to social opposition.
By Naomi Spencer, 6 August 2015
The spread of police state measures extends into the public schools.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Carter, 4 August 2015
A witness said Joseph Sheldon Hutcheson died after sheriff’s deputies put their knees on his back and throat.
Prosecutor declines to bring charges against Cincinnati cops who lied to protect killer of Samuel DuBose
By Evan Blake, 1 August 2015
The victim’s family has demanded that one of the officers be charged for making false statements on a police incident report.
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.