Democratic Rights in the US
By Evan Blake, 29 January 2015
The Internet company secretly turned over emails, IP addresses, photographs, calendars and other private information of WikiLeaks staff to the US government.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 January 2015
A report commissioned by the BBC states that the rise of populist anti-establishment parties is set to cause political earthquakes across Europe in 2015.
By Kumaran Ira, 19 January 2015
Security forces have been deployed across Europe in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 January 2015
The US Drug Enforcement Administration carried out mass surveillance of US telephone data over a period of more than a decade.
By Chris Marsden and Jerry White, 16 January 2015
The two heads of state—whose countries have carried out a sustained attack on democratic rights—issued a jointly authored comment Thursday: “We won’t let the voice of freedom be muzzled.”
By Niles Williamson, 16 January 2015
The FBI disclosed that the alleged plot did not represent a real threat as it had been developed with the direct participation of an undercover informant.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 January 2015
Beginning in 2008, the FBI received daily emailed reports listing new targets being added to the NSA’s spying programs.
By Patrick Martin, 12 January 2015
The announcement of the White House summit appeared to be an effort to reassert a leading role for US imperialism in the development of anti-democratic methods worldwide.
White House rejects petitions to fire prosecutors who drove Internet activist Aaron Swartz to suicide
By Nick Barrickman, 12 January 2015
The Obama administration had earlier defended the judicial hounding of the Internet pioneer as “a good use of prosecutorial discretion.”
By Tom Carter, 10 January 2015
Efforts are underway within the US government to exploit hacking allegations against North Korea in order to ram through legislation that will further expand domestic surveillance.
By Samuel Davidson, 9 January 2015
Tanisha Anderson died after a police officer slammed her head on to the pavement with his knee on her back.
By Tom Hall, 9 January 2015
The attack came on the same day that Steve Scalise was reelected as House Majority Whip, despite his ties to white supremacist organizations.
By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2015
One month after its release, official Washington and the American media have suppressed any discussion of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s detailed and grisly exposure of CIA torture.
By Andre Damon, 7 January 2015
The appointment of Steve Scalse is a clear statement that a past relationship with a white supremacist organization does not disqualify someone from holding a top post in Congress.
By Gabriel Black, 7 January 2015
The grand juror claims that prosecutor Robert McCulloch twisted evidence in favor of Darren Wilson, deliberately muddled the law and misrepresented jurors’ views.
By Jonas Boquist, 7 January 2015
In a further drive to punish and criminalize dissent, a Minnesota city attorney is seeking to prosecute protesters and compel organizers to pay the costs for the police mobilization.
By Daniel de Vries, 5 January 2015
The political mobilization behind the police continued at the funeral for the second slain office on Sunday.
By Bryan Dyne, 5 January 2015
The Pentagon’s new intelligent and “autonomous” mini-drones will be capable of navigating difficult urban settings at speeds of 70 kilometers per hour.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 January 2015
New FBI internal regulations effectively authorize the bureau to conduct mass spying and data mining operations against cellphones in the United States.
By Bryan Dyne, 31 December 2014
Social media posts have led to the arrests of two more people, in Fort Worth and Chicago, following the shooting of two police officers in New York City.
By Gabriel Black, 31 December 2014
Representative Steven Scalise, the third most powerful GOP member in Congress, spoke at an international conference of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in 2002.
By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2014
The funeral Saturday for a policeman shot to death in New York City was used to intimidate widespread popular opposition to police brutality and violence.
By Thomas Gaist, 27 December 2014
Documents released by the NSA itself show that agents regularly violate legal restrictions on surveillance of US citizens.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 December 2014
After the killing of Martin, protests broke out at the scene near Ferguson, with police arresting several demonstrators.
By Matthew MacEgan, 27 December 2014
Several people have been arrested for allegedly making “threatening” statements, either verbally or on social media, in many states, including New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Vermont.
By Sandy English, 22 December 2014
The killing of two police officers in New York City this weekend has been followed by a near-mutinous response from the city’s police department, with demands for a crackdown on protests against police violence.
By Andre Damon, 22 December 2014
The revelation underscores the fact that the grand jury proceeding that failed to indict Darren Wilson was a legal fraud.
By Kristina Betinis, 22 December 2014
The activation of the National Guard is in anticipation of protests over a decision on whether or not to indict a Milwaukee police officer who killed unarmed Dontre Hamilton.
By Eric London, 22 December 2014
This is the third of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program.
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 Sandy English, 1 November 2014
The resignations follow revelations of widespread violence, neglect and torture at the prison.
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 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.