Democratic Rights in the US
By Ed Hightower, 7 March 2014
The court may sanction the officers’ brutal and unnecessary actions through the qualified immunity doctrine, which sets a high standard for cases involving police misconduct.
By Juan Verala Luz, 6 March 2014
The bill would intensify the assault on California teachers in the name of cutting costs.
By Eric London, 4 March 2014
New protocols published by the Obama administration standardize widespread First Amendment violations.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 February 2014
The NSA and GCHQ are employing deceptive tactics to monitor, manipulate and subvert online activities.
By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2014
The 6-3 majority backed the warrantless search of a home after police arrested the resident who had objected to it.
By Sandy English, 26 February 2014
District Judge William Martini blamed the Associated Press for reporting on the surveillance rather than the government for its misconduct.
By Ed Hightower, 26 February 2014
SB 1062 allows businesses to refuse service to gays on the flimsy pretext of respecting religious beliefs.
Report to the Workers Inquiry
By Tom Carter, 24 February 2014
This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions, by Tom Carter, World Socialist Web Site legal correspondent.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2014
A national license plate tracking system sought by the Department of Homeland Security would provide officials with personal information on millions of individuals.
By Gabriel Black, 21 February 2014
Sister Megan Rice and two others were sentenced to several years in prison under the Federal Sabotage Act of 1918 for a non-violent break-in and protest at a nuclear facility.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014
Files from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the US has waged an international campaign against WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and its supporters.
By Mike Ingram, 19 February 2014
The MBTA is installing hundreds of cameras on buses that will provide live video streams to transit police cruisers.
By Mike Head, 17 February 2014
The latest leaks underscore the central role that Australian intelligence agencies play in the massive US spying operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Kate Randall, 14 February 2014
The Committee to Protect Journalists is warning that the spy agency’s dragnet of communications data threatens to make it “next to impossible for journalists to keep sources confidential.”
By Mike Head, 13 February 2014
Attorney-General Brandis amplified the earlier denunciation by Prime Minister Abbott of the NSA whistleblower as a “traitor.”
By Tom Carter, 12 February 2014
If the government can order the assassination of US citizens in the name of national security, what can it not do? All the methods of a police state dictatorship become equally possible.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2014
The aim of the AP report is to lend a veneer of "transparency" and legality to a conspiratorial and unconstitutional program of state murder.
Obama’s war on journalism continues
By Ed Hightower, 11 February 2014
Stephen Jin-Woo Kim is one of nine US citizens to be prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act by the Obama administration as part of the latter’s war on journalism.
By Tom Carter, 11 February 2014
Referring to America’s mass internment of people of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War, current Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia declared, “You are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.”
By Kate Randall, 11 February 2014
A record 87 exonerations were recorded in the United States in 2013.
By the WSWS Editorial Board, 11 February 2014
In a blatant act of political censorship, the moderators of the r/socialism forum on the popular link aggregating site Reddit have decided to “blacklist” the World Socialist Web Site for a period of one month.
Jury acquits on terrorism, convicts on lesser charges
By Alexander Fangmann and Kristina Betinis, 10 February 2014
The court proceedings revealed the role of police provocateurs in framing the men on terrorism charges.
By Gabriel Black, 7 February 2014
Suzanne Basso was executed Wednesday despite last-minute appeals to the US Supreme Court arguing she was not mentally competent.
By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2014
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee suggested that journalists who have reported on illegal NSA surveillance should be prosecuted.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 February 2014
The data, which cover only a small portion of surveillance operations, show the NSA requested content from tens of thousands of accounts during the first half of 2013.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2014
In seeking the death penalty, US authorities are creating the best conditions for extracting a plea deal that would prevent unwanted testimony from ever being heard in an open court.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2014
New rules slightly modify an existing “gag order,” allowing telecommunications companies to make limited disclosures about surveillance orders they receive from the government.
By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2014
“These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me,” the former NSA contractor said in an interview broadcast by Germany’s ARD television network.
By Alan Gilman, 27 January 2014
The US Supreme Court has extended a temporary order excepting Little Sisters of the Poor from certifying that it is a religious institution in order to be exempt from paying for contraception coverage.
By Ed Hightower, 24 January 2014
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden answered questions online Thursday posted by an audience via Twitter.
By Kate Randall, 22 January 2014
The execution of Dennis McGuire’s in Ohio Thursday, and details of the gruesome manner in which authorities carried out his death sentence, have evoked revulsion in the US and internationally.
By John Andrews, 20 January 2014
The protest was directed against the January 13 not guilty verdicts in favor of two former Fullerton officers charged with killing 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 January 2014
The US National Security Agency has been intercepting and permanently storing billions of messages sent by ordinary people around the world.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 January 2014
Ohio authorities used an untried combination of drugs to kill death row inmate Dennis McGuire.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2014
The Obama White House is preparing an NSA “reform” that is aimed at institutionalizing illegal spying while suppressing future whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.
By Eric London, 13 January 2014
The pseudo-legal arguments used by the Obama administration to prevent the disclosure of state surveillance programs demonstrate the hostility of the political establishment to the democratic rights enumerated in the US Constitution.
By Nick Barrickman and Barry Grey, 6 January 2014
In the letter, the elder Todashev accused the FBI of murdering his son in order to prevent him from testifying in court.
By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2014
Concessions by the Obama administration have emboldened its opponents in right-wing religious groups.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 January 2014
The crusading attorney was serving a vindictive ten-year sentence stemming from her representation of an unpopular client on terrorism charges.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2013
Among the TAO’s “most productive operations” is the direct interception of new PCs and other computer accessories ordered by individuals targeted by the NSA.
By Tom Carter, 31 December 2013
US District Judge William H. Pauley’s ruling in the case of ACLU v. Clapper on December 27, which sanctions NSA surveillance of the telephone records of the entire country’s population, has immense significance for democratic rights.
By Douglas Lyons, 30 December 2013
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that those convicted of crimes committed as juveniles must serve life terms, despite a US Supreme Court ruling that declared such sentences unconstitutional.
By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2013
The court decision upheld the constitutionality of a program that, in the judge’s words, “vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States.”
By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2013
The report issued last week by a White House panel on US surveillance programs has set the stage for an intensified effort to suppress any further revelations of illegal government spying.
By Fred Mazelis, 20 December 2013
One of the prisoners facing a possible death penalty refused to cooperate with the court, citing torture and abuse.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2013
The report released Wednesday by the Obama administration’s hand-picked panel proposes minor reforms aimed at legitimizing the government’s illegal spying programs.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2013
The ruling by Judge Richard Leon, while doing nothing to curb the NSA’s mass spying operations, nonetheless acknowledges that they embody the methods of a police state.
By John Burton, 17 December 2013
A federal judge in Washington, DC has ruled that the NSA’s collection of telephone data on virtually every person in the United States violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”
By Joseph Kishore, 14 December 2013
A hand-picked panel is due to submit recommendations to the White House this weekend, part of efforts to ensure the continuation of mass spying programs revealed by Edward Snowden.
By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2013
The new documents were released as the European Union agreed to allow Edward Snowden to give evidence by video link to its committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs.
By Charles Abelard, 14 December 2013
Robert Cameron Redus was shot five times by an Alamo Heights police officer.
By Gabriel Black, 9 December 2013
A trial has begun for two police officers charged with the killing of Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, California.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2013
The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and her House Republican counterpart claimed in a televised interview that the threat of terrorism in the US is greater than ever.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 December 2013
In a logical extension of the brutal practice of force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners, their American jailers are denying the detainees any means of making their protest known to the public.
By Eric London, 5 December 2013
New revelations from Edward Snowden reveal that the US government collects five billion pieces of data per day on the exact location and movement of cell phone users across the globe.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2013
The United States leads the world in imprisonment, and a new report documents the unconstitutional use of cruel and unusual punishment.
By D. Lencho, 29 November 2013
On November 19, Albuquerque voters defeated a reactionary measure to restrict abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, the first attempt to pass such a bill at the municipal level.
By Eric London, 28 November 2013
The Christian right and the Catholic Church have been strengthened by the capitulation of the Obama administration to their anti-democratic demands.
By Kevin Reed, 28 November 2013
Based on information supplied by Edward Snowden, it is clear that the US government and its global partners are the primary distributors of malware in the world.
By Jake Dean, 28 November 2013
During a speech on immigration in San Francisco, a member of the audience heckled President Obama, asking him to stop the mass deportation of immigrants.
By John Burton, 26 November 2013
Administration lawyers used the standard “war on terror” pretext to justify the NSA’s collection of telephone data on virtually every person in the United States.
By Tom Carter, 26 November 2013
An NSA strategy document envisions spying on “anyone, anytime, anywhere.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 25 November 2013
The Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole decided unanimously to posthumously pardon three of the “Scottsboro Boys,” who were wrongfully accused of two rapes during the early 1930s.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 November 2013
The vote Thursday by Senate Democrats will eliminate, for most judicial and executive appointments, a Senate rule requiring 60-vote supermajority to break a filibuster.
By Eric London, 22 November 2013
Competing bipartisan bills introduced in recent weeks seek to codify NSA surveillance programs as the ruling elite prepares for popular opposition to its policies.
By Thomas Gaist and Tom Carter, 22 November 2013
The Supreme Court refused to block a Texas law imposing arbitrary restrictions on abortion clinics Tuesday, after declining on Monday to hear a case challenging NSA spying.
By Kristina Betinis, 21 November 2013
Aggressive prosecutions are increasingly used by the US government to intimidate potential whistleblowers into silence.
By Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2013
The accused faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for allegedly seeking to join an Al Qaeda-linked organization in Syria backed by the CIA and heavily funded by US allies.
By Johannes Stern, 12 November 2013
The percentage of Germans who consider the United States to be a reliable partner has fallen from 50 percent in July to just 35 percent today.
By George Marlowe, 11 November 2013
An unarmed 19-year-old man was fatally shot last Monday by police on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2013
The report of the CIA-AT&T operation exposes a new layer of state-corporate spying that overlaps with massive NSA electronic surveillance of the population.
By Richard Phillips, 7 November 2013
Hicks is seeking to have the conviction thrown out because the law was applied retrospectively and his “guilty” plea was an “unlawful product of the coercive conditions.”
By Joseph Kishore, 6 November 2013
The US administration has responded to the spying revelations by insisting that the programs will go forward, and intensifying its campaign against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Andre Damon, 6 November 2013
US Prosecutors announced Monday that Hedge fund SAC Capital would plead guilty to five counts of insider trading.
By a reporter, 2 November 2013
A judicial panel has intervened to remove the judge who imposed restrictions on the New York City Police Department.
By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2013
The latest report on NSA surveillance shatters claims by the Obama administration and American legislators that US agencies respect privacy rights and operate under strict legal oversight.
By Barry Grey, 30 October 2013
The hearing was jointly staged by the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the ranking Democrat to provide a platform for Clapper and Alexander to defend their spy agencies.
By Eric London, 28 October 2013
California has awarded former UC Davis police officer John Pike $38,000 in workers’ compensation for “trauma” caused by his attack on peaceful student demonstrators in 2011.
By Nick Barrickman, 25 October 2013
Massachusetts authorities will try teenager Philip Chism as an adult for the killing of his 24-year-old teacher at Danvers High School.
By Eric London and Tom Carter, 24 October 2013
The litigation over affirmative action reflects divisions within the ruling class over the policy of racial preferences.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 October 2013
Documents obtained by Le Monde from Edward Snowden expose massive spying operations run by the NSA against US allies.
By Julie Hyland, 22 October 2013
The concerted campaign by the British government to silence the Guardian newspaper, due to its publication of the Edward Snowden revelations, is indicative of the move toward dictatorial forms of rule by the ruling elite.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 October 2013
New documents released by Edward Snowden detail the NSA’s central role in locating targets for CIA drone strikes.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 September 2013
Files released by Edward Snowden show that the NSA uses bulk communications metadata to generate maps of Americans’ personal associations and social interactions.
By Julien Kiemle, 27 September 2013
Videos being used as evidence in a court case filed against the California state prison system for its abuse of mentally ill inmates are to be released.
By Nick Barrickman, 25 September 2013
Federal prosecutors said they would set an October 31 deadline for recommending whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should face the death penalty if convicted.
By Jake Dean, 24 September 2013
President Obama claimed that halting mass deportations of immigrants would violate immigration law.
By Sandy English, 23 September 2013
On September 17, New York City police attacked students who were protesting the teaching appointment of David Petraeus, former head of the CIA and architect of the bloody surge in Iraq in 2007, arresting six.
By Tom Hall, 19 September 2013
Federal judge Kurt Engelhardt ordered a retrial in the infamous Danziger Bridge shooting incident, citing online comments made by US attorneys.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 September 2013
A number of documents that detail the FISA court’s interpretation of Patriot Act provisions for data collection on US citizens are set for release pending government review.
By Andre Damon, 9 September 2013
In 2011, a secret surveillance court authorized the NSA to obtain the content of Americans’ emails and phone calls.
By Jake Dean and Richard Vargas, 9 September 2013
The largest prison hunger strike in California history has come to an end after nearly two months of protests against inhumane prison conditions.
By Jerry White, 6 September 2013
The files show how the National Security Agency spies on the world’s population, running roughshod over privacy rights.
By Thomas Gaist, 4 September 2013
New revelations published in the New York Times show that the DEA accesses decades worth of US telecommunications data through a collaboration with AT&T.
By Tom Carter, 4 September 2013
Law and technology blog Groklaw announced that it would close down over concerns that its emails were being accessed and monitored by the US government.
A letter from film producer Tony Garnett
2 September 2013
The following comment in defence of former National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was submitted to the World Socialist Web Site by film producer and author Tony Garnett.
By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2013
The Obama administration is moving rapidly forward to launch a war against Syria in the face of mass popular opposition.
By Thomas Gaist, 31 August 2013
The secret intelligence budget summary leaked by Edward Snowden documents $52.6 billion of US government outlays to various agencies.
By Don Knowland, 30 August 2013
Facebook has issued a report showing tens of thousands of requests from governments around the world for information on Facebook users
By John Marion, 1 January 1900
Philip Chism, 14, is to be tried as an adult in the murder of his teacher.