Democratic Rights in the US
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.
By Eric London, 19 February 2015
Judge Roy Moore’s order amounts to a repudiation of the Fourteenth Amendment, which was passed after the American Civil War.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 February 2015
Reporters Without Borders now ranks the United States below Niger and El Salvador on media freedom.
By Tom Hall, 17 February 2015
John Kiriakou, the former CIA agent who helped reveal the agency’s use of waterboarding, was released from prison this month after serving a two-year sentence.
By Ed Hightower, 17 February 2015
Poor residents are routinely jailed for inability to pay traffic tickets, court costs and other debts in Ferguson and Jennings, Missouri.
By Evan Blake, 17 February 2015
The United States incarcerates more children than any other country in the world.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 14 February 2015
57-year-old Indian national Sureshbhai Patel required spinal surgery after he was slammed into the ground by Madison police.
By Tom Hall, 13 February 2015
A report by the Vera Institute of Justice compares American jails to debtors’ prisons and “de facto mental hospitals” housing prisoners unable to pay onerous fees.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 February 2015
Britain colluded in the use of the British overseas territory of Diego Garcia by the US for its criminal activities.
By D. Lencho, 9 February 2015
Removal of the homeless has begun at a “tent city” near downtown, while new encampments have sprung up in other parts of the city.
By Ed Hightower, 6 February 2015
US prosecutors routinely use false testimony to obtain criminal convictions. They are rarely, if ever, punished for it.
By Niles Williamson, 5 February 2015
Moussaoui’s account conforms to what is known about the open secret of the 9/11 attacks: that they were largely financed by one of the US’s chief allies in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 5 February 2015
The school officer struck Diamond Neals on the forehead and pepper sprayed her two cousins.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 February 2015
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote to then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that he was “disappointed” that Britain was unable to send more regime opponents back to Libya.
By Andre Damon, 31 January 2015
The official response to protests across the US against police murders has been repression, the whitewashing of killer cops, and the linking of political opposition to terrorism.
By E.P. Bannon, 31 January 2015
Under the guise of the “war on drugs,” the federal government is moving to create a centralized database of all drivers’ movements throughout the country.
Notes on police violence in America
By Evan Blake, 30 January 2015
The incident follows the police shooting of 16-year-old Jessica Hernandez in Denver, Colorado this week.
By James Brewer, 30 January 2015
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced they would not pursue a third trial against Officer Joseph Weekley for the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones.
By Kate Randall, 30 January 2015
The US Supreme Court decided not to grant reprieves to two death row inmates executed this week who demonstrated clear mental disabilities.
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.