Democratic Rights in the US
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 John Marion, 2 December 2013
Philip Chism, 14, is to be tried as an adult in the murder of his teacher.
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 David Walsh, 30 August 2013
Matt Damon, one of the most popular film actors currently working, told a television host last week that he supported the whistle-blower who has lifted the lid on the criminal activities of the NSA.
By Thomas Gaist, 24 August 2013
Obama’s panel consists of individuals whose allegiance to the national security state is unquestioned.
By David Walsh, 23 August 2013
Private Manning’s open letter is an honest, powerful document, which outlines his motives for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.
23 August 2013
We post below the text of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s letter to President Barack Obama requesting a pardon.
By Kate Randall, 23 August 2013
The Justice Department petition argues that warrantless cell phone searches do not violate Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
By Thomas Gaist, 23 August 2013
The New York Times published an editorial Wednesday defending the verdict against Manning while suggesting a slightly reduced prison sentence
By Thomas Gaist, 22 August 2013
Declassified documents from the secret surveillance court show consistent violation of regulations governing surveillance by the NSA.
By Eric London, 22 August 2013
The sentencing of whistleblower Bradley Manning to a 35-year prison term will be remembered as a milestone in the collapse of American democracy.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 August 2013
The Department of Homeland Security's "crowd-scanning project" was tested for the first time last fall
By Lawrence Porter and Nancy Hanover, 22 August 2013
Despite a US District Court having ruled in mid-August that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional, the notorious police program will be introduced in Detroit.
By Richard Vargas and Jake Dean, 22 August 2013
As the largest prison hunger strike in California history enters its seventh week, a federal judge has approved force-feeding of inmates.
By Eric London, 21 August 2013
Closing arguments were made in the sentencing hearings of whistleblower Bradley Manning yesterday.
By Tom Carter, 21 August 2013
Floyd Abrams’ letter to the New York Times dated July 31 typifies the response within “liberal” sections of the political establishment to the conviction of whistleblower Bradley Manning on espionage charges.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 August 2013
The detention and interrogation of the partner of Glenn Greenwald makes clear that the build-up of police powers since 9/11 has been directed not against terrorism, but against political opposition to the reactionary policies of the ruling class.
By John Burton, 19 August 2013
The military judge who presided over the Manning court martial trial has released findings that equate publication of confidential documents on the Internet with espionage.
By Eric London, 19 August 2013
A Twitter message posted Saturday by Time magazine senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald highlights the authoritarian sentiments that predominate in the media establishment.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 August 2013
New documents published Friday by the Washington Post further expose government lies about the NSA’s mass surveillance programs.
By Eric London, 17 August 2013
Friday’s statement by the chief Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge underscores the fraudulent character of the court’s supposedly “robust” oversight of NSA spying.
After Supreme Court ruling against Voting Rights Act
By Ed Hightower, 17 August 2013
On Monday, a coalition of public advocacy groups filed a lawsuit challenging a newly enacted North Carolina law that severely restricts the right to vote.
By Matthew MacEgan, 16 August 2013
The widow of investigative journalist Michael Hastings confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan was the target of Hastings’ next exposé project.
By Eric London, 15 August 2013
Bradley Manning issued an apologetic statement at his sentencing hearing yesterday in an indication of the immense government pressure on the young whistle-blower.
By Thomas Gaist, 15 August 2013
The fact that Obama has chosen Clapper to hand pick the members of the panel exposes as a fraud his pretense of making the programs more “transparent” and insuring against “abuses.”
By Fred Mazelis, 13 August 2013
A district court ruling draws renewed attention to the assault on the democratic rights of youth and the working class as a whole.
By Matthew MacEgan, 13 August 2013
The taser death of unarmed teenager Israel Hernandex Llach, a young artist and photographer, has evoked anger among residents of Miami Beach.
By Mark Blackwood, 12 August 2013
Malicious software, thought to have originated from the FBI and able to harvest private data, has been found in web sites hosted anonymously by the Freedom Hosting Company.
By Tom Carter, 12 August 2013
The Obama administration is using information obtained through its illegal surveillance programs to target Americans for criminal investigations unrelated to terrorism.
By Steve James, 10 August 2013
The persecution of Lavabit by the US government is undoubtedly connected to the fact that the company’s most well-known client is whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 August 2013
The TSA has expanded its jurisdiction to include train and bus terminals, sporting events, music festivals and other mass public gatherings.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 August 2013
Fresh revelations show that the NSA has been trolling through emails and text messages between Americans and individuals abroad, even when those individuals are not suspected of terrorist connections.
By Thomas Gaist, 7 August 2013
In an editorial published Tuesday, the New York Times gave its stamp of approval to the terror scare, calling the decision to launch a global terror alert “reasonable” and “difficult to quarrel with.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 7 August 2013
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced he is launching a new hunt for noncitizens on Florida’s voter rolls.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 August 2013
The media continues to promote the claims of the government uncritically, despite the absence of any factual substantiation and the vague and non-specific nature of the purported threat.
By Niles Williamson, 6 August 2013
A Reuters report describes how federal law enforcement agencies that utilize evidence obtained from illegal domestic spying programs are trained to "recreate" the investigative trail in a manner that violates defendants’ right to a fair trial.
By Matthew MacEgan, 6 August 2013
The sentencing phase of the Bradley Manning court martial continued Monday with the testimony of Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy.
One day after Russian asylum for Snowden
By Thomas Gaist, 3 August 2013
The terror scare follows more evidence of broad popular opposition to the NSA spying programs and support for Snowden.
By Nick Barrickman, 2 August 2013
Attempts made by the American Civil Liberties Union to obtain an independent probe into the killing of Ibragim Todashev have been rebuffed by the state of Florida.
By Barry Grey, 31 July 2013
As the government well knows, the “enemy” for whose benefit Manning courageously exposed proof of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan was the American people.
By Thomas Gaist, 31 July 2013
The US Senate voted Monday 93-1 to confirm President Barack Obama's pick for new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 July 2013
In a letter co-written with his attorney, Lon Snowden defended his son’s actions as his “civic duty” and warned Americans against the “dynamics of the Third Reich.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 27 July 2013
Yesterday, the team defending Private Bradley Manning gave its closing argument, putting an end to this stage of the court-martial.
By Thomas Gaist, 27 July 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Moscow, asserting that Snowden has no legal basis for seeking asylum and promising not to torture or execute the leaker.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 July 2013
The vote to block even limited restrictions on wholesale domestic spying on the American people exposes the US Congress as a rubber stamp for a police state.
By Matthew MacEgan, 26 July 2013
The prosecution’s closing arguments on Monday sought to portray Manning as arrogant and reckless, operating with the conscious aim of providing information to Al Qaeda.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 July 2013
This week’s deployment of Blackhawk helicopters in Chicago is only the latest in a series of “urban warfare training” exercises that have become a familiar feature of American life.
By Richard Vargas and Toby Reese, 25 July 2013
As California's largest-ever hunger strike entered its third week, prison officials began targeting strike leaders.
By Kristina Betinis, 24 July 2013
In the late evening hours of July 22, several Blackhawk helicopters flew low over central areas of the city of Chicago without any lights.
By Tom Carter, 24 July 2013
Justin Carter, a Texas teenager jailed as a “terrorist” for a Facebook post, was released pending trial after an anonymous donor posted his bond.
By Julie Hyland, 23 July 2013
The UK parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee has whitewashed allegations of mass illegal spying by GCHQ and the US National Security Agency.
By Tom Carter, 23 July 2013
On Friday, the Obama administration announced that it had sought—and the secret FISA court had granted—a renewed authorization for the NSA spying program that compels US telecommunications companies to turn over their telephone records.
By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2013
President Obama’s remarks Friday on the Trayvon Martin shooting were aimed at diverting public attention from the vital issues of poverty and social inequality by promoting racial politics.
By Eric London, 22 July 2013
In a blow to freedom of the press, an appeals court ruled Friday that New York Times journalist James Risen must testify against alleged leaker Jeffrey Sterling.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 July 2013
Calls by legislators to “rein in” the NSA programs are part of a calculated maneuver aiming to legitimize and further institutionalize illegal mass spying.
By Matthew MacEgan, 22 July 2013
The attempt to smear Manning as "un-American" underscores the frameup character of the procedures against him.
By our reporters, 22 July 2013
There is popular anger over the acquittal of Zimmerman, seen as a travesty of justice. Sections of the Democratic Party, however, have sought to exploit the tragic case for their own ends.