Democratic Rights in the US
“The NYPD is a gang”
By a reporting team, 21 July 2014
The city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board reported more than 1,000 complaints about chokeholds in the past five years.
By Niles Williamson, 21 July 2014
The numbers were divulged by administration lawyers in a suit filed by a northern Virginia man challenging the constitutionality of the government’s no-fly list.
By Alan Gilman, 18 July 2014
The judge found that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 July 2014
The “message” sent by Obama with the first planeload of child deportees sent back to Honduras is that Washington is as contemptuous of international law at home as it is abroad.
By Kate Randall, 17 July 2014
The US Supreme Court refused to halt the execution of Missouri death row inmate John Middleton, the 25th person executed in the US in 2014.
By Andre Damon, 15 July 2014
A series of press reports document the fact that torture is widespread in America’s sprawling prison system.
By Thomas Gaist, 15 July 2014
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014, bound for the Senate floor, authorizes new forms of large-scale data transfer between US corporations and the state.
By Tom Carter, 14 July 2014
The Obama administration’s refusal to bring charges underscores the reality, behind the trappings of democracy, of de facto rule by an unelected and authoritarian military-intelligence apparatus.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2014
The NSA whistleblower was forced to accept a one-year asylum period in Russia after his applications were refused by numerous other governments.
By Kate Randall, 14 July 2014
Eddie Wayne Davis’s execution was the sixth in the state of Florida this year and the 24th carried out nationwide.
By D. Lencho, 14 July 2014
The Albuquerque Police Department has agreed to purchase at least 350 additional AR-15 assault rifles, the type of weapon used in the killing of a homeless man that sparked nationwide outrage.
By Matthew MacEgan, 14 July 2014
Mallory Loyola became the first victim of the law last week and is being held in a county jail just days after giving birth.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014
The leaks show that the surveillance apparatus collects information on anyone even remotely associated with opposition to the government’s repressive agenda.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014
Passengers with phones that do not power on will be prevented from boarding or have their devices confiscated.
By Ed Hightower, 10 July 2014
The plea deal is a reactionary development that echoes the eugenics movement of the 1920s.
By Tom Carter, 9 July 2014
The US Supreme Court’s recent decisions upholding the “religious liberty” of corporations and other institutions signal a more aggressive repudiation of the country’s democratic and secular traditions.
By Andre Damon, 9 July 2014
The funds will go toward building detention facilities, stepping up border checkpoints, and expanding the domestic use of military surveillance drones.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 July 2014
While the local and national media has reported on years-long epidemic of youth violence, there has been no effort to examine the deeper causes of this human tragedy in America’s third most populous city.
Vast majority of those spied on by NSA are non-suspects
By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2014
Some 90 percent of those who have had their email and other communications intercepted by the NSA are members of the general public, including US citizens.
Amid anti-immigrant protests in California
By Norisa Diaz, 7 July 2014
Obama vowed last week to bypass Congress to increase spending on border policing and deportations.
By Gabriel Black, 7 July 2014
Last week, a California Highway Patrol officer was caught on tape repeatedly punching an unarmed woman in the face.
By Tom Carter, 5 July 2014
On Thursday, in the wake of its decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the US Supreme Court issued an order that further undermines workers’ rights and the separation of church and state.
“Hobby Lobby” contraception ruling
By John Burton and Barry Grey, 1 July 2014
The US Supreme Court has upheld a reactionary challenge by employers claiming to oppose contraception on religious grounds to a provision of Obama’s health care law mandating that employee insurance plans include coverage for birth control.
By Patrick Martin, 30 June 2014
The White House will ask Congress Monday for $2 billion to detain and deport Central American child migrants in south Texas.
By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 30 June 2014
The US Supreme Court last Thursday unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that barred anyone other than patients, medical staff, police and passers-by from coming within a 35-foot radius of entrances to abortion clinics.
By Barry Grey, 25 June 2014
The long-suppressed Justice Department memo released Monday establishes that the president of the United States, Barack Obama, in the most calculated and criminal manner, oversaw the murder of an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki.
By WSWS reporters, 25 June 2014
The Albuquerque police department has carried out a series of fatal shootings over the past several years.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 June 2014
The Obama White House has responded to a humanitarian crisis of its own making with the methods of police repression.
By Gabriel Black, 23 June 2014
Anthropologists found dozens of bodies, some of which were stacked on top of one another or wrapped in trash bags, at a south Texas cemetery.
By Fred Mazelis, 23 June 2014
James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner sacrificed their lives in the struggle for democratic rights and social equality.
By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2014
The US government intends to accelerate the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants, including children, now being held in harsh conditions.
By Gabriel Black, 19 June 2014
A federal appeals court overturned a previous ruling allowing a terrorism defendant’s lawyer access to FISA material.
By Robert Stevens, 18 June 2014
According to an article published by the Register, an aircraft belonging to the CIA was sent to Europe last June as the US government was preparing to seize whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 June 2014
A column written by Chelsea (Bradley) Manning from his prison cell points to the criminal role played by the US media in foisting the Iraq War onto the American people.
By Zac Corrigan, 16 June 2014
The Pentagon has been equipping US police departments with military weapons, combat vehicles and other wartime equipment.
By Samuel Davidson, 16 June 2014
The death of Eileen DiNino, 55, is a tragic example of the brutalization of the working class and the poor by the American judicial system.
By D. Lencho, 11 June 2014
The child immigrants are fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, countries oppressed by US imperialism.
By Kate Randall, 9 June 2014
Hundreds of child immigrants from Central America have been shipped from Texas to a makeshift detention center in Nogales, Arizona.
By Muhammad Khan, 7 June 2014
The “no-knock” drug raid during which a stun grenade exploded in the baby’s crib was conducted over a $50 methedrine sale.
By Eric London and Barry Grey, 6 June 2014
Since the first revelations a year ago, the reality of an emerging police state run by unelected intelligence spooks and military brass has been thoroughly exposed.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 June 2014
The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Risen’s case amounts to a stamp of approval for US government prosecutions that violate the First Amendment.
By Patrick Martin, 2 June 2014
Documents supplied by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden continue to expose police-state surveillance by the US intelligence apparatus.
By Nick Barrickman, 2 June 2014
The hard line taken by the Obama Justice Department against individuals not directly involved in the bombings may be designed to increase pressure on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to plead guilty as part of a plea deal and avoid going to trial on capital charges.
By Tom Carter, 29 May 2014
The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday in favor of three Arkansas police officers who fired 15 bullets at a fleeing motorist and his passenger, killing both.
By Gabriel Black, 29 May 2014
The Supreme Court stopped the execution of a man from Florida on the basis that the judge needed to allow more evidence to assess his mental competency and that an IQ test was not always enough.
By Chris Davion, 27 May 2014
WSWS reporters recently spoke to Chicago-area residents about the impact of the tens of billions in food stamp cuts implemented over the past two years.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 May 2014
District Court Judge Gladys Kessler reverses previous ruling on force-feeding.
By Matthew MacEgan, 27 May 2014
4,000 pages of government communications detail the use of “fusion centers” in the coordinated mass surveillance against the protests in 2011 and 2012.
By Eric London, 26 May 2014
A report from the National Research Council details the devastating social impact of mass incarceration.
By Matthew MacEgan, 24 May 2014
The “USA Freedom Act” is aimed at institutionalizing illegal NSA spying under the pretext of “reform.”
By Eric London, 23 May 2014
Police armed with assault rifles threatened hundreds of demonstrators on Wednesday as residents of the farmworker community responded to police killings with anger.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2014
Court documents confirm that the FBI and US Justice Department are continuing a “criminal/national security” investigation against WikiLeaks and its founder.
By Sandy English, 20 May 2014
In a ruling designed to intimidate opponents of social inequality in the US, a judge in New York City sentenced Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan to 90 days in jail.
By Gabriel Black, 16 May 2014
FBI Special Agent Aaron McFarlane, who shot the unarmed Ibragim Todashev, has a history of alleged intimidation, falsification of evidence, and abuse.
By Kate Randall, 14 May 2014
The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of execution to Robert Campbell to allow his lawyers to file a new petition arguing he is developmentally disabled and ineligible for the death penalty.
By Ed Hightower, 12 May 2014
The Obama Justice Department refused to allow Tsarnaev to have a lawyer present during the questioning.
By Fred Mazelis, 10 May 2014
A letter from nine of the twelve jurors in the trial of Cecily McMillan takes a stand against the vindictive prosecution of the activist.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2014
Following her conviction in a rigged trial, Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan is facing a seven-year jail sentence.
By Ed Hightower, 6 May 2014
The ruling marks a new milestone in the court’s attack on democratic rights and generally rightward trajectory.
By D. Lencho, 6 May 2014
Following three Department of Justice public meetings about police violence, Albuquerque police shot and killed a 50-year-old Air Force veteran in front of his home.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 May 2014
A UN statement condemned the execution as “cruel, inhuman and degrading,” while Obama defended the use of lethal injection for “heinous” crimes.
By D. Lencho in Albuquerque, 3 May 2014
The restricted character of the DOJ meetings showed that they were aimed not at addressing the sources of police brutality, but at restoring public confidence in a police department that has been totally discredited.
By Kate Randall, 1 May 2014
The world looked on in horror and revulsion at events that transpired Tuesday evening in the execution chamber at the McAlester penitentiary in Oklahoma.
By Ed Hightower, 1 May 2014
The cases before the court will set the limit on how far police can dig into one’s stored personal information without a search warrant.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US)
1 May 2014
The Socialist Equality Party denounces the politically motivated frame-up of the NATO 3, who were sentenced this week to prison terms of five to eight years.
By Kate Randall, 30 April 2014
Clayton Lockett reacted violently to the lethal injection drugs, dying 43 minutes after the chemicals were administered.
By Alan Gilman, 30 April 2014
Local Police Departments are testing out new methods to carry out domestic surveillance in cities throughout the United States.
By Kristina Betinis, 29 April 2014
In pressing for long prison sentences, Illinois state prosecutors compared the case to last year’s bombing of the Boston Marathon.
By Eric London, 28 April 2014
FISA Court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that the government’s bulk collection of phone data does not constitute a “search,” and that the protections of the Fourth Amendment from “unreasonable search and seizure” therefore do not apply.
By Kate Randall, 26 April 2014
Two death row prisoners were put to death this week, with the US Supreme Court denying last-minute appeals in both cases.
By Fred Mazelis, 25 April 2014
Four plaintiffs charge a brazen violation of their basic democratic rights.
By Ed Hightower, 25 April 2014
The Supreme Court ruling in the case White v. Woodall attacks basic democratic rights.
Less than two weeks after scathing Department of Justice report
By D. Lencho, 24 April 2014
A US Department of Justice report excoriating the Albuquerque Police Department’s “excessive force that violates the Constitution and federal law” has not slowed the pace of fatal police shootings.
By Kate Randall, 21 April 2014
An unprecedented security operation has been planned for this year’s Boston Marathon, involving more than 60 local, state and federal agencies commanded from a underground bunker.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 April 2014
Three civilian members of the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission said they can no longer “continue to pretend” they have power after a spate of police killings.
By Sandy English, 18 April 2014
Cecily McMillan faces up to seven years in prison if she is convicted.
By Gabriel Black, 16 April 2014
The military trial of five men accused of murder for the attacks on 9/11 has been halted after it was revealed that the FBI had turned a member of the defense team into an informant.
By Barry Grey, 15 April 2014
The bombings on April 15, 2013 became the occasion for an unprecedented state operation, in which for the first time a major American city was placed under de facto martial law.
By Mike Ingram, 14 April 2014
City officials have unveiled a plan for massive video surveillance and police checkpoints along the route of the April 21 Boston Marathon.
By D. Lencho and Stuart Winters, 12 April 2014
The US Department of Justice released a damning report on escalating violence by the Albuquerque Police Department.
By Ed Hightower, 10 April 2014
Nineteen states have either enacted or taken steps towards measures limiting the right to vote.
By Tom Carter, 7 April 2014
Federal Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled that there is no legal remedy for the extrajudicial killing of a US citizen, endorsing a battery of totalitarian pseudo-legal doctrines advanced by the Obama administration.
By Nick Barrickman, 7 April 2014
The report demonstrates that one year after the Boston Marathon bombings, the political establishment, including those sections aligned with the Democratic Party, continues to cover up the grave and reactionary implications of the Boston lockdown.
By Kate Randall, 5 April 2014
Tommy Lynn Sells was executed Thursday after the US Supreme Court denied a petition that charged his lethal injection constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2014
Details of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture demonstrate that the ruling elite in the United States is a criminal class.
By Matthew MacEgan, 2 April 2014
In a rapid turn of events on Monday, the Mississippi Supreme Court threw out the murder conviction of Michelle Byrom, a 56-year-old woman who was sentenced to death in 1999 for “masterminding” the murder of her husband.
By Nick Barrickman, 1 April 2014
The 38-page report is heavily redacted, with large sections of text dealing with the most critical issues blacked out.
By Gabriel Black, 1 April 2014
Police fired tear gas, made arrests and beat protesters at a march protesting police violence by the Albuquerque police department.
By Thomas Gaist, 31 March 2014
The NSA has carried out systematic surveillance against more than 100 heads of state.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 March 2014
Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have alleged that FBI agents attempted to force his older brother Tamerlan to inform on the Chechen and Muslim community in the Boston area.
Obama administration urges Supreme Court to dismiss First Amendment suit brought by anti-Bush demonstrators
By Eric London, 31 March 2014
In oral arguments before the Supreme Court, the Obama administration asserted a near-absolute right to arrest and sequester demonstrators on the basis of their political views.
By Tom Carter, Jeff Lincoln and Charles Abelard, 31 March 2014
The ruling represents a further attack on the principle of the separation of church and state and on basic democratic rights.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 March 2014
The UN Human Rights Committee charged the US with violations of international law, including inhumane treatment of migrants, dragnet surveillance, torture and extralegal targeted killings.
By Gabriel Black, 28 March 2014
Mary Virginia Jones spent 32 years behind bars on the charge of first-degree murder, a crime her boyfriend at the time committed.
By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2014
Far from curtailing the NSA’s activities, the White House is seeking to expand the amount of data to which the spy agency has access.
By Gabriel Black, 27 March 2014
A local news station has revealed that “StingRay” technology is used regularly by the major police departments of California to collect all cellphone communications in a given area.
By Ed Hightower, 27 March 2014
State Attorney Jeffrey Ashton’s report cherry picks facts, ignores conflicting evidence, and weaves a tale of “justified self defense” to exonerate a state murder.
By D. Lencho and Stuart Winter, 27 March 2014
Barely a year after the Albuquerque Police Department’s chief resigned over escalating police violence, the fatal shooting of a mentally ill, homeless man captured on video has sparked outrage in New Mexico’s largest city.
By Andre Damon, 26 March 2014
Carter told reporters this week that he does not use email or phone calls for sensitive political correspondence.
By Barry Grey, 26 March 2014
A ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would mark an historic and unprecedented attack on the principle of separation of church and state.