Democratic Rights in the US
By Thomas Gaist, 1 September 2014
Wages for low-wage male workers have fallen more than 31 percent since 1979.
By Jerry White, 30 August 2014
If Detroit is the epicenter of social counterrevolution in America, Ferguson revealed the repressive measures the ruling class is prepared to use against all opposition to its policies.
By Matthew MacEgan, 30 August 2014
The Truthy database has drawn sharp criticism from free speech advocates.
By Gabriel Black, 30 August 2014
The shooting comes amid a wave of police killings throughout the United States.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 August 2014
The development of sophisticated crowd control doctrines by the military is an expression of the far advanced preparations of the US elite for dictatorship.
By Niles Williamson, 28 August 2014
CNN published an audio recording Monday indicating that the officer who killed Michael Brown paused between barrages of gunfire, shooting at least 10 rounds.
By Mike Ingram, 28 August 2014
Recent scenes on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri were reminiscent of the massive mobilization of police and military personnel following the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013.
By Tom Hall, 28 August 2014
The so-called “Nola Patrol” will cover the French Quarter, paid for by a voluntary assessment on the city's hotels.
By Matt Rigel, 23 August 2014
Residents of the Twin Cities, Minnesota were startled as low-flying combat helicopters buzzed over working class districts in mock nighttime exercises.
By Andre Damon, 22 August 2014
St. Louis police released a video depicting the shooting Tuesday of 23-year-old Kajieme Powell, just ten days after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown that led to mass protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.
By a WSWS reporting team, 22 August 2014
The killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and other recent police shootings evoked an angry response from workers and young people across the US.
By Niles Williamson, 20 August 2014
A 23-year-old man was shot dead by St. Louis police officers on Tuesday, a day after police carried out mass arrests of protesters denouncing the killing of Michael Brown.
By Barry Grey, 20 August 2014
The resort to police state methods in Ferguson is the outcome of the protracted decay of American democracy.
“We have the right to protest. We have the right to assemble”
By Andre Damon and Eric London, 20 August 2014
As the National Guard expanded its presence in Ferguson, Missouri, residents voiced outrage over another police killing in St. Louis on Wednesday.
By Wolfgang Weber, 20 August 2014
Ansgar Graw and Frank Hermann were held in a prison cell for three hours and subsequently released without comment.
By Eric London and Patrick Martin, 19 August 2014
The arrival of a contingent of the Missouri National Guard has heightened the police-state atmosphere in this suburb of St. Louis.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 August 2014
No struggle against inequality and the police state apparatus in America can be successful unless it is based on the understanding that what is involved is a struggle against capitalism.
“They invaded Ferguson like they invaded Iraq”
By Andre Damon and Eric London, 19 August 2014
As the Missouri governor deployed National Guard forces to Ferguson, residents denounced the military-police crackdown and attacks on their right to assemble peacefully.
By our reporters, 19 August 2014
Workers and young people throughout the United States expressed their outrage at the police killing of the unarmed 18-year old and the militarized response of police to protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Journalist James Risen denounces President Obama as the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation”
By Nick Barrickman, 19 August 2014
Facing a possible prison sentence for refusing to identify a confidential source, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen denounced the Obama administration’s campaign against whistleblowers and journalists.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 August 2014
Following a night of police provocations and attacks on peaceful demonstrators demanding justice in the police murder of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, announced that he was calling in the National Guard to occupy the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Democratic Party operatives seek to stifle opposition, facilitate police crackdown in Ferguson, Missouri
By Eric London, 18 August 2014
Al Sharpton, the police, and a coterie of Democratic politicians delivered a “unity” message aimed at suppressing popular outrage over the killing of Michael Brown.
By Samuel Davidson, 18 August 2014
Nearly two weeks after the police shot and killed a 22-year-old man in a suburban Dayton Walmart store, government and store officials are still refusing to release surveillance tapes and other evidence related to the murder.
By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2014
The release of photographs and eyewitness statements is an attempt to justify the execution-style killing of Michael Brown.
By Zac Corrigan, 16 August 2014
Over a period of decades, federal government programs have been implemented which equip local police forces with military gear and incentivize its use.
By Jerry White, 14 August 2014
While the media has sought to brand protesters as violent “looters,” the eruption of popular outrage after the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has deep social roots.
By John Andrews, 14 August 2014
Ezell Ford, a 24-year-old mentally challenged man, was gunned down near his home in south-central Los Angeles.
By Jerry White, 13 August 2014
Yet another family and community in the United States have been traumatized by the death of an innocent young man at the hands of the police.
By Shannon Jones, 13 August 2014
A pregnant woman said she was thrown on the ground, maced and held at gunpoint by police Sunday night.
By Tom Hall, 13 August 2014
State prison officials told a hospital that hydromorphone was to treat a “medical patient,” not to execute a prisoner.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 August 2014
Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot multiple times and killed by a police officer Saturday afternoon in what eyewitnesses describe as a wanton and unprovoked homicide.
By Eric London, 11 August 2014
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, shot Michael Brown in the head and chest on Saturday, the latest in a spate of police killings.
As political crisis erupts over police killing
By Sandy English, 11 August 2014
The police chokehold killing of Eric Garner last month has sparked widespread anger, while Mayor de Blasio attempts to prevent a social eruption.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 August 2014
Parents whose children violate curfew could be fined as much as $500 with the enactment of the strictest curfew law in the US.
By our correspondents, 8 August 2014
SEP/IYSSE demonstrators received a warm response from Colombo workers, students and youth.
By Kristina Betinis, 8 August 2014
AAUP union leader Cary Nelson has defended the university administration’s action.
By Eric London, 6 August 2014
Obama has fronted for the CIA and tacitly supported its months-long efforts to undermine the Senate probe and delay the release of the Intelligence Committee’s findings.
By Tom Hall, 5 August 2014
The Los Alamos National Laboratory fired respected security expert James Doyle after retroactively declaring his scholarly article classified.
By Sandy English, 4 August 2014
The authorities admit that the death of the Staten Island man was caused by a police chokehold.
By Patrick Martin, 2 August 2014
The president declared his “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan one day after the agency admitted it had engaged in illegal spying on a Senate committee investigating its Bush-era torture program.
By Eric London, 2 August 2014
An internal State Department memo accidentally emailed to a journalist exposes the Obama administration’s continued efforts to cover up CIA torture programs.
By Jake Dean, 2 August 2014
Chauvinism whipped up by the political establishment has found expression in vigilante groups along the Texas border.
By Ed Hightower, 31 July 2014
The fact that prosecutors systematically read emails between inmates and their attorneys reveals a corroded legal system.
By Tom Hall, 29 July 2014
Judges in Alabama have overridden jury sentences in capital cases in order to impose the death penalty 101 times since the 1980s.
By Dan Brennan, 28 July 2014
The enormous and growing social inequality that is the defining feature of American capitalism inevitably requires police repression.
By Nick Barrickman, 26 July 2014
US officials have adopted procedures that allow virtually anyone to be designated a “suspected” or “known” terrorist by intelligence agencies, subjecting them to increased monitoring.
By Ed Hightower, 25 July 2014
An editorial by the former official in the Washington Post underscores both the immense scope of illegal spying and the sham character of official “reform.”
“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.