Democratic Rights in the US
By Barry Grey and Nick Barrickman, 23 May 2013
The FBI claims that Todashev had implicated both himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the grisly murder of three men in Waltham, Massachusetts.
By Ed Hightower, 21 May 2013
The FBI followed and obtained emails from Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen as part of an investigation of a 2009 leak of information from the State Department.
By Tom Carter, 20 May 2013
Testimony by a senior Pentagon official before the Senate and Obama’s press conference, both of which occurred on May 16, are stunning expressions of the deeply antidemocratic outlook of the political, military and intelligence establishment and the disintegration of American democracy.
By Barry Grey, 18 May 2013
Knowing he had nothing to fear from the Senate committee, FBI Director Mueller defended the FBI’s handling of the Tsarnaevs and failure to alert state or local authorities.
By Barry Grey, 16 May 2013
A House committee that heard testimony from Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday initiated a bipartisan whitewash of the virtually unprecedented assault on press freedom carried out by the Obama administration.
By Barry Grey, 15 May 2013
In a brazen attack on press freedom, the Obama administration secretly subpoenaed the telephone records of AP editors and journalists.
By Tom Carter, 14 May 2013
Last week, Massachusetts high school student Cameron D’Ambrosio was arrested and charged under “terrorism” laws merely for posting lyrics on Facebook that make reference to the Boston Marathon bombings.
By Alan Gilman, 13 May 2013
The Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees all persons accused of criminal wrongdoing the right to a speedy trial.
By Tom Carter, 11 May 2013
In a prosecution that has all the hallmarks of a calculated test case, teenager Cameron D’Ambrosio faces up to 20 years in prison on “terror” charges for making reference to the Boston Marathon bombings in a Facebook post.
By a WSWS reporting team, 8 May 2013
Retired workers living in a rent-subsidized senior housing building in downtown Detroit are facing eviction.
By Kate Randall, 8 May 2013
Mississippi death row prisoner Willie Jerome Manning was given a reprieve Tuesday, while Texas authorities proceeded with the execution of Carroll Joe Parr.
By our reporter, 4 May 2013
Pittsburgh officials are using the occasion of the marathon race this Sunday as a pretext for a massive police buildup.
By Matthew MacEgan, 4 May 2013
The Obama administration has filed an appeal against a court ruling which sought to end all age restrictions for access to the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill.
By David Brown, 3 May 2013
Police in Seattle made liberal use of pepper spray and flashbangs in suppressing May Day protests.
By Julien Kiemle, 3 May 2013
Authorities locked down the small California town of Valley Springs after the murder of a young girl.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2013
At least 100 detainees at the Guantanamo prison camp remained on hunger strike a day after President Obama claimed he would “re-engage Congress” on closing the facility.
By Andre Damon, 30 April 2013
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking to force companies such as Google, Dropbox and Facebook to create backdoors for wiretapping users’ communications.
By Andrea Peters, 29 April 2013
Information continues to come to light raising questions about the relationship between US intelligence agencies and the Tsarnaev brothers.
By Alexander Fangmann and Kristina Betinis, 27 April 2013
The US Department of Defense conducted urban warfare training drills in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Parkon this week, including the use of explosives to train soldiers in the raiding of homes and other structures.
By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2013
Both the CIA and FBI investigated Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was placed on at least two separate watch lists in the two years before the April 15 Boston bombings.
By Tom Carter, 25 April 2013
A simple comparison of the words of the Bill of Rights with the recent events in Boston underscores the advanced stage of the historical process that is shattering centuries-old democratic forms of rule.
By Kevin Kearney, 25 April 2013
Federal court judges threatened to hold the governor of California in contempt for ignoring US Supreme Court ruling almost two years ago.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2013
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was formally charged Monday before a federal judge, who was brought to his hospital bed.
By John Burton, 23 April 2013
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that foreign citizens subjected to human rights abuses outside the US cannot sue corporations or individuals in US courts.
By John Burton, 23 April 2013
Paul Hoffman, a partner in the Venice, California law firm of Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris, Hoffman & Harrison, has been representing plaintiffs in cases under the Alien Tort Statute for the last 30 years.
By Barry Grey, 22 April 2013
With the imposition of a state of siege in Boston, a historical threshold has been crossed.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2013
One week after the Boston bombings, much remains unknown, including their motive, whether others were involved, and what connection the FBI and other agencies had to the suspects.
By Kate Randall, 22 April 2013
A week following the April 15 bombings in Boston, suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in serious condition at a Boston hospital.
By Eric London, 22 April 2013
The Obama administration is utilizing last week’s bombings as an opportunity to attack core democratic legal protections, which will set a new precedent for future cases.
By Alex Lantier and Kate Randall, 20 April 2013
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, was captured yesterday after a massive manhunt by law enforcement agencies.
By Tom Carter and Eric London, 19 April 2013
The Obama administration has accelerated the drive toward dictatorship initiated by the Bush administration.
By Tom Carter and Eric London, 18 April 2013
Since the publication of the white paper, leading figures in the US political establishment have declared that the asserted power to assassinate includes the power to kill US citizens on US soil.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 April 2013
Congress is preparing legislation that ties any path to citizenship to a draconian border crackdown and onerous demands on undocumented workers.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 April 2013
The Arkansas Senate approved a measure that would require random drug testing of as many as 85,000 residents who receive state unemployment benefits.
By David Walsh, 10 April 2013
President Barack Obama spoke Monday in West Hartford, Connecticut on gun violence, calling on the American people to pressure Congress to pass new federal weapons controls.
By Phyllis Scherrer and Samuel Davidson, 8 April 2013
Steubenville recently gained notoriety because of a tragedy last August which resulted in the conviction of two teenage boys for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
By Kate Randall, 8 April 2013
Kansas legislation defining life as a beginning “at fertilization” imposes new restrictions on abortion providers and women’s reproductive rights.
By Gabriel Black, 5 April 2013
A federal monitor found that every reported case of “disproportional” police aggression was indeed in violation of police requirements.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 March 2013
Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday signed a ban on abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy.
By Fred Mazelis, 28 March 2013
After a decade of the use of drones as part of its “war on terror” abroad, the US government is preparing the American people for the routine use of drones inside the US.
By Niles Williamson, 27 March 2013
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency routinely subjects a significant number of detainees to conditions that meet the United Nations definition of torture.
By D. Lencho, 27 March 2013
The upswing in incidents of police violence in Albuquerque follows a national trend.
After shooting of Kimani Gray
By Sandy English, 25 March 2013
The New York City Police Department has stationed hundreds of officers in the working-class neighborhood of East Flatbush in Brooklyn since protests erupted over the police shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray on March 9.
By David Walsh, 20 March 2013
The Steubenville, Ohio rape case is a tragedy, which has been immeasurably worsened by the intervention of the American media, and in particular its so-called left elements.
By Ed Hightower, 19 March 2013
The Treasury’s proposal represents yet another front in the escalating attack on democratic rights, especially the rights to privacy and freedom of association.
By Kate Randall, 18 March 2013
Debra Milke was sentenced to death in 1990 on the sole testimony of a Phoenix police detective with a history of egregious misconduct.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 March 2013
Attempting to justify the Times’ unprincipled role in the events leading up to Manning’s arrest, the newspaper’s former executive editor wrote a column on March 10, “Bradley Manning’s Confidant.”
By Sandy English, 15 March 2013
For a third night on Wednesday, protesters confronted police in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn following the police killing of 16-year-old Kimani Gray.
By Kevin Reed, 15 March 2013
The tragic death of Aaron Swartz, a gifted and courageous technology pioneer and critic of the profit system, was a product of the Obama administration’s assault on democratic rights.
By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2013
A front-page article in the Times detailing the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki reveals both the criminal character of the killing and the liberal establishment’s contempt for democratic rights.
By Kevin Kearney and Don Knowland, 9 March 2013
The Supreme Court considered whether the US Constitution forbids police from routinely taking DNA samples.
By David Walsh, 8 March 2013
The Senate vote confirming the mastermind of Obama’s drone program followed a revealing quarrel within the establishment about the government’s right to assassinate Americans on US soil.
By Naomi Spencer, 8 March 2013
The Obama administration intends to make an example out of the accused whistleblower.
By Joseph Kishore, 7 March 2013
The administration claims the power to order extrajudicial assassination of citizens within the US under undefined “extraordinary circumstances.”
By Kevin Martinez, 7 March 2013
Emad Burnat, co-director of 5 Broken Cameras, was detained and threatened with deportation by US immigration officials on arrival in Los Angeles before last week’s Oscar ceremony.
By Naomi Spencer, 2 March 2013
At Thursday’s hearing, Bradley Manning revealed this extraordinary fact: before sending files to WikiLeaks, he contacted both the Washington Post and the New York Times, but neither paper responded.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 March 2013
In a statement in military court Thursday, accused whistleblower Bradley Manning admitted leaking government files, but pleaded not guilty to “aiding the enemy.”
By David Brown, 1 March 2013
Katherine Olejnik and Matthew Duran spent five months in prison, much of it in solitary confinement, for refusing to testify on the political opinions of their acquaintances.
By Alan Gilman, 1 March 2013
The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department is notorious for abuse, racism, gang activity, and corruption.
By Ed Hightower, 28 February 2013
The tenor of the outright reactionaries on the court suggested the existence of a five-vote majority to either overturn or eviscerate the key enforcement provisions of the law.
By John Burton, 28 February 2013
In dismissing the suit, the Supreme Court majority adopted the positions urged by Obama administration lawyers in their briefs and at oral argument last October.
By Michael Stapleton, 25 February 2013
Three witnesses in a grand jury investigation into May Day protests in Seattle last year remain incarcerated for refusing to answer questions about the political activities of people they know.
By Juan Verala Luz, 23 February 2013
Since the start of the new year, local San Diego police officers have been involved in four separate shooting incidents.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2013
The administration has worked out a cynical strategy to keep the documents secret while assuring Senate confirmation of its nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan.
By Gary Joad, 20 February 2013
More than 800,000 incarcerated persons in the US suffer from a chronic health problem needing regular attention, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and HIV.
By Karl Eisner, 20 February 2013
Federal authorities have charged a mentally ill man with attempting to blow up an Oakland bank branch, the latest example of the FBI thwarting a terrorist conspiracy that it concocted.
By Tom Carter and Barry Grey, 19 February 2013
As Brennan’s written responses to the Senate Intelligence Committee underscore, behind the threadbare trappings of parliamentary democracy, the scaffolding of an American police state is well advanced.
By Joseph Kishore, 16 February 2013
The latest figures on inequality in the US expose the vast transfer of wealth that has occurred during the first years of the “economic recovery.”
By Joseph Santolan, 13 February 2013
The manhunt for ex-police officer Christopher Dorner ended Tuesday after a fire consumed the cabin he was hiding in.
By David Walsh, 13 February 2013
The liberal-left downplays the threat to basic rights and expresses continued support for the Obama administration and the Democratic Party.
By Joseph Kishore, 11 February 2013
Discussions over extending the “kill list” to northwest Africa are taking place, as the Obama administration and congressional leaders work to institutionalize the global policy of extra-judicial assassination.
By Don Knowland, 9 February 2013
A Google report released Monday shows a marked increase in government requests for private communications of Internet users.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2013
A Senate hearing on the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director whitewashed the US drone assassination program, largely ignoring its violation of core constitutional and democratic rights.
By Joseph Kishore, 7 February 2013
The Obama administration’s “white paper” on the assassination of US citizens must be taken as a dire warning to the working class. The American ruling class, steeped in lawlessness and violence, is moving toward dictatorship.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 February 2013
A Justice Department white paper places unlimited power in the hands of the American president to order the assassination of perceived enemies of the state.
By Joseph Kishore, 5 February 2013
Secret legal arguments prepared by the government are part of an effort to expand cyberwar strikes against other countries, particularly Iran and China.
By Kate Randall, 30 January 2013
Obama outlined a proposal involving the further militarization of the US-Mexico border and implementation of enhanced verification of immigrants’ status.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2013
A bipartisan group of eight senators introduced an “enforcement first” plan for dealing with what they termed a “broken” US immigration system.
By Matthew MacEgan, 28 January 2013
Four decades later, women’s reproductive rights are under severe attack, particularly regarding the affordability and accessibility of services for working class women.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 January 2013
Manning was granted only a 112-day reduction in sentencing on a life term in hearings this week.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2013
The military funding bill allows for the indefinite military detention of American citizens without charges, while barring the shutdown of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
By Eric London, 4 January 2013
The administration maintains that it has the right to block individuals from flying on commercial flights or entering the country without presenting any evidence either to the targeted people or a court of law.
By Kate Randall, 3 January 2013
A state judge ruled that Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, forcing thousands of poor women to seek alternative state-approved doctors for annual exams, cancer screenings and contraceptives.
By Barry Grey, 27 December 2012
The direct attack on Constitutionally protected free-speech rights, begun under Bush, has been expanded by the Obama administration.
By Naomi Spencer, 28 November 2012
The Army’s pre-trial hearing resumed Tuesday against Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
By Tom Carter, 12 November 2012
The 1965 Voting Rights Act ranks among the most significant reforms that emerged from the upheavals of the civil rights period.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2012
The killing of two fleeing immigrants by airborne Texas Rangers is only the latest in a growing list of deadly incidents on the US-Mexico border.
By Don Knowland, 26 October 2012
Government motions to preclude the alleged 9/11 plotters from testifying about their detention and torture have been submitted to the military commission that is trying the defendants for war crimes.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2012
In the latest in a seemingly endless series of “sting” operations, the FBI ensnared a 21-year-old Bangladeshi student in a fabricated plot to blow up the New York Federal Reserve.
By Ali Ismail, 13 October 2012
Recent shooting incidents have taken place amid a worsening social crisis in the city, provoking widespread anger towards the NYPD.
By Samuel Davidson, 4 October 2012
A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ordered a postponement of sections of the state’s new voter ID law, which would have blocked tens of thousands of registered voters from casting ballots in the November elections.
By Tom Carter, 4 October 2012
In a significant number of cases expected to come before the US Supreme Court this term, democratic rights are in jeopardy.
By Eric London, 1 October 2012
Under the Obama administration, there has been a 60 percent increase in warrantless electronic surveillance by the Department of Justice, according to a report Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
By Charles Abelard, 26 September 2012
Houston police fatally shot a mentally ill double amputee, a ward of the state of Texas, who was said to be waving a "silver object”—a pen—at a policeman while sitting in his wheelchair at his care facility.
By Ed Hightower, 7 September 2012
A federal court has refused to block enforcement of the most draconian section of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law directing police to determine the status of people they stop while enforcing traffic regulations or other laws.
By Tom Carter, 4 September 2012
Last month, the California State Assembly passed a resolution urging state educational institutions to limit criticism of the state of Israel on campuses.
By Ed Hightower, 30 August 2012
In a ruling handed down August 21, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a Texas regulation that effectively cuts off funding to clinics operated by Planned Parenthood.
By Tom Carter, 20 August 2012
The Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta lawsuit highlights the extent to which democratic rights and the rule of law have been eroded under the Obama administration.
By Ed Hightower, 17 August 2012
The ruling is the latest victory in a Republican tactic of restricting ballot access for likely Democratic voters before the November 2012 presidential elections.
By Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 14 August 2012
Last month, the FBI launched a series of raids at the homes of anti-Wall Street protesters in Portland, Oregon and Seattle and Olympia, Washington.