Amir Meshal, a United States citizen born and raised in New Jersey, is a Muslim, who decided to visit Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006, in order to “broaden his understanding of Islam after the country’s volatile political situation had largely stabilized.” Yet, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing him in a lawsuit, during Meshal’s trip in Somalia he was detained without due process and “harshly interrogated” by FBI agents.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 10, 2013 3:33 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 6, 2013 3:59 pm|
AT&T, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, has informed shareholders it will not disclose any details on its dealings with the National Security Agency.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed a “shareholder proposal” with AT&T after it was revealed in the news that the company is sharing data with the US government. It demanded that AT&T “publish semi-annual reports, subject to existing laws and regulation, providing metrics and discussion regarding requests for customer information by US and foreign governments, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 13, 2013 5:40 pm|
Sharanda Purlette Jones is an African-American woman, who has been incarcerated for more than 14 years. She is 45 years old and has a twenty-two year-old daughter named Clenesha Garland. She has no more appeals. A petition for commutation is pending. She was sentenced to life without parole for the nonviolent crimes involving crack cocaine, which “co-conspirators” told prosecutors she had committed.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 7, 2013 7:40 am|
When Eric Garris, the managing editor of antiwar.com, sent an email to the FBI requesting help in dealing with threats to hack his website he probably didn’t realize he was going to become the subject of the investigation. But that is exactly what happened as the FBI mistakenly identified Garris’ email about his own site as a threat against the FBI’s website.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 18, 2013 9:25 am|
On Thursday the ACLU of California announced that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) would chair a panel to resolve the issues needed to legalize marijuana in California. Late last year Newsom publicly endorse marijuana legalization and earlier this year told the California Democratic Party that it should back the idea.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 16, 2013 1:22 pm|
It was reported a couple months ago that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had a secret unit, which was collecting information from informants, intercepts, wiretaps and a huge database of phone records and sending the information to authorities in the country for criminal investigations. However, law enforcement were given instructions on how to conceal how the investigations were started.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 17, 2013 3:35 pm|
The Office for the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a report on “use of force incidents” by border patrol agents. The report indicates US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been keeping records that contain incomplete data, making it difficult to assess the extent to which agents have engaged in the “excessive use of force.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 17, 2013 5:45 am|
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has produced a report that fully outlines how the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has developed into an expansive domestic intelligence enterprise over the past ten to fifteen years, which has little regard for the rights of Americans and targets or undermines those rights in order to advance operations.
Before highlighting some of what is in the report, it is worth suggesting that this kind of report is in the spirit of the final report of the Church Committee, which was published in April 14, 1976, after assessing widespread abuses by agencies in conducting “intelligence activities.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 10, 2013 6:18 pm|
Hundreds of documents on the government’s secret interpretation of a section of the PATRIOT Act and the NSA’s abuse of a massive database of Americans’ phone records have been released. President Barack Obama would like the public to believe this is part of the administration’s effort to be the “most transparent administration in history.” However, that is completely dishonest because the administration never wanted to release these documents.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 10, 2013 1:48 pm|
The American Civil Liberties Union, which pursued a lawsuit alleging Bradley Manning Support Network (now Private Manning Support Network) co-founder David House had his rights violated when he had his electronic devices searched and seized at O’Hare International Airport, has posted documents indicating authorities may have been interested in whether he had knowledge or possessed “Afghanistan War Logs” documents that had not been published by WikiLeaks.