Thousands of people have been demonstrating in support of Palestinians and against Israel’s assault on Gaza in major cities across the United States. Police have shown some willingness to facilitate protests, but organizers have also experienced a double standard in the way police handle Palestinian supporters versus Israel supporters. Multiple examples of this double standard, in fact, have surfaced in recent weeks.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday July 27, 2014 9:33 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 23, 2014 10:01 am|
The Chicago chapter of the pro-Israel group, StandWithUs, organized a rally on July 22 to show support for the country’s military assault on Gaza. During the rally, a man was arrested by Chicago police for carrying a gun at the demonstration.
Up until now, the man has been identified in the local press. His name is Andrew Glatz. He is 37-years-old and lives in Lincolnwood, IL. However, it has not been reported that he was with the people who were rallying for Israel.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 14, 2014 10:05 am|
It appears that things aren’t going very well for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his hopes for reelection. A new poll shows him trailing two possible challengers by wide margins.
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 8, 2014 2:25 pm|
The violence in Chicago under Mayor Rahm Emanuel is rapidly spiraling out of control. Last weekend, July 4th, Chicago suffered 82 shootings leading to 14 deaths reaffirming the city’s new nickname “Chiraq” – a combination of Chicago and Iraq. It was not the first holiday this year to be drenched in blood, Easter saw 45 shootings leading to nine deaths.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 16, 2014 4:14 pm|
A federal appeals court has overturned a first-of-its-kind ruling by a district court, which had granted a defendant access to secret surveillance records in his case. The court found the district court judge had “disobeyed” a statute and inappropriately decided to disclose materials to defense counsel.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 9, 2014 10:55 am|
The defense for a young Muslim who was arrested outside a Chicago bar in an undercover FBI sting operation and charged with trying to blow up the bar has submitted a motion objecting to a secret session that was held in court over access to secret surveillance records. Defense attorneys were barred from being present. Only people from the US Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and “other agencies” were allowed, despite the fact that court proceedings were supposed to be open to the public.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday June 7, 2014 8:29 am|
Disclosures from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden made it possible to see how the government misled the FISA court and manipulated secret processes intended to provide a check on surveillance powers. That likely inspired the district court judge to take the bold move of granting defense attorneys access to surveillance records. However, it would appear this federal appeals court is still compromised by the national security state and unwilling to act independently of the fear prosecutors manufacture to maintain control over the courtroom.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday May 10, 2014 7:59 am|
Two prominent civil liberties organizations filed a brief urging a federal district court judge to uphold a landmark decision granting a young Muslim accused of “attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction” access to government surveillance records.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 9, 2014 6:44 am|
Two FBI agents entered a small business run by a Palestinian American in the Chicago area last week and tried to ask him questions about two activists, who have been targets of the United States government.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 6, 2014 10:01 am|
Defense attorneys representing a young Muslim who was arrested in an undercover FBI sting operation and accused of plotting a terrorist attack have urged a federal district court judge to uphold a landmark decision granting access to government surveillance records.