Let’s start with this recent New York Times news release: A turning point for Ms. Feinstein came in March with the disclosure that C.I.A. workers had infiltrated the computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff members to write the report. So DiFi was okay with the CIA (national security y’know) until she found out they [...]
|By: cassiodorus Friday December 12, 2014 11:00 am|
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday December 11, 2014 9:00 am|
No one except John Kiriakou is being held accountable for America’s torture policy. And John Kiriakou didn’t torture anyone, he just blew the whistle on it. In a Galaxy Far, Far Away The United States sanctioned acts of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency and others. The acts took place in secret prisons (“black sites”) [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 6, 2014 10:12 am|
Family of people shot and killed by Chicago police gathered outside the Chicago Police Department’s headquarters on November 5. Somewhere around fifty to a hundred people, including activists and city residents, participated in an evening demonstration for justice and accountability.
Specifically, the action took place on November 5 because 22-year-old Rekia Boyd would have been celebrating her birthday on November 5 had she not been killed by an off-duty police officer on March 21, 2012.
Boyd was out with her friends in Chicago when an off-duty police officer named Dante Servin stopped her and her friends while they were in North Lawndale’s Douglas Park on the west side. Servin told them to “keep the noise down.” The officer continued to exchange words with Boyd and her friends and then pulled out his gun and fired “at least five rounds at the group,” according to a recent report by a local grassroots group, We Charge Genocide (WCG).
|By: cchwang Wednesday October 15, 2014 3:08 pm|
In her latest piece, Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones sheds light on the case of Scott Panetti—a death row prisoner who Texas wants to execute despite a decades-long history of severe mental illness and serious questions remaining about his competency to be executed.
|By: Masoninblue Saturday October 11, 2014 4:00 pm|
After serving 17 years in prison for a crime that she did not commit, Susan Mellen is free.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:35 am|
Back in pre-Constitution America, the British army would burst into the homes and businesses of American colonists.
The searches would often be destructive, and intended so. Some of the time the point was to seize incriminating “revolutionary” materials, many times the point was simply to harass and threaten people the Crown feared and wanted to send a message to. It was in direct response to such invasions of freedom that the Founders wrote in the Fourth Amendment “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 3, 2014 4:15 pm|
A federal appeals court has ruled that the United States government can keep video and photos of high-profile Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohammed al-Qahtani secret because it is well-known that he was tortured and abused and any future release of information depicting him could be used by terrorist groups to incite anti-American violence.
The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. At issue are at least 58 FBI videos “depicting Qahtani’s activities in his cell and his interactions” with Defense Department personnel. There are also two videos showing “forced cell extractions,” where Qahtani was likely removed from his cell in an abusive or aggressive manner, two videos showing “document intelligence debriefings” and “six mugshots” of Qahtani.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 3, 2014 12:12 pm|
DNA evidence has cleared two African-American mentally disabled men, who were convicted of a rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in North Carolina in 1983. A judge ordered the men be released from jail, and the district attorney admitted the state had no case and would not try to prosecute the men again. But the original prosecutor in the case was displeased by the development.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 2, 2014 1:17 pm|
More than one week after Chicago police shot and killed 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh, his mother is still demanding the police provide basic information on what happened to her son. She has pledged to march to the local police station every day until she gets the answers she believes she deserves.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday August 31, 2014 8:30 am|
The stark reality is police in America have gunned down black youth in the streets many, many times prior to Michael Brown’s death. Why did this act of police brutality lead to such a show of incredible rage and protest from a community?