A Palestinian woman and well-respected organizer in Chicago has been charged with lying to immigration authorities about her background when she applied for citizenship in the United States. If convicted, she faces the possibility of being imprisoned for up to ten years and being deported.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 23, 2013 4:36 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 8, 2013 4:00 pm|
Individuals who engaged in civil disobedience during “Moral Monday” protests are on trial in North Carolina. During the first trial of one of the protesters arrested, it came out in testimony that police for the state’s legislature conducted undercover surveillance and collected intelligence on “anarchists.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 17, 2013 12:50 pm|
Two years ago, a group of Americans in New York City sparked a movement that redefined protest and struggle. Around one hundred people took over a park near Wall Street to call attention to income inequality and economic injustice.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 25, 2013 5:00 pm|
Activists who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by attorneys with the National Lawyers Guild have learned that they were listed in a national domestic terrorist database after being targeted and spied upon by the United States Army and Coast Guard, a Washington Fusion Center and police departments in the state of Washington.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 2, 2013 5:25 pm|
A legal group of criminal defense attorneys has formed to combat what they describe as the FBI and Justice Department’s use of harassment and over-prosecution to chill and silence those who engage in journalism, Internet activism or dissent.
The group, the Whistleblower Defense League, will defend individuals engaged in investigating the United States government and those who are “in positions to reveal truths about this government and its relationships with other governments and corporations.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 11, 2013 4:10 pm|
The Muslim-American Civil Liberties Coalition (MCLC), Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) have released a report, “Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims.”
The report outlines how the surveillance has created a “pervasive climate of fear and suspicion. It highlights racial and religious profiling by the police, which has effectively criminalized Muslims and effectively chilled free speech and activism in Muslim communities.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 29, 2013 5:50 am|
TransCanada, which is currently constructing a tar sands oil pipeline that runs through Texas, reached a settlement with activists who have been protesting the pipeline. The settlement was the result of a lawsuit the multinational corporation brought to censor, intimidate and silence activists protesting construction by burdening them with a lawsuit where they would be preoccupied with defending themselves in court.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 25, 2013 4:11 pm|
Three Occupy activists known as the “NATO 3,” who came to Chicago to protest at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit last May and were arrested and later indicted on terrorism charges, are challenging the constitutionality of an untested Illinois anti-terrorism statute under which they were charged.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 18, 2012 4:32 pm|
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a lawsuit brought by a lawyer with the National Lawyers Guild against a military operative who infiltrated peace activist groups may proceed.
NLG member attorney Larry Hildes, one of the lawyers involved in bringing Panagacos v. Towery, told Firedoglake this is the “first time any appellate court has ever said that yes you can sue the military for damages for spying on civilian activists. As far as we know there has never been another case that said this.” He added, “By saying we have legitimate causes of action against the army personnel for spying on our clients, getting our clients arrested, etc,” it means we have grounds to sue and that these causes of action, if proven, may entitle plaintiffs to damages.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 30, 2012 4:48 pm|
There are people who by choice describe themselves as anarchists, who are being jailed for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in Seattle. They have been subjected to surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They have been issued subpoenas to testify to a grand jury or be held in contempt and held in prison. Some of them have had their homes raided by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Some have had property seized for an investigation that is allegedly into property damage the FBI believes occurred in Seattle on May Day, however, the surveillance of activists by the FBI began in April.