The United States government has settled with a Kansas-born Muslim man, who it now admits was arrested in 2003 because he was a material witness and not a criminal suspect. He was the victim of a post-9/11 practice where agents would take advantage of the material witness statute and detain and interrogate individuals instead of [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 16, 2015 11:07 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 9, 2015 11:00 am|
A 37-year-old environmental activist, who was convicted of “eco-terrorism” in 2007 and sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2008, has been released from jail after he uncovered evidence that the federal government withheld documents that would have been useful to his defense at trial. The release was a result of Eric McDavid pleading guilty [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 7, 2015 4:00 pm|
Lawyers for a man who was targeted by an FBI sting operation and charged with terrorism offenses have asked the United States Supreme Court to review their case to determine if an appeals court erred in denying access to material the government collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Adel Daoud is charged with [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 5, 2015 11:00 am|
In the first United States drone strike of the new year, at least six people were reported to be killed on January 4. The strike came as Pakistan killed at least 31 alleged “militants” in an offensive the US has been helping the country’s military forces wage against militant groups the US has long maintained [...]
|By: Brandon Jordan Friday December 26, 2014 11:00 am|
[Editorial note: In late July, the Arab American Institute released a survey where 27 and 32 percent of Americans viewed Muslims and Arabs favorably, respectively. As the authors of the report note, the number of Americans favoring both communities declined since 2010 compared to other ethnic groups. Consequently, 42 percent of Americans agreed with profiling of American [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:17 pm|
House Republican Tom Cotton looks set to defeat Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. If this happens, it is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday October 11, 2014 12:46 pm|
In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of “law enforcement” sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought the subpoena and lost in July. Despite the fact that the government had defeated , the government withdrew the subpoena in April 2012.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday October 11, 2014 8:30 am|
As a result of a court ruling that found thirteen United States citizens who were placed on the No Fly List had their rights to “procedural due process” violated, seven US citizens have been notified by the government that they are not currently on that particular watchlist.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had been involved in representing these individuals in their lawsuit against the government.
|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 Thursday September 25, 2014 11:11 am|
One of the bothersome aspects of the war escalation in Iraq and Syria has been the commitment of President Barack Obama’s administration to using language to conceal their war plans.
The White House has insisted this is not a war. The attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are a part of a “counterterrorism strategy.” The US has not launched a war because it has previously been dropping Hellfire missiles on suspected terrorists in various countries. Those strikes, though they have killed hundreds of civilians and were questionable in their legality and success in bringing about “security,” were part of a “strategy.”