Both the Office of Director of National Intelligence and the United States Justice Department have responded to a major feature story based off document from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The two agencies deny that any surveillance against the five prominent American Muslims named as NSA and FBI targets was a result of US intelligence targeting them for “exercising constitutional rights.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 9, 2014 4:20 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 2, 2014 2:23 pm|
A political prosecution against a Palestinian-American activist and University of South Florida professor, which began in February 2003, appeared to come to an end on June 27 as the United States government announced it was dropping all charges against him.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 26, 2014 5:20 pm|
A global security think tank in Washington, DC, has released a report on President Barack Obama’s drone policy. It raises several concerns about the erosion of “sovereignty norms, blowback and the potential for never-ending war and suggests the administration has fought what amounts to a “multi-year covert killing program.” But what is most remarkable is that this critique of drone policy is coming from a task force filled primarily with former military and national security officials.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 24, 2014 8:55 am|
The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report on the militarization of local law enforcement in the United States, which shows how the vast majority of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team deployments are for executing search warrants for drugs and the federal government is incentivizing the use of military-grade weaponry.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:05 am|
A federal district court dismissed a case that was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a United States citizen and against US government officials, who allegedly tortured, abused and subjected him to rendition and incommunicado detention in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The dismissal was another stark example of how it is nearly impossible for torture victims to push for justice in an American court of law.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 9, 2014 3:33 pm|
Nearly ninety-five percent of individuals on a Justice Department list of “terrorism and terrorism-related convictions” from 2001-2010 included some elements of preemptive prosecution, according to a study by attorneys which they say is the first to “directly examine and critique preemptive prosecution and its abuses.”
The study is called “Inventing Terrorists: The Lawfare of Preemptive Prosecution.” It was released by Project SALAM, which stands for Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims, and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF), a coalition of groups that “oppose profiling, preemptive prosecution and prisoner abuse.”
|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 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 1, 2014 8:55 am|
In testimony at a congressional briefing on November 20, 2013, Entesar Qadhi, a Yemeni youth leader who was elected to a position in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) from the Mareb province, described what it had been like in her village to fight al Qaeda and drive members of the militant group out of her village. “Drone strikes actually make al Qaeda people more popular because of the fact that they are striking inside of our villages, which makes the presence of Qaeda justified in our place,” she stated.” They’ll kick out al Qaeda militants, but then those militants will return when drones begin to hover over the village again.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday April 24, 2014 2:23 pm|
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which has brought a lawsuit on behalf of prisoners placed in restrictive prison units known as Communications Management Units (CMUs), has revealed documentation that shows for the first time how people are designated for placement in CMUs, what they are told by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) when placed in a CMU, and how they’re ongoing imprisonment in the CMU is reviewed by BOP.