Shahid Buttar, a constitutional lawyer and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), was arrested by Capitol police at the end of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified. In video posted by the peace group, CODEPINK, Buttar shouts a question about NSA surveillance [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday February 26, 2015 6:17 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday February 26, 2015 5:33 pm|
Radio hosts for WGN, a major AM radio station, have mocked, laughed and downplayed a story from The Guardian suggesting the Chicago Police Department operates a “black site” or secret interrogation site at Homan Square, where people arrested have been disappeared, abused and denied due process. Hosts Roe Conn and Sylvia Perez of “The Roe [...]
|By: Brian Sonenstein Thursday February 26, 2015 1:56 pm|
Nearly three thousand immigrant prisoners are being transferred to undisclosed federal facilities after a two-day demonstration against indecent living conditions and medical care left the Willacy County Regional Detention Facility in need of repairs. Willacy is a private prison operated by the Management and Training Corporation (MTC), where thousands of inmates are housed in khaki-colored [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 25, 2015 5:46 pm|
The Chicago Police Department have denied that they operate a “black site” or secret interrogation facility, where people arrested have been abused and denied access to lawyers. But a previously published account of detention by a 66 year-old grandfather, who was arrested in a raid prior to the NATO summit in May 2012, calls into [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:54 am|
NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake has learned that the Pentagon Inspector General’s Office has rejected his whistleblower retaliation complaint, which he filed after the Justice Department’s prosecution against him collapsed. As part of the Pentagon IG office’s audit, Drake provided details about waste and civil liberties abuses related to a program called TRAILBLAZER. He alleged in [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:25 am|
The National Security Agency marked Constitution Day in September by inviting one of the United States national security state’s most favorite bloggers, Benjamin Wittes, who is the editor-in-chief of Lawfare, to give a speech. The address was made even more remarkable by the fact that Wittes had intended to post his unclassified speech soon after but was [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday February 23, 2015 5:24 pm|
Al Jazeera English and The Guardian have published top secret documents, which are part of a trove of cables, dossiers and other files from some of the world’s major spy agencies that were leaked to Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. The first set of revelations primarily stem from documents from Mossad and South African intelligence. After [...]
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday February 20, 2015 7:42 pm|
On February 3rd, a 5’3″, 130 pound Virginia woman was killed after six deputies tased her before locking her in restraints with an anti-spitting hood over her head. Natasha McKenna, who was 37 years old and suffered from schizophrenia from a young age, went into cardiac arrest before ever leaving the jail and later died at the hospital.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday February 20, 2015 3:15 pm|
A bill introduced in the Montana House of Representatives this week would curb the use of isolation in state prisons. The Montana Solitary Confinement Reform Act (or House Bill 490) was introduced by Democrat Jenny Eck and would ban solitary confinement for people under the age of 18 and those with severe mental illness. It would also introduce due process and appeal measures for inmates facing solitary and require weekly mental health evaluations for isolated inmates.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Thursday February 19, 2015 2:39 pm|
With the filing of two new lawsuits in New Mexico this week, Dr. Mark E. Walden stands accused of sexually assaulting scores of prisoners while working for inmate healthcare contractor Corizon Health Services inside two different GEO Group for-profit prisons in the state.
Filed on February 13th and 16th, the lawsuits are the sixth and seventh to be brought against Dr. Walden in the past three years, and raise the total number of Walden’s known and alleged victims to around 50.
Walden is accused of fondling prisoners’ genitals and conducting superfluous, aggressive rectal exams for ailments like tooth aches and toe fungus. Walden has denied any and all wrongdoing, and Corizon and GEO Group have so far refused to speak with the press on these matters.