In FBI Terrorism Sting Against Mentally Ill Kansas Man, Informants Built Bomb & Provided List of Materials

By: Friday April 10, 2015 5:16 pm

In a terrorism sting operation, the FBI arrested a twenty year-old man from Topeka, Kansas, who United States government officials claim attempted to “detonate a vehicle bomb at Fort Riley military base near Manhattan, Kansas.” He also apparently suffers from mental illness. John T. Booker Jr., who also goes by the name Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, [...]

Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin, Who Killed Rekia Boyd While Off-Duty, Finally Goes on Trial

By: Thursday April 9, 2015 8:31 pm

In a rare example of prosecutors seeking to hold a Chicago police officer accountable for a fatal shooting, Dante Servin went on trial for involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct. On March 21, 2012, Servin, who was off-duty at the time, responded to a 911 call complaining about noise in Douglas [...]

Human Rights Watch Sues US Government Over DEA’s Massive Surveillance Program That Chills Their Work

By: Wednesday April 8, 2015 12:05 pm

Human Rights Watch has sued the United States government over a massive surveillance program that intercepted billions of Americans’ international phone call records and was operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency for more than two decades. The lawsuit names one hundred unidentified officials or employees involved in operating the program as defendants. It also names [...]

DEA Surveillance Program Harvested Americans’ Call Records—And It Took Snowden’s Disclosures to End It

By: Tuesday April 7, 2015 7:02 pm

The United States government harvested the records of billions of Americans’ international phone calls for over two decades. It was ended by the Justice Department in September 2013 after disclosures by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden brought widespread attention to massive government surveillance. The surveillance program was made public by the Justice Department in January. The [...]

Pakistan Judge Orders Police Chief to Register Murder Case Against CIA Officials for Drone Strike

By: Tuesday April 7, 2015 2:50 pm

An Islamabad High Court judge in Pakistan has directed the police to register a murder and terrorism case against two former CIA officials for their alleged involvement in a drone strike that killed Pakistanis. Kareem Khan’s teenage son, Zahinullah, and his brother, Asif Iqbal, were killed on December 31, 2009, in a CIA drone strike [...]

Anthony Ray Hinton & His Attorney Discuss Hinton’s Exoneration After 30 Years on Alabama Death Row

By: Monday April 6, 2015 3:57 pm

Anthony Ray Hinton, a 59-year-old black man, was wrongfully convicted in Alabama of murdering two fast food restaurant managers in 1985. The US Supreme Court vacated his conviction last year and, after 30 years on death row, Hinton was freed from jail. His exoneration made Hinton the 152nd person to be exonerated from death row [...]

New Book: Antimalarial Drugs Part of Secret Program to Torture Detainees at Guantanamo

By: Sunday April 5, 2015 9:52 pm

An important new book reveals how the antimalaria drug mefloquine was used at Guantanamo as part of a secret interrogation program that resulted, among other things, in the deaths of three detainees at the Cuban-based US prison camp. Further research shows mefloquine was implicated in possibly two detainee deaths, and that other drugs were also used to debilitate prisoners.

Barrett Brown, John Kiriakou & the Bureau of Prisons’ Deep Contempt for First Amendment

By: Saturday April 4, 2015 11:07 am

The Bureau of Prisons’ contempt for the First Amendment has been on full display this week. Journalist and activist Barrett Brown pled guilty to offenses stemming from YouTube videos he uploaded containing a threat directed at the FBI, emails from hackers he redacted and laptops found in a kitchen cabinet that he hid from authorities. [...]

Deconstructing FBI-NYPD’s Operation Which Allegedly Thwarted Terrorism Plot by Muslim Women in New York

By: Thursday April 2, 2015 8:19 pm

Two Muslim women from Queens, New York, were arrested for allegedly conspiring to “prepare an explosive device to be detonated in a terrorist attack in the United States.” The FBI and the New York Police Department were both involved in a long-term undercover operation that began as early as 2013. As with most alleged plots [...]

Obama Administration Improperly Claims Secrecy Power Over Videos of Former Guantanamo Prisoner’s Force-Feeding

By: Thursday April 2, 2015 11:43 am

President Barack Obama’s administration claims that the executive branch alone may decide whether to disclose previously classified videos of the force-feeding of a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner—even though the videos are judicial records and a judge should be able to unseal and release them to the public. On October 3, 2014, a federal district court [...]

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