DHS Inspector General Unable to Identify Total Number of Excessive Force Allegations Against Border Patrol

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 3:50 pm

The Office for the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a report on “use of force incidents” by border patrol agents. The report indicates US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been keeping records that contain incomplete data, making it difficult to assess the extent to which agents have [...]

Documents: Why Homeland Security Agents Seized Manning Support Network Co-Founder’s Electronic Devices

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 3:13 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union, which pursued a lawsuit alleging Bradley Manning Support Network (now Private Manning Support Network) co-founder David House had his rights violated when he had his electronic devices, including a laptop, searched and seized at O’Hare International Airport, has posted documents providing more details on why House was targeted. They suggest [...]

Obama’s Cybersecurity Executive Order Appears to Pose Little Risk to Citizens’ Privacy—For Now

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 11:16 am

President Barack Obama signed a major cybersecurity executive order hours before he delivered his State of the Union address. The order was highlighted in his address as he spoke about the current threat he believes the government faces from cyber-attacks. …We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and [...]

Homeland Security’s Failed Attempt to Pervert the Freedom of Information Act Process

By: Saturday January 19, 2013 11:20 am

Over a week ago, a federal judge ruled documents the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was ordered to produce in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit could not be subjected to a protective order. The development has received minimal attention, but the case seems important, as the government sought to use an innovative tactic [...]

Interview: GreenIsTheNewRed.com’s Will Potter on Transformation of Dissent into a Domestic Terrorism Threat

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 1:00 pm

A report from the Congressional Research Service was recently released and it looked at how law enforcement had been cracking down on animal rights and environmental activists. It highlighted how the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is used against activists. Will Potter of GreenistheNewRed.com covered the report in a post on October 2. The report, as [...]

Keeper of the Mountains Larry Gibson, Known Anti-Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Activist, Dies

By: Monday September 10, 2012 11:20 am

Well-known to anyone in the movement to end mountaintop removal—the destructive practice of blowing up mountains to get to coal, Keeper of the Mountains Larry Gibson had a heart attack and died yesterday at the age of sixty-five. Gibson was an activist, who lived in Welch, West Virginia, and courageously and valiantly stood up to [...]

Infiltrating Groups, Demonizing ‘Anarchists’ & Chilling Dissent Ahead of the RNC

By: Friday August 24, 2012 11:47 am

State-sponsored propaganda fills corporate and establishment news reports ahead of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida. The word is that “improvised explosive devices” (IEDs) could be used by “domestic terrorists” at the RNC. There also will likely be individuals who engage in “black bloc” tactics, cover their face with a mask or bandanna [...]

Former Homeland Security Analyst Describes Being Retaliated Against for Work on White Supremacist Terrorism

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 6:44 pm

A Homeland Security Department analyst and a 2009 report he helped produce on right-wing extremism is receiving increased attention after Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old white supremacist and military veteran, shot and killed six worshipers and wounded others, including a police officer, at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Daryl Johnson worked for the Homeland Security [...]

ACLU Presses on With Challenge to US No-Fly List

By: Friday May 11, 2012 5:21 pm

For the past two years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been challenging the US government’s No-Fly List. It has raised objection to the secrecy surrounding the list and the fact that people, who are on the list, are typically not told why their name is on the list. The government also does not [...]

The Ever-Expanding Surveillance State That Has Grown Under Obama

By: Friday April 20, 2012 4:54 pm

The surveillance state in the United States has only grown in America since the September 11th attacks. It has increasingly been used to spy and intrude on the lives of journalists and activists. And, during a Democracy Now! special, a full hour was spent delving into the National Security Agency’s evolution into an entity that [...]

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