Preemptive Prosecutions: Report Spotlights How the US Government Manufactures ‘Terrorism’ Cases

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:43 pm

Human Rights Watch and the Columbia Law School have released a comprehensive report challenging the government’s use of sting operations and other tactics in terrorism prosecutions. It particularly highlighted twenty-seven cases from when the cases were initiated to sentencing and post-conviction, including confinement conditions. The report comes just over a month after a mostly ignored [...]

Justice Department Requests Appeals Court Overturn Decision Against NSA Phone Metadata Program

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 5:38 pm

The United States Justice Department has filed a brief requesting that a federal appeals court overturn a decision issued last year, which found that the National Security Agency’s phone metadata program infringed upon the privacy of Americans. Attorney Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, and Charles Strange, father of Michael Strange, an NSA cryptologist technician [...]

Lawsuit Argues Children Deported by US Government Have Their Due Process Rights Violated

By: Friday July 11, 2014 5:53 pm

Multiple organizations have filed a class action lawsuit against the government for violating the due process rights of immigrant children, who have crossed the US-Mexico border, by failing to provide them with legal presentation during deportation hearings. The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP [...]

Deconstructing Weasel Words from ODNI & Justice Department on NSA, FBI Spying on American Muslims

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 6:03 pm

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 [...]

Revealed NSA Surveillance of Muslim-Americans Focuses Attention on Islamophobia in Security Agencies

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 11:15 am

Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept have published a much-anticipated story revealing five prominent Muslim-Americans the National Security Agency and FBI spied upon. The surveillance, which primarily appears to have involved monitoring their emails, was conducted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The five individuals are: Faisal Gill, a former member of [...]

One of More Chilling Post-9/11 Political Prosecutions, Case of Sami Al-Arian, Appears to Have Ended

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 12:49 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. Sami Al-Arian’s family declared in a statement, “We are glad that the government has finally [...]

Release of Legal Memo Justifying Anwar Al-Awlaki’s Killing Paves Way for Disclosure of More Records

By: Monday June 23, 2014 5:05 pm

A redacted legal memo produced to justify the “targeted killing” of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by the CIA in a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011, was finally released after a federal appeals court ordered its disclosure. The memo [PDF] had been the subject of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits by the American [...]

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Advocates for Prison Sentencing Reform in New ‘Letter from Loretto’

By: Monday June 23, 2014 11:34 am

Reflecting on mass incarceration in the United States, which he has experienced firsthand during his time in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou advocates for prison sentencing reform in his latest letter from jail. Firedoglake has been publishing “Letters from Loretto” by Kiriakou, who was the first member [...]

Julian Assange Hopes New Information Filed in Swedish Court Next Week Will Remove Arrest Warrant

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 5:25 pm

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuador Embassy in the United Kingdom for two years. To mark the anniversary, his legal defense team is making a push to have the United Nations Human Rights Commission intervene in the case. His legal defense team is also planning to make a filing in Swedish [...]

Judge Rules Against ACLU, Fails to Resolve Issue of US Marshals Seizing ‘StingRay’ Surveillance Records

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 12:08 pm

A city circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking applications to the Florida state court and the state court’s orders, approving the use of “StingRay” devices capable of surveillance of entire communities. But the judge did not resolve the issue of the United States Marshals Service seizing copies of records from the Sarasota Police Department so [...]

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