Revisiting CIA Torture on International Day of Support for Victims

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 8:33 pm

“Every day, women, men and children are tortured or ill-treated with the intention of destroying their sense of dignity and human worth,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared. He called on countries to “provide concrete support for victims of torture and prove their commitment to fighting a cruel and dehumanizing practice that remains pervasive.” The [...]

Secret Service Agents Granted Immunity in Free Speech Case

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 8:44 am

A man who confronted then-Vice President Dick Cheney over the Iraq War and was arrested by Secret Service agents for “assaulting” Cheney had his appeal to the Supreme Court unanimously rejected. The man, Steve Howards, had filed a lawsuit asserting the agents had violated his First Amendment right to free speech by arresting him for [...]

Supreme Court Makes It Even More Impossible for Torture Victims to Win Lawsuits

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 6:40 pm

The US Supreme Court unanimously decided that foreign political organizations and multinational corporations cannot be sued for the torture or extrajudicial killing of persons abroad under an anti-torture law passed in 1992. The law only gives people the right to sue “an individual,” “who acted under the authority of a foreign nation,” according to the [...]

The Sexual Sadism of the Michigan Department of Corrections

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 1:45 pm

Update: Michigan Department of Corrections Abandons Routine Body Cavity Searches A consortium of civil liberties, religious and health organizations and experts including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are challenging a strip-search procedure prisoners in Michigan’s Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility (WHV) are forced to submit to that is nothing less than sexual sadism by [...]

Court Ruling on Computer Fraud & Abuse Act Makes Charges Against Bradley Manning Questionable

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 8:11 pm

Pfc. Bradley Manning at Ft. Meade in March (photo: Bradley Manning Support Network) A ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has narrowed the reach of a computer fraud law that the government had been using to prosecute workers who steal from company computers, according to Reuters. The decision found [...]

More on the Supreme Court’s Abominable Strip-Search Ruling

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 2:32 pm

(update below) As widely reported yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision that officials could strip-search individuals being admitted to jail, even if they had committed minor offenses.  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in the decision that he was not willing to “second-guess the judgments of correction officials.” Those concerned about Americans’ rights [...]

ACLU: US Law Enforcement Often Track Cell Phones Without a Warrant

By: Monday April 2, 2012 2:42 pm

Public records from local and state law enforcement agencies reveal a significant number of law enforcement agencies in the United States use cell phone tracking even if they do not have a warrant or probable cause to engage in such surveillance. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which requested and obtained the records, finds the [...]

FBI Chief’s Problem with Needing Warrants for GPS Tracking

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 10:27 pm

(update below) The Supreme Court handed down a victory for civil liberties in January when it ruled police could not attach GPS devices to a suspect’s car for tracking without a search warrant. Now, FBI director Robert Mueller is troubled and he wants everyone to know the Court’s decision to uphold privacy presents a distinct [...]

Live Blog for #Occupy Movement: Occupy the Courts

By: Friday January 20, 2012 10:35 am

Free live streaming by Ustream Above is the livestream for Occupy Pittsburgh’s upcoming “Occupy the Courts” action at 4 pm EST. I will be there livestreaming and will go until my battery dies. [See bottom of post for description of planned action.] Occupy SCOTUS has been unfolding right now at 3:40 pm EST. OccupyFreedomLa is [...]

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