Defense Argues Warrantless Surveillance Requires Court to Grant New Trial for Mohamed Mohamud

By: Monday April 7, 2014 4:16 pm

The defense for a a young Somali-American man, who was convicted of trying to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, after being targeted and arrested in an FBI sting operation, has requested that a court vacate his conviction, suppress evidence, dismiss the indictment in his case or grant a new trial. The [...]

In Terrorism Case, Government Fights Potential ‘Sea Change in FISA Litigation’

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 5:12 pm

Courts had been asked by defendants to disclose details related to United States government applications for surveillance, which were authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, many times before. The judge had ruled on the legality of the surveillance without ordering the disclosure of classified information to a defendant. However, in January, in a federal [...]

The NSA Is Collecting ’100%’ of Phone Calls in Some Country—But Where?

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 4:45 pm

The National Security Agency has developed a system of surveillance that allows it to collect all of a country’s telephone calls. The capability envelops this nation’s entire telephone network and collects the content of conversations, many which are from Americans who “telephone, visit and work in the target country,” according to The Washington Post. The [...]

David Miranda Case: British High Court Accepts Investigative Journalism Can Be Like Terrorism

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 9:33 am

A British high court has decided that the detention of David Miranda, partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, under a provision of the United Kingdom’s terrorism law was “lawful.” The objective of his detention was “not only legitimate but very pressing.” He had in his possession material that was “stolen” from the National Security Agency by [...]

Chicago Tribune Stands Behind State’s Fantasy of Radical Terror, Even Though ‘NATO 3′ Acquitted of Terrorism

By: Tuesday February 11, 2014 11:22 am

Few terrorism cases are lost by the government prosecutors in the United States, whether at the federal level or, in rare instances, at the state level. However, last week, a jury came to a verdict in the “NATO 3″ trial that acquitted three young men of all the terrorism charges they had faced. It was [...]

Why Should AP Withhold Name of Country Where US Might Launch Drone & Kill Another US Citizen?

By: Monday February 10, 2014 3:49 pm

UPDATE – 9:00 PM EST: Late in the afternoon, the Los Angeles Times went ahead and released the name of the country: Pakistan. That it explains the concern. There definitely are special operations forces from the US operating covertly in the country and the US cannot call too much attention to them without risking blowback. [...]

Podcast: ‘MICATS 3′ Trial & Building ‘Community Power’ Against Tar Sands Oil Companies

By: Sunday February 9, 2014 10:39 am

Three members of a coalition in Michigan fighting against the transportation and refining of tar sands oil were found guilty by a jury of the charges of trespassing and resisting and obstructing an officer. They had not been allowed to raise the issue of the risk tar sands oil poses to the environment during the [...]

In Spite of Political Prosecution, Jury Acquits ‘NATO 3′ of All Terrorism Charges

By: Friday February 7, 2014 10:10 pm

A jury found the “NATO 3″ not guilty of all state terrorism charges including material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and possession and manufacturing of an incendiary device with the intent to commit terrorism. They were found not guilty of possessing an incendiary device with the intention to commit arson and not guilty [...]

When Prosecutors Showed the Jury a Pipe Bomb Making Recipe in the ‘NATO 3′ Trial

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 5:01 pm

If any single moment exemplifies what is horribly wrong with this trial, the moment when Illinois state prosecutors had a pipe bomb making recipe admitted into evidence and showed it to the jury while an explosives technician from the Chicago police department was on the witness stand is such an example. A defense attorney had [...]

Judge Evokes Dystopian Scene of Terror, Declines to Acquit ‘NATO 3′ of Terrorism Charges

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 11:33 am

The prosecution rested and the defense decided it would not call witnesses and put on a case in the trial of the “NATO 3.” Immediately, defense attorneys moved for a directed verdict on multiple terrorism and arson charges, which the defendants face. Brian Jacob Church, Brent Betterly and Jared Chase traveled from Florida to Chicago [...]

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