A Justice Department proposal would step back from requiring states to report deaths in custody, and instead would rely on media reports of police shootings and violence.
Over 22 million people visit the US on the Visa Waiver Program. So when the US Customs and Border Patrol announced that the agency was seeking a rule change to be able to ask each and every one of them for their social media identifiers, a few eyebrows were raised.
Social media companies are under a lot of pressure from the government to censor their users. And those companies are bowing to the pressure. Earlier this month, Twitter announced that it had shut down 235,000 accounts since February for “violating its policy on violent extremism.” But on August 1, Facebook took the censorship in a dramatically different direction,
Rapidly developing technology exposes communities of color to near-constant surveillance and over-policing.
New rules for Army Intelligence agents prohibit surveillance “for the purpose of collecting information on the domestic activities of U.S. persons” or “anonymous spying on email listservs.”
Trump’s vitriolic anti-immigrant, anti-civil libertarian, and openly racist policies have elicited a wave of condemnations. However, as many have pointed out, some of those most quickly running to condemn him are themselves the architects of policies that have been largely racist and anti-civil libertarian.
Back in March, hundreds of protesters descended on the Superdome in New Orleans to disrupt a federal auction for new Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases. Now an advocacy group wants to know if federal officials worked with local law enforcement and oil and gas industry insiders to spy on environmentalists involved in that and other protests held as part of the campaign.
As an organization that calls for government accountability for deprivations of civil liberties, we can take no other position than to join the call for President Barack Obama to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg. Her initial indictment was the result of grotesque government abuses of power; her conviction rested on what it is most likely perjured testimony.
On August 10, the American Federation of Teachers, civil and human rights organizations, faith leaders and community groups came together to issue a letter to the FBI condemning its Don’t Be a Puppet program.