Police State Repression
A two-year secret federal investigation of the U.S. anti-war movement has been conducted by the Obama administration, apparently with a federal grand jury in Chicago hearing evidence from Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, looking into “possible links between U.S. anti-war groups and foreign terrorist organizations,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Fitzgerald issued subpoenas beginning in September 2010, delivered via FBI raids to their homes, for activists to appear before the grand jury. With all the records sealed by court order, it is impossible to know about the scope and intent of the probe. 23 anti-war activists have now been targeted by the FBI, many through September raids that confiscated a wide range of personal material. Activists who have been summoned to testify before grand juries have righteously refused.
Lynne Stewart: Subpoenas
Download Flier: Bush, Now Obama: “Anti-War Protests are a Form of Terrorism”
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Ten Years Later: Surveillance in the Homeland (a joint project of the ACLU of Massachusetts and Truthout)
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When demonstrators are in the streets of NYC they are confronted by one of the largest armies in the world – the NYPD. The goal of the NYPD is to contain and control the presence of demonstrators in the name of public safety and order. Our ability to express our views is our knowledge that we have rights, under the First Amendment of the Constitution, to gather, be seen and be heard.
Recently, the Center for Constitutional Rights held a press conference, hosting lawyers Steve Downs and Kathy Manley of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. Based in Albany, NCPCF's mission is to educate the public about ongoing civil and political freedoms eroding, while police commit abuses both in society and to prisoners in jails.
‘Inventing Terrorists’ Study Offers Critical Examination of Government’s Use of Preemptive Prosecutions
Nearly ninety-five percent of individuals on a Justice Department list of “terrorism and terrorism-related convictions” from 2001-2010 included some elements of preemptive prosecution, according to a study by attorneys which they say is the first to “directly examine and critique preemptive prosecution and its abuses.”
Students Against Surveillance has begun a nationwide campaign against Internet spying by the National Security Agency (NSA). The campaign began on June 5, the one-year anniversary of the day the newspaper Guardian UK first published articles based on files released by Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, exposing massive NSA spying.
Examining and Understanding the Arrest of Moazaam Begg, Former Guantanamo Prisoner and Human Rights Activist
Moazaam Begg was captured in 2002 in the western imperialist “war on terror”. The British citizen of Pakistani descent was held for a time at Bagram Airforce Base in Afghanistan and then transferred to Guantanamo Bay Detention Center where he was detained without charge or trial for three years before he was released and repatriated to the U.K.
We in the US have a government that relies on terror and repression to maintain its rule, here and around the world. We live in a country whose government assassinates thousands with drones. Our government, driven by the relentless pursuit of profit, is plundering the earth, exploiting humanity, and imperiling our planet's very viability. This government tortures people while holding them indefinitely without trial and uses warrantless surveillance over all of us to try to identify those who might pose a threat to their agenda.
On Saturday February 1, about 20 people braved a snow storm to gather at a church in Evanston, Illinois, to hear Kevin Gosztola talk about the NATO 3 trial that he has been covering on Firedoglake.com. Sponsored by World Can’t Wait Chicago, 8th Day Center for Justice, Neighbors for Peace, and Occupy Evanston, the afternoon succeeded in raising funds and discussing some of issues posed by this important trial.
The central piece of "reform" that President Barack Obama proposed in his January 14 speech relates to NSA's telephone metadata program—under which the NSA carries out a bulk collection of information about each and every telephone call in the U.S., such as what number was called and how long the call lasted.
The message was pretty clear: the public is not welcome at the trial of three men dubbed the NATO3, which began today, January 21, in Chicago.
The court has issued orders that anyone wishing to attend must submit state-issued identification the day before they want to observe what is supposed to be a public trial, so they can be cleared by the Sheriff's office. And that must be repeated each day!
Last March – before Edward Snowden revealed the NSA’s sweeping collection of phone and other data – Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said no such operation existed. Now, a group of ex-national security officials urge President Obama to fire Clapper.