Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia and one of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world, announced Tuesday that it—alongside a host of civil liberty advocates, news outlets, and privacy rights organizations—has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency for violating the constitutional rights of its […]
Published on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer In his first official remarks following Tuesday’s release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the torture program conducted by the CIA during the presidency of George W. Bush, President Barack Obama on Tuesday night indicated that the abuses detailed in the report […]
Published on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer The U.S. government has quietly expanded its use of unmanned surveillance drones inside the country to the extent that now half of the nearly 2,000 mile border with Mexico is monitored by military drones that were once reserved for foreign battlefields, according tonew […]
Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Common Dreams – Sarah Lazare, staff writer In a watershed decision, a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the 'No-Fly' list—which bans tens of thousands of people suspected of 'terrorism' from boarding flights—is unconstitutional because it violates the right to due process and travel by air. The decision […]
more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions
FBI’s drones fly free of privacy safeguards according to new government report
The ACLU says the unprecedented ‘metadata’ now known to be collected by the NSA, “gives the government a comprehensive record of our associations and public movements, revealing a wealth of detail about our familial, political, professional, religious and intimate associations,” adding that it “is likely to have a chilling effect on whistle-blowers and others who would otherwise contact” the ACLU.
unmanned aircraft carrying cameras raise the specter of a “significant new avenue for surveillance of American life,”
Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeaway radio program–audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark), casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country.