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Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance of US Citizens

Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance of US Citizens

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 […]

Obama: America “Exceptional” So We Don’t Prosecute Torturers

Obama: America “Exceptional” So We Don’t Prosecute Torturers

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 […]

Domestic Drones Cometh: Report Exposes Rapid Expansion of Surveillance Flights

Domestic Drones Cometh: Report Exposes Rapid Expansion of Surveillance Flights

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 […]

‘Kafkaesque’ No-Fly List Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Judge

‘Kafkaesque’ No-Fly List Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Judge

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 […]

ACLU Sues NSA Over 'Dragnet' Surveillance Revealed in Historic Leaks

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.

Cities coordinated Occupy evictions, Occupy Boston sues to stay

Cities coordinated Occupy evictions, Occupy Boston sues to stay

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.