31 Jul 2015

During Baltimore Uprising, City Officials Criminalized Hashtags & Labeled Social Media Postings as ‘Threats’

In the early moments of the uprising in Baltimore after police killed Freddie Gray, Baltimore city officials monitored social media. The officials labeled activists and other users, who were posting about reported rioting, protest activity, and police action, as “threats.” The spreadsheet listing individuals deemed to have posted “threats” was

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28 Jul 2015

White House Responds to ‘Pardon Edward Snowden’ Petition with Character Assassination

  The White House finally responded to a popular petition at WhiteHouse.gov urging President Barack Obama’s administration to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. However, the response is a bald-faced attempt to use the petition as a platform to assassinate Snowden’s character. First off, the petition to pardon Snowden had nearly

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28 Jul 2015

On Human Rights, UN Committee Gives US Low Grades for Surveillance, Detention at Guantanamo

A United Nations committee, which reviews how countries comply with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), issued grades for the United States government’s implementation of recommendations issued last year. The committee gave the US low grades for surveillance and detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and in

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01 May 2015

Police in Pakistan Open Criminal Investigation Into Former CIA Officials Involved in Drone Strike

As ordered by a high court in Pakistan, police in Islamabad launched a criminal investigation into former CIA station chief, Jonathan Bank, for charges of murder and conspiracy to kill in a drone strike in 2009. They also opened a similar investigation into former CIA legal counsel John Rizzo. Kareem

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29 Apr 2015

Pennsylvania Law Aimed at Silencing Prisoners Like Mumia Abu-Jamal Declared Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that a Pennsylvania law passed to silence prisoners, like Mumia Abu-Jamal, who speak about mass incarceration and other criminal justice issues from jail violates freedom of speech and due process rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution. A permanent injunction against the law was issued

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27 Apr 2015

US Marshals Service Whistleblowers Allege Officials Use Freedom of Information Act to Retaliate Against Them

Multiple whistleblowers in the US Marshals Service have informed Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s office that leadership is allegedly using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to retaliate against them for seeking to report systemic abuses of power. In a letter to the Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates of

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