Five years ago today the FBI raided the homes of anti-war activists across the Mid-West, as well as the offices of the Minneapolis based Antiwar Committee. The FBI deployed SWAT teams and even sent medics—no hostage negotiators were present, but they were on call. As they hauled away the personal belongings of activists, FBI agents… [Read More]
Just hours after Deputy Darren Goforth was murdered in Houston allegedly by a black man there was an anti-police demonstration at the Minnesota State Fair by Black Lives Matter. This ominous statement is how Bill O’Reilly began his August 30 “Unresolved Problems” segment. Sadly for our friend Bill he wasn’t getting much sympathy from his… [Read More]
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation applaud the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) new guidelines that law enforcement agencies under its purview seek a warrant before deploying a Stringray device. However, it is not for DOJ to decide when they must first seek a warrant before conducting an intrusive search. That decision… [Read More]
“At heart, the neoliberal project is fundamentally about limiting democracy. For decades now, global-justice activists have lamented the way in which unelected international financial institutions have eroded the popular will, undoing labor, environmental, and safety regulations. In Europe, we are witnessing the confrontation between mass movements and democratically elected governments and centralized financial powers that seek to impose crippling austerity measures, privatize key public assets, and dismantle important social programs. It should therefore come as no surprise that those who are opposed to Palestinian human rights and seek to repress the growing BDS movement, which aims for the full realization of fundamental human rights protected by international law, have strategically decided to cloak themselves in the language of neoliberalism, unrestrained trade and commerce, and economic rationalism.”
When appearing on Democracy Now! to discuss the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill noted that in both the U.S. and France, the surveillance state “unfairly targets Muslims and immigrants.” On Jan. 13, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia heard oral arguments on one example of… [Read More]
Less than a year after a small number of pro-Israel groups attempted to convince state legislatures and Congress to pass legislation punishing academic associations who took political positions critical of Israel’s human-rights abuses of the Palestinian people, many of the same groups are once again conspiring to deprive those deemed insignificantly deferential to Israel of… [Read More]
With its refusal to hear Mehanna’s appeal, the Supreme Court is helping to cement a reactionary reinterpretation of the First Amendment that dramatically curtails freedom of speech and gives the government yet another weapon with which to persecute Muslims and intimidate those whose political views it deems unacceptable.