Suraj K Sazawal

August 27, 2020

The Bucks Stop Here

When NBA players refused to take the court following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, they did more than take a stand against racial injustice.  Whether they knew it or not, the Milwaukee Bucks’ players, who
June 5, 2020

No One Expects the Third Amendment

It wasn’t long ago the president called for “liberating” states that had been on lockdown in response to the contagious coronavirus, encouraging people to exercise their First Amendment rights and push back against what he considered government overreach.  But now
June 1, 2020
special tactics team ready for action in the streets

Killology, BulletProof, and Warrior Policing

President Trump’s reckless encouragement of police officers to rough up people in their custody overshadowed comments made by Bob Krull, head of the Minneapolis police union, at a 2017 political rally in Minnesota.  Fervent from speaking at the same podium
May 20, 2020

Big Brother Rolls On

Life as we used to know it has been upended. But before anyone else declares that “nothing will ever be the same” let us not forget that Big Brother never sleeps.  From California to Maine, the mass surveillance of lawful
May 7, 2020

Contact Tracing Needs Strong Safeguards

Until safeguards are put in place to prevent mission creep and other abuses of data collected through electronic contact tracing, the privacy and security of Americans could be undermined long after the emergency has ended
April 13, 2020

10 Years After ‘Collateral Murder’ We’re Still Shooting The Messengers

On April 5, 2010 Wikileaks published a classified U.S. military video documenting the killing of 12 people in Baghdad that included a Reuters photojournalist and his driver.  Collateral Murder, as the video is known, contradicted the military’s official version of
April 10, 2020

The Trump Administration’s Allergic Reaction to Oversight & Accountability

In a stunning 48-hour period this week, the President Donald Trump essentially admitted that he fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for properly exercising the duties of his job and his administration relieved Capt. Brett Crozier, a decorated Navy
April 1, 2020

A Balancing Act: Your Health vs. Your Rights

To encourage social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus, nearly one in five Americans have been asked by state and local officials to stay at home during the crisis.  Officials and medical experts say this extraordinary measure, an
February 26, 2020
Whistle On American Flag

Assange Extradition Threatens Global Press Freedom

Assange is charged under the Espionage Act for publishing truthful information. The indictment is seen as an assault on those people and organizations that publish classified information in the public interest.
January 13, 2020
US Capitol at Night

Times Up for Mass Surveillance.

Lawmakers this spring have the opportunity to end massive surveillance programs that erode civil liberties without making Americans safer.
October 14, 2019

No More Sneaky Backdoors for the FBI

Time and again the FBI has shown its inability, or unwillingness, to obey the law. This time, a secret court ruling made public last week revealed that the FBI had conducted tens of thousands of unauthorized searches of U.S. persons in a government intelligence database between 2017 and 2018
October 7, 2019
close up of the FBI HQ shows cracks in cement and Brutalist features

FBI’s powers need to be reined in, not expanded

Calls to expand the FBI’s powers to investigate “domestic terrorism” are unnecessary and would further enable law enforcement to suppress dissent.
October 4, 2019
child looks through border wall

Leaked FBI Memo Conjures Threat of Armed Conflict From Anarchist Groups Fighting for Immigrant Rights

The FBI is monitoring groups protesting U.S. border and immigration policies and considers them violent threats despite providing little evidence to support that claim.
August 19, 2019

Washington’s Most Popular Spying Program?

The Trump administration is reportedly pushing Congress to permanently reauthorize an NSA program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans' calls and texts.
August 16, 2019

“I have to do something”

“I don’t care whether our action will affect the government’s decision – I only know I have to do something to protect the place which I live in.” These words belong to a 21-year-old student in Hong Kong but could