Suraj K Sazawal

June 3, 2019

NLRB threatens free association rights of Graduate student-workers

The announcement that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) plans to roll back protections for Americans trying to collectively bargain and unionize is worrisome
May 3, 2019

Will the NSA stop mass spying on Americans? Don’t hold your breath

Recent headlines that suggest the NSA will abandon its mass phone surveillance program, commonly known as Section 215 of the Patriot Act, should be met with a healthy dollop of skepticism.
March 17, 2019

Police Department Report-Your-Neighbor Apps Proliferate Without Oversight or Community Input

Remember the good ol’ days when just Big Brother kept tabs on what you did and where you went?
December 24, 2018
Video surveillance cameras for monitoring on streets

Congress, Police, Protesters and Surveillance

Police zeal to embrace military-grade hardware is unprecedented, and the deployment of surveillance technology on the public often occurs with little public debate or warning.
November 8, 2018
WASHINGTON DC - MAY 1: Immigration reform activists protest on May 1 2010 at the White House on in Washington DC.

ICE’s Chilling Attack on Free Speech and Dissent

According to ICE’s data, there was a 41% increase in the number of undocumented immigrants arrested by the agency in 2017 compared to the previous year.  
November 6, 2018
The Constitution of the United States of America

The 14th Amendment is Working Hard to Protect Your Rights

Much like Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey or oatmeal raisin cookies, the constitution's 14th Amendment is remarkably underrated.
September 19, 2018
protesters at US Capitol with signs opposing Trump and Muslim ban

Anti-Protest Legislation Still Pending in Legislatures Across the Country

The fact that they were introduced is troublesome and dangerous.  It is through protest, an essential part of American life,that we are given the ability to speak out and challenge events and injustices.  That power should be protected, not infringed upon, so that it can continue to shape and influence our American polity.
September 10, 2018
People protesting

Protest works. That’s why they don’t want you to do it

Americans turn to protest because it works. Whether fighting for civil rights, women’s suffrage, or to improve workplace conditions, America’s robust tradition of free speech and dissent offers a powerful retort to the forces trying to preserve the status quo.
June 18, 2018

Federal and State Bills Feed Dangerous Myth of a “War on Police”

Both major parties are supporting legislation that breathes life into the misguided belief that police are under attack, and that protesters or criticism of aggressive policing put police officers’ lives in danger. 
May 29, 2018

Rekognize the New Threat

Rekognition promises to “perform real-time recognition of persons of interest from camera livestreams against your private database of face metadata.”  In plain English, that means it can identify people in real time.
May 16, 2018
four surveillance camera to see all main points of the great metropolis

There Are Just Too Many Unknown Unknowns When it Comes to Local Police Surveillance. But Activists In Oakland are Changing That

Orwell's dystopic vision of a society where cameras and computers spy on every person's movements may be upon us, but even his prescient imagination did not envision the rise of non-disclosure agreements.
May 8, 2018

Your Right to Protest is Under Attack

Russia is part of a dangerous global trend of countries rolling back basic freedoms for opposition voices... but so is the United States.
March 31, 2018
Phone Encryption

Extraordinary: FBI Tried to Trick Apple Into Breaking Its Own Encryption

Officials from the Department of Justice and the FBI, with the blessing of the White House, have been holding meetings with security experts to develop backdoors that would give law enforcement uninterrupted access to encrypted data.
September 26, 2017

DC Court of Appeals Decides That Police Stingrays Require a Warrant

Is the Fourth Amendment, drafted in the 18th century, able to deal effectively with digital age technologies?  That is the question being asked in a number of a number of legal cases, in a number of different contexts, and with surprising results. 
September 8, 2017
police in combat fatigues in downtown Pittsburgh with LRAD mounted on trudk

Sound and Fury

Providing law enforcement with military-grade equipment produces a dangerous, warrior mentality that could encourage more aggressive policing. Military equipment is designed to be used against an enemy, so if local police are given access to weapons being used by soldiers fighting ISIS in Afghanistan, it’s not that far a of logical jump to see an environment where unarmed public demonstrators are perceived as a threat.