By Linda Schade This week in Boston, Sarahjane Blum and her four co-plaintiffs urged the First Circuit Court of Appeals to protect the First Amendment and overturn the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). Defining lawful Constitutionally-protected activities as “terrorism”, AETA has been used to criminalize the political speech of animal rights activists since its… [Read More]
DDF executive director sat down with BBC channel 4 news reporter Inigo Gilmore to watch and comment on President Obama’s NSA speech on January 17.
he Washington Post reported today that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) found that “the statute upon which the [bulk data collection] program was based, Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, “does not provide an adequate basis to support this program.”
Original commentary by Chris Geovanis and was published to CounterPunch on January 21, 2014. Public trials are one of the fundamental tenets of American democracy. And they’ve been cancelled in Chicago, at least for the trial of the NATO 3 — three defendants battling terrorism charges for alleged ‘crimes’ wholly instigated, manufactured and advanced by… [Read More]
Last month, Oklahoma City police charged a pair of environmental activists with staging a “terrorism hoax” after they unfurled a pair of banners covered in glitter—a substance local cops considered evidence of a faux biochemical assault.
Despite national protests, local acts of public dissent, federal legislative measures, and federal rulings declaring the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance programs and data collection programs unconstitutional–the agency continues to build storage facilities across the country. Undeterred, civil liberties groups around the country have banned together through the OffNow coalition and taken to deploying… [Read More]
Jerry Koch, a 24 year old Brooklyn anarchist, has been in jail since May 21, 2013 because he refuses to testify before a grand jury purportedly investigating an incident at a Times Square armed services recruiting center in 2008. A small bomb went off in the middle of the night, causing property damage. As with… [Read More]
President Obama signed the 1038 page National Defense Authorization Act on December 26, authorizing $632.8 billion in military spending for FY2014. As usual, the bill passed both chambers with bi-partisan support. See the roll call here: Senate and House. The NDAA, as usual, touched on a number of issues of importance to civil libertarians. Among… [Read More]
Adding momentum to the calls for reigning in NSA surveillance from civil society, business groups and Congress, last week Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology released its report on government surveillance and security practices. President Obama commissioned the Review Group in August in response to the global political outrage created by NSA whistleblower Edward… [Read More]