civil liberties

United Kingdom

September 17, 2017
CAGE International Director Muhammad Rabbani is about to stand trial for refusing to give UK police the password to his laptop, which contained information about torture survivors. He’s using his case to challenge Britain’s anti-terrorism legislation, Schedule 7

Surveillance State

October 12, 2016
Promotional materials obtained by civil rights organization show Geofeedia tapped social media feeds to track activists on behalf of police in Baltimore and Ferguson

Baltimore Police Defend Secret Surveillance Program

August 25, 2016

Officials would not say why a private company using a plane to track city residents was hired and funded outside public purview

Islamophobia

August 19, 2016
French civil liberties activist Yasser Louati says you can’t ‘free women’ by denying them individual choice

End to Violence Unlikely as Ceasefire Extended in Ukraine

June 27, 2014

Volodymyr Ishchenko: Small independent protests are taking place amid the pro-Russian separatist rebellion, but workers remain weak as a political force in Ukraine and the government is continuing to restrict civil liberties

NSA Recording All International Calls From U.S.

March 17, 2014

NSA whistleblower Russ Tice says the ongoing Snowden revelations show Americans that those in power should be held accountable for serious breaches of the Constitution

CIA and NSA Wrongdoing Requires Independent Investigation, Says Former Church Committee Staff

March 16, 2014

Burt Wides, a former chief investigator for the Church Committee, who helped create the Senate and House intelligence committees, says these oversight bodies are now too entwined with the intelligence agencies; further reason for an independent committee is President Obama will not pursue an investigation into the actions taken during the Bush/Cheney administration’s ‘war on…

Reality Asserts Itself - Michael Ratner

March 13, 2014
Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that he warned of a growing police state a month after 9/11, as constitutional rights continue to evaporate in the name of national security

Hamid Dabashi on the Middle East

February 14, 2014
Hamid Dabashi: All foreign nations involved in Syria are attempting to quell the revolutionary uprisings for economic and strategic interests, but the Syrian people will ultimately decide their own future