You are hereCivil Rights / Liberties

Civil Rights / Liberties


Spies "R" Us

 

Spies "R" Us

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed institutionalized spying on Americans. Anyone can be monitored for any reason or none at all. 

 

Manufactured national security threats, silencing dissent, targeting whistleblowers, and challenging press freedom subvert constitutional rights. 

 

Close Guantanamo Now!

 

Close Guantanamo Now!

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

As president and commander-in-chief, Obama has legal authority to do so. On May 3, New York City Bar president Carey R. Dunne wrote him. He did so on behalf of the organization he heads.

 

He called indefinite detention "legally and morally indefensible." He said 25 retired military flag officers said it's "an effective recruiting tool for our enemies."

 

Willie Manning: Unjustly Sentenced to Death

 

Willie Manning: Unjustly Sentenced to Death

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Capital punishment is barbaric, unjust and unconscionable. It's the ultimate denial of human rights. Nothing justifies state-sponsored murder. Wrongfully executing innocent victims alone explains why.

 

On Its 20th Birthday, Its Future is Challenged: Social Networking Poses Threat to World Wide Web

 

By Alfredo Lopez


This Summer, a team at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has undertaken a remarkable project: to recreate the first web site and the computer on which it was first seen.

TSA’s John Pistole shovels the sh*t yet again

 

If you’re of a literary bent, you may already know the following statement. It was famously said by writer Mary McCarthy of fellow writer Lillian Hellman:

“Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.”

Read the rest at TSA News.

Another woman detained by TSA over false positive

 

I suppose we can say it till we’re blue in the face and it still won’t make a dent.

The so-called explosives trace detection machines, like the strip-search scanners, alarm on false positives all the time. All the time.

Heading towards a police state: Destroying Ourselves

 

By Dan DeWalt


Has the "land of the free and home of the brave" decided to roll over in fear and concede defeat to terrorism?


Craft International Services hired guns at the Boston Marathon: Why Such Secrecy about Private Military Contractor’s Men Working

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

Speaking as an investigative reporter with almost 40 years’s experience, I can say that when government officials won’t talk, they’re generally hiding something embarrassing or worse.

Hunting for the Boogie-Man: 4-19, the Day It All Came Together

 

By John Grant


 “In order to get our message before the public with some chance of making a lasting impression, we’ve had to kill people.”

         --Ted Kaczynski, The Unabomber Manifesto, 1995

 

TSA-style gropes at Coachella Music Festival, by Lisa Simeone

As some of us have been saying for years, and taking no end of sh*t for it from know-nothing observers, it was only a matter of time before the tactics of the TSA moved from the airport to other venues. And now that day is here.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Is your 15-year-old son a terrorist?

Is your 15-year-old son a terrorist? Of course, according to the TSA. Heck, we're all terrorists.

Read the rest at TSA News.

The Marathon Bombings, Privacy and the Question "Why?"

 

By Alfredo Lopez


One thing is clear amidst the shower of confusion and contradiction that bathes the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing: the legal and technological structure of a police state is in place and can be quickly activated. As if on cue, while the hunt for the bombers was ongoing, the House of Representatives obligingly enhanced that police state capability by passing the draconian Cyber Intelligence and Protection Act (CIPA). If approved by the Senate and signed by the President, it will greatly expand the government's intrusion into all our lives.

Climate of Fear Spreads to Newark as NBA Star Shaq O'Neal Censors Mumia Film

 

By Linn Washington, Jr.


Was it simply a “cold business decision” or a callous act of censorship?

This is the question swirling around legendary pro-basketball player Shaquille O’Neal who put a power move on Stephen Vittoria blocking this respected filmmaker’s showing of his latest documentary at the movie complex O’Neal co-owns in downtown Newark, NJ, the city where both of these men were born.

TSA postpones new knife rule

 

Proving once again that a bumbling bureaucracy is responsive as long as The Right People are squawking, the TSA has decided to delay implementation of the new rule about knives.

Have no fear, though. You, the Little People, still don’t mean anything.

Boston offers grim preview of coming attractions: Police State on Display

 

By Dave Lindorff


The Boston Marathon bombing has already demonstrated the best and the worst of America for all the world to see.


TSA’s Pistole on invasive patdowns and nude scanners

An admirably persistent reporter from WeAreChange.org (not mainstream media, of course) questioned TSA Administrator John Pistole the other day about the strip-search scanners and his euphemistically termed “enhanced patdowns.” Pistole is his usual weaselly self, dancing around questions, faux-caring, and lying. Here's the video.

Getting involved versus Calls For Vengeance Citizen First-Responders: Models For Responsible Democracy

 

By John Grant


I write a lot of critical things about militarism, our unnecessary wars and our growing surveillance/police state. So it was heartwarming to watch the videos and listen to the stories from the Boston Marathon bombing about civilian “first-responders” who chose not to flee but to wade into a very messy situation.

Marla Murasko: Did the TSA harrass us because of our special needs son?

Columnist Marla Murasko has finally discovered what the rest of us have been saying for years: the TSA is an exercise in abuse. Its agents are on a power trip. They bully, harass, rob, and assault people, every day, all across the country. It just took her a while to figure that out:

Read the rest at TSA News.

Manning's Co-Defendant is the Internet Itself Bradley Manning Update: How to Commit Espionage Without Trying!

 

By Dave Lindorff


If it wasn't clear up to now, it was made crystal clear last week. The co-defendent in the Bradley Manning trial is the Internet itself.

Disappearing TSA Blog post reappears — kinda sorta

The case of the disappearing TSA Blog post continues.

Read about it at TSA News and stand up for civil liberties.

Imperial Partners Showcase Their Ruthlessness

 

Imperial Partners Showcase Their Ruthlessness

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America and Israel partner in injustice. They prioritize it. Imperial lawlessness is policy. So is state terror. Many examples explain. They're commonplace daily.

 

Democracy is coming... to the U.S.A.!

By Mike Ferner

When Judge Debbie O’Dell-Seneca, recently directed a corporate “fracking” combine in Western Pennsylvania to unseal the terms of a settlement with citizen-plaintiffs, she struck a clear blow for the public’s right to know.  But far beyond the borders of Washington County PA, her ruling is being celebrated by a national movement working to reverse 127 years of law that gave corporations the constitutional protections of real human beings.

Her decision echoed language as old as that used when corporations were judged subservient to citizens and as new as the slogans of the “occupy” movement.    

This sandwich is the bomb! Oops. TSA agents are on the case!

Jason Michael Cruz learned the hard way about the brainiacs populating the TSA.

Read about it at TSA News.

Tell TSA clerks to keep their hands to themselves, by Sommer Gentry

Sommer Gentry is a (highly distinguished) Professor of Mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy. She was sexually assaulted by the TSA. Since then, she has refused to allow the TSA to further victimize her. For a long time she didn't fly at all, going the boycott route (as I have done), since the airlines are complicit in the TSA's abuse. Now, however, she has other ways of fighting back. Read about them at TSA News.

Saga of the disappearing TSA Blog post continues

Why is the TSA trying to withhold information from the public?

Read about it at TSA News.

TSA worker: “But Hawaii is a foreign country!”

Luckily (or unluckily) for us, the TSA is just a security puppet show, not real security. We took care of actual security by reinforcing cockpit doors and by coming to understand that passengers will no longer silently submit to would-be attackers.

Read about the brilliance of TSA workers as they eviscerate our rights at TSA News.

Both Sides Agree: You Don't Have Privacy Rights, or How Europe's Fight with Google Over Privacy Ignores Real Privacy

 

 

By:  Alfredo Lopez

 

Last week the governments of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom fired a warning shot at Google and it appears they're reloading the gun with real ammunition.

TSA brags — again — about nabbing innocuous stuff, by Lisa Simeone

Got a belt buckle? A lighter? A watch? A purse? Breath mints? Congratulations! You, too, could be a terrorist!

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA detains, harasses another disabled woman, by Lisa Simeone

Following is an account from a reader who has experience with TSA Pre-Check— as you’ll see, she confirms what we’ve been telling you for over a year now — that it’s a boondoggle and an extortion racket — and who also has experience with being abused by the TSA. She was temporarily disabled when she flew. The TSA first bullied her, then went against their own procedures and forced her to remove her leg cast. Still that wasn’t enough. They then bullied her some more and almost caused her to miss her flight. Read on:

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA allows man on plane without security check, by Amy Alkon

 

The best thing is, after he was turned away for a lack of ID and boarding pass, they watched him slip through the airport’s secure area with his badge (he’s a Delta employee) yet waited 45 minutes to call Port Authority Cops.

This isn’t to say I think we’re necessarily in danger from behavior like this or that the TSA’s job is anything more than a security puppet show.

Support WarIsACrime



Donate.








Tweet your Congress critters here.


Advertise on this site!




Facebook      Twitter





Our Stores:























Movie Memorabilia.



The log-in box below is only for bloggers. Nobody else will be able to log in because we have not figured out how to stop voluminous spam ruining the site. If you would like us to have the resources to figure that out please donate. If you would like to receive occasional emails please sign up. If you would like to be a blogger here please send your resume.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.