In the Media

Letter: Rights groups appeal to the Maryland Senate and House to Oppose Anti-Boycott Bills

Center for Constitutional Rights
March 3, 2014

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the Maryland and D.C. chapters of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Defending Dissent Foundation sent Maryland Senators and Delegates a letter on March 3, 2014 urging them to oppose pending legislation that would reduce state funding to colleges and universities that fund membership and activities in organizations supporting boycotts of certain countries, including Israel. According to the legislation’s supporters, Senate Bill 647 and House Bill 998 were drafted in response to the American Studies Association’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. NSA

Electronic Frontier Foundation
September 10, 2013

Twenty-two organizations including Unitarian church groups, gun ownership advocates, and a broad coalition of membership and political advocacy organizations filed suit against the National Security Agency for violating their First Amendment right of association by illegally collecting their call records. The coalition is represented by EFF.

U.S. Drones Reaping Death by SIM Card

The Real News Network
February 16, 2014

The heart of the story is that the NSA is using electronic surveillance to decide whom to kill and not using human intelligence. And that electronic surveillance is unreliable. Unfortunately, it appears that often that information is not verified by human intelligence. So what they're doing is basing killing on SIM cards and phones.

Van Hollen should scrap singers' prosecutions

Activist Craig Spaulding handcuffed at Solidarity Sing Along (Mike DeVries - The Capital Times)
The Cap Times
February 7, 2014

“The First Amendment still lives in Wisconsin’s Capitol today,” declares Patricia Hammel, the vice chair of the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Hammel, an attorney for one of the singers arrested during Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to silence dissent in the state Capitol last year, was celebrating a major victory in the long legal struggle to restore respect for the Constitution in Walker’s Wisconsin.

Federal prosecutors compiled summary of public's written testimony for Tuesday's hearing on DOJ-Portland settlement on police reforms

The Oregonian
February 13, 2014

Federal prosecutors have submitted a summary of written testimony for Tuesday's hearing on whether a settlement agreement the city of Portland reached with federal investigators is "fair, reasonable and adequate'' to address police problems identified by the U.S. Department of Justice

The Business of Surveillance

Human Rights Magazine
February 16, 2014

It is at once revealing and disturbing that the American retailing company Target can learn of a teenager’s pregnancy before the family she lives with does. An angry father near Minneapolis found this out firsthand, as reported in the New York Times, revealing a modern-day quandary: Communications and information technology have advanced with such speed that privacy safeguards lag far behind.

Bernie Sanders To Nation: "If You Are Not Prepared to Defend Privacy Rights, Don't Expect My Vote"

Occupy.com
February 16, 2014
MONTPELIER, Vermont – Shuffling into the downtown Montpelier auditorium, visitors unbuttoned their jackets, removed their hats and scarves and tried to shake off the New England cold as they filed upwards into the second floor theater hall to hear U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speak to the crisis of NSA surveillance.

Failure to Convict NATO 3 Protesters as Terrorists Undermines Broader Police Entrapment Trend

Huffington Post
February 2, 2014

Three young activists were acquitted of terrorism charges Friday, but convicted of mob action and arson-related felonies for their part in a supposed crime involving Molotov cocktails that was manufactured, both figuratively and literally, by the Chicago Police Department (CPD), and likely the FBI, in the lead-up to the May 2012 demonstrations against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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