Anyone who hoped that US military detention of Americans accused of terrorism expired with the transfer of American citizen Jose Padilla from military custody to Justice Dept. custody have seen their hopes dashed by the Military Commissions Act that
...This is the third of three identification-related “rulemakings” in the last month and a half in which the DHS has proposed to restrict the right to travel. IDP has filed formal objections to each of these proposals:
The International Committee of the Red Cross said that a controversial new anti-terror law approved by President George W. Bush this week undermined international humanitarian law.
FBI Director Robert Mueller called on Internet service providers to record their customers' online activities, a move that anticipates a fierce debate over privacy and law enforcement in Washington next year.
The military tribunals bill signed by President Bush marks the first time the right of habeas corpus has been curtailed by law for millions of people in the US. The new law takes away from noncitizens in the US the right to go to court if they are d
How will we know when a dictatorship has arrived? Not from reading the Washington Post. The Post’s story today -- “Bush Signs Terrorism Measure” -- looks like just another routine report on the approval of a piece of legislation, accompanied by the u
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has illegally seized over 11,000 wire transfers absent reasonable suspicion over the past year. To date, Goddard's office has netted over $17,000,000 worth of illegal seizures but no charges have yet been fi
Keith Olbermann's "special" comments following the signing of the Military Tribunal Act by President Bush this past Tuesday
The acts of torture now made legal and wholesome include the burning of flesh, the breaking of bones, the placing of needles under fingernails, the tearing of limbs, the disfiguring of faces, and the infliction of general bodily injury that may or ma
The Department of Fatherland Security has proposed that operators of all ships and planes be required to get DHS permission for each passenger to, from, or via the USA. If the answer isn't “Yes” -- the operator wouldn’t be allowed to let you trav
The Justice Dept asked a federal appeals court to throw out a lower court decision that said the Bush adminstration's warrantless surveillance program is unconstitutional. The president has said the program is needed in the war on terrorism.
The courage and vindication of civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart
(Wonder if Freedoms Phoenix is part of this database)Internal military documents released Thursday provided new details about the Defense Departmen's collection of information on nationwide demonstrations last year
Bloggers: "Big Brother is not watching you, but 10 members of a Virginia National Guard unit might be." The Manassas-based Guardsmen are on assignment to clamp down on both "official and unofficial Army Web sites for operational securi
Security and terrorism won't be an issue if Chicago wins the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games because, by that time, there'll be a surveillance camera on every corner, Mayor Daley said.
Chief among the questions: Which machine-readable technology will the new IDs use? The Department of Police Statism, working with states and with DMV agents, was supposed to set up guidelines on this basic but critical topic.
Reynolds has agreed to a domestic ban on flavored cigarettes such as "Twista Lime" and "Mocha Taboo" that critics say are marketed to youths, officials from 38 states and a U.S. territory said. The tobacco giant settled the broad
Iraqi war veteran Sgt Robert Lawrence & Pfc James Neely, unable to differentiate between a cell phone and a weapon, shot a man carrying a cell phone who was walking towards them. The National guardsmen have yet to be arrested or charged with a crime.
Police will be able to tell whether drivers who crash were speeding by checking the black boxes being fitted to thousands of cars by Britian's biggest insurance company. Norwich Union is installing satellite tracking devices to customers' ca
It is one thing for a renegade executive to crown himself and declare that his wisdom is exceptional enough to designate Americans and foreigners as enemies to be detained indefinitely. It is quite another for 315 members of Congress to go along.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved the dismantling of habeas corpus for "enemy combatants." Twelve Democrats sided with the Republicans to allow the US government to detain people arbitrarily and indefinitely.
Philip Mudd, who had just joined the FBI from the rival CIA, was pitching a program called Domain Management, designed to get agents to move beyond chasing criminal cases and start gathering intelligence.
Governor Schwarzenegger's veto of a bill aimed at protecting California citizens from surreptitious RFID tracking should come as no shock if you understand his penchant for paternalistic power, say "Spychips" authors Katherine Albrecht
Enclosed is a letter from former Congressmen William Hefner, who represented the 8th District in North Carolina. Did some checking, and indeed there was a William Hefner who was in Congress from 1975-1999. You decide.
To get at those we suspect of terrorism, the protections that have defined us as a nation for more than 200 years have been diminished.
Many DC police said they had hoped that installing dozens of new surveillance cameras across the city would assist them in cracking down on crime, but the system does not appear to be working as planned. 11 people were shot, 4 fatally over the weeke
A Golden man is suing a Secret Service agent who arrested him after he made a caustic comment to Vice President Dick Cheney on a sidewalk in Beaver Creek last June.
The FLAG Project at the Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF) filed its first lawsuit against the Dept of Justice after the FBI failed to respond to FOIA request for records concerning DCS-3000 and Red Hook -- tools the FBI has spent millions of dollar
IN the autumn of 68 B.C. the world’s only military superpower was dealt a profound psychological blow by a daring terrorist attack on its very heart. Rome’s port at Ostia was set on fire, the consular war fleet destroyed, and two prominent senators,
Arlen Specter, zeroed in on the real issue, however, when he said the bill would set us back 800 years by repealing the habeas corpus protections against arbitrary arrest and jailings – and then went ahead and voted for it, anyway.