Civil Liberties


By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

June 09, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are battling in their final round in the Democratic primaries and Donald Trump is arguing that Clinton should be in prison for failing to safeguard state secrets while she was secretary of state, the same FBI that is diligently investigating her is quietly and perniciously seeking to cut more holes in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. (more…)

Today is the 13th anniversary of Dr. Dhafir’s arrest when 150 Muslim families were also interrogated because they had donated to Help the Needy (HTN), the charity that Dr. Dhafir founded.  HTN was sending food and medicine to starving Iraqi civilians during the brutal 13-year-long U.S. and U.K.-sponsored UN embargo on that country. According to UN statistics, 6,000 Iraqi children under the age of five were dying every month from malnutrition and diahorrea.  Dr. Dhafir has paid a heavy price for his crime of compassion; he is currently in his 14th year of a 22-year sentence. Please write to let him know that he is not forgotten and that his humanitarian outreach is appreciated: Rafil Dhafir, #11921-052-Unit GB, Federal Medical Center Devens, PO Box 879, Ayer MA 01432

 

Commondreams.org

Civil liberties advocates slammed reports on Friday that the Obama administration is poised to authorize the National Security Agency (NSA) to share more of its private intercepted communications with other U.S. intelligence agencies without expanding privacy protections. (more…)

ACLU

settlement in our challenge to  NYPD surveillance of New York Muslims was announced today, heralding new safeguards to protect against bias-based and unjustified investigations of Muslim and other minority communities. (more…)

Guardian U.K.

At the beginning of 2015, the Guardian began a grim task – to record the death of every person killed by American police officers – for a simple reason: astonishingly, the United States government publishes no such record. (more…)

Rawstory

A man captured on camera threatening to a kill a Muslim store clerk in Rhode Island could face hate crime charges, according to local news outlet WPRI. (more…)

Glenn Greenwald The Intercept

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the NSA under President Obama targeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top aides for surveillance. In the process, the agency ended up eavesdropping on “the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups” about how to sabotage the Iran Deal. All sorts of people who spent many years cheering for and defending the NSA and its programs of mass surveillance are suddenly indignant now that they know the eavesdropping included them (more…)

Truthout

On December 18, the University of California system quietly dropped a big bomb: It will sell off its $30 million worth of investments in private prison corporations by the 31st of December, thanks to considerable pressure from student groups. The move is a huge step for organizations concerned about inequalities in the justice system and the conditions at for-profit prisons (more…)

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