Freedom in the Balance

By Lorenzo | The Bill of Rights is under attack.

DOJ Requesting the Identities of Emailers Involved in Trump-Protest Website

In the ongoing battle for online rights, the non-profit advocacy group Public Citizen has urged the courts that internet users who emailed a …

U.S. Department of Justice

NFL player who backed Kaepernick says Vegas cops threatened to blow his ‘f*cking head off’

A black NFL player who has joined former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick protest of police brutality has accused Las Vegas police …

Policing

Voter arrested at GOPer’s town hall for asking how he’d feel if his daughter was ‘abducted’ by ICE like a Dreamer

Republican Senator Pat Toomey’s first town hall meeting in months resulted in multiple charges for a voter who asked a provocative hypothetical …

Pat Toomey

Robert Reich: Google Is Proof Positive That Big Money Is Poisoning Our Politics

Since its founding in 1999, the New America Foundation – an important voice in policy debates on the American left – has received more than $21 …

Social Justice

We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore: the Militarization of Domestic Police

“If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality …

Law Enforcement

Trump Is Serious About Turning Your Town into a War Zone

Click here for reuse options! Trump signed an executive order reversing Obama's small steps against militarized policing.President Trump is reversing …

Policing

There Is Now a Fourth Branch of the Federal Government, and None of Its Officials Are Elected

A historian explains the cost of entrusting our civil liberties to secret agencies.In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Washington pursued its …

U.S. Army

How Google is secretly recording YOU through your mobile, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files

DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge?<p>The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users' smartphones …

Google

Here’s how Trump and his antifa opponents are helping to merge militia groups and white supremacists

The right-wing militia movement found itself in an existential quandary after President Donald Trump’s election.<p>The federal government had always …

Racism

Disturbing Trend: Bad Cops Getting Rehired Back into Law Enforcement

Click here for reuse options! Under Trump and Sessions, the problem is guaranteed to get worse.At minimum, police departments whose mandate is to …

Law Enforcement

We're Supposed to Be a Democracy, But Half the GOP Is OK with Postponing 2020's Election

Click here for reuse options! A party full of delusions exposes the dark underbelly of America.The Washington Post’s latest poll is enough to make …

Democracy

DPA Study: New York City Remains the World's Marijuana Arrest Capital, and It's Still Mainly Black and Brown People Getting Popped

Click here for reuse options! In a bid to defend thousands of racially biased pot arrests, de Blasio attacks drug reformers.Last month, the Drug …

Bill de Blasio

Will the Federal Government Make It Illegal to Protest Israel?

A growing number of Republicans and Democrats in Congress are backing a bill that would criminalize support for the international boycott against …

Palestine

A 21st-Century Form of Indentured Servitude Has Already Penetrated Deep into the American Heartland

Indentured servitude is back in a big way in the United States, and conservative corporatists want to make sure that labor never, ever again has the …

Equality

Mass Arrests of Protesters: Outrageous in Russia, Barely Worth Mentioning in U.S.

Major media’s relative lack of interest in the mass arrests by Metro DC police on Inauguration Day is a fact noted by activists and journalists since …

Inauguration Day

Protest at Your Own Peril: New Report Details Baton Rouge Police Mistreatment of Locked Up Alton Sterling Protesters

Photo by katesheets | CC BY 2.0<p>Participating in a civil rights march in 2016 shouldn’t result in being jailed in inhumane conditions, denied medical …

Prison

Comply or Die: the Police State’s Answer to Free Speech Is Brute Force

Photo by Tony Webster | CC BY 2.0<p>“Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to …

Policing

Trump’s election commission leads to confusion — and voters unregistering at election offices

Earlier this week, in the office of Boulder’s election division, workers were keeping a tally on sticky notes when voters started calling to cancel …

America Is Suffering from a Plague of Deadly, Unaccountable and Racist Police Violence

A year ago on July 5, Alton Sterling was wrestled to the ground by two police officers. Moments later, he was shot and killed. The next day, Philando …

Policing

The Supreme Court Is Putting Us on the Path to Become a Christian Nation

The Supreme Court this week made a series of decisions that challenge the central tenet of secularism in the nation: the separation of church and …

Religion

Don't Call It the Trump Administration—This Is a Regime

rump tweeted another string of bullying, misogynistic, anti-press rants and signaled, once again, the stark differences between a presidential …

Donald Trump

Does the Militarization of Police Lead to More People Killed? Research Says Yes

Black Lives Matter activists protesting police violence and the killing of Michael Brown were met with heavily armed officers during the Ferguson …

Law Enforcement

Very Dangerous Times: The Media Is Under Attack by an Authoritarian White House

If there were ever a doubt that a traitor now occupies the Oval Office, Tuesday’s assault on the exercise of a free press, guaranteed by the …

Donald Trump

‘We can’t take the bullying’: Reporter Brian Karem explains why he finally snapped at Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Brian Karem, a correspondent for <i>Playboy</i>, became a household name after going toe-to-toe White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a …

Donald Trump

Police stop and question 20 MILLION motorists every year or 50,000 every day

‘Sad day for the First Amendment’: Activists warn Supreme Court set damning precedent in Trinity Church case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri will be allowed to get state funding to update a playground …

Judiciary

India Is on Its Way to Becoming a Hindu Nation, Suppressing Multiculturalism

As I write, about 150 Hindu groups meet in the unlikely spot of Goa, a popular international tourist destination, to discuss how their "common goal” …

India

From the Pentagon Papers to Trump: Here’s how the government gained the upper hand against leakers

In October 1969, a national security official named Daniel Ellsberg began secretly photocopying 7,000 classified Vietnam War documents. He had become …

The ACLU Is Suing D.C. Police for Their Brazen Mistreatment of Inauguration Protesters

A group of protesters facing trumped-up federal charges for protesting at Donald Trump’s inauguration are now seeing an extension of support from the …