Freedom in the Balance

By Lorenzo | The Bill of Rights is under attack.

How Counter-Terror 'Experts' Are Hyping the Russian Threat to Lobby for Attacks on Our Civil Liberties

This September, Oklahoma GOP Senator James Lankford alleged that the widely popular #taketheknee Twitter hashtag that promoted NFL protests against …

Propaganda

How a growing Christian movement is seeking to take control of the top sectors of American society

Last week, from Oct. 6 to 9, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was filled with tents, worship music and prayer for the “Awaken the Dawn” rally. …

Religion

Push to Create Private 'Blackwater' Police for Michigan Schools, Corporations Raises Alarm

Private for-profit forces would have full arrest powers but immunity from FOIA lawsMichigan is the Petri dish where some of the most nefarious and …

Law Enforcement

Editorial

The story we are sharing with you is very disconcerting for independent media and America’s future, and frankly unprecedented in AlterNet’s …

Journalism

Neo-Nazis Have Sent Texas Jews into Hiding This Holiday Season

<i>September 19, 2017, 2:48 PM GMT</i><p>There's an apocryphal story from WWII that when the Nazis started requiring the Jews under their control to wear gold …

‘Creating their own Pravda’: GOP group busted running ‘propaganda’ site – and even fellow Republicans are worried

The Republican Governors Association this week was caught creating its own news website that critics are comparing to Pravda, the infamous Soviet …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Policing

Trump Is Serious About Turning Your Town into a War Zone

President Trump is reversing the course set by his predecessor and renewing a Pentagon program to send weapons of war, from bayonets and grenade …

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

In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Washington pursued its elusive enemies across the landscapes of Asia and Africa, thanks in part to a …

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 …

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 …

Disturbing Trend: Bad Cops Getting Rehired Back into Law Enforcement

At minimum, police departments whose mandate is to protect and serve the public should be compelled to remove bad cops from their ranks, to ensure …

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

The Washington Post’s latest poll is enough to make the Statue of Liberty cringe.<p>“In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would support …

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

Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance released a report noting that marijuana arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Elections

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 …

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 …

Trump Administration

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 …

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 …