Freedom in the Balance

By Lorenzo | The Bill of Rights is under attack.

Can Government Officials Have You Arrested for Speaking to Them?

The Supreme Court faces a test of the authority of politicians to use police to silence their critics.<p>If a citizen speaks at a public meeting and says something a politician doesn’t like, can the citizen be arrested, cuffed, and carted off to the hoosegow?<p>Suppose that, during this fraught …

Justice

Experts sound alarm as biometric data from driver's licences added to government database

Your face is becoming the latest weapon in the world of digital surveillance, and the humble driver's licence looms as a game-changer in tracking …

Surveillance

House OKs spy program after conflicting Trump tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers in the House have renewed a key spying law — with a new restriction on when the FBI can dig into the communications of Americans swept up in foreign surveillance. President Donald Trump's puzzling tweets about the law threw the House into temporary disarray for a while …

Donald Trump

U.S. House to vote to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

(Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on Thursday on whether to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as privacy advocates have mounted a last-ditch effort to limit its impact on Americans.<p>The vote is the culmination of a yearslong …

Democrats Unveil A Blueprint For Battling Putin, Daring Trump To Act

A strange twist of national security politics in Washington, D.C., has meant the United States isn't responding seriously to the ongoing threat of foreign interference, Senate Democrats charged in a new report.<p>The study, about Russian leader Vladimir Putin's international crusade against democracy, …

The Last Thing America Needs Is Trump Armed with His Own Private CIA

President Trump is maneuvering to establish his own intelligence service to do what the CIA cannot or will not do for him.<p>According to BuzzFeed, …

Mike Pompeo

Has the Telecom Industry Just Been Busted for a Secret Lobbying Campaign to Kill Net Neutrality?

It’s no surprise the GOP-dominated Federal Communications Commission announced its plans on Tuesday to jettison Obama “net neutrality” rules, which …

Net Neutrality

How Gutting Net Neutrality Poses a Direct Threat to Political Organizing

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai issued a major order Tuesday in which he outlined his plan to dismantle landmark regulations that …

Net Neutrality

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

Michigan is the Petri dish where some of the most nefarious and anti-democratic corporatist pestilence is grown and then used to infect the rest of …

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, 12:48 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 …

Neo-nazism

‘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 …

Republican Party

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 …

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 …

Equality

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

Photo by Roscoe Myrick | CC BY 2.0<p>“If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are …

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 …

War

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 …

Ben Bradlee

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 …

Racism

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 …

Law Enforcement

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 …

Democracy

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 …

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 …

Rights & Freedoms

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 …

Donald Trump