Democratic Rights in the US

Worker injured in New Orleans hotel collapse deported by ICE

By Aaron Murch, 9 December 2019

Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma had been called a “crucial witness” to the mismanagement that caused the collapse which killed three workers in October.

Mueller probe accessed the Google account of Assange supporter Somerset Bean

By Kevin Reed, 5 December 2019

Somerset Bean, an artist and political activist, who has been a staunch supporter of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, revealed on Monday that Google was compelled by court order to provide the US authorities access to his online account.

Opera singer Plácido Domingo defends himself against sexual harassment allegations

By David Walsh, 5 December 2019

In an interview with the Spanish online publication El Confidencial, opera legend Domingo explained that these “have been the most difficult months of my life.”

Halt the extradition of Julian Assange!

CIA spying on Assange’s lawyers exposes criminal operation against WikiLeaks founder

By Eric London, 3 December 2019

The surveillance violates the centuries-old right to attorney-client privilege and exposes the prosecution and extradition effort as an illegal frame-up.

WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson: “If Julian is taken to that Devil’s Island across the Atlantic, his life is lost”

By Oscar Grenfell and Richard Phillips, 3 December 2019

In an interview with the WSWS, Hrafnsson stated: “The case of Julian Assange is, in all senses, the turning point. It is the biggest and the most serious attack on journalism and the free press in decades, if not 100 years.”

US Attorney General William Barr’s brief for presidential dictatorship

By Tom Carter, 2 December 2019

Even by the degraded standards of American political discourse at present, Barr’s speech was exceptional for its essentially anti-democratic and fascistic content.

Baltimore, Maryland: Three men exonerated after 36 years behind bars for wrongful murder conviction

By Kate Randall, 27 November 2019

The trio’s harrowing experience was the direct result of a rush to solve a brutal crime, abetted by gross misconduct on the part of police and prosecutors.

Google fires four workers in apparent retaliation for their workplace activism

By Kevin Reed, 27 November 2019

Google dismissed the workers on Monday in retaliation for their participation in the organized opposition of the workforce to company policies and practices.

Billionaire Bloomberg enters race for Democratic presidential nomination

By Patrick Martin, 25 November 2019

Bloomberg has made a $37 million down-payment on what could well be a billion-dollar campaign.

US activist who sheltered migrants found not guilty in second trial

By Aaron Murch, 22 November 2019

The verdict, after less than two hours of deliberation, reflects the broad support for humanitarian aid for immigrants.

Patriot Act extension concealed in funding bill passed by House Democrats

By Barry Grey, 21 November 2019

Coming in the midst of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, the extension of the Patriot Act underscores the absence of any democratic content in their opposition to Trump.

Leaked emails reveal Trump aide Stephen Miller’s fascist politics

By Trévon Austin, 15 November 2019

Emails published by the Southern Poverty Law Center show Stephen Miller, White House senior adviser in charge of immigration policy, espousing racist views and promoting white supremacist and neo-Nazi publications.

Following Georgia execution

Protests mount vs. planned execution of Texas inmate Rodney Reed

By Kate Randall, 15 November 2019

In the case of both Ray Cromartie and Rodney Reed, state authorities and courts have ruled against new DNA testing that could prove their innocence.

Las Vegas, Nevada city council passes punitive anti-homeless ordinance

By Jacob Crosse, 15 November 2019

Passed by a 5-2 vote, the ordinance enforcement mechanisms include up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

US court rules routine border search and seizure of electronic devices unconstitutional

By Kevin Reed, 14 November 2019

The court ruled that routine searches and seizures of electronic devices at US ports of entry without “reasonable suspicion” are a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Missouri officials tracked women’s menstrual periods in effort to shut down state’s last abortion provider

By Jessica Goldstein, 13 November 2019

The state’s spreadsheet contained confidential, non-medical information, such as women’s names and medical ID numbers, which could be used by the state to identify and locate them—effectively spying on patients.

12 November 2019

The Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship: Who is to determine what are “lies”?

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2019

While couched in demagogic language accusing Facebook of “profiting” off of “disinformation,” the Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship is aimed at silencing political opposition and dissent.

210 Assange video

8 November 2019

Roger Waters on RT: “The US and UK are trying to kill Julian Assange”

By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2019

Roger Waters, the internationally acclaimed musician and creative force behind the rock band Pink Floyd, is playing a prominent and welcome role in the fight to free the WikiLeaks publisher.

Twitter’s ban on political advertisement: A new move to censor the internet

By Andre Damon, 1 November 2019

The move by Twitter is a capitulation to demands by congressional Democrats and the media that technology companies more aggressively censor political statements, in the guise of “fact-checking.”

Pentagon awards $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 1 November 2019

Amazon was widely expected to win the ten-year agreement, but Trump’s intervention apparently tipped the contract to Microsoft.

Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal arrested in Washington DC

By Kevin Reed, 30 October 2019

The independent journalist was shackled in a cage for five hours on a false charge stemming from protests at the Venezuelan embassy in April and May of this year.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the forgotten history of Iraq

By Andre Damon, 29 October 2019

Whether Baghdadi was an enemy of the United States, a CIA asset, or both, one thing is certain: the rise of ISIS was the byproduct of criminal actions by the US government spanning four decades.

GM fires Flint workers over social media posts during strike

By Jerry White, 29 October 2019

Flint Assembly workers, including a 19-year veteran of GM, have been targeted in a campaign of retaliation aimed at silencing opposition to the corporations and the UAW.

Trump makes fascist appeal to police in Chicago

By Barry Grey, 29 October 2019

The U.S. president doubled down on his efforts to rally support within the police and military for dictatorial methods and the use of state violence against immigrants and the working class as a whole.

Britain obstructs Spanish investigation into CIA spying on Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 October 2019

The British judiciary is terrified that the investigation into the illegal surveillance of Assange will further expose the lawless character of the attempt to extradite him to the US.

US military allowed to shoot at vehicles at entry ports along southern border

By Patrick Martin, 25 October 2019

Migrants at the US-Mexico border will be treated like suspected terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

UK police gain access to details of thousands of men, women and children through government’s Prevent database

By Barry Mason, 19 October 2019

In the three years up to March last year, 21,042 individuals were referred to the Prevent programme, giving the police full access to their private information.

Fort Worth, Texas police officer charged with murder after shooting woman in her home

By Jacob Crosse, 15 October 2019

Atatiana Jefferson was shot through the window of her home early Saturday morning, while playing video games with her nephew.

US Supreme Court term begins with new threats to democratic rights

By Ed Hightower, 15 October 2019

The newly consolidated 5-4 far-right majority on the court is poised to hand down rulings imposing further restrictions on abortion rights, gay rights and basic civil liberties.

Prosecutors in Illinois charge nine-year-old with murder after mobile home fire claims the lives of five family members

By Jacob Crosse, 11 October 2019

The fire took place on April 6 at the Timberline Mobile Home Park located in Eureka, Illinois, a small community outside of Peoria.

New York City transit authority adds 500 police officers

By Philip Guelpa, 11 October 2019

Amidst crumbling infrastructure, deteriorating service, and repeated fare increases, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is hiring 500 new police officers to patrol the New York City transit system.

FISA court documents expose illegal FBI mass surveillance

By Kevin Reed, 10 October 2019

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a series of previously classified documents and secret rulings that provide details of illegal spying on US citizens by the federal agency.

Why do the CIA assassins and coup-plotters love this “whistleblower”?

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2019

The CIA official who filed a formal whistleblower complaint against Trump is being defended by those who spent eight years under the Obama administration persecuting whistleblowers.

Key witness in trial and conviction of police officer Amber Guyger murdered in Dallas

By Kevin Reed, 8 October 2019

Joshua Brown was killed two days after the sentencing of the officer to ten years in prison for the September 6, 2018 off-duty shooting death of Botham Jean in his own apartment.

Trump issues proclamation to deny immigration visas to workers lacking health insurance

By Casey Gold, 8 October 2019

Last Friday, the White House released a presidential proclamation suspending immigration visas for applicants “who will financially burden the United States health care system.”

Mississippi city attorney argues immigrant killed by police had no rights under US Constitution

By Kevin Martinez, 3 October 2019

Ismael Lopez was shot and killed by Southaven, Mississippi police in July 2017 as they invaded his home, confusing it with the address of another man wanted for domestic assault.

Thousands of children under age ten arrested every year in the United States

By Casey Gold, 1 October 2019

The recent arrests of two 6-year-old children at their elementary school in Orlando, Florida has shone light on the shocking number of child arrests and detainments in the US.

Orlando, Florida police officer fired after arresting two six-year-old school children

By Casey Gold, 24 September 2019

School resource officer Dennis Turner was fired from his position in the face of widespread outrage Monday, not for brutalizing two children, but for making the arrests “without the approval of a commanding officer.”

Immigrant shot by ICE agents two weeks ago detained in lawyer’s parking lot in Nashville, Tennessee

By Casey Gold, 20 September 2019

ICE agents forced Jose Fernando Andrade-Sanchez to the ground, despite attempts to inform the agents that he was still injured from ICE’s previous attack.

Trump administration and California Democrats conspire to place the homeless in internment camps

By Rafael Azul, 13 September 2019

Democratic and Republican officials met this week in Los Angeles to discuss the removal of homeless people from the second largest city in the US.

Trump administration announces plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 September 2019

The move is in reaction to the developing epidemic that has seen more than 450 people develop severe lung illnesses attributable to “vaping” e-cigarettes, with six now confirmed dead.

Federal court says secret US terrorism watchlist is unconstitutional

By Kevin Reed, 10 September 2019

A ruling on September 4 in the US Court for the Eastern District of Virginia said that the Terrorist Screening Database violates the due process and equal protection rights of US citizens.

080 Terrorism watch list found unconstitutional

9 September 2019

Pamela Anderson defends Assange, challenges McCain’s daughter on US TV

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 September 2019

Anderson’s powerful refutation of the official smears against Assange demonstrated why the corporate media has instituted an almost universal blackout on the WikiLeaks founder.

Pentagon begins second phase of diverting funds to Trump’s border wall

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has selected $3.6 billion worth of military construction projects that will be deferred to help pay for the wall on the US-Mexico border.

Schools begin in Denver amid sweltering heat and ongoing protests

By Bill Knowles, 5 September 2019

Many Denver teachers, still reeling from the betrayal of their strike last February, have been forced to return to the classrooms in scorching heat.

Roger Waters holds concert on Monday

Take forward the fight to free Julian Assange!

By Joseph Kishore, 2 September 2019

Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are the victims of a monstrous criminal conspiracy, involving the most powerful governments in the world, the intelligence agencies and the corporate media.

Former Fed official calls on central bank to end accommodation to Trump

By Nick Beams, 31 August 2019

An extraordinary intervention by former New York Federal Reserve president Bill Dudley reflects rising political tensions, fuelled by the growing prospect of a US recession.

Home video security systems increasingly linked to US police departments in violation of democratic rights

By Kevin Reed, 31 August 2019

More than 400 police department partnerships have been established by Amazon’s Ring home security system across the US over the past year.

New York Police Department collecting DNA from unsuspecting workers and youth

By Erik Schreiber, 31 August 2019

In violation of Fourth Amendment protection, the policy has targeted individuals who have not been accused of any crime.

Trump promises pardons for crimes committed to build border wall

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2019

The report in the Washington Post underscores the criminal character of the Trump administration.

Harvard student deported over friends’ social media posts

By Trévon Austin, 30 August 2019

Ismail Ajjawi’s deportation is part of a campaign against immigrants and international students over purported concerns over “national security.”

060 Ring working with the police

30 August 2019

Washington invokes "domestic terrorism" to justify police state rule

By Eric London, 28 August 2019

Trump and the Democrats’ threats to create a new apparatus to combat “domestic terrorism” is part of renewed plans to violently strangle the class struggle.

Iowa college professor resigns under pressure after publicly supporting Antifa

By Kristina Betinis, 28 August 2019

Kirkwood President Sundberg affirmed Jeff Klinzman’s right to free speech while justifying the removal of the professor based on the claim that public safety is at risk due to his views.

Trump orders indefinite jailing of detained immigrant families, attacks birthright citizenship

By Eric London, 22 August 2019

Democrats have largely backed Trump’s attacks on immigrants, with the New York Times describing his concentration camps as “family detention centers.”

Voices from Ferguson, Missouri five years after the police murder of Michael Brown

By Zac Corrigan, 22 August 2019

Residents spoke about life in a country where the police kill with impunity to defend a capitalist social order based on historic levels of inequality.

Trump administration calls for permanent restoration of bulk phone communications surveillance

By Kevin Reed, 19 August 2019

The outgoing director of National Intelligence appealed to Congress for the restoration of the surveillance program that was exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Facial recognition technology and identity politics

By Kevin Reed, 17 August 2019

The Democrats are seeking to channel mass opposition to the wholesale invasion of privacy into a campaign to regulate and “equalize” facial recognition technology.

Protesters pepper-sprayed outside Rhode Island ICE facility after officer drives truck into crowd

By Trévon Austin, 16 August 2019

At least one demonstrator was seriously injured in the attack, suffering a broken leg, internal bleeding, and a back injury.

San Francisco school board proposes “compromise” in move to suppress historic Depression-era murals

By Toby Reese, 15 August 2019

School board officials in San Francisco continue their attempt to censor the left-wing murals painted by Victor Arnautoff at George Washington High School despite broad popular opposition.

Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions

By Eric London, 13 August 2019

The draconian regulation change means immigrants will be denied permanent residency if they have a low credit score, for example.

“Some kids are hiding in their house, Anne Frank-style”

Residents compare trauma of Mississippi ICE Raid to Hurricane Katrina

By Norisa Diaz, 13 August 2019

Children are afraid to attend school or leave their parents’ side. Families are hiding in their homes.

FBI presses for social media surveillance “early alerting tool” in aftermath of mass shootings

By Kevin Reed, 12 August 2019

The FBI is stepping up its campaign for a real-time social media alert tool to allow continuous surveillance of all social media activity across platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Australian investigative journalist exposes Guardian/New York Times betrayal of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2019

Mark Davis made clear that the corporate media cynically exploited WikiLeaks, before ruthlessly turning on its founder Julian Assange and joining the state campaign against him.

New York judge orders Fordham University to recognize Students for Justice in Palestine club

By Fred Mazelis, 10 August 2019

The decision is a small but significant blow against the campaign to equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.

The Mississippi raid: Trump’s attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2019

Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.

Chelsea Manning faces $441,000 in fines and another year in jail for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks

By Niles Niemuth, 9 August 2019

A federal judge rejected Manning’s motion to reconsider daily fines, which will bankrupt her as she refuses to testify before a grand jury impaneled to bring frame-up charges against WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange.

Capital One hack compromises personal data of 106 million credit card applicants

By Kevin Reed, 9 August 2019

The hack of customer information at Capital One revealed on July 29 has exposed millions to identity theft and added a further pretext for corporate and state attacks on democratic rights under the guise of fighting cyber-crime.

US military testing domestic wide-area surveillance with high-altitude balloons

By Kevin Reed, 8 August 2019

The balloons also have high-resolution cameras capable of recording panoramic images that are then stitched together to provide a wide-area view of entire cities.

Trump: The political enabler of fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 5 August 2019

The president is the moral and political author of the bloody violence in El Paso, Gilroy and Dayton.

Media silent on dismissal of DNC suit against Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 August 2019

Having trumpeted the slander that Assange is a “Russian agent” for the past three years, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other corporate outlets have blacked out a court decision refuting their lies.

Julian Assange’s lawyer briefs Australian parliamentarians on his persecution

By Oscar Grenfell, 1 August 2019

The event reflected concerns within the ruling elite over popular opposition to the Trump administration’s bid to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder.

Video shows Dallas, Texas police joking as a 32-year-old man dies in their custody

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 August 2019

Disturbing body camera footage was only released after all charges were dropped and the three officers who killed Tony Timpa in 2016 returned to active duty earlier this year.

More than 900 children taken from their families in the last year

Trump administration continuing family separations at US-Mexico border despite court order

By Julian James, 1 August 2019

Just over a year after a district court ordered Customs and Border Protection to cease its policy of family separations at the Mexico-US border, the ACLU reports that children continue to be wrenched from their families.

The fascist attack in Gilroy and the US epidemic of mass shootings

By Patrick Martin, 31 July 2019

Two processes are intersecting in the explosion of violence in America: the long-term impact of social decay and militarism, and the deliberate incitement of fascistic sentiments by President Trump.

Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit

US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks

By Eric London, 31 July 2019

The decision exposes the Democratic Party in a conspiracy to attack free speech and cover up the crimes of US imperialism and the two parties of Wall Street.

30 July 2019

Trump threatens to declare Antifa a terrorist group

By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2019

The action would set a precedent for criminalizing left-wing opposition to attacks on immigrants and the policies of the Trump administration more generally.

US, Sweden and Britain dismiss UN finding that they tortured Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 July 2019

The responses to the detailed indictment issued by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer are the latest demonstration of the illegal character of the campaign against the WikiLeaks founder.

FTC imposes $5 billion fine on Facebook for “deceiving users” about data privacy

By Kevin Reed, 27 July 2019

The settlement is part of a concerted effort by the US government to implement regulations and control over social media platforms.

Florida police officer charged with planting drugs during traffic stops

By Matthew Taylor, 23 July 2019

Eight Floridians serving prison sentences have been released and had their cases dismissed due to the charges against a Jackson County, Florida sheriff’s deputy.

Consortium News website taken down by a malware attack after streaming program defending Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed, 20 July 2019

The independent investigative journalism website Consortium News was brought down on Monday by a malware attack following the inaugural episode of CN Live!

US Justice Department will not bring charges in 2014 police murder of Eric Garner

By Erik Schreiber and Fred Mazelis, 18 July 2019

The failure to charge Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death is an endorsement of lethal police violence against the working class, under conditions of growing social unrest.

Donald Trump’s fascist strategy

By Eric London, 17 July 2019

Trump is proceeding according to a deliberate political strategy worked out with the White House’s fascist brain trust.

Trump abolishes right to asylum on US southern border

By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2019

The White House order condemns many thousands of Central American men, women and children to be summarily returned to conditions of murderous violence.

The fascists in the White House

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2019

Trump speaks openly as a fascist, demonizing people of different races and national origins, vilifying socialism, and declaring that those who oppose his administration’s policies are disloyal to the country and should leave it.

As auto talks begin, UAW and companies conspire to enforce new wave of concessions on workers

By Jerry White, 16 July 2019

The conflict is not between the auto companies and their servants in the UAW, but between rank-and-file workers, on the one side, and the corporate-UAW alliance, on the other.

Thousands march in Chicago to demand end to US immigrant detention camps, raids and deportations

By Kristina Betinis, 15 July 2019

The event was aimed at containing the enormous social opposition to the extreme-right policies of the Trump administration and the Republicans, within the confines of the Democratic Party,

Voices from the protests against Trump’s attack on immigrants

By our reporters, 15 July 2019

The WSWS spoke with hundreds across the country, including Kare, a paralegal in New York City, who said, “Change certainly won’t be coming from the top. This has been going on too long, and now that people are aware of it, we have to stand up.”

Trump’s raids and the stench of fascism

By Eric London, 12 July 2019

Beginning Sunday, the Trump administration plans to launch the largest immigration raids in US history, targeting 2,000 families for arrest and deportation.

House Democrats back facial recognition technology in Washington hearing

By Kevin Reed, 12 July 2019

The plans by the federal police organizations to press forward with facial recognition and biometric identification regardless of any public concerns were made explicit by the panel of those testifying at the hearing.

11 July 2019

11 July 2019

A mounting attack on democratic rights

FBI and ICE scanning driver’s license photos with facial recognition technology

By Kevin Reed, 10 July 2019

Behind the backs of the public, integrated networks, databases and artificial intelligence technologies are being used to build up information in the form of digital profiles on every citizen.

Trump aide threatens one million immigrants with deportation

By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2019

While the White House escalates its attacks on immigrants, congressional Democrats are deepening their collaboration with Trump.

Hack of Department of Homeland Security contractor exposes government surveillance of drivers on US roads and border crossings

By Kevin Reed, 8 July 2019

A group of transparency advocates hacked and published the extensive infrastructure of government surveillance of drivers on roadways and at border crossings.

070 Supreme Court gerrymandering decision

8 July 2019