What’s at Stake in Apple’s Privacy Fight

What’s at Stake in Apple’s Privacy Fight

Civil liberties fans in the United States recently got an unlikely champion: the CEO of Apple. In a high-profile spat with the White House, Tim Cook has emerged as a leading spokesperson against the Obama administration’s efforts to weaken Americans’ constitutional...
Teaching, Testing and ‘Filling the Pail’

Teaching, Testing and ‘Filling the Pail’

  One of the “hard truths” described by FBI Director James Comey in his now viral Georgetown University speech about race had to do with the “disproportionate challenges faced by young men of color.” Recruiting and training police better...
Oh, Just Call Them Terrorists

Oh, Just Call Them Terrorists

Terror makes A good excuse For passing laws That despots choose. The terrorist menace is proving quite useful to the U.S. government, much as the communist menace did many years ago. What could be more convenient than tagging dissenters and opponents as “giving...
Hate Groups Spread Lies and Kill Cops

Hate Groups Spread Lies and Kill Cops

Last November, the FBI accused four members of a Georgia militia of conspiring to attack cities with the deadly ricin toxin, blow up federal buildings, and murder federal law enforcement officials and IRS agents. In July, the leader of the neo-secessionist League of...
A Watchbird Is Watching You

A Watchbird Is Watching You

Careful when You text your friend; Spooks are reading What you send. The FBI now employs 36,000 people and focuses ever more on dissenters. The CIA, supposedly prohibited from spying domestically, now stations agents in local police departments. Homeland Security may...
A Visit from the FBI

A Visit from the FBI

This August, Voice of Witness will release Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice, edited by Alia Malek, an author (A Country Called Amreeka) and former Department of Justice attorney. A collection of oral histories, Patriot Acts tells the stories of men and...
Visiting Gerardo of the Cuban Five Once Again

Visiting Gerardo of the Cuban Five Once Again

6:50 a.m. Plane leaves Oakland California airport. 8:05 a.m. Plane lands in Ontario, California, wait for the rent-a-car bus, pick up the rental and drive northeast toward Las Vegas (how else to explain heavy traffic on Saturday morning?). 9:30 a.m. We step from the...
Looking at FBI Entrapment

Looking at FBI Entrapment

On August 28, 2008, two childhood friends from Midland, Texas, Bradley Crowder and David McKay, traveled north to join thousands of protesters at the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC). In the company of six Austin activists, Crowder and McKay were ready for...

The FBI Got its Groove Back

Anti-war, Can mean your doom; Feds come to, Your living room. Most likely, you’re too young to remember J. Edgar Hoover. He led the FBI in the 1940s and ’50s. Badly. He was the Establishment’s enforcer. Liberals lived in fear of appearing on his...
Trapped by Guantanamo

Trapped by Guantanamo

Remember way back when President Barack Obama promised to close Guantanamo, restore the United States’ moral standing and end the practice of torture? It wasn’t that long ago — January 2009. As one of his first acts as president, Obama signed the...

Revisiting Intelligence Reform

As the Bush administration winds up nearly seven years of intelligence fiascos, a quiet revolution has been going on at the Pentagon, which controls more than 80% of America’s $60 billion intelligence budget. Since taking over from Donald Rumsfeld as secretary...