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  • At the Muslim Public Affairs Council convention,speakers charged the USA Patriot Act constitutes thebiggest threat to democracy in the United States.
    Dec 23, 2002 | Story
  • Attorney General John Ashcroft has appealed a ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In a unanimous ruling made public last Thursday, the court rejected a secret request made by the Justice Department this year to allow broader cooperation and evidence-sharing between counterintelligence investigators and criminal prosecutors. The court found the request was "not reasonably designed" to safeguard the privacy of Americans.
    Aug 26, 2002 | Story
  • For the first time since the Cold War, the FBI is visiting public libraries to keep tabs on the reading habits of people the government considers dangerous.
    Jun 25, 2002 | Story
  • Rabih Haddad’s case and the thousands of detained and disappeared in this country has caused barely a blip inmainstream public opinion or the US media in the prevailing mood of indulgence towards law enforcement agencies. Thepassage of the USA PATRIOT Act and recent executive actions by the Bush administration offer some context for the newwave of repression against Muslim-American communities and activist communities across the country.
    Feb 27, 2002 | Story
  • Since the Bush administration began its so-called war on terror, we have reported extensively on the scores of peoplein detention. The identity of many of these people remains unknown. Largely they are held in communicado withoutcharges. Today we are going to look at some of the methods the government used in determining what people they wouldarrest and hold in the aftermath of September 11th. In the days following the attacks, Congress passed...
    Jan 10, 2002 | Story
  • Attorney General John Ashcroft resolutely defended the Justice Department’s anti-terrorism tactics yesterday, telling a Senate committee the measures are necessary to prevent future attacks and suggesting that criticism of them aids the terrorist cause. Ashcroft defended Bush administration measures declaring the nation must not let down its guard against threats that present "a daily chronicle of the hatred of Americans by fanatics."
    Dec 07, 2001 | Story
  • President Bush signed legislation Friday dramatically expanding the ability of federal officials to tap telephonesand email traffic, and to detain and deport immigrants in the name of the so-called war on terrorism. Bush’s signingof the bill garnered little newspaper coverage over the weekend, and almost none on the major networks, even as civilliberties advocates warned that some of our most basic freedoms were being put at risk.
    Oct 29, 2001 | Story
  • A French state prosecutor has launched a preliminary investigation into the workings of the United States’ Echelon spy system of satellites and listening posts.
    Jul 05, 2000 | Story
  • Ten years ago today, on May 24, 1990, a bomb went off under the driver’s seat of Earth First! activist Judi Bari’s car in Oakland, California. Bari was nearly killed by the bomb — her pelvis literally exploded. The passenger in her car, Earth First!er Darryl Cherney was shell-shocked, but less seriously wounded. Bari and Cherney were on their way to a Redwood Summer organizing event. For months before the bombing, Judi Bari had...
    May 24, 2000 | Story
  • Three United Nations staff were reported killed today in an East Timor town briefly besieged by Indonesia-backed militias opposed to independence for the territory. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 31, 1999 | Story