Democratic Rights in the US

Ruling confirms US government withheld evidence to malign J20 defendants

By E.P. Milligan, 26 May 2018

A Washington, D.C. Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors withheld crucial evidence that would likely have led to the acquittal of six defendants arrested during protests against the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

New York Times whips up lynch-mob atmosphere

Producer Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, charged in New York City

By David Walsh, 26 May 2018

The surrender to police and charging of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have provided a further opportunity for the American media to exhibit its hypocrisy, deceit and bloodlust.

Video of tasing, arrest of Milwaukee Bucks basketball star sparks national outrage

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 May 2018

Sterling Brown was tased and arrested after being confronted by a gang up of police officers over a minor parking infraction.

Amazon providing facial recognition technology to police agencies for mass surveillance

By Will Morrow, 24 May 2018

The technology allows police to immediately identify and track individuals captured on video in public places.

US Supreme Court eliminates workers’ right to collectively sue corporations

By Eric London, 23 May 2018

The ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis will result in the transfer of billions of dollars from the working class to the oligarchy that controls the government and the courts.

White House press release on MS-13 backs Trump’s labeling immigrants as “violent animals”

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 23 May 2018

The White House press release continues the administration’s policy of dehumanizing immigrants.

Border Patrol agent detains two US citizens in Montana for speaking Spanish

By Alec Andersen, 22 May 2018

The incident comes as the Trump administration is actively encouraging right wing and fascistic elements, repeatedly referring to immigrants from Latin America as animals, rapists and smugglers.

Long-time CIA asset named as FBI’s spy on Trump campaign

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2018

Stefan Halper has been named as the individual sent by the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election campaign.

US education secretary attacks separation of church and state

By Nancy Hanover, 21 May 2018

Betsy DeVos visits New York yeshivas to promote public financing of religious and private schools.

Google, drone murder and the military-intelligence-censorship complex

By Andre Damon, 19 May 2018

The publication of this week’s open letter by leading technology academics protesting Google’s role in drone murder exposes the partnership between the major technology giants and the US military/intelligence complex.

Trump administration to ban abortions at facilities receiving federal family planning funds

By Kate Randall, 19 May 2018

The new rule barring abortions at facilities that receive Title X funds marks an escalation of the administration’s attack on a woman’s constitutionally protected reproductive rights.

“He needed help and instead he got five shots”

Friends condemn police killing of Cody Reynolds in Royal Oak, Michigan

By Kathleen Martin, 18 May 2018

The unarmed youth gunned down by a police officer in suburban Detroit is remembered fondly as “the type of person who cared more about other people than himself.”

The US political police and the 2016 elections

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2018

A 4,000-word front-page report in the New York Times paints a picture of an American political system in which the FBI and CIA play a critical and at times decisive role.

WikiLeaks and whistleblowers condemn new allegations against Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 17 May 2018

Beside WikiLeaks and the WSWS, only a handful of other websites and individuals have stepped forward to denounce the Guardian for serving as the conduit for the anti-Assange vendetta.

Stop the raids on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders!

By Kevin Mitchell—SEP candidate for House of Representatives (51st District and California), 15 May 2018

This statement was released by Kevin Mitchell in response to the May 8th raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that led to the arrest of Alberto Alonzo Hernandez in National City, California.

Unarmed youth shot down in Detroit suburb as US police killings continue

By Tom Hall, 15 May 2018

A recent study found that victims of police shootings lost more than 100,000 years of life from their average life expectancies in 2015 and 2016, rivaling meningitis and other diseases.

Two Senate Democrats assure Haspel’s confirmation as CIA director

By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2018

Joe Donnelly of Indiana joined Joe Manchin of West Virginia to give the former torture supervisor a seemingly unassailable margin in the Senate.

North Carolina police officer assaults man at Waffle House

By David Moore, 12 May 2018

The latest incident of brutality caught on video is part of the systematic violence meted out by police to workers across the country

White House and ex-intelligence chiefs push torture veteran as CIA director

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2018

With a public Senate hearing set for Wednesday, supporters of Gina Haspel for the post of CIA director argue that her role in the agency’s torture program is outweighed by her anti-Russia record.

ICE officials break into home in San Diego to detain immigrant worker in front of his five children

By Kevin Martinez and Genevieve Leigh, 9 May 2018

A San Diego immigrant was forcibly detained by armed ICE officials after they broke into his home Tuesday afternoon as his five children looked on.

Iowa governor signs unconstitutional “heartbeat” bill that bans most abortions

By Kate Randall, 9 May 2018

The new law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, at about six weeks, when many women are not aware they are pregnant.

US to separate all families charged with illegal border crossing

By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new initiative to prosecute everyone detained as an illegal border crosser and to separate children from their parents.

The hypocritical, cowardly expulsion of Roman Polanski from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

1977 victim Samantha Geimer: It’s “an ugly and cruel action”

By David Walsh, 7 May 2018

The decision by the Academy, the industry body that hands out the Oscars, to expel filmmaker Roman Polanski is the latest atrocity attributable to the sexual witch hunt launched last October.

In barbaric treatment of Central American refugees

US denies right to asylum

By Eric London, 3 May 2018

The decision to block nearly 200 Central American immigrants from applying for asylum marks a turning point in the attack on democratic rights.

Caravan immigrants speak out

On the spot coverage from Tijuana refugee camp

By Kevin Martinez and Clodomiro Puentes, 3 May 2018

The 200 refugees have been held up in a makeshift camp in Tijuana on the Mexican side of the US border

New York University students protesting Gaza killings arrested at Israeli Independence rave

By Leslie Murtagh, 3 May 2018

Two NYU students associated with campus anti-Zionist groups were arrested at an Israeli rave in Washington Square Park.

Democrats maintain silence over persecution of Central American immigrants at US-Mexico border

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 May 2018

The delay in processing the immigrants is a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions guaranteeing the right to political asylum.

Whistleblower and former political prisoner Chelsea Manning speaks to WSWS

By Norisa Diaz, 2 May 2018

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Chelsea Manning, known around the world for her courageous leaks of documents exposing US government war crimes and her subsequent arrest.

Amidst complete silence from Democrats

Migrants seeking asylum are turned away for the second day at US-Mexico border

By Genevieve Leigh, 1 May 2018

In defiance of international law, the Trump administration has turned away hundreds of Central American refugees at the US Mexico border in South San Diego, California.

Appellate court panel narrowly upholds Texas voter ID law

By John Burton, 30 April 2018

The requirement that individuals produce specific photographic identification to cast ballots, disenfranchises impoverished voters, who tend to vote Democratic.

US media escalates #MeToo witch hunt after Cosby verdict

By Tom Carter, 30 April 2018

The media seized on Bill Cosby’s conviction Thursday to attack the presumption of innocence and demand an intensification of the reactionary crusade over sexual allegations.

Video shows police attacking former NFL player in Atlanta parking lot

By Alec Andersen, 28 April 2018

The police assault on Desmond Marrow is hardly unique in the United States, where police are notorious for their violence and contempt for democratic rights.

US Supreme Court hears arguments on Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban

By Will Morrow, 26 April 2018

Hawaii is challenging Trump's travel ban, which bars citizens of Somalia, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Syria, North Korea and many Venezuelans from traveling to the United States.

US Border Patrol agent who shot teenager dead acquitted of murder

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 April 2018

Lonnie Swartz was found not guilty of second-degree murder for the slaying of an unarmed Mexican teenager through the border fence in 2012.

Black Lives Matter, ACLU stay lawsuits, promote Chicago police “reform”

By Jessica Goldstein and George Marlowe, 25 April 2018

The involvement of BLM in the CPD consent decree is intended to provide further cover for police and the political establishment while giving middle class activists a “piece of the action.”

Federal prosecutors reportedly recommend charges in notorious chokehold death

US Justice Department officials may refuse to take action in 2014 murder of Eric Garner

By Alan Whyte, 24 April 2018

The Garner case was among the first to attract national attention to the ongoing and increasing police violence against unarmed and often innocent workers and youth.

Police descend on Georgia city, arrest anti-Nazi protesters under anti-Klan law

By Alec Andersen, 24 April 2018

Seven hundred police officers dressed in full riot gear and carrying military-style assault rifles protected a small rally of neo-Nazis from an anti-fascist counterprotest.

Alabama executes 83-year-old Walter Leroy Moody

Oldest inmate put to death in modern era

By Kate Randall, 21 April 2018

The US Supreme Court cleared the way for the lethal injection, first issuing a temporary stay 15 minutes before the scheduled execution and then lifting it later without explanation.

US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute

By Kevin Martinez, 19 April 2018

In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

US Department of Homeland Security compiling database of world’s journalists

By Will Morrow, 14 April 2018

The Trump administration is collecting and monitoring the “sentiments” and personal information of journalists and “media influencers” around the world.

Two weeks since WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange silenced by Ecuador

By Niles Niemuth, 11 April 2018

It is no coincidence that Assange has been shut off from any form of communication with the outside world as the US and its allies prepare for an escalation of war in Syria and beyond.

Facebook intensifies censorship ahead of congressional testimony by Zuckerberg

By Andre Damon, 9 April 2018

Zuckerberg announced Friday that his company will “require people who manage large pages to be verified,” i.e., they must provide the company, and by extension the US government, with their real names and locations.

Trump orders indefinite detention of immigrants at border as troop deployment looms

By Eric London, 7 April 2018

A memo published late Friday calls for the allocation of “all legally available resources to construct, operate, control, or modify… facilities to detain aliens.”

Capitalism and the artificial intelligence revolution

By Andre Damon, 6 April 2018

Google’s collaboration in the US government’s drone murder program expresses how the rapid development of artificial intelligence technology—with its vast potential for the enrichment of humanity—is being corrupted under capitalism.

University of Chicago student with mental illness shot by campus police

By George Marlowe, 6 April 2018

Suffering from a severe mental breakdown, Charles Thomas was shot and wounded by campus police Tuesday night. He now faces criminal charges.

Outrage over protection of killer cops expressed at Sacramento City Council meeting

By David Moore and Evan Blake, 5 April 2018

Dozens of speakers denounced the City Council members and District Attorney for their indifference towards the murder of Stephon Clark and the broader social crisis in California’s capital.

US Supreme Court grants police wide immunity when using excessive force

By Trévon Austin, 5 April 2018

The court ruled on Monday that an Arizona police officer who shot a woman from the other side of a fence could not be sued on claims that he used excessive force.

Palantir Technologies: A “CIA-backed startup”

By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2018

Palantir’s clients include a disproportionate number of US military, state and intelligence agencies, among them the CIA, NSA, FBI and Homeland Security.

Immigrant mother seeks sanctuary from deportation in New York City church

By Josh Varlin, 3 April 2018

Some 40 immigrants are publicly taking sanctuary in US churches to avoid deportation, and no doubt many more are doing so in secret.

Northern California teacher placed on leave after encouraging discussion of school shooting protests

By Dan Conway, 3 April 2018

Rocklin High School history teacher Julianne Benzel was disciplined after encouraging discussion over last month’s school shooting protests.

Socialist Equality Party announces California candidates in midterm elections

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

3 April 2018

David Moore, SEP candidate for the US Senate, and Kevin Mitchell, SEP candidate in the 51st Congressional District, will run on a socialist, anti-war and anti-capitalist program in the interests of the working class in California and around the world.

“The people are behind you!”

Students, faculty and staff at University of Michigan oppose persecution of Julian Assange

By Zac Corrigan, 3 April 2018

On Monday, an IYSSE campaign team spoke to students and faculty at the University of Michigan about the confinement and persecution of Julian Assange.

The New York Times takes on the social media “hordes”

By Andre Damon, 3 April 2018

Times columnist Farhad Manjoo demanded in a recent article that the government do something to “fix” social media to keep the online “herd” from voicing their opinions.

Democrats green-light Trump’s escalating war on immigrants

By Eric London, 31 March 2018

Amongst other measures, the Trump administration plans to block immigrants who have used social programs from receiving legal status.

ICE arrests wrongly convicted Chicago man released after 20 years in prison

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 March 2018

Ricardo Rodriguez, wrongfully convicted for the 1995 murder of a homeless man, was finally freed after 20 years behind bars, only to be immediately taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Protests continue in Sacramento as autopsy shows police shot Stephon Clark multiple times in the back

By Alec Andersen, 31 March 2018

Hundreds of people have joined the protests against police violence that have occurred nearly every day over the two weeks since Clark’s murder.

Texas woman sentenced to five years in prison for voting while on probation

By Trévon Austin, 31 March 2018

The savage sentence against the 43-year-old worker highlights the increasing efforts to suppress the voting rights of working class Americans.

Fourth suicide since June at Hudson County, New Jersey jail

By Mark Ferretti, 31 March 2018

Carlos Borroto’s suicide is only the latest product of the criminal neglect and inadequate health care that has persisted for years at the Hudson County jail.

Democrats seek to use Stephon Clark’s funeral to divert anger over police killings

By Kayla Costa, 30 March 2018

While hundreds grieved over the loss of 22-year-old Clark, Al Sharpton sought to direct opposition to police violence into the dead end of reformism, identity politics and the electoral efforts of the Democratic Party.

The murder of Stephon Clark and the fight against police violence

By Niles Niemuth, 29 March 2018

Amid a growing strike wave by workers throughout the country, demonstrations have once again broken out against the reign of police terror that has claimed over 300 lives this year.

ICE uses Facebook data to locate and track suspects

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 March 2018

A report in the Intercept documents the extensive use of data derived from social media to pursue immigrants.

Trump administration to add citizenship question to US census

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 March 2018

Given its virulent anti-immigration bigotry, the attempt by the administration to frame this move as a simple matter of common sense or voting rights, is preposterous.

PayPal blocks sale of WSWS pamphlet

By Will Morrow, 29 March 2018

The company, citing US government policy, has refused to process purchases of Mehring Books’ recently released pamphlet, The Struggle Against Imperialism and for Workers’ Power in Iran.

045 Houston police killing

29 March 2018

Ecuador cuts off Julian Assange’s access to the outside world

By Mike Head, 29 March 2018

Julian Assange’s confinement in the Ecuadoran embassy increasingly resembles that of a prisoner.

Amid censorship drive, Facebook CEO to testify before Congress

By Andre Damon, 28 March 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, facing a media onslaught that has wiped out $80 billion from the company’s share value, has acquiesced to demands that he appear before Congress.

US Congress passes FOSTA law attacking internet freedom

By Will Morrow, 28 March 2018

The bill sets a precedent for prosecuting internet platforms based on the content published by users.

Police will not face charges for the 2016 murder of Alton Sterling

By Shelley Connor, 28 March 2018

Sterling was face down on the pavement, struggling to move with bullets lodged in his chest, when Officer Salamoni shot him three more times.

African immigrants report grave abuses at West Texas detention center

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Norisa Diaz, 26 March 2018

Around 80 immigrant men have been subjected to horrific physical abuses, alleged hate crimes, and sexual abuse, according to a report recently cited by the Intercept.

The protests against school shootings and the growth of the class struggle

By Joseph Kishore, 24 March 2018

The simultaneous development of a movement among workers and student youth portends a major eruption of social and class conflict in the United States and internationally.

Police murder in Sacramento, California sparks two days of protests

By Evan Blake, 24 March 2018

The brutal murder of Stephon Clark, who was unarmed when police unleashed hail of bullets, has prompted hundreds to once again demonstrate against police violence.

Mississippi governor signs the nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion measure

By Shelley Connor, 24 March 2018

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the toughest restrictions on abortion currently seen in the US, banning all abortions past 15 weeks gestation.

Now available from Mehring Books

New pamphlet: The social and political roots of mass shootings in America

By Shannon Jones, 24 March 2018

There is a growing awareness that something is deeply amiss with the present social order.

Behind the Facebook data scandal: The drive to censor the Internet

By Andre Damon, 23 March 2018

The media, working with the intelligence agencies and leading congressional Democrats, is using the scandal as a cover for a crackdown on political opposition on the world’s largest social network.

Google sets up “news initiative” to censor political opposition and promote mainstream media

By Andre Damon, 22 March 2018

Google announced its latest censorship initiative as Facebook came under pressure from the media and Congressional Democrats to crack down on political opposition.

The Russians are tweeting! The Russians are tweeting!

By Will Morrow, 22 March 2018

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report claims that demonstrations in Wisconsin in 2016 against a police killing were used by Russian Twitter bots to “stoke flames of racial division.”

Cambridge Analytica used harvested data from 50 million Facebook profiles

By Kevin Reed, 21 March 2018

The revelations of the data harvesting operation has exposed the use of social media information for manipulative aims by political campaign organizations in the United States.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship

Part 3: NYU and the efforts to censor the Internet

By the IYSSE at NYU, 21 March 2018

New York University, the largest private research university in the US, in heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the Internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

Trump demands death penalty for drug dealers as answer to opioid overdose crisis

By Niles Niemuth, 20 March 2018

Trump blamed the crisis on America’s supposedly lax drug laws and pointed to countries which have “zero tolerance” policies, including the death penalty for dealers and traffickers.

Political warfare in Washington enters new stage following firing of former FBI deputy director

By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2018

Former CIA Director John Brennan replied to the firing of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe by telling Trump: “You will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history.”

Native American author Sherman Alexie taken down in #MeToo hysteria

By Kayla Costa, 19 March 2018

A critically acclaimed author and youth educator, Alexie now faces serious consequences from the vague and unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct.

In name of fighting sex trafficking, US Congress set to pass internet censorship law

By Will Morrow, 17 March 2018

The bill will enable the prosecution of online platforms based on content posted by individual users.

Seven days in March: The Trump administration and the breakdown of American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2018

Actions taken by the Trump administration this week reveal its ever more open turn to authoritarianism, while the Democrats have become the party of the CIA.

Trump taps torturer to head CIA

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2018

Touted as the first woman to head the US spy agency, the nomination of Gina Haspel marks a further rehabilitation of the methods of torture and forced disappearances.

Yale witch hunters and the decline of democratic consciousness

By Eric London, 14 March 2018

The Yale Daily News does not understand that “Not guilty” most certainly does mean “innocent.”

The CIA takeover of the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2018

The entry of dozens of intelligence and military veterans into this year’s congressional primaries amounts to a takeover of the Democratic Party by the CIA and Pentagon.

New York Times celebrates Metropolitan Opera dismissal of James Levine

By Eric London, 13 March 2018

Without publishing details, the Met concluded an investigation and found “credible evidence” that Levine “engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct.”

Conviction overturned after Texas judge ordered multiple electric shocks on defendant in court

By Trévon Austin, 13 March 2018

The barbaric use of “stun belts” during trials began in the 1990s, justified as a way of delivering a shock in the event a defendant becomes violent or attempts to escape.

West Virginia, the class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

By Jerry White, 12 March 2018

The widespread use of social media by the West Virginia teachers and the growth of the class struggle internationally make clear why the US government and Silicon Valley tech giants want to censor the Internet.

Trump calls for execution of drug dealers at Pennsylvania rally

By Nick Barrickman, 12 March 2018

Despite recommendations from a bipartisan commission established last March, the Trump administration has failed to address the social devastation responsible for the crisis.

Connecticut jury acquits Yale student in campus sexual assault case

By Eric London, 12 March 2018

Twenty-five-year-old Saifullah Khan’s attorney said the defense team used the case to challenge “the outer limits of the #MeToo movement,” which is “a form of mass hysteria.”

Google’s alliance with the military: The ruling class responds to social unrest in America

By Andre Damon, 10 March 2018

Google’s admission that it is aiding and abetting the US military’s illegal assassination program exemplifies the sinister alliance of the technology monopolies with the repressive apparatus of the state.

“On top of taking my family, they are branded as criminals”

Video of Border Patrol agents dragging mother away from children sparks outrage

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Clodomiro Puentes, 10 March 2018

Perla Morales Luna had stepped out with her three daughters to pay their rent last weekend when she was suddenly grabbed and dragged away by federal agents.

Justice department files suit against California “sanctuary” laws

By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2018

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to Sacramento to deliver a vitriolic attack on immigrants.

US Border Patrol uses pretext of “human trafficking” to separate immigrant children from parents

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 March 2018

The Department of Homeland Security is using a legal pretext to separate children from their parents so the parents can be jailed.

The CIA Democrats: Part one

Introduction

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2018

This series examines the extraordinary integration of the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies, with dozens of former operatives running as Democratic candidates in 2018.

The lawless frontier of the #MeToo campaign

By Richard Hoffman, 7 March 2018

Recent calls by the New York Times for complaints and exposures of “gray-zone sex” experiences are based on the abandonment of centuries-old legal principles.

Davino Watson, US citizen wrongfully detained by ICE, calls for the defense of immigrants facing deportation

By Nick Barrickman, 5 March 2018

Watson, a naturalized US citizen, was detained by ICE agents in 2008 after having been arrested for a minor offense.

Fifty years since the Kerner Commission report

The urban riots of the 1960s and the remaking of American racial ideology

By Tom Mackaman, 5 March 2018

While documenting devastating conditions in America’s cities, the report drew the false conclusion that race, not class, is the basic division in American society.

Special needs New York student imprisoned over Facebook posting

By Jason Melanovski, 3 March 2018

Several dozen students across the US have been swept up in a hysterical law and order crackdown since the Parkland school shooting.