November 2, 2010

Omar Khadr sentenced after eight years of detention

Omar Khadr was given what the New York Times calls a “symbolic term” by the military commission at Guantánamo Bay late Sunday, October 31. Khadr, now 24 years old, was brought to Guantánamo Bay in 2001 when he was 15
September 30, 2010

Food Not Bombs and the new COINTELPRO

Food Not Bombs is an unlikely name for a violent terrorist organization. Nevertheless, since its inception, Food Not Bombs has been at the center of multiple government surveillance operations, with present and former members disproportionately represented in courtrooms and jail
August 24, 2010

A Climate of Acquiescence

What do Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, The Scottsboro Boys, and The Hollywood 10 have in common? All were famous miscarriages of justice, yes. But all of these abrogations of civil liberties also spawned massive public protests. By contrast
August 18, 2010

Hartford Common Council considers civil rights reforms

On Monday, August 16, the Hartford Common Council held a public hearing on a groundbreaking proposed ordinance. The bill, introduced by Councilor Luis Cotto, would raise civil rights above the federal floor by limiting law enforcement powers and imposing transparency
July 28, 2010

BORDC and 45 allied organizations call for more FBI oversight

Yesterday, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee submitted a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of 46 organizations. The letter raises concerns about the 2008 FBI Guidelines promoted by then-Attorney General Mukasey. UPDATE: While news from today’s hearing
July 2, 2010

We the people do not sacrifice our liberty for temporary security

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Steps from the Old State House, where Bostonians first heard the Declaration of Independence, essential liberty was traded
June 22, 2010

Lieberman’s Cyber-Demagoguery

Demagoguery in the name of national security is a grand tradition in the US Congress—so much so that the competition for top demagogue is fierce. Despite the crowded field, however, when it comes to grandstanding on terror, Senator Joe Liebermann
May 12, 2010

Demagoguery vs. Constitutionality

How many constitutional amendments and civil liberties legacies can one piece of misbegotten legislation gut? Well, if it’s the latest legislation from Senator Lieberman on terrorism, you can bet it will run roughshod. Let us count the ways. The First
March 25, 2010

Tonight: Fusion Centers Discussion in Roxbury, MA

If you’re near the Boston area tonight, we highly recommend you attend a discussion about fusion centers being held at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury, MA. Fusion centers are a new mechanism to bring together tremendous
March 5, 2010

Fusion Center Concerns in Austin

March 5, 2010 – Civil liberties and privacy activists in Austin, TX, have had cause for concern for the past year. A new fusion center in that area will make use of widespread data mining techniques. It will collect and
February 15, 2010

The Bill of Rights applies to all

A major debate is taking place on national television, and even in Congress, regarding terrorism, detainee rights, torture, and constitutional protections. While not attempting to deride the whole criminal justice system, one would think that we should examine the differences
September 17, 2009

Disbar the torture lawyers: Sign on today

Over the past several months, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and its supporters and allies across the country have demanded a complete and thorough investigation of alleged torture and prosecution of all former and current officials involved. Thank