Guest Writer

January 29, 2018
person wearing a FBI JTTF windbreaker at a press conference with other police

Are JTTFs Protecting Us Against Threats, or Threatening Our Civil Rights & Liberties?

Since the 9/11 attacks, the United States government has poured money into counter-terrorism efforts. One place in which they have spent billions of dollars is the network of 119 Joint Terrorism Task Forces  (JTTFs) located across the country.
December 1, 2017

SARS, CVE and the Gang Database. Chicago Resists Surveillance

The American Friends Service Committee and the Social Justice Initiative at University of Illinois Chicago hosted a “Resisting Surveillance” panel investigating surveillance programs in Chicago, and how communities are resisting these racist, invasive and dangerous practices.
November 15, 2017
Protest at Department of Justice

Due Process Is Impossible at Guantanamo

The morass around Abd al Rahim al Nashiri’s military trial provides the latest evidence that due process is systematically denied at Guantanamo.
November 15, 2017
protester dressed in hood an orange jumpsuit with sign "I am still waiting for your humanity" in front of the white house

A Game of Hunger Strike Chicken

Since September, as the result of an opaque administrative policy shift, medical officers at Guantanamo have stopped force-feeding hunger strikers and stopped monitoring their deteriorating health. This move betrays a disregard for the lives of the men held prisoner there.
November 15, 2017

LA Will Rally to Close Guantanamo on January 11

President Donald J. Trump has refused to close the barbaric detention center at Guantanamo. On the contrary, he made a campaign promise that “We’re gonna load it up with some bad dudes,” Because Guantanamo remains open and in operation, Trump
November 9, 2017

Small Independent News Outlets have Outsized Impact

Fighting fake news is not the only or best way to ensure that our content ecosystem prioritizes real news. This week, a groundbreaking article in Science proves that a better way to secure a media system that works for democracy is to strengthen independent news outlets.
September 21, 2017
WASHINGTON DC - MAY 1: Immigration reform activists protest on May 1 2010 at the White House on in Washington DC.

Giving a Voice to the 32,000: Why Immigrant Detainees Must Have First Amendment Rights

Protesting is an appropriate and essential way for noncitizens to confront the harsh treatment they are experiencing in detention centers, bring awareness to the issue, and seek to change it.
August 28, 2017
conceptual sign with drone symbol and danger warning over blue sky

LAPD’s Sham Community Outreach on Drones

As much as LAPD attempts to subvert and undermine the community, the power of the people can never be stopped.
August 3, 2017
a prison cell in the shape of the map of the US

Private Prisons Should Not Operate In Secrecy

Private prison companies that receive federal funding provide the same service as government agencies, but, by asserting their status as private entities, claim that they are not subject to public records laws such as the FOIA.
July 14, 2017

The next FBI Director should commit to transparency and accountability

Members of the Judiciary Committee have until today to ask questions of Mr. Wray for the record. Senators should use this window to ensure Mr. Wray will be a strong advocate for greater FBI transparency and accountability.
July 11, 2017
3 members of city council raise their hands to vote for FCT ordinance

Victory for Rockville’s Fostering Community Trust Ordinance: Lessons Learned

After nearly four months of advocacy, supporters of the Fostering Community Trust ordinance erupted in applause after a majority of City Councilmembers raised their hands in favor of the measure, which enshrines an unwritten Rockville City Police (RPD) policy into law.
June 29, 2017
Cop Watcher as Superman

Report: NYPD Unlawfully Interfered With Cop Watchers and Other Civilians Recording Police

Remember - It's legal to #FilmThePolice and #CopWatch. Observing, documenting and filming police activity and abuse is a key tactic in holding police accountable.
June 1, 2017
The White House

Senators push Justice Department nominee for answers on secret law

The OpenTheGovernment coalition advocated for questions that would shed light on the Justice Department’s justifications for withholding OLC opinions, including opinions justifying controversial policies such as mass surveillance practices, targeted killing programs, and use of torture in interrogation practices.
May 29, 2017
Witness Against Torture protesters in orange jumpsuits and black hoods representing presioners

#ForeverHumanBeings/#41MenAtGitmo: A Campaign Calling for the Closure of Guantanamo Bay

Witness Against Torture has launched a campaign dedicated to renewing calls to close Guantanamo prison as well as uplifting the stories of the 41 men who remained imprisoned behind its walls. Read how you can participate.
May 24, 2017
Berkeley Police

Berkeley Copwatch Demands Release of Racial Profiling Report

Berkeley Police Chief Andy Greenwood has told the Police Review Commission that, although a report on racial profiling has finally been provided to him by the Center for Equity Policing (CPE) he doesn’t want to release it yet. While the