Suraj K Sazawal

September 23, 2021

Protest Rights in the Crosshairs as Congress Investigates January 6

The January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is one of the most shameful events in American history. And whether it was the culmination of an authoritarian president grasping at power, a reaction to disinformation and unfounded claims of voter
September 10, 2021

20 Years Later: Time for a Hard Look in the Mirror

As we mark 20 years since 9/11, much ink will be spilled about the country’s trajectory since that tragic day.  But if the national reaction to the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is any indication, the country, or at least
April 19, 2021

Fusion centers treat protest as a threat

By Suraj K Sazawal In the days leading to Trump’s January 6 rally, neither DHS or the FBI prepared an “intelligence bulletin”, a commonly used alert to notify law enforcement about upcoming events of interest in their area.  After the
March 23, 2021

‘Fortress DC’ Foreshadows Dangerous Anti-Protest Measures

By Suraj K. Sazawal Two months after Donald Trump’s supporters ransacked the U.S. Capitol, the drawdown of the National Guard and the removal of razor-wire fencing surrounding the building has begun.  “This is progress,” DC Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton said
January 7, 2021

You Know What Would Have Happened If They Weren’t White

On the same day in February 2018 that would have been the 23rd birthday for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager killed by George Zimmerman in 2014, Philadelphians woke to find their city vandalized.  Overnight, downtown store windows had been shattered,
December 18, 2020
Simulation of a screen of cctv cameras with facial recognition

Time to Bench Facial Recognition Software

The entire roster for the Boston Celtics basketball team recently called on the state’s lawmakers to reject the Governor’s last-minute amendment to a police reform bill that would cut proposed restrictions on the government's use of facial recognition technology.
November 9, 2020

No Time To Celebrate

This is no time to relax.  Reining in our country’s runaway executive branch must begin now, even as the current occupant of the White House grasps at his last days in office and before the new administration has a chance
October 21, 2020

This Won’t End November 3

These past few months have been hard but inspiring.  Protests against racial injustice continue in Portland, Louisville and across the nation as countless Americans refuse to be silenced by aggressive and excessive policing and a polarizing president that stokes racial
August 27, 2020

The Bucks Stop Here

When NBA players refused to take the court following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, they did more than take a stand against racial injustice.  Whether they knew it or not, the Milwaukee Bucks’ players, who
June 5, 2020

No One Expects the Third Amendment

It wasn’t long ago the president called for “liberating” states that had been on lockdown in response to the contagious coronavirus, encouraging people to exercise their First Amendment rights and push back against what he considered government overreach.  But now
June 1, 2020
special tactics team ready for action in the streets

Killology, BulletProof, and Warrior Policing

President Trump’s reckless encouragement of police officers to rough up people in their custody overshadowed comments made by Bob Krull, head of the Minneapolis police union, at a 2017 political rally in Minnesota.  Fervent from speaking at the same podium
May 20, 2020

Big Brother Rolls On

Life as we used to know it has been upended. But before anyone else declares that “nothing will ever be the same” let us not forget that Big Brother never sleeps.  From California to Maine, the mass surveillance of lawful
May 7, 2020

Contact Tracing Needs Strong Safeguards

Until safeguards are put in place to prevent mission creep and other abuses of data collected through electronic contact tracing, the privacy and security of Americans could be undermined long after the emergency has ended
April 13, 2020

10 Years After ‘Collateral Murder’ We’re Still Shooting The Messengers

On April 5, 2010 Wikileaks published a classified U.S. military video documenting the killing of 12 people in Baghdad that included a Reuters photojournalist and his driver.  Collateral Murder, as the video is known, contradicted the military’s official version of
April 10, 2020

The Trump Administration’s Allergic Reaction to Oversight & Accountability

In a stunning 48-hour period this week, the President Donald Trump essentially admitted that he fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for properly exercising the duties of his job and his administration relieved Capt. Brett Crozier, a decorated Navy
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