Suraj K Sazawal

April 1, 2020

A Balancing Act: Your Health vs. Your Rights

To encourage social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus, nearly one in five Americans have been asked by state and local officials to stay at home during the crisis.  Officials and medical experts say this extraordinary measure, an
February 26, 2020
Whistle On American Flag

Assange Extradition Threatens Global Press Freedom

Assange is charged under the Espionage Act for publishing truthful information. The indictment is seen as an assault on those people and organizations that publish classified information in the public interest.
January 13, 2020
US Capitol at Night

Times Up for Mass Surveillance.

Lawmakers this spring have the opportunity to end massive surveillance programs that erode civil liberties without making Americans safer.
October 14, 2019

No More Sneaky Backdoors for the FBI

Time and again the FBI has shown its inability, or unwillingness, to obey the law. This time, a secret court ruling made public last week revealed that the FBI had conducted tens of thousands of unauthorized searches of U.S. persons in a government intelligence database between 2017 and 2018
October 7, 2019
close up of the FBI HQ shows cracks in cement and Brutalist features

FBI’s powers need to be reined in, not expanded

Calls to expand the FBI’s powers to investigate “domestic terrorism” are unnecessary and would further enable law enforcement to suppress dissent.
October 4, 2019
child looks through border wall

Leaked FBI Memo Conjures Threat of Armed Conflict From Anarchist Groups Fighting for Immigrant Rights

The FBI is monitoring groups protesting U.S. border and immigration policies and considers them violent threats despite providing little evidence to support that claim.
August 19, 2019

Washington’s Most Popular Spying Program?

The Trump administration is reportedly pushing Congress to permanently reauthorize an NSA program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans' calls and texts.
August 16, 2019

“I have to do something”

“I don’t care whether our action will affect the government’s decision – I only know I have to do something to protect the place which I live in.” These words belong to a 21-year-old student in Hong Kong but could
July 14, 2019
The Supreme Court

Supreme Court weakens FOIA, undermining Americans’ right to know

Open and transparent government took another hit when the Supreme Court ruled to broaden the definition of “confidential” materials that are exempt from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
June 3, 2019

NLRB threatens free association rights of Graduate student-workers

The announcement that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) plans to roll back protections for Americans trying to collectively bargain and unionize is worrisome
May 3, 2019

Will the NSA stop mass spying on Americans? Don’t hold your breath

Recent headlines that suggest the NSA will abandon its mass phone surveillance program, commonly known as Section 215 of the Patriot Act, should be met with a healthy dollop of skepticism.
March 17, 2019

Police Department Report-Your-Neighbor Apps Proliferate Without Oversight or Community Input

Remember the good ol’ days when just Big Brother kept tabs on what you did and where you went?
December 24, 2018
Video surveillance cameras for monitoring on streets

Congress, Police, Protesters and Surveillance

Police zeal to embrace military-grade hardware is unprecedented, and the deployment of surveillance technology on the public often occurs with little public debate or warning.
November 8, 2018
WASHINGTON DC - MAY 1: Immigration reform activists protest on May 1 2010 at the White House on in Washington DC.

ICE’s Chilling Attack on Free Speech and Dissent

According to ICE’s data, there was a 41% increase in the number of undocumented immigrants arrested by the agency in 2017 compared to the previous year.  
November 6, 2018
The Constitution of the United States of America

The 14th Amendment is Working Hard to Protect Your Rights

Much like Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey or oatmeal raisin cookies, the constitution's 14th Amendment is remarkably underrated.