The recent terrorist attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo generated a now-familiar meme: Another terrorist attack means we need more surveillance.Read More »
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK government on its routine surveillance of journalists’ communications.Read More »
Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison After Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms | Democracy Now!
Barrett Brown was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty last year to charges of transmitting threats, accessory to a cyber-attack, and obstruction of justice.Read More »
Prosecuting Guatemala’s Dirty War: Rigoberta Menchú Hails Embassy Fire Verdict, Dictator’s Trial | Democracy Now!
In a major victory for human rights activists, a Guatemalan court has returned a guilty verdict in the Spanish Embassy massacre of 1980. Pedro Garcia Arredondo pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and crimes against humanity.Read More »
It’s official: UK arms sales to tyrants take priority over human rights and torture | Stop the War Coalition
The British government's declared concern about the lack of human rights in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain extends no further than the next contract for tanks and grenades.Read More »
Edward Snowden would like everyone – especially his critics – to know that he is happy with life in Russia. Happy, and also sober.Read More »
The White House Press Secretary described President Obama's meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as an opportunity to “continue strengthening the strategic partnership…expanding dialogue and cooperation between the United States and Mexico on economic, security and social issues, as well as underscoring the deep cultural ties and friendship that exist between our two countries.”Read More »
Human rights barrister threatened by authorities after exposing same flaws in judicial system that later led to conviction of al-Jazeera journalists.Read More »
Reframing the CIA’s interrogation techniques as a violation of scientific and medical ethics may be the best way to achieve accountability.Read More »
The Justice Department has ruled out forcing New York Times reporter James Risen to divulge his source in the upcoming trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information.Read More »
Why the Founding Fathers Considered Banning Torture Foundational to the U.S. Constitution | Juan Cole, Truthdig
The Bill of Rights of the US Constitution is full of prohibitions on torture, as part of a general 18th century Enlightenment turn against the practice.Read More »