Category Archives: human rights

More: Illness for you, Money for the ADA

By Dr. Mercola On March 28, the Dr. Oz Show featured a segment titled “Are Your Silver Fillings Making You Sick?” The program explained the toxic health problems linked to mercury fillings, and even measured the mercury released from the fillings when brushing the teeth of a model mouth. The segment is evidence that the… Read More »

Chinese Activists Opposing Corruption Are Detained

Xi Jinping launched his term as Chinese Communist Party (CCP) chief with a directed campaign of propaganda denouncing corruption in the Party, and vowing to crack down on officials who flaunt the rules. But those who took him at his word by, for example, organizing events to encourage the disclosure of officials’ assets, now find… Read More »

India’s web, phone surveillance system draws flak

India’s web, phone surveillance system draws flak The Indian government’s recently rolled out Central Monitoring System (CMS), which enables it to monitor phone and internet communications across the country, has drawn flak from human rights groups that worry it could undermine citizens’ right to privacy and free expression. The government’s CMS under the aegis of… Read More »

Black 14-year-old Carrying a Puppy Tackled and Choked by Police for Giving Them a “Dehumanizing Stare”

New cell phone footage shows Miami-Dade Police officers aggressively pinning an unarmed teen to the ground while choking him. His alleged crime: giving the officers “dehumanizing stares” and “clenching his fists.” Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillan says he was feeding his puppy and playing on the beach with some friends when cops riding ATVs approached him and… Read More »

U.S. Special Forces getting constellation of mini surveillance satellites to hunt down ‘people considered to be dangerous’

In September, the U.S. government will fire into orbit a two-stage rocket from a Virginia launchpad. Officially, the mission is a scientific one, designed to improve America’s ability to send small satellites into space quickly and cheaply. But the launch will also have a second purpose: to help the elite forces of U.S. Special Operations… Read More »

AP says Justice subpoenaed phone records

The Justice Department secretly collected two months of telephone records for reporters and editors at The Associated Press, the news service disclosed Monday in an outraged letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. The records included calls from several AP bureaus and the personal phone lines of several staffers, AP President Gary Pruitt wrote. Pruitt called… Read More »

Human brain cells alive in mouse brains.

Into brains of newborn mice, researchers implanted human “progenitor cells.” These mature into a type of brain cell called astrocytes… They grew into human astrocytes, crowding out mouse astrocytes. The mouse brains became chimeras of human and mouse, with the workhorse mouse brain cells – neurons – nurtured by billions of human astrocytes. Neuroscience is… Read More »

U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance

NSA director Keith Alexander, shown here in a file photo, who’s also the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command. Justice Department agreed to issue “2511 letters” immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Senior… Read More »

Those who report on their government’s human rights abuses should care about the murder of Anna Politkovskaya

As a journalist, Anna Politkovskaya’s fearless coverage of the conflict and human rights situation in Chechnya earned her international recognition. It also brought harassment and intimidation from authorities. She was detained, threatened and poisoned because of her work. In October 2006, she was shot dead at her home in Moscow. via Anna Politkovskaya | Amnesty… Read More »

Gitmo prisoner describes pain of forced feedings

Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel in The New York Times on his detention at Guantánamo Bay “I’ve been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial,” expalins Yemeni detainee Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, who was captured in Pakistan under… Read More »

US-Pakistan drone pact revealed by Musharraf

Pakistan’s former president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, admits his regime had a secret pact with the U.S. to allow drone strikes in the country. “Only on a few occasions, when a target was absolutely isolated and no chance of collateral damage,” said Musharraf, speaking to a US-based television network. ‘We haven’t given any sort of permission… Read More »

Sudan must end ‘cruel’ amputation punishment

Sudan’s Deputy Chief Justice recently made the alarming announcement that his government might start training judges to cut off the hands and legs of convicted criminals, if doctors refuse to carry out amputations as punishment. Abdul Rahman Sharfi said non-cooperation over the use of such amputations would be punished. Adopting a defiant posture, he denied… Read More »

Collateral Murder

Update: On July 6, 2010, Private Bradley Manning, a 22 year old intelligence analyst with the United States Army in Baghdad, was charged with disclosing this video (after allegedly speaking to an unfaithful journalist). The whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has called Mr. Manning a ‘hero’. He is currently imprisoned in Kuwait. The… Read More »

Supreme Court Thwarts Challenge to Warrantless Surveillance

A divided Supreme Court halted a legal challenge Tuesday to a once-secret warrantless surveillance project that gobbles up Americans’ electronic communications, a program that Congress eventually legalized in 2008 and again in 2012. The 5-4 decision (.pdf) by Justice Samuel Alito was a clear victory for the President Barack Obama administration, which like its predecessor,… Read More »

Supreme Court Thwarts Challenge to Warrantless Surveillance

A divided Supreme Court halted a legal challenge Tuesday to a once-secret warrantless surveillance project that gobbles up Americans’ electronic communications, a program that Congress eventually legalized in 2008 and again in 2012. The 5-4 decision (.pdf) by Justice Samuel Alito was a clear victory for the President Barack Obama administration, which like its predecessor,… Read More »

Crops, Not Cops, Biggest U.S. Drone Market

Interesting that I dreamed my house was buzzed by drones last night and today’s headlines in my local university newspaper says they are now in use, for agricultural purposes. Great for spraying food crops with chemicals that might harm a human pilot. This is why I’m building a drone to purchase, prepare and eat non… Read More »

Georgia inmate granted last-minute stays of execution

Twice-convicted killer Warren Lee Hill was granted final-hour stays of execution on Tuesday, his attorney said. The stays came from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Georgia Court of Appeals. “I think we were within about a half hour of the execution,” said Brian Kammer, an attorney for Hill, whose supporters say… Read More »

FAA Releases New Drone List—Is Your Town on the Map?

View EFF’s updated Map of Domestic Drone Authorizations in a larger window. (Clicking this link will serve content from Google.) The Federal Aviation Administration has finally released a new drone authorization list. This list, released in response to EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, includes law enforcement agencies and universities across the country, and—for… Read More »

Obama to give white paper on targeted killings to Congress

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning will receive a classified document that seeks to justify the administration’s policy of targeting Americans overseas via drone attacks, chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said late Wednesday. “I am pleased that the president has agreed to provide the Intelligence Committee with access to the OLC (Office of Legal Counsel) opinion… Read More »