Democratic Rights in the US


In name of fighting sex trafficking, US Congress set to pass internet censorship law

By Will Morrow, 17 March 2018

The bill will enable the prosecution of online platforms based on content posted by individual users.

Seven days in March: The Trump administration and the breakdown of American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2018

Actions taken by the Trump administration this week reveal its ever more open turn to authoritarianism, while the Democrats have become the party of the CIA.

Trump taps torturer to head CIA

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2018

Touted as the first woman to head the US spy agency, the nomination of Gina Haspel marks a further rehabilitation of the methods of torture and forced disappearances.

Yale witch hunters and the decline of democratic consciousness

By Eric London, 14 March 2018

The Yale Daily News does not understand that “Not guilty” most certainly does mean “innocent.”

The CIA takeover of the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2018

The entry of dozens of intelligence and military veterans into this year’s congressional primaries amounts to a takeover of the Democratic Party by the CIA and Pentagon.

New York Times celebrates Metropolitan Opera dismissal of James Levine

By Eric London, 13 March 2018

Without publishing details, the Met concluded an investigation and found “credible evidence” that Levine “engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct.”

Conviction overturned after Texas judge ordered multiple electric shocks on defendant in court

By Trévon Austin, 13 March 2018

The barbaric use of “stun belts” during trials began in the 1990s, justified as a way of delivering a shock in the event a defendant becomes violent or attempts to escape.

West Virginia, the class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

By Jerry White, 12 March 2018

The widespread use of social media by the West Virginia teachers and the growth of the class struggle internationally make clear why the US government and Silicon Valley tech giants want to censor the Internet.

Trump calls for execution of drug dealers at Pennsylvania rally

By Nick Barrickman, 12 March 2018

Despite recommendations from a bipartisan commission established last March, the Trump administration has failed to address the social devastation responsible for the crisis.

Connecticut jury acquits Yale student in campus sexual assault case

By Eric London, 12 March 2018

Twenty-five-year-old Saifullah Khan’s attorney said the defense team used the case to challenge “the outer limits of the #MeToo movement,” which is “a form of mass hysteria.”

Google’s alliance with the military: The ruling class responds to social unrest in America

By Andre Damon, 10 March 2018

Google’s admission that it is aiding and abetting the US military’s illegal assassination program exemplifies the sinister alliance of the technology monopolies with the repressive apparatus of the state.

“On top of taking my family, they are branded as criminals”

Video of Border Patrol agents dragging mother away from children sparks outrage

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Clodomiro Puentes, 10 March 2018

Perla Morales Luna had stepped out with her three daughters to pay their rent last weekend when she was suddenly grabbed and dragged away by federal agents.

Justice department files suit against California “sanctuary” laws

By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2018

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to Sacramento to deliver a vitriolic attack on immigrants.

US Border Patrol uses pretext of “human trafficking” to separate immigrant children from parents

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 March 2018

The Department of Homeland Security is using a legal pretext to separate children from their parents so the parents can be jailed.

The CIA Democrats: Part one


By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2018

This series examines the extraordinary integration of the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies, with dozens of former operatives running as Democratic candidates in 2018.

The lawless frontier of the #MeToo campaign

By Richard Hoffman, 7 March 2018

Recent calls by the New York Times for complaints and exposures of “gray-zone sex” experiences are based on the abandonment of centuries-old legal principles.

Davino Watson, US citizen wrongfully detained by ICE, calls for the defense of immigrants facing deportation

By Nick Barrickman, 5 March 2018

Watson, a naturalized US citizen, was detained by ICE agents in 2008 after having been arrested for a minor offense.

Fifty years since the Kerner Commission report

The urban riots of the 1960s and the remaking of American racial ideology

By Tom Mackaman, 5 March 2018

While documenting devastating conditions in America’s cities, the report drew the false conclusion that race, not class, is the basic division in American society.

Special needs New York student imprisoned over Facebook posting

By Jason Melanovski, 3 March 2018

Several dozen students across the US have been swept up in a hysterical law and order crackdown since the Parkland school shooting.

After Parkland shooting, dozens of US students arrested for social media posts

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 March 2018

The tragic death of 14 students and three teachers at the Florida high school has triggered a law-and-order crackdown on students alleged to have posted threatening remarks on social media.

ICE carries out mass immigration roundups in Northern California

By Alec Andersen, 1 March 2018

Since Sunday, dozens of ICE agents have conducted broad sweeps of immigrant communities, knocking on doors and arresting those who were unable to produce proper immigration documents.

Security firm Palantir secretly providing New Orleans police with predictive policing software

By Tom Hall, 1 March 2018

The deal concluded in 2012 with mayor Mitch Landrieu handing over the city’s population as guinea pigs for products destined for other police departments and spy agencies.

The New York Times procures salacious details of “gray-zone sex”

By Eric London, 1 March 2018

The Times has issued a call for college students to describe and submit images related to sexual encounters.

Media, Democrats silent as US Supreme Court rules immigrants can be indefinitely detained

By Eric London, 28 February 2018

The decision sets up the pseudo-legal framework for the expansion of immigrant internment camps.

Alabama death row inmate’s lawyer: “This was clearly a botched execution that can only be accurately described as torture”

By Kate Randall, 28 February 2018

Doyle Hamm was subjected to about two-and-a-half hours of torture Thursday night in Alabama’s death chamber before prison officials called off the execution.

Daniel Golden’s Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and foreign intelligence secretly exploit America’s universities

By Clara Weiss, 28 February 2018

The new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Daniel Golden is an important contribution toward understanding the military-intelligence-university complex in the United States.

US Supreme Court hears arguments in union agency fees case

By Shannon Jones, 27 February 2018

There is nothing progressive in the effort to maintain provisions that force workers to pay agency fees to unions that long ago abandoned any defense of the working class.

US immigration service quietly removes “nation of immigrants” from its mission statement

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 February 2018

Anticipating protests, the White House declared that the change in the mission statement did not originate from the President.

US Federal Communications Commission sets end date for net neutrality

By Will Morrow, 24 February 2018

Beginning on April 23, multibillion-dollar corporations such as Comcast and AT&T will be able to restrict access to or completely censor web sites.

Opposition grows among students and youth to Internet censorship

By our reporters, 24 February 2018

Student who spoke with the IYSSE talked about the power of the Internet to organize opposition and disseminate information outside the control of the corporate and state media.

A law unto themselves: US Border Patrol expands use of warrantless searches

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 23 February 2018

The US Border Patrol has been given full authority to push the margins of the Fourth Amendment, carrying out warrantless searches and seizures far beyond the borders.

Trump administration pursues inhumane policy of separating migrant children from parents

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 21 February 2018

The systematic separating of children of undocumented immigrants from their parents is part of a conscious policy to “discourage border crossings.”

New York City cop acquitted of the murder of Deborah Danner

By Katy Kinner and Mark Ferretti, 17 February 2018

The acquittal of a NYPD sergeant of the killing is the latest state sanctioning of police murder in the Bronx, New York City’s poorest borough.

As AFSCME drags out contract negotiations

Brutal police assault on UC Berkeley worker evokes anger

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Evelyn Rios, 16 February 2018

AFSCME has portrayed the attack on 51-year-old housing and dining services employee David Cole during a campus protest over stalled contract talks in exclusively racial terms.

Democrats back punitive immigration plan as Senate vote looms

By Eric London, 15 February 2018

The framework of the immigration debate is far to the right of any public discussion on the subject since Congress imposed racial quotas in the 1920s.

Minnesota school district removes To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn from the curriculum

By Sandy English, 14 February 2018

The Duluth school board has decided to stop teaching two literary classics, To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn, because of their frequent use of racial slurs.

The nightmare reality for immigrants across US in 2018

By Eric London, 12 February 2018

In recent weeks, immigration agents and police have waged war in working class neighborhoods across America, tearing immigrants from their families and friends.

YouTube censors video opposing far-right Alternative for Germany

By Johannes Stern, 10 February 2018

The video by the left-wing, socialist channel “Political Analysis” was evidently censored following appeals by far-right circles to YouTube.

Trump’s parade and the threat of military dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2018

The US president’s bid to roll tanks down Pennsylvania Avenue is no mere personal whim. It is bound up with deep-going changes in US society and the capitalist state apparatus.

UK High Court rejects Lauri Love’s extradition to US

By Margot Miller, 8 February 2018

The High Court judges agreed with Love’s legal team that, on medical grounds, he should be tried in the UK, not the US.

A conversation with film historian Max Alvarez: How the #MeToo campaign echoes the McCarthyite witch hunt of the 1940s and 1950s

“The climate is chillingly similar in terms of the massive capitulation and conformity”

By David Walsh, 8 February 2018

It is “Scoundrel Time” again in Hollywood, complete with denunciations, anonymous informants, humiliating “confessions,” trial by media and the banning of prominent performers.

Julian Assange loses initial bid to overturn British arrest warrant

By Mike Head, 7 February 2018

Even if the judge withdraws the warrant next week, Assange still faces extradition to the US to be tried on trumped-up charges of espionage and treason.

Chelsea Manning to run as a Democrat in Maryland Senate race

By Nick Barrickman, 6 February 2018

Like so many others before her, Manning is engaged in a misguided and futile effort to seek reforms through the US capitalist two-party system.

Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing “local news”

By Will Morrow, 6 February 2018

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new measure would help “turn down the temperature” on “divisive national issues.”

Democrats defend FBI as Republican memo shows anti-Russia campaign built on illegal spying

By Eric London, 5 February 2018

In the factional conflict within the ruling class, the Democrats have emerged as the principal defenders of the military-intelligence apparatus.

Release of Nunes memo throws anti-Russia campaign into disarray

By Andre Damon, 3 February 2018

In a further intensification of the factional conflict gripping the US ruling elite, the White House published a congressional memo Friday alleging the FBI used false pretenses to spy on the Trump campaign.

National Guard, federal agents and police mobilize for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis

By Anthony Bertolt, 3 February 2018

Minnesota is seeing the largest military-police operation in the state’s history under the guise of providing security for the NFL’s championship game.

Deliberate neglect leads to inmate death at New York’s Rikers Island

By Leslie Murtagh and Philip Guelpa, 3 February 2018

The planned closure of Rikers Island will do nothing to stem police brutality and abuse of prisoners in New York City.

From Facebook to Policebook

By Andre Damon, 2 February 2018

Facebook is being transformed into an instrument of censorship and surveillance, monitoring the actions and thoughts of its users.

US Border Patrol vilify DACA recipients, linking them to human smuggling

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 2 February 2018

The US Border Patrol emphasized the DACA status of two young men arrested over recent incidents in the San Diego area.

US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg endorses #MeToo

By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 1 February 2018

As a sitting Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg's comments granted a quasi-official sanction to the lynch mob atmosphere surrounding the campaign.

Marshall and #MeToo: A 77-year-old civil rights fight exposes the reactionary character of the sexual misconduct witch-hunt

By Fred Mazelis, 1 February 2018

The 1941 case, in which a black man was acquitted of rape charges, poses awkward questions for those who dismiss due process in their campaign against sexual harassment, both real and alleged.

In letter to Congress, social media companies outline plans for mass censorship

By Will Morrow, 31 January 2018

The technology giants are hiring thousands more human reviewers and developing artificial intelligence algorithms to monitor and censor political speech on the internet.

2018 begins with US police reign of terror

By Niles Niemuth, 29 January 2018

In the years since the murder of Michael Brown in August 2014, popular anger against police violence has been channeled behind the Democratic Party by groups such as Black Lives Matter.

Fifty-nine defendants await trial for protesting against Trump’s inauguration

By E.P. Milligan, 24 January 2018

The Trump administration is determined to win some convictions to set a legal precedent for the criminalization of constitutionally protected political speech and protest.

For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship

An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists

23 January 2018

An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, antiwar, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists

Twitter warns users: We’re watching you

By Andre Damon, 22 January 2018

In an overt act of political intimidation, Twitter emailed hundreds of thousands of users informing them that they had shared or followed “Russian propaganda.”

“The water is milky white and smells like bleach”

Kentucky residents told it may take a decade to get clean, safe water

By Jerry White, 22 January 2018

Working class residents of the former coal mining area have had no water or only intermittent service for weeks.

Ohio police kill 16-year-old in courthouse

By Trévon Austin, 22 January 2018

There has been no indication that charges will be brought against the deputy.

Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing

By Andre Damon, 18 January 2018

Facebook is planning to double its army of censors to nearly 20,000 people by the end of this year, a company official told lawmakers Thursday.

Twelve arrested outside San Diego for feeding the homeless

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 January 2018

On January 14, 12 members of the activist group “Break the Ban” were arrested in the city of El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, California, for providing food to a homeless community.

Statement to the World Socialist Web Site webinar

Julian Assange calls effort of corporations to control Internet discourse “an existential threat to humanity”

18 January 2018

This statement was sent by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the January 16 webinar, “Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship.”

World Socialist Web Site calls for international coalition of socialist and anti-war websites to counter Internet censorship

By Niles Niemuth, 18 January 2018

The WSWS hosted a livestreamed discussion between David North and Chris Hedges that reviewed the political context of the efforts to censor the Internet and the necessary steps for an effective fight-back.

“The state trooper choked me because I was telling the truth”

Former coal miner in Eastern Kentucky speaks about police assault at public meeting

By Sheila Brehm, 17 January 2018

Gary Michael Hunt, a former coal miner who was assaulted by a state trooper for criticizing local authorities about the lack of safe water for area residents, spoke with the WSWS.

Deportation of 30-year US resident from Detroit sparks outrage

By Kathleen Martin, 17 January 2018

Jorge Garcia, a resident of metro Detroit for three decades, was deported to Mexico by ICE agents on Martin Luther King Day on the orders of federal immigration officials.

Trump administration escalates attack on data encryption

By Will Morrow, 17 January 2018

In a sign that the White House is moving to criminalize encryption, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein argued that “warrant-proof” files are unconstitutional.

Statement by Julian Assange opposing Internet censorship will be read at WSWS “Organizing Resistance” Webinar

16 January 2018

The webinar featuring David North and Chris Hedges will be broadcast live on January 16 at 7:00 pm EST.

#MeToo allegations against 95-year-old Marvel comics legend Stan Lee backfire

By Laura Tiernan, 16 January 2018

Allegations of sexual harassment against the creator of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four have met with widespread public derision.

Kentucky water crisis outrage: Another US worker arrested for criticizing government officials

By Sheila Brehm, 15 January 2018

A former coal miner was stopped from complaining about the persistent shutoff of drinking water to families in Martin County.

Facebook blocks sharing of WSWS anti-censorship video

By Eric London, 15 January 2018

The social media giant has blocked users from sharing a video promoting the January 16 online meeting “Organizing resistance to Internet censorship.”

Facebook announces major plan to censor news content

By Andre Damon, 13 January 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the world’s largest social network will deprioritize news content, part of a coordinated effort to block access to information online.

House Democrats supply votes to block limits on NSA spying

By Niles Niemuth, 13 January 2018

The Democratic Party’s support ensures the illegal surveillance program that began under George W. Bush and was expanded by Obama will pass unscathed into the hands of Donald Trump.

Teacher’s arrest in Louisiana: Another day, another outrage

By Jerry White, 12 January 2018

There is something “American” about the treatment of Deyshia Hargrave, who had the temerity to protest pay raises for school officials while teachers and students are starved of resources.

Democrats bray for immigration deal with Trump as judge halts DACA rescission

By Niles Niemuth, 11 January 2018

The first year of the Trump administration starkly illustrates the fact that neither the courts nor the Democratic Party can be trusted to protect immigrants.

El Salvador’s government bows to Washington over threat to deport 262,000

By Andrea Lobo, 11 January 2018

In response to the threat of mass deportations, the Salvadoran FMLN government has sought to curry favor with the Trump administration.

US Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to Mississippi’s discriminatory “religious freedom” law

By Matthew Taylor and Ed Hightower, 11 January 2018

The effect of the Supreme Court’s inaction is to encourage blatant discrimination against LGBT persons and all except Biblical literalists.

Freedom for Julian Assange!

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2018

The “untenable” conditions under which the WikiLeaks founder remains confined are the product of an unrelenting drive by the US and British governments to punish him for exposing the crimes of imperialism.

France’s Socialist Party attacks Catherine Deneuve for opposing #MeToo witch-hunt

By Alex Lantier, 11 January 2018

The courageous column published by 100 women in Le Monde criticizing the #MeToo campaign has provoked a venomous response from the French state machine.

“Sexual misconduct” witch-hunt targets conductor Charles Dutoit, director Max Stafford-Clarke and actor Ed Westwick

By Paul Bond, 11 January 2018

Just before Christmas, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra announced that it had cancelled appearances by its artistic director, 81-year-old conductor Charles Dutoit.

Louisiana teacher jailed for speaking out at school board meeting

By Nancy Hanover, 10 January 2018

Deyshia Hargrave was removed from a meeting, handcuffed and taken to jail for opposing a large pay hike for the school superintendent while employees have had no raise in a decade.

French artists rebuff #MeToo witch-hunt

By Linda Tenenbaum, 10 January 2018

An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and other prominent women emphasizes the anti-democratic nature of the #MeToo movement and its repudiation of due process.

A crime against humanity

US to deport 262,000 Salvadoran immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2018

This barbaric action will split up tens of thousands of families and threaten countless deaths among those forced to return to the killing fields of Central America.

Ten-year-old child among the victims

American Civil Liberties Union sues DC police for attacking inauguration protests

By Harvey Simpkins and Nick Barrickman, 9 January 2018

A civil lawsuit filed by the ACLU alleges protesters were assaulted and deprived of their constitutional rights.

Notes on police violence

US police kill 29 during first week of 2018

By George Gallanis, 9 January 2018

Almost all of the killings follow a general logic: police kill anyone they suspect to be a threat, regardless of how severe or even real the threat.

Trump “defends” the right to protest in Iran, criminalizes protest in Washington

By E.P. Milligan, 8 January 2018

Even as Trump was bloviating about the right to protest in Iran, his Justice Department was carrying out a political trial against peaceful protesters in a brazen attack on the freedom of speech and assembly guaranteed by the US Constitution.

Governments and corporations escalate Internet censorship and attacks on free speech

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2018

Technology companies and governments all over the world have kicked off the New Year with a massive assault on freedom of expression on the Internet.

UC Berkeley student arrested by border patrol

By David Brown, 5 January 2018

Luis Mora, a junior transfer to the UC, was arrested Saturday night at an internal checkpoint for overstaying his visa.

Facebook deleted accounts at the behest of US, Israeli and German governments

By Niles Niemuth, 4 January 2018

The social media company has deleted the accounts of Palestinian activists. journalists and the former leader of Chechnya in a campaign of international political censorship.

Seattle councilperson Kshama Sawant targeted by defamation lawsuit for calling police “murderers”

By Eric London, 3 January 2018

The Socialist Equality Party’s long-documented differences with Socialist Alternative do not lessen our opposition to attempts by the political establishment to silence criticism of the police.

New York prepares military-style occupation for New Year’s celebration in Times Square

By Philip Guelpa, 30 December 2017

Thousands of heavily armed, uniformed personnel, including police snipers, are being deployed to impose a military-style occupation of Times Square in connection with the annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

Drexel University professor resigns amid death threats from right-wing forces

By Trévon Austin, 30 December 2017

Ciccariello-Maher, a professor of politics and global studies, was harassed and threatened after several tweets he made were criticized on various right-wing outlets.

The petition against Matt Damon and the “erasing” of Kevin Spacey: The fiercely antidemocratic character of the sexual misconduct campaign

By David Walsh, 28 December 2017

The New York Times is at the forefront of the reactionary witch-hunt, defending various efforts at censorship and repression.

Democratic Party witch-hunters target Green Party candidate Jill Stein

By Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 23 December 2017

The Socialist Equality Party condemns the targeting of Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate in the 2016 election, by Democrats in the Senate Intelligence Committee.

US Congress targets Green Party candidate Jill Stein over allegations of collusion with Russia

By Trévon Austin, 21 December 2017

The targeting of Stein demonstrates that the anti-Russia witch-hunt is aimed ultimately at domestic political opposition.

Polls shows mass opposition to net neutrality repeal

By Kevin Reed, 21 December 2017

In the week since the FCC vote to end net neutrality, the nature of the attack on the public and the democratic right to a free and open internet is becoming clearer.

Actor Matt Damon comes under attack for his criticisms of the sexual misconduct campaign

By David Walsh, 20 December 2017

The actor suggested there was a continuum of inappropriate behavior, and that the punishments meted out to Sen. Al Franken and comic Louis C.K. were perhaps too harsh.

Pentagon faces outrage for declaring Guantanamo art will burn

By E.B. Cohen, 20 December 2017

The Pentagon is directing its military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to confiscate detainees’ finished art and has threatened to destroy it.

Trump unveils “America First” national security strategy

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2017

Behind the hackneyed campaign-style speech delivered by Trump Monday, the US military and intelligence apparatus is preparing for world war.

Verdict looms in first round of trials for 194 charged in anti-Trump inauguration day protests

By E.P. Milligan, 19 December 2017

The first of a round of trials surrounding the defendants involved in the January 20 protests against the inauguration of President Donald Trump came to a close on Friday.

The end of net neutrality and the fight to defend the free internet

By Andre Damon, 15 December 2017

Thursday’s move by the US government to end net neutrality seeks to usher in an age when corporations and the government decide what people can and cannot access online.