Civil Liberties

‘Kenosha Doesn’t Need to See a Repeat of Portland,’ Warns ACLU After Trump Orders Federal Agents to Wisconsin

Huh. So Trump’s “upbeat” convention swiftly morphed into a screeching, gaslighting, fearmongering rage fest, part Klan rally, part CPAC swarm, all fantastical fever dream of right-wing grievance. Huddling under Pence’s limp call to “Make America Great Again, Again!” pasty robots clamored that Biden and his Marxist mob will abolish doctors, suburbs, freedom, hamberders in an …

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‘This Is…Kidnapping’: Video Shows Plainclothes NYPD Officers Throwing Protester Into Unmarked Van

Plainclothes officers from the New York City Police Department on Tuesday snatched an 18-year-old protester off the streets, threw her into an unmarked minivan, and sped away without explanation, a disturbing incident that immediately drew comparisons to the authoritarian tactics recently used by federal agents in Portland, Oregon. “Violently forcing protesters into an unmarked van …

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‘We’re Ready’: Trump Threatens to Deploy 75,000 Federal Agents Into US Cities

Escalating his authoritarian threat to send even more federal agents into U.S. cities in what critics have denounced as a cynical and dangerous election year ploy to sow division and chaos, President Donald Trump on Thursday night said his administration is ready to deploy up to 75,000 such officers nationwide in the weeks ahead. In …

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ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over ‘Unconscionable’ Attacks on Portland Medics

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon on Wednesday sued the Trump administration for assaulting, tear-gassing, and arresting volunteer medics in Portland during its crackdown on the city’s ongoing protests against police brutality. The lawsuit (pdf), which also names the city of Portland, was filed on behalf of Savannah Guest, Christopher Wise, Christopher Durkee, …

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‘Fascism Coming to a City Near You’: Trump Pledges to Deploy Secret Police Units to Major US Cities

In comments from the Oval Office on Monday, President Donald Trump intensified rising fears that his administration will deploy federal agents to Democrat-led cities across the country to replicate a widely condemned crackdown in Portland, Oregon that critics charge is not only authoritarian but part of the president’s effort to win a second term by …

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Trump Threat to Unleash Secret Police in Other US Cities Slammed as Scheme to ‘Steal the November Election’

Amid mounting criticism over the deployment of unidentified federal agents to Portland, Oregon—where they have been driving around in unmarked vehicles and snatching people off the streets—civil liberties advocates are increasingly concerned that President Donald Trump will similarly send “secret police” to other Democrat-led cites across the country as part of a 2020 campaign strategy …

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‘No Tactics… Just Seemed Like a Gang’: Navy Veteran Speaks Out After Attack by Secret Police in Viral Video Viewed Nearly 10 Million Times

The U.S. Navy veteran who was brutally attacked by unidentified federal police in Portland, Oregon over the weekend is speaking out about the incident—a video of which has gone viral online—and explained that he traveled to the site of local protests to get some answers directly from the personnel in the secretive units after becoming …

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Federal Court Rules Trump Effort to Detain Man Indefinitely Without Charges ‘Cannot Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny’

A federal court on Monday ordered the release of Adham Hassoun, a man held in U.S custody for nearly two decades and who the Trump administration has attempted to indefinitely detain since 2017 using a never-before-used section of the PATRIOT Act. “The government in this case has shown that it will ignore facts, conceal contradictory …

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‘As Incoherent as It Is Dangerous’: Trump Threatens to Designate Antifa—Which Isn’t an Actual Group—as Terrorist Organization

Civil liberties advocates and progressive voices threw up immediate flags of alarm on Sunday afternoon after President Donald Trump threatened to officially designate “ANTIFA”—a moniker that stands for anti-fascist but is not, as informed people were forced to point out, an actual organization—as a “terrorist organization.” In recent years, the term ANTIFA has become a …

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Watch: This Is What It Looks Like When the Response to Protests Against Police Violence Is… More Police Violence

Police driving their SUV cruisers into protesters in Brooklyn, New York. National Guard and local officers firing paint gun rounds at people standing on their own front porch in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Massive armored S.W.A.T. vehicles and lines of riot police in Columbia, South Carolina and elsewhere. Police units firing rubber bullets and tear gas at …

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New PEN America Report Warns Surge of Anti-Protest Laws in Trump Era Is ‘Danger to Expressive Rights of All’

As protest movements against racist police violence, planet-destroying pipelines, and the policies of President Donald Trump have intensified and spread rapidly across the U.S. in recent years, so have efforts by state lawmakers from both major political parties to criminalize protest by hitting peaceful demonstrators with draconian jail sentences and financial penalties. “The sudden increase …

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Rights Groups Demand House Democrats Fix Bill That Gives FBI Power to Search Browser Histories Without Warrant

Over 50 anti-surveillance groups put pressure on the Democrat-controlled House “to seize this moment in defense of Americans’ civil liberties” in a new letter urging the chamber to pass the Senate-cleared USA Freedom Reauthorization Act only if it includes a key privacy protecting amendment. The letter (pdf), sent to House leadership Monday, calls the amendment …

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