“We don’t need to use a faulty model and apply it to the very real terrorism problem that we have at home,” says terrorism expert Max Abrahms.
By Seth Barron, City-Journal Amid a staggering wave of gun violence in New York City, with shootings this year measuring 42 percent higher than the same period in 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he plans to deploy the NYPD to track down and question people who […]
What has been the most interesting is the way that so many “progressives,” many of the same people who often talk endlessly about “fascism,” have often been the same ones who are the most eager to embrace all of this without question or hesitation. By Naomi Wolf, American […]
By James Bovard, The American Conservative Across the nation, FBI agents are swooping down upon conservative activists, Trump supporters, and anyone suspected of any tie to the January 6 clash at the Capitol. Conservative author Candace Owens tweeted on March 3: “About 10 of my friends who attended […]
By Peter R. Quinones With the upcoming documentary our production company, Stateless Productions, is making on America’s Police Crisis, I have been forced in interviews to talk more about law enforcement than I have in some time. Below is an article I wrote in October 2019 that I […]
Minneapolis will pay George Floyd’s estate $27 million after city council votes to settle lawsuit with family
By Brad Parks, Carma Hassan and Deanna Hackney, CNN (CNN) The city of Minneapolis will pay the estate of George Floyd $27 million after the city council on Friday unanimously voted to settle a lawsuit with his family. George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, said that he would return […]
The main problem I had with this debate is the same one I have with many debates over controversial topical issues in the sense of presenting the issue within the framework of false dichotomies and either/or propositions. It’s possible to agree with Heather that violent crime is a […]
One thing that is interesting is that overcriminalization has become so far-reaching and pervasive that even many traditionally conservative groups have criticized it like the Federalist Society, Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, the Koch-affiliated groups, etc. The issue seems to be that the police state and overcriminalization has been […]
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to reports that the National Guard will remain at the Capitol through May 23rd.
This is news? Saagar Enjeti explains how the establishment is using the January 6th insurrection as a pretext to erode civil norms.
By Thomas Russig, TELOS The corona crisis remains an experience of helplessness, even though infection rates are falling. Despite all the limitations on everyday life and despite the start of the vaccinations, an end to the restrictions is nowhere in sight—even though a few countries have succeeded in […]
By David Aaro | Fox News A bill advancing out of a Kentucky Senate committee on Thursday would make it a crime to insult or taunt a police officer to the point where the taunts provoke a violent response. Senate Bill 211 passed by a 7-3 vote, according to reports. The proposal […]
By Alan McLeod DENVER — Elijah McClain would have turned 25 last week. However, in 2019, the introverted Black massage therapist was killed on the street by police in his native Aurora (a part of the Denver metropolitan area). None of the officers involved have faced charges for […]
By J.D. Tuccille, Reason There is no crisis, real or imagined, that government officials don’t see as an opportunity to expand their authority and hurt their enemies. America’s ongoing political tensions, which erupted on January 6 into the Capitol riot, have become an excuse for spurring the latest […]
Angelo Quinto: Man dies after police kneel on his neck for nearly 5 minutes, family says in wrongful death claim
By Stella Chan and Leah Asmelash, CNN A 30-year-old Northern California man undergoing a mental health episode died days after police officers kneeled on the back of his neck for nearly five minutes to subdue him, lawyers for his family said. Angelo Quinto had been “suffering from anxiety, […]
By Jacob Sullum, Reason Civil asset forfeiture, which allows police to seize property they allege is connected to crime without arresting (let alone convicting) the owner, has provoked intense criticism in the United States, especially during the last decade. The critics argue that the practice demolishes due process […]
Michael Sanchez and Coleman Hughes talk about the difference between policing in America and international policing. I was very excited to talk to someone who had both academic knowledge of policing and practical experience with it.
The ruling class Center tightens the grip. By Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Reason In the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot, many Democratic politicians and left-of-center pundits have been calling for the expanded use of “domestic terror” laws against people whose social media rhetoric seems too radical. Those […]
While I generally regard the January 6 incident as an ordinary riot rather than a serious coup attempt, what is being described in this meme is by no means impossible. Also, it could come from any direction, not just the most obvious source. A right-wing demagogue who becomes […]
By Otfried Höffe, TELOS It is hard to believe. More than seventy years after the adoption of the Basic Law, a constitution opposed to all dictatorships, two principles have ceased to be self-evident: the content of the basic freedoms and the separation of powers in the organization of […]
By Russell A. Berman, TELOS Both sides of the transatlantic alliance, America and Europe, pride themselves on their commitment to freedom. And rightly so: these political communities emerged out of histories of extended emancipation struggles, laying claim to rights against pre-democratic authoritarian states, just as they have done […]
It seems that right now things could be considered better for the “libertarian-left” than at any point in the past, at least in US history. By “libertarian-left,” I mean that umbrella of philosophies with a generally anti-authoritarian ethos but which also do not deify corporate tycoons as Nietzschean […]
Trump unleashed his mob onto Congress on January 6, and the fallout continues. The biggest question on many minds is how to root out the hundreds of far-right, anti-government groups who saw the Trump presidency as their coming-out party. Some are floating the idea of using the so-called […]
By Matt Taibbi My colleague Glenn Greenwald hit the nail on the head this weekend when he wrote about “tattletale journalism,” in which media reporters for the largest companies spend their time attacking speech, instead of defending it. The miserable trend just reached its apex when Taylor Lorenz […]
I recently wrote about how January has been the 20 year anniversary of the founding of Attack the System. It is interesting to reflect on what has happened in the subsequent two decades. In 2001, the US empire was arguably at its apex, firmly in control of a […]
By Peter R. Quinones So, part eight ended at the point where the protesters and rioters in response to the George Floyd video were magically deemed immune from COVID 19. And it truly was a “selective,” magical immunity for protesters of “institutional racism” because when another group of […]
By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative I recently received an e-mail from a reader of Live Not By Lies who said that the book was saying exactly what needed to be said right now, in this extraordinary moment for traditional Christians and political conservatives. I would have normally […]
Tulsi on totalitarian humanism’s plans for a domestic terror war. I think Carlson is right when he says the Democratic leadership was more afraid of Tulsi than of Trump. Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard discusses her viral video claiming that the United States and Democrat party are moving toward […]
Glenn Greenwald is probably the best writer out there on the national security state. Radley Balko is arguably the best writer on the domestic police state. Journalist and co-founding editor of The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald, argues that media censorship, in an effort to prevent domestic terrorism, has gone […]
By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit Exile in Happy Valley January 6th was a day that will live on in infamy, or at least so I’m told. Maybe I’ve just become too jaded in my young age, but three weeks later and I still don’t see it. The […]
By Emaline Friedman, PhD, Mad in America Research evidence suggests that the criminalization of drug use and possession has roots in explicit racism and reinforces inequality. A broad coalition of professionals writing in the American Journal of Bioethics seeks to rectify the havoc wrought by the War on […]
By Brittany Bernstein, National Review Tulsi Gabbard, the former Democratic representative from Hawaii, on Friday expressed concern that a proposed measure to combat domestic terrorism could be used to undermine civil liberties. Gabbard’s comments came during an appearance on Fox News Primetime when host Brian Kilmeade asked her […]
Caller wonders if there will be another Patriot Act passed after the Trump riot.
Here it comes. January 6 gave the new regime the perfect pretext for escalating repression. Saagar Enjeti discusses how the media is prepping the American public for a Patriot Act 2.0.
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Reason Today is President Donald Trump’s last day in office! A White House official said Trump plans to pardon or commute sentences for up to 100 people today. Whether it might include big-name whistleblowers (like Chelsea Manning, Reality Winner, and Julian Assange) or just […]
By Flint Taylor &Jeff Haas, Truthout In March 1976, we sat in a cavernous Chicago courtroom while FBI agent Roy Martin Mitchell testified in the federal civil rights case that we and our partners at the People’s Law Office had brought on behalf of the families of slain […]
Listen here. On this edition of Parallax Views, National Security scholar Nicholas Grossman recently penned an open letter to QAnon believers entitled “QAnon Woke Up the Real Deep State” warning them that the Capitol Hill riots is going to trigger a harsh
By Luke Savage, The Jacobin Joe Biden used to brag that he practically wrote the Patriot Act, the Bush-era law that massively increased government surveillance powers. Now he’s hoping to pass a further “domestic terrorism” law once in office. The danger is real that the January 6 Capitol […]
Here it comes.
Alexandria comes through. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss a potential new domestic terror law following the insurrection at the Capitol.
By Grace Hauck, USA TODAY CHICAGO – Bodycam videos released by a local activist Tuesday show how a Chicago police officer drove into a woman more than a year ago, knocking her to the ground and crushing her leg beneath the SUV for more than eight minutes as she bled in the […]
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti analyze the decision by a British judge to deny WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, extradition to the US, based on potential mental health issues and risk of suicide.
I consider this to be a far more important and far-reaching outcome of the 2020 election than the ouster of Trump by the neoliberals. 2020 was the year of the lumpen proletarian uprising in the streets and a Tet Offensive against the War on Drugs in the voting […]
By James Bovard, The American Conservative Why did a Montgomery County, Maryland SWAT team kill 21-year-old Duncan Lemp, in a no-knock predawn raid on March 12? The county released an official report yesterday stating that a violent no-knock raid was justified “due to Lemp being ‘anti-government,’ ‘anti-police,’ currently […]
This reads like something out of Reason Magazine. Is the old-fashioned anti-authoritarian left making a comeback? By Miles Kampf-Laffin, The Jacobin The aromas of freshly stewed gumbo and boiled crawfish wafted out onto the street in front of Broadview Seafood at the edge of New Orleans’s Seventh Ward. […]
By Yanis Iqbal, Hampton Think USA’s President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks have already deflated the hopes of lesser-evilists. Filled with deep-dyed neoliberals and unswerving imperialists, Biden’s cabinet will try its hardest to competently revive the murderous American empire. Externally, it would mean the professional management of an imperialist, […]
By J.D. Tuccille, Reason Are you looking forward to resuming something that resembles a normal life in terms of travel, concert attendance, and public gatherings? Vaccines for COVID-19 are a big step towards putting pandemic fears behind us. But if hosts aren’t satisfied with knowing vaccines are available, […]
Increases in Opioid-Related Deaths Show That Drug Warriors (Including Biden) Have No Idea What They’re Doing
By Jacob Sullum, Reason Last year President Donald Trump bragged that “we are making progress” in reducing opioid-related deaths, noting that they fell in 2018 “for the first time since 1990.” That 1.7 percent drop was thin evidence of success at the time, and it looks even less […]