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NLG Book Review: A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant

A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant was written for those political defendants and their supporters who want to stop the state from “[using] criminal charges to dismantle, destroy, and neutralize radical movements.”

The Tilted Scales Collective is made up of a small number of “dedicated legal support organizers who have spent years supporting and fighting for political prisoners, prisoners of war, and politicized prisoners.”
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U.S. Army Tries to Suspend Disbelief During Ninth Circuit Oral Arguments in Case Challenging Its Domestic Spying

The Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments last Friday in Panagacos v. Towery, the most important case of the US military spying on political activists in decades.

The lawsuit brought by seven activists in 2010 challenges a sweeping surveillance and infiltration apparatus involving the Army and other divisions of the military, and local and state law enforcement. The apparatus relied largely, but not exclusively, on Army intelligence analyst John J. Towery (under the alias "John Jacob").
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Antiwar Activists Challenge Army's Domestic Spying Apparatus in Ninth Circuit

With the militarization of police on the rise, the necessarily stark line between the military and domestic law enforcement is becoming increasingly blurred. And it’s not entirely surprising—given ongoing revelations around mass surveillance—that the military would abuse its authority and spy on activists in order to undermine their political objectives. But, it has happened and likely still does.

What’s hopeful in this otherwise dystopian reality is the tenacity of seven antiwar activists and their dedicated attorneys who are fighting back and challenging the politically-motivated spying apparatus built by the Army and domestic law enforcement, which plaintiffs in a widely-watched federal lawsuit argue is both illegal and unconstitutional.

The group of antiwar activists is now headed to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle this Friday, April 7th at 9:30am to appeal their case.

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Federal Judge Approves Landmark Settlement, But Is It Enough To Curb NYPD Spying

As the nation gears up for further legal battles surrounding President Trump’s second Muslim travel ban, on Monday a federal judge in New York City approved a long-awaited settlement stemming from widespread New York Police Department spying on Muslims.

The question remains, however, is it enough to stop NYPD spying abuses, especially under the influence of the Muslim-obsessed Trump Administration?

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Federal Judge Rejects Settlement in Landmark NYPD Spying Cases as Inadequate to Curb Abuse

In a significant ruling applauded by religious, political, and civil liberties groups, a New York federal judge recently rejected a settlement agreement in a decades-long, class-action lawsuit stemming from illegal spying by the New York Police Department (NYPD).

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Op-ed: Recently disclosed DNC insurance policy shows law enforcement's contempt for protest

 With much less fanfare than it received before the Democratic National Convention, the insurance policy protecting Philadelphia police from liability against a host of rights violations perpetrated against protesters was finally obtained last month by journalist Dustin Slaughter.

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Law Enforcement Uses StingRays To Spy On Americans And Lies About It

With the rapid advancement of surveillance technology used by increasingly militaristic law enforcement, public policy and privacy protections have struggled to keep pace. In this relatively uncharted tech landscape, the state can easily and indiscriminately spy on us, invade our privacy, and push the limits of democracy with little regard for the consequences of such widespread abuse.
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New Interventions Pamphlet by Kris Hermes on Jail Solidarity in Upping the Anti

Check out the advanced release of the New Interventions Pamphlet on Jail Solidarity by activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes set to appear in the latest issue of Upping the Anti.


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NYPD Discovers Trove of Spying Records Just Days After Historic Public Comment Period Ends

Last week, the Municipal Archive of New York City found over one million “lost” pages—more than 520 boxes—documenting the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) surveillance and infiltration of political groups during the 1960s and 70s.

Notably, the discovery comes just days after the federal court closed a rare comment period linked to a decades-old class-action lawsuit challenging the spying operations of the NYPD.

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Fairness Hearing Takes Place on Abusive NYPD Spying

Federal Judge Charles S. Haight heard oral comments Tuesday in what was referred to as a “Fairness Hearing.” The hearing, which was open to any New York City resident or organization concerned about NYPD spying, stemmed from two class-action lawsuits, Raza v. City of New York and Handschu v. Special Services Division.
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