Articles about Police State
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What About the Cops? Let's Ban Assault Weapons for Police, Too
A few years ago, I contacted my local police department asking them to send an officer over to put down a doe that had been hit by a car on the street in front of my house. She...
The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here's Why
FROM THE TIME we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the...
The Scariest Thing About Brussels Is Our Reaction to It
Paranoid politicians, sensational journalists – the Isis recruiting officers will be thrilled at how things have gone since their atrocity in Belgium
The Everyday Violence of Modern Culture
Modern society — industrial civilization — is built on violence. This violence goes largely unnoticed. When it is noticed, it’s often seen a series of isolated incidents...
45 Years After COINTELPRO, FBI Still Thinks 'Dissent Is the Enemy'
More than 60 groups sign letter calling for full investigation into government spying on protest groups
This Speech by Fred Hampton Shows Why The Establishment Found The Black Panther Party So Threatening
Fred Hampton participatied in a mock people’s trial, where he articulates why the Black Panther Party, and he as a leader within the party, was being viciously targeted by the...
American Cartel: How America's Two Major Parties Helped Destroy Democracy
Cartel: An association of manufacturers or suppliers with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition.
Until White America Looks at Tamir Rice and Sees Their Own Children, There Will Be No Racial Justice in the U.S.
He was 12, playing with a toy gun, in a locale with open-carry laws. Tamir Rice was executed for being a black boy
Stop Kidding Yourself: The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People
In most of the liberal discussions of the recent police killings of unarmed black men, there is an underlying assumption that the police are supposed to protect and serve the...
The 'Terrorism' of Puppets: Spain's Crackdown on Dissent
The arrest of two Spanish puppeteers accused of “promoting terrorism” in a play reveals the violence of the state in a way that satire never could.
Why Do American Police Kill so Many Compared to European Police?
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder November 24 in the death of Laquan McDonald. A video released by police shows Van Dyke shooting the...
What Shall We Love?
Human beings seem unable to live without war, but they are also unable to live without love.
The Snooper's Charter: One Misspelled Google Search for 'Bong-Making' and You'll Be in an Orange Jumpsuit
I know why Theresa May has that permanently appalled expression – she’s seen my internet history
'This Girl Don't Got Nobody': On the Violence in a South Carolina Classroom
Though a police officer exacted the physical violence caught on camera, a teacher, school administrator, and judge participated in it, too. Each of them prioritized power...
Naomi Zack: Let's Stop Talking About White Privilege So Much and Talk More About Black Rights
Who really benefits from conversations about white privilege? Philosopher Naomi Zack believes that if your goal is to fight racism, a good first step is to stop talking...
It Took Me Years to Believe That Black Lives Matter. Now Here's What I Need From You
Internalized racism prevented me from seeing how the system works.
When Oppression Is the Status Quo, Disruption Is a Moral Duty
History teaches us that legislative action rarely happens without organized protest. This is why the Black Lives Matter movement is so essential today.
Prison Without Punishment
Last year, Gregg Marcantel, the secretary of New Mexico's Corrections Department, voluntarily placed himself in solitary confinement for 48 hours. He was one of a rare few who...
5 Facts Exposing the Media's Lies about Police Shootings
#2. Bartending is far more dangerous than being a police officer.
Dear #BlackLivesMatter: We Don't Need Black Leadership
Black Lives Matter, a loose network of activists around the country, is currently facing backlash for storming the stage at Bernie Sanders’ events. Black people have a long and...
Bernie Sanders on Racism and Racial Justice
We must pursue policies that transform this country into a nation that affirms the value of its people of color. That starts with addressing the four central types of violence...
This New Superman Comic Brilliantly Sums Up the Struggle Against Police Brutality
DC Entertainment has undergone some major changes as part of its summer revamp, and one of the most compelling characters to come out of the latest series is a comic book...
#SandySpeaks: 'I'm Here to Change History'
Sandra Bland, who died while in police custody in Texas, has emerged as a martyr, illuminating police violence against black women in a way that is finally resonating across...
The New Brutalism and the Racist Killing Fields in America: The Death of Sandra Bland
On July 9, soon after Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, moved to Texas from Naperville, Illinois, to take a new job as a college outreach officer at her alma...
Ending Mass Incarceration: The Ongoing Call to Faith Communities
The crisis of incarceration this nation now faces demands people of faith act with swift and fierce moral authority to transform, not just reform, an irreparably broken...
Sandra Bland Arrest Video Shows an Officer Out of Control - Edited Footage Suggests Cover-up
Police dashboard camera video released on Tuesday shows no evidence that Sandra Bland assaulted her arresting officer or [was given] any reason for her arrest on July 10 after...
Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State
Our national conversation on race and crime is based on a fiction. It is the fiction that the organs of internal security, especially the judiciary and the police, can be...
16 Reasons Why Opening Our Borders Makes More Sense Than Militarizing Them
What would happen if the United States suddenly stopped building walls and instead flung open its borders, not unlike the European Union has done among the member countries of...
Dear Privileged Friend
My Poem to friends that have responded to the Texas Pool Party with ignorance and arrogance
Private Prisons, Public Shame
Prisons should not be profit centers
I'm a Black Ex-cop, and This Is the Real Truth about Race and Policing
On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent of officers will abuse...
40 Reasons Our Jails and Prisons Are Full of Black and Poor People
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) reports 2.2 million people are in our nation’s jails and prisons and another 4.5 million people are on probation or parole in the US...
Make the Rich Panic
It does not matter to the corporate rich who wins the presidential election. It does not matter who is elected to Congress. The rich have the power. They throw money at...
Migration Is an Act of Desperation, Not a Crime
A father from Ivory Coast wanted to reunite his son with the rest of his family living in Spain. But the Spanish government denied him a family reunification visa...
Militarizing Ourselves Toward a New Dark Age
“What struck me” journalist Christian Parenti said in a recent Truthout interview, referring to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, “was the fact that these local towns and...
Riots Work: Wolf Blitzer and the Washington Post Completely Missed the Real Lesson from Baltimore
The police—not to mention capitalism—have done far more to damage Baltimore than any riot could When Oscar Grant was shot by transit cop Johannes Mehserle in Oakland in the...
Nonviolence for Whom? If Violence Isn't the Answer, Somebody Should Tell the Police
Ferguson. New York. Baltimore. As cities erupt after decades of oppression and violence at the hands of police, calls for nonviolence can be deafening. “Violence isn’t the...
The Wars Come Home: A Five-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond
Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) prepared for battle. With state-of-the-art...
Dear White America: Toya Graham Is Not Your Hero
When I told my grandma that I was among a crowd of protesters pepper-sprayed while covering the demonstration-turned-riot at Baltimore’s Mondawmin Mall on Monday, her response...
Great Moments in Peaceful Protest History
The revolution WILL be given permission. "Great moments in protest history: The appropriate way to get what you want!"
Nonviolence As Compliance in Baltimore
Officials calling for calm can offer no rational justification for Gray's death, and so they appeal for order. Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to...
The More a Society Coerces Its People, the Greater the Chance of Mental Illness
Throughout history, societies have existed with far less coercion than ours. While these societies have had far fewer consumer goods and less of what modernity calls...
Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture Its Own Plots If Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats?
The FBI and major media outlets recently trumpeted the agency’s latest counterterrorism triumph: the arrest of three Brooklyn men, ages 19 to 30, on charges of conspiring to...
Preventing Dissent - How Britain’s new police state will radicalise us all
In the UK, an insidious secret network of violent extremists is plotting to subvert democracy. The members of this network detest our way of life, and hate our freedoms...
How "Progressive Black Democrats" in Your Town and Moral Monday in GA Fight For Us. Not.
Wherever you see angry black people in motion, you'll find Democratic party elements doing their thing, protecting the careers of the elected and unelected members of the black...
White-On-White Class Violence: The Invisible Race Problem That's Killing Black Americans
The “race problem” between police and black Americans won’t go away because it’s a deadly ruse.
Freed speech - A left libertarian contribution
Freed speech   The subject of free speech has been violently raised.   The narrative we have heard says that it is under attack. First it was the politically correct left...
"Oh My God, They Use You As Target Practice." Literally.
In your weekly, admittedly rhetorical WTF-is-wrong-with-this-country turn, it seems cops in South Florida have been using real photos of real black men - bullet-riddled...
The NYPD's Work Stoppage Is Surreal
In an alternate universe, the New York Police might have just solved the national community-policing controversy. Brace yourselves for a weird night. There might be a little...
Taking the Initiative Back For the Movement After the Brinsley Killings
For brutal wannabe fascists like police union thugs, for liberal authoritarian politicians like President Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus and most big city mayors, for...