Chase Madar, civil rights attorney and author of the new book, “The Passion of Bradley Manning,” explains what’s at stake in the court-martial of Pfc. Manning.
The East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF) is supposed to take care of mentally ill prisoners, but there is little mental health care available. Many mentally ill prisoners are locked away in solitary confinement cells for a minimum of 23 hours per day for weeks, months and years. The man featured in this video was held in solitary and despite repeated requests for help was left in the cell until he hung himself. They live among rats, human waste and debris from fires lit to get the attention of officers in emergency situations.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander are representing a class of prisoners in a federal lawsuit forcing the Mississippi Department of Corrections to put an end to constitutional and human rights violations at EMCF.
Authorities have used a public safety exception to delay reading Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his “Miranda” rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present, a move that has sparked controversy. The Obama administration has been criticized in the past for rolling back Miranda rights after unilaterally expanding the public safety exception in 2010. A group of Republican lawmakers have also called for Tsarnaev to be held as an “enemy combatant,” but the Obama administration has signaled its intention to try him in civilian court. Constitutional lawyer and Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald joins us to discuss the legal issues surrounding the case. “It’s sort of odd that the debate is Lindsey Graham’s extremist theory [to hold Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant] or rushing to give President Obama credit for what ought to be just reflexive — if you arrest a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil of a crime before you imprison him, you actually charge him with a crime and give him the right to a lawyer,” Greenwald says. “The fact those are the two extremes being debated I think is illustrative of where we’ve come.”
During the Occupy Wall Street protests, leaked to the media reports revealed that the Department of Homeland Security was paying close attention to the peaceful demonstrations in the fear that they may turn violent. On Tuesday, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund confirmed through a Freedom of Information Act that the DHS and the FBI were spying on the movement from the beginning and treated it as a potential terrorist threat to the country. Journalist John Knefel joins us with more on what the documents revealed.
The US government routinely kept tabs on Occupy encampments through monitoring and coordinating surveillance, according to new government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Much of the online surveillance of peaceful activist groups was carried out through the Department of Homeland Security’s “fusion centers,” which were set up after September 11th, 2001 to analyze terrorist threats. The revelations come as members of Congress debate reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which currently allows the government to access private email content, online conversations and cell phone location data without a warrant. In Washington, FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has the story.