Civil Rights

‘We need a change’: Baltimore mayor fires police commissioner after riots, homicides

‘We need a change’: Baltimore mayor fires police commissioner after riots, homicides

Baltimore’s mayor has fired the police commissioner because of a recent crime spike. In the last two months, there have been 73 murders in the city. The firing coincides with a police union report critical of the department’s role during the riots. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake commended police commissioner Anthony W. Batts for his service, citing […]

NSA’s ‘Google for Voice’ tech can transcribe any phone call -Snowden docs

NSA’s ‘Google for Voice’ tech can transcribe any phone call -Snowden docs

Documents from the trove of Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor, shine a light on the US government’s use of sophisticated computer programs to monitor, record, transcribe and analyze all sorts of speech. The NSA has for over a decade routinely increased the capabilities of speech recognition software, according to a report published this week […]

More than 150 detained in California as police killing protests reignite

More than 150 detained in California as police killing protests reignite

Some 150 people have been arrested in California as protests spilled into a third night, after decisions not to charge white police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner prompted outcries about the use of force on minorities. Protests in Berkley involved more than a thousand people, several hundred of who stormed […]

Write wrongs! Over 500 world-famous authors sign anti-surveillance petition

Write wrongs! Over 500 world-famous authors sign anti-surveillance petition

More than 500 renowned authors – including five Nobel laureates – from across the globe have signed a petition demanding an end to ‘mass surveillance’. It follows the revelations over the last few months of the US and other countries spying. Their open appeal is called ‘A Stand for Democracy in the Digital Age’. Among […]

Russia won’t extradite Snowden to US – Kremlin

Russia won’t extradite Snowden to US – Kremlin

Moscow says security agency FSB is in talks with the FBI over Snowden. But the whistleblower will not be extradited to the US, a Kremlin spokesman said, adding he’s sure the fugitive NSA contractor will stop harming Washington if granted asylum in Russia. “Russia has never extradited anyone, and will not extradite,” said Vladimir Putin’s […]

TSA will grope you less for $85

TSA will grope you less for $85

If full-body scanners and TSA pat-downs make you feel uncomfortable, you now have an alternate option – for the hefty price of $85. The Transportation Security Administration has launched a new program that will allow members to bypass regular airport security checkpoints. Those enrolled in the “trusted traveler” program, called TSA PreCheck, will no longer […]

‘Justice for Trayvon’: Rallies hit 100 cities

‘Justice for Trayvon’: Rallies hit 100 cities

Thousands of people have participated in rallies in more than 100 cities across the US, calling for “justice for Trayvon Martin” after jury’s decision last week found George Zimmerman not guilty of shooting unarmed black teenager dead. Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES on Zimmerman verdict protests Trayvon Martin’s parents also joined the protests organized by the veteran civil […]