Gearing up for war

The SFPD and police departments across the country get free military equipment, but does it make us safer or provoke violence?

How you can help the 1,900 Central American child refugees in the Bay Area

There are at least 1,900 child refugees in the Bay Area from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, according to federal immigration data. These teens...

Refugee crisis hits home

Waves of child immigrants await court dates in San Francisco, facing deportation back to their violent home countries without legal representation

Extra! Extra! Sunshine advocates beat the Anti-Sunshine Gang in City Hall

 By Bruce B. Brugmann And so the  Anti-Sunshine Gang in City Hall, which for two years has been conducting a nasty vendetta against the...

In the dark

Bay Area plaintiffs seek legal memo justifying drone strikes against US citizens

Insane Clown Posse and the ACLU vs. the FBI

I never thought I'd write this sentence, and I doubt I'll have cause to write it again, but: Good on ya, Insane Clown Posse.The...

Lock-up shake up

Questions raised about longstanding plan for rehab-focused jail rebuild

Project Censored

Annual media watchdog list critiques coverage of whistleblowers and wealth gaps -- and the notion of journalistic objectivity

Still secret

SFPD won't allow public oversight of its surveillance work with the FBI, despite high-profile legislation requiring it

Waiting to connect

Years after a failed privatization scheme, SF is letting Google create its municipal Wi-Fi system


WEDNESDAY 10Laborfest: CCSF's accreditation crisis City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus, 1125 Valencia, SF. 6-8pm, free. City College serves about 85,000 students...

All eyes on us

The NSA surveillance scandal is rooted in the Bay Area. Who was involved, when did it start -- and how can you protect your privacy?

Bully for the ACLU! It went after the real lawbreakers

Scroll down to read the ACLU complaint in the New York Times storyFor me, the crucial question was not whether Edward J. Snowden broke...

A ‘reasonable’ cheek swab

Supreme Court ruling on DNA brings California's more expansive law into focus

SFPD responds (weirdly) to allegations of racial disparity

The San Francisco Police Department has issued a head-scratching response to charges of racial disparity in marijuana arrests, possibly in an attempt to defuse...

Solomon: Our twisted politics of grief

By Norman SolomonNorman Solomon is co-founder of and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy:...

Here’s which tech companies won’t turn your emails over to the feds

When you write a letter, seal it in an envelope, and drop it in the mail, federal law is clear that it’s a private...

ABC shows more concern about expanding police video surveillance than Mayor Lee

The SFPD has quietly expanded its reach and authority to obtain video surveillance from in and around bars, clubs, and markets through a condition...

Silent sting

To find criminal suspects, federal agents use a device that tracks everyone else too

Sneaky surveillance

SFPD has been quietly seeking video footage of new bars since losing a public fight over the issue

Feds’ use of spy tools under scrutiny due to privacy concerns

If the FBI is trying to pinpoint the location of a suspect in your neighborhood, investigators could sweep up information from your mobile device...

The FBI and Occupy

A federal judge will decide March 15 whether to dismiss a lawsuit by the ACLU and the Bay Guardian seeking access to FBI records...

Film Listings

Film listings are edited by Cheryl Eddy. Reviewers are Kimberly Chun, Dennis Harvey, Lynn Rapoport, and Sara Maria Vizcarrondo. For rep house showtimes, see...

Land of (nearly) 10,000 new movies

Literally something for everyone this week: pregnant women, environmentalists, Mumia supporters, World War II buffs, Latin American history buffs, Abbas Kiarostami fan club members,...