A federal appeals court in San Francisco announced Thursday night it will not re-instate a controversial immigration ban imposed by President Donald Trump indefinitely blocking Syrian refugees and temporarily halting travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
The legal brief was signed by some of the leading names in innovation: Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google. The list also includes Twitter—ironically, Trump’s preferred mode of communication to the masses—Uber, the ride-sharing company that has faced a wave of criticism amid the travel ban controversy, and Netflix.
Chelsea Manning was notified of potential disciplinary actions for a July suicide attempt, and the prison followed through Thursday when a three-member disciplinary board found her guilty of “conduct which threatens” and possessing “prohibited property”—for trying to kill herself and reading an unmarked copy of a book about the hacking collective Anonymous.
The free speech group said it was compelled to act because the government has so far refused to release information about funding, training, and whether important privacy safeguards are in place to act as a firewall against civil liberties violations.
“I believe that my son and 16-year-old grandson were unlawfully killed by their government."
Samir Khan, a purported al-Qaeda propagandist who spent his teenage years in Westbury, was killed in Yemen three years ago along with another U.S. citizen, Anwar Al-Awlaki, an alleged leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.