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Killing Democracy One Vote at a Time

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Voter ID restrictions work for the rich. They've got birth certificates and photo driver's licenses and passports. Or they can send a servant or secretary to apply for the documents. And the more rabble removed from the polls, the more weighty the votes of the wealthy.

Gerry Smith

Cybersecurity Bill's Authors Will Add Amendments To Address Privacy Concerns | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.24.2012 | Technology

Authors of a cybersecurity bill said Tuesday they will amend their legislation in response to privacy concerns before the House votes on the controver...

Arthur Delaney

The Bad Research Behind Georgia's Welfare Drug Testing Law | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a law last week that will soon require welfare applicants to pay for drug tests and pass them in order to be eligi...

Mike Sacks

Arizona's Controversial Immigration Law Arriving At Supreme Court This Week | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the federal government's challenge to the Grand Canyon state's contro...

Missouri Bill Prohibits Discussion of Sexual Orientation in Classroom

Randy Turner | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

If a former teacher has his way, the game will change forever in Missouri schools. The students will still have their constitutional rights -- it is the teachers who will have to shed theirs at the door.

Denver Camping Ban Gets Delayed

Posted 04.20.2012 | Denver

On Thursday, the Denver Commission On Homelessness called for a delay on any further action on the city's proposed "unauthorized camping ban" for at l...

Why the U.S. Government Must Release Information on al-Majalah Killings

Vincent Warren | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Vincent Warren

The case of the December 17, 2009, attack in Yemen demonstrates everything that is horribly wrong with the targeted killing program, and serves as a call to action to all those concerned about the rule of law and respect for human life.

Camping Ban Battle Heats Up: ACLU Writes Letter To City Council

Posted 04.17.2012 | Denver

A controversial proposal to "ban unauthorized camping" in the city of Denver has gotten the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorad...

Who Is Watching Who and Why?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

There is a huge presence of apathy and complacency in the land, with people ignoring abuses of civil liberties as long as it is happening to the "other."

Operation Shamrock and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Renee Parsons | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Renee Parsons

For all of its good intentions in 1978, FISA has since been thrust into dangerous, uncharted territory, morphing into a vehicle of unintended consequences.

Gerry Smith

Cybersecurity Bill Authors Defend Legislation Against 'Privacy Disaster' Claims | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.10.2012 | Technology

Authors of a cybersecurity bill sought to rebut criticisms on Tuesday from civil liberties groups who say the legislation does not protect consumers f...

Board Recommends Dismissal For Marine Who Criticized Obama On Facebook

AP | By JULIE WATSON | Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marine Corps officials are seeking additional guidance from the Pentagon regarding service members' use of social media amid...

Privacy: Ditch the Cell Phone or Prepare to Disrobe

Gary Johnson | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Gary Johnson

Expecting the government to willingly constrain itself when it comes to violating our privacy is not just foolhardy; it defies everything we know about the very nature of government.

Three Videos Everyone Should See Before Voting

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

"Personhood" for zygotes cruelly subverts the very idea of a culture of life and potentially criminalizes every pregnant woman. Are you really cool with that? Even if you personally would not chose an abortion?

The New American Pie: Breached, Tracked and Strip Searched

Adam Levin | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

That this breach was minimized so quickly -- and so quickly disappeared from the news cycle -- is a matter of grave concern.

Should 'Inhumane' Prison Be Closed?

Posted 04.05.2012 | Chicago

Though unions are fighting Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close the Tamms Correctional Center in southern Illinois, relatives of some inmates a...

Santa Monica College President Defends Campus Police

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.05.2012 | College

Santa Monica College president Dr. Chui L. Tsang defended campus police who dealt with demonstrators Tuesday evening, pepper-spraying dozens of studen...

Health And Human Services' Sacrosanct Mandate

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Reams of paper emanate from the HHS about how to "accommodate" religious groups that are upset by their recent mandate. Yet for all the fallen trees, HHS ignores a neuralgic point: the government has overstepped its boundaries when it defines what constitutes religious ministry.

New Examples of Facebook Password Demands, Facebook's Response and the Need for a New Law

Ateqah Khaki | Posted 05.23.2012 | Technology
Ateqah Khaki

Whether at work or at school, we shouldn't have to choose between technology and privacy, and no one should be coerced into sharing their private information against their will.

Constitution Check: Can the Public Get Access to the Legal Reasons for Targeted Killing?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

It is now widely assumed, within the media and among national security experts, that there is at least one legal memo written by a Justice Department lawyer that spells out the case for targeted killing without any review by a U.S. court.

12-Year-Old Girl Detained, Forced To Give Up Facebook Password: Suit

Posted 03.11.2012 | Education

Children's Facebook privacy is at the center of a new lawsuit filed against Minnewaska, Minn. schools. WDAY and CNN report that the American Civil ...

LGBT Rights: A Matter of Fairness

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.09.2012 | Black Voices
Laura W. Murphy

The fight for LGBT rights comes down to the very basic truth that for equality to have real meaning, fairness and equal treatment under the law must extend to everyone.

Counting On Us: Release of New Civil Rights Data Is the First Step in Helping Our Kids

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.09.2012 | Education
Deborah J. Vagins

Reliance on practices like suspensions, expulsions and arrests decrease academic achievement and increase the likelihood that students will be pushed out of school, oftentimes into the criminal justice system.

Willing to Die for Their Country, But Unable to Vote in It

Jon Sherman | Posted 05.06.2012 | Impact
Jon Sherman

In Wisconsin, a veteran with only his or her Veterans Affairs (VA) ID card will be turned away from the polls. "Unjust" and "unconscionable" don't cover this -- we need uglier words to describe the disfranchisement of citizens who've served.

"On Account of Race or Color": A New Front Opens in the Fight Against Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

Jon Sherman | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Jon Sherman

It's a crime to disfranchise anyone, but this just seems particularly cruel. Fear not, though -- help is on the way for Eddie: He just has to pay hundreds of dollars to amend his birth certificate in court.