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NSA Winds Down Phone-Records Collection Program

AP | Ken Dilanian | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed t...

Oh, Boy

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.29.2015 | Fifty
Marcia Liss

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Patriot Act

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
SidneyAnne Stone

As long as the war on terror exists, there will be a need for the Patriot Act. In all likelihood, this is simply the world we live in now. There are, however, aspects of the Patriot Act that are undeniably in need of revision.

New Measures Help Offenders Who Can't Afford Fines, Legal Fees Avoid Cycle Of Debtors' Prison

New York Times | TINA ROSENBERG | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

When Jack Dawley returned in 2007 to his hometown, Norwalk, Ohio, after eight years in prison and on parole in Wisconsin, he knew getting by would be ...

Have You Any Decency? What Every American Needs to Know About High Stakes Testing and the Latest Threat to Civil Liberties

Yohuru Williams | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

While supporters of the corporate education reform agenda are denigrating parents, belittling students and targeting organize labor, one wonders who is keeping an eye out for protecting civil liberties and preserving American democracy.

Own Goal

Paula Gordon | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Here's the irony of the Homeland Security funding fiasco. The Republicans have found their groove.

Vaccinations - Balancing Community and Individual Liberties and Rights

William Pierce | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
William Pierce

When it comes to vaccinations that have immense benefits to our public health, we should move forward with policies that preserve the community's rights to a healthy environment free of eliminable health hazards.

Muslim American Caught In Post-9/11 Sweep Gets An Apology

Los Angeles Times | Richard E. Serrano | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics

Abdullah al-Kidd approached the Dulles International Airport ticket counter in March 2003 expecting to catch a flight to Saudi Arabia to study Arabic ...

Countering Domestic Terrorism

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

The attacks on Pearl Harbor and September 11th angered and catalyzed America into action. But terror can also terrorize a nation into inaction and even panic. Overreaction is always possible. Much more needs to be done to counter domestic terror -- and not just in America.

A Second Even More Unjustifiable Episode of Government Collection of Phone Records

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.21.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

In the rush to sensationalize the Paris terrorist attacks and minimize all other news (for example, even more horrendous terrorist attacks in Nigeria), the American media has conveniently overlooked one major ill effect of the public hysteria it is helping to foment.

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

10 Ways Colorado Made History in 2014

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 03.02.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

The year was marked by historic changes on issues from marriage equality to solitary confinement reform, and it ended with Colorado students taking to the streets, forcing a dialogue about race and police practices.

The Second Civil Rights Movement

Michael Yaki | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Yaki

A Second Civil Rights Movement can bring together millions of Americans in unison to protest the inequities that not only divide our society, but are creating deeper, possibly insurmountable rifts in our national fabric.

Colorado Communities Are Making It a Crime to Be Homeless

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 01.27.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Communities in Colorado and around the nation have passed a wave of new laws and ramped up enforcement of old ones targeting people who are homeless, from bans on sleeping in cars or taking shelter in bus stations to laws that prohibit sitting or lying down in public areas to restrictions on when and where someone can peacefully ask for charity.

Do Wars Really Defend America's Freedom?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America's wars have defended America's freedom. But the historical record doesn't bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

I'm a Liberal Democrat. I'm Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. Here Is Why.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Yes, I'll have to concede some of my beliefs and roll the dice as to whether or not he'll flip-flop on issues, but Hillary Clinton and President Obama have changed their views on everything from gay marriage to marijuana legalization and Iraq, so I'm taking an educated gamble with Sen. Paul.

Arab Americans Getting Ready for 2016

James Zogby | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

Next week, Arab American leaders from a dozen key electoral states will convene in Washington to map out a political strategy for 2016. Despite the very real challenges facing these leaders, this generation of Arab Americans can approach the future with some confidence given the progress that has been made the last three decades.

Ali Watkins

The CIA And NSA Should Be Happy That Mark Udall Is Gone

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- He wasn't vocal about promoting his work on civil liberties and intelligence. But over time, astute national security wonks learned to w...

Odds Are, You Are Suspicious

Samia Hossain | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Samia Hossain

Amtrak police has not reported a single instance of finding and catching a potential terrorist or serious threat as a result of its suspicious activity reports, yet it is using the same heavy-handed, dragnet approach that we've seen in many of the government's other counter-terrorism and drug trafficking prevention efforts.

Ali Watkins

Your Privacy May Depend On Colorado's Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) isn’t the only one sweating out his tough re-election. Civil liberties groups are dreading the prospect of S...

Hollow Justice and Courts of Order in an Age of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

With every passing day, it becomes more apparent that we live in an age of hollow justice, with government courts, largely lacking in vision and scope, rendering narrow rulings focused on the letter of the law.

Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Women Worthy Of Your Attention Right Now

Greg Archer | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they actually are. Take note of five enterprising women who generate a powerful ripple effect and emerge as some of the finest agents of change this fall.

Shielded From Justice: The High Cost of Living in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Try to tally the pain, loss and medical bills of those in cities and towns across the nation who are reeling from the blows inflicted by the government's standing armies, and you will find yourself reeling.

Should We Just Follow Orders? Rules of Engagement for Resisting the Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

To begin with, and most importantly, Americans need to know their rights when it comes to interactions with the police, bearing in mind that many law enforcement officials are largely ignorant of the law themselves.

White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

Sahar Aziz | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

While the threat of ISIL is real, Muslims in America should not collectively pay the price every time an individual or group engages in political violence in the name of Islam. Overtly targeting Muslims only corroborates what many Americans have suspected for decades -- systemic bias against minorities infects law enforcement.