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France Must Fight Terrorism Without Harming The Spirit Of Liberty

Carlo Strenger | Posted 07.20.2016 | World
Carlo Strenger

Political moderates, in addition to showing zero tolerance for radical Islamism, must relentlessly attack and expose the lies of right-wing populists. Because when they claim that they can vanquish Islamist terrorism quickly and effectively, they either don't know what they are talking about, or worse, are willing to lie to the electorate to come to power.

Remembering Abner J. Mikva, One Of America's Most Dedicated And Inspriring Public Servants

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Hon. Abner J. Mikva grew up in Milwaukee during the Depression. After serving as a navigator in World War II, he attended college and then entered the University of Chicago as a law student in 1948.

Senate Push To Expand Secretive, Warrantless Surveillance Fails... For Now

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican-backed proposal in the Senate to expand the FBI's secretive surveillance powers after the mass shoo...

Defund REAL ID

Jim Harper | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Jim Harper

In the wake of the terror-connected killings in Orlando, Florida, appropriators will feel under pressure to continue the flow of money to the national ID program. They should resist that pressure and defund the REAL ID Act.

Michael Ratner's Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Legendary human rights lawyer Michael Ratner died Wednesday. His pathbreaking legal and political work on behalf of the poor and oppressed around the world is unmatched. His death is an incalculable loss for the cause of freedom, peace and justice.

Supreme Court Strikes Blow for Free Speech -- and Against Arbitrary Government

Evan Bernick | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

What the Court does in speech cases -- namely, engage in a genuine effort to identify government officials' true ends and assess their propriety -- it can and should do in all constitutional settings.

Obama Issues 61 Commutations, Critics Assail Clemency Pace

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.08.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

On March 30, President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 61 federal prisoners - over a third of whom were serving life sentences, for drug or fir...

Brussels, Israel and Airport Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.28.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of the many attacks on airports and aircraft that have occurred, the airline industry remains stuck in a largely reactive modus operandi. Now that the Brussels attack has occurred, that airport will, at least for a short time, become a fortress. But what about six months from now?

Funding Crisis Handicaps Louisiana's Public Defender Offices

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.25.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the Gideon v. Wainwright decision, which unanimously held the Constitution's fair trial and due process pr...

Keeping Guns Out of Schools Does Not Require Metal Detectors

Alan Singer | Posted 03.25.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Three recent gun incidents in New York City schools coupled with mass shootings in the United States and terrorist attacks in California and Europe ha...

Brussels Shows The Limits Of Mass Surveillance -- Again

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

The mass surveillance debate in Washington has long been framed as a tradeoff between liberty and security. The basic assumption is that in order to g...

More Conservative Groups Call for Criminal Justice Reform

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.17.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Not so long ago, the few groups working to achieve criminal justice reform were almost entirely traditional representatives of civil liberties or of prisoners' families. Conservative political groups were solidly in the "tough on crime" camp, and the only disagreement came on which of them most merited that label. Times have changed.

India's Rejection of Fear

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Prem M. Trivedi

*This article first appeared in Foreign Policy on March 4, 2016.* Yet another viral story in India has sparked discussion about India's "intolerance,...

Why the ACLU Is Defending Apple

Eliza Sweren-Becker | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Eliza Sweren-Becker

If the government has its way, then it will have won the authority to turn American tech companies against their customers and, in the process, undercut decades of advances in our security and privacy.

My Country: The Debate Over Religious and Civil Liberties

Stephen Seufert | Posted 03.01.2016 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

Going forward, Christians committed to religious liberty have two options: Continue fighting the culture war like Scalia did for the last few decades, or work to maintain religious liberties while not fighting, or at least staying neutral, during efforts to expand civil liberties.

Multi-State Privacy Push Paves the Way for National Reform

Rachel Levinson-Waldman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Rachel Levinson-Waldman

The proposed laws focus on a range of issues, such as email and other electronic communications, employees' use of social media, cell phone trackers and license plate readers. Should these measures pass, it would send a strong signal to other states and Congress that Americans remain concerned about protecting their privacy.

True Americans

Kermit Roosevelt | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Kermit Roosevelt

I studied the World War II program in the course of writing a novel about it. I learned how our great country lost its way, and about the psychological and political dynamics that make similar things happen over and over again.

The Logic of the Police State

Matthew Harwood | Posted 12.20.2015 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

What this "debate" has revealed, in fact, is a mainstream policing mindset ready to manufacture fear without evidence and promote the belief that American civil rights and liberties are actually an impediment to public safety.

Resist the "Trumpification" of the Internet

Ryan Hagemann | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Ryan Hagemann

Well it finally happened. Donald Trump, not content with merely mocking reporters, calling for the deportation of Muslim-Americans, and erecting walls along the American border, has a new target in his crosshairs: the Internet.

Congress Ties Controversial Cybersecurity Bill To Key Spending Package

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.16.2015 | Technology

Buried deep within a 2,009-page congressional document is a cybersecurity bill that could have a major impact on your personal data. Sharp-eyed report...

The War at Home: Four Ways Good Faith Can Help Defeat ISIS

David Briggs | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

What much research proposes, and history also teaches, is that democracy flourishes when we start with the idea that all people are created equal, and endowed with certain inalienable rights.

How to Stand up for Your Muslim Friends

Manal Omar | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Manal Omar

I am scared here at home. I have been on the receiving end of hateful glares, shoving on the sidewalks, and hateful phrases yelled at me. The fear I face here at home has made me decide not to ride the metro since the Paris attacks. I find myself using my hostile environment training for Baghdad and Benghazi here at home.

Donald Trump's Call To Ban Muslims Reflects America's Worrisome Past

Michele Goodwin | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

Donald Trump's political rhetoric has historical resonance--it exposes how our worst fears and anxieties can lead to shameful conduct that not only imposes real costs on "outsiders," but also the American public.

Rubio Questions Legitimacy Of Terror Watch Lists

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday that federal databases meant to track potential terrorists are riddled with inaccuracies, as the Republican pres...

We Must Strive Towards Justice

Hector Villagra | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Hector Villagra

My friends, the answer is clear. We cannot remain coldly silent and ignore what's happening. We all bear responsibility for what the police do. Our society gives police tremendous power over people's lives. They act in our name. When they kill, they act in our name.