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NDAA Trends On Twitter During The Debate

The Huffington Post | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics

Among the many topics not discussed in Monday night's debate was the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, a law signed by President Barack Obama t...

Will the Apocalypse Arrive Online?

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 12.22.2012 | Technology
Karen J. Greenberg

It may sound like a scene from a zombie apocalypse movie, but it could be your life -- a nationwide cyber-version of Ground Zero. Think of it as 9/11/2015.

Since You Love Me So Much, Ann Romney

Nancy Deville | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Nancy Deville

I just turned 62 and am getting divorced. My attorney suggested I look into getting health insurance because I will soon be off of my ex's company plan.

The High Court Poised to Take On the Defense of Marriage Act

John M. Burns | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John M. Burns

If the DOMA is struck down, the High Court's decision will certainly provide precedential effect in resolving future disputes involving equal rights for same sex couples.

Terry Williams Case Highlights the Need For Death Penalty Moratorium

David A. Love | Posted 12.09.2012 | Black Voices
David A. Love

We do not know how many of death row inmates would be free or serving a lesser sentence, but for an ethically challenged prosecutor who believed in winning over seeking justice. Given what we know, now is as good a time as any to shut down Pennsylvania's broken death machine.

Police State Tactics and the First Debate

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

I'm not comparing the US in 2012 to Germany in 1934. But really, so what? We don't have to be headed into the equivalent of history's most disgusting state-sponsored savagery to be concerned at the path our own country is taking.

Voting: What's the Point?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

We're bombarded with all manner of tugging and pulling from this side or the other, right down to those who suggest it's all so dark there's really no point in voting anyway. So what do we do?

Michael McAuliff

Homeland Security Squanders Millions Snooping On Fishing, Marriage Counseling | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A marquee federal effort to share intelligence about terror threats with state and local law enforcers has produced no evidence of any. ...

Money, Qatar and the Republic

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Would it be impertinent, then, to demand a few political conditions before validating this investment? Not, of course, the miraculous transformation of Qatar into a democracy which, as everyone knows, cannot be built in a day.

Indefinite Detention Foes Create New Way To Protest NDAA

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics

Demand Progress, a progressive PAC focused on civil liberties issues, has created a new way to speak out about the controversial power of the United S...

Walking the Plank: Out and Proud at the DNC 2012?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Much like the sit-ins that took place merely an hour away in the little big town of Greensboro, the queer community finds itself having a historic moment -- and we are very aware of this. The democrats are walking the proverbial plank.

The Republican "Small Government" Fraud

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Just take a look at the platform that will emerge from the GOP national convention. There will be plenty of rhetoric about freedom and limited government. But the party's actual policies will reflect a very different agenda.

Ryan Has a Plan to Unravel Civil Liberties, Too

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

The focus in the coming days will be all about Rep. Ryan's budget. Let's hope the American people also get a debate about his blueprint for LGBT equality, immigration, voting rights, reproductive freedom and other constitutional issues. Indeed, it's just as abysmal as Romney's.

Freedom or Liberty? A Democracy or a Republic?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

One view of the election season is as a contest between liberty and freedom, between a republic and a democracy, and between the nations of a Northern alliance and the Dixie bloc that predates the Constitution.

New Cybersecurity Bill Provides Significantly Improved Privacy Safeguards

Ginny Sloan | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

The Constitution Project has worked as part of a broad coalition of privacy and civil liberties advocates to ensure that any cybersecurity bill incorporates robust safeguards for privacy and civil liberties.

Can Obama Win Back The Youth Vote?

Amy B. Dean | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Young people are not acting irrationally when they report growing cynical. They are responding to the reality of an American Dream that lies in fragments at their feet.

Destroying the Commons: How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta

Noam Chomsky | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

What we do right now, or fail to do, will determine what kind of world will greet the millennial anniversary of Magna Carta. It is not an attractive prospect if present tendencies persist -- not least, because the Great Charter is being shredded before our eyes.

Gerry Smith

Facial Recognition Technology Threatens Privacy, Civil Liberties, Experts Warn | Gerry Smith | Posted 07.18.2012 | Technology

Technology used to identify people in photos has become widespread, and may threaten Americans' privacy and civil liberties if protections are not put...

We Won't Spy On Americans' Emails, NSA Chief Claims

Reuters | Tabassum Zakaria and David Alexander | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. spy agency that eavesdrops on electronic communications overseas sought on Monday to reassure Am...

Obama Wants My Donation: Tell Me What to Do

Phil Campbell | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Phil Campbell

The question before us is plain: Why should I pick up the phone and give Barack Obama money this year?

Newt and Rick Were Right: This Is the Most Important Election in a Generation -- for Civil Liberties

Sam Walker | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Sam Walker

The election poses a dilemma for civil libertarians. While Obama has been very good on some civil liberties issues, he has been weak on others and absolutely dreadful on national security.

A Liberal Defends Libertarianism

David Vognar | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
David Vognar

I see enough of myself in libertarians to recognize that they do not deserve to be marginalized. Though they are certainly quirky, any group with this many original ideas should be listened to, not scorned.

Message to Libertarians: Swing Left to Obama

Erica Grossman | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Erica Grossman

Young voters should swallow hard and reconcile with their old flame Obama, because Romney's just like any other rebound relationship: full of sweet talk and empty promises that never really work out.

Mr. Ahmed Goes to Washington (Along With Tony, Hanna and Ali)

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 08.05.2012 | Impact
Hani Almadhoun

On Thursday, June 21, 2012, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will hold its annual Convention in the heart of Washington, D.C., th...

President Obama and Civil Liberties: Unraveling a Very Mixed Record

Sam Walker | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Sam Walker

How do we unravel the contradictions in Obama's civil liberties record? Several factors are at work, and a historical perspective illuminates their dynamics.