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Who Knew? PATRIOT Act up for Renewal This Month

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Did you hear that the PATRIOT Act is up for re-authorization? No? Well, I guess the US intelligence services can still keep a secret.

Reporting on Anti-Islamic Trainings Began in 2008

Chip Berlet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chip Berlet

Why has Obama's Justice Department failed to take action to stop the training of counterterrorism agents by anti-Muslim bigots? One website in partic...

Obama's War on WikiLeaks -- and Us

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The casual way that Americans are shredding their liberties is breathtaking. Rights that have been revered as the nation's spiritual heirloom for 225 years are cast aside like so many disposable keepsakes.

The Blog of War: WikiLeaks Exposes Business-as-Usual, and a New Battle Ensues

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Randall Amster

In an ideal world, the WikiLeaks revelations would have ended two wars. But rather than retreating, the Pentagon became emboldened that a significant portion of its dirty laundry was aired publicly.

Ali Hasan: Why I'm Leaving The GOP

Muhammad Ali Hasan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Muhammad Ali Hasan

Dearest Republican Party - Please know, I write this letter with love. You have given me so much and I owe it to you... I owe it to explain why I...

Cops vs. Cameras

Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Should ordinary people be arrested for filming on-duty police abusing their power? If a string of recent cases is any indication, judicial systems thr...

Slouching Towards Tyranny

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The state of civil liberties and national security in the United States is alarming. In the American Empire, the former are routinely crippled or lacerated in the false name of the latter.

Lucia Graves

Columbia Alumnus Rebukes School for 'Shocking' Anti-WikiLeaks Advice | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

WASHINGTON -- After Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) caused a stir by advising students not to discuss WikiLeak...

Republican "Principles" Busting Out all Over

Martha Burk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

I've been agonizing for some time over how as a country we've catapulted so far beyond George Orwell's 1984, which taught us that rhetoric could be co...

Janet's Choice: One Checkpoint, Two Evils

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Jacobs

I don't have to fly anywhere this Thanksgiving. But I'm not looking forward to the new "choose your own adventure" awaiting me next time I board a plane.

President Obama: Stop the Searches or I'm Voting Against You

William S. Lerach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William S. Lerach

It's time for Americans, regardless of political affiliation or philosophy, to stand up for themselves and demand the end of overly intrusive searches at airport security checkpoints.

Study: Boycott Cost Arizona $140 Million

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX — A boycott brought on by Arizona's controversial immigration crackdown raised the specter of vacant convention centers, desolate sports...

Pass the John Tyner Bill: Get Government Off Our Backs and Out of Our Buttocks

Jay Michaelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Michaelson

Air travelers will soon be required to have a naked image of themselves beamed to a security agent. Israelis don't do this, Europeans doesn't do this -- why are we being asked to do it?

Jeff Muskus

Democrats Spar With Obama DOJ Over PATRIOT Act | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When President Obama was Senator Obama, he had deep reservations about the expansion of executive authority. Now that he wields that authority, he app...

A Cop's Advice on Dealing with Cops (Slideshow)

Neill Franklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neill Franklin

2010-11-15-m.jpgCitizens who understand their rights are much less likely to experience negative outcomes, both on the street and in a court of law.

Environment Matters...but So Does Freedom!

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marty Robins

Everyone is in favor of protecting our environment, but there are those who take the matter too far, and jeopardize fundamental freedoms in the proces...

DHS-NSA in Cybersecurity Swap: Success to Be Named Later

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

This kind of a pairing often works in the movies -- the experienced partner brings knowledge and skill, while the new partner brings idealism. The danger, however, is that this becomes an altogether different kind of movie.

'One Nation Rally' Photo Gallery

Jeff Malet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Malet

2010-10-06-pullquote.jpg On October 2, 2010, tens of thousands of activists gathered, hoping to counter the conservative tea party movement and energize the electorate.

Frank Rizzo and Pennsylvania's 56-year Legacy of Police Spying

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security has been paying a private contractor to compile "intelligence" on dangerous elements, including environmentalists and gay/lesbian organizations.

Database of Suspicious Activity Going Live With Little Attention

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Today's effort at a more collaborative atmosphere includes security at privately-owned companies, many of which have fostered deeper ties to the government as part of the war on terror.

France's Illegal Ban of the Burqa

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabah Ghezali

It is nonsensical to suppose that an individual's free and deliberate choice to veil their person violates their own human dignity.

Obama vs. The Left: A Battle of Ideologies, Not Cults of Personalities

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

What Obama is facing, which other presidents have not, is moment-by-moment online documentation of the distance between his words and his actions by issue advocates on his own side.

Killing an Arab-American: The Debate Over Anwar al-Aulaqi

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chez Pazienza

There's no doubt that we've grown distrustful of our government lately, and with good reason. However, I find it hard to peg Anwar al-Aulaqi as anything other than a very serious threat to our national security.

A New York Teen Speaks Out, September 2001

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Whatever you think of the issues, would you consider someone un-American for speaking their mind? Or is it more un-American to deny people the right to speak their minds and worship their god?

Too Ignorant To Articulate Their Own Ideas

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Although one is not supposed to enjoy watching a train wreck in progress, I must say that the Arizona gubernatorial debate between Gov. Jan Brewer a...