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Obama Gets Failing Grades From Privacy Advocates

Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama earns poor to failing grades from privacy advocates who claim that his administration is neglecting privacy and civil-liberties issue...

Remembering a Fighter for Freedom

Michelle Pilecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Pilecki

Larry Frankel spent his professional life as a legislative lobbyist for the ACLU. That means that Larry worked behind the scenes with both "left" and "right" legislators to protect the civil rights.

New Rules For Laptop Searches At U.S. Border

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday put new restrictions on searches of laptops at U.S. borders to address concerns that federal a...

Smoke and Mirrors

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

American Muslims, Arabs, South Asians, and Latinos are still waiting for federal officials to respect our civil rights.

McCain Protester Arrested At Rally Last Year Has Charges Dropped

The Denver Post | Felisa Cardona | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Carol Kreck, who was cited for holding a paper sign outside presidential candidate John McCain's town-hall meeting last summer, had her trespassing ca...

Ideological Purity and the Debate over "National ID"

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Harris

The debate over a "national" ID standard has touched off a fierce debate in the civil liberties community, the outcome of which could have serious implications for Americans' privacy.

The Honeymoon's Over Mr. President - Now Deal with Guantanamo, Gay Rights and Health Care

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

The true test of a president is not how he performs with the wind at his back, but how he performs in the face of stiff resistance.

The Skip Gates Arrest May Not Have Been About Race -- But About Something Even Worse

William Easterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Easterly

My guess is that Sergeant James Crowley was following an inflexible rule that you arrest anyone who shouts angrily at a cop.

Preventive Detention, at What Cost?

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Whether called "preventive", "indefinite" or "prolonged," prevention detention schemes are essentially lawless, unconstitutional and un-American. At its root, detention without trial threatens democracy.

CIA, Pelosi, Dems, Repubs, Media: All Guilty

Chip Berlet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chip Berlet

Liberal denial gives silent permission to authoritarian aggression and violence by our government. The bogeyman has shifted from communism to terrorism, but the dynamics remain the same.

Our Children (and Our Country) Deserve Democratic Schools

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Chaltain

It is possible -- indeed, essential -- for schools to find the right organizational balance between individual freedom and group structure.

Jason Linkins

Civil Liberties Groups Deny Support For Obama "Prolonged Detention" Policies | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So, here's the story: The Obama administration wants to close Guantanamo Bay. But Congress is filled with people who either inanely claim that housin...

Jason Linkins

Sarah Palin Battles The Internet (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

My advice to Sarah Palin would be to do as the old ad copy said: Never let them see you sweat. Don't get involved in a land war with David Letterman.

How Do You Say "Overcollection" in Farsi?

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

One of the surest clues to the abuse of power is when state officials start inventing new words to describe their own actions.

Secrecy Sacrificing National Security

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Our nation's most notorious criminals violate our most fundamental laws and remain not only free, but actively engaged in influencing our national security policies.

Obama Shapes Cybersecurity Policy With a Velvet Hammer

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Harris

U.S. cybersecurity efforts remain a patchwork of uncoordinated and conflicting policies, procedures and processes.

"Gay, or Straight, Black, or White: Love is Love, Right is Right!" Right?

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Henry Adams

Many activist gays have readily embraced the notion that "Queers" are "today's African Americans," with marriage equality an issue comparable to earlier more bitter struggles for civil rights.

Election Trouble for Jane Harman

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Congresswoman Harman provides a particularly spectacular example of an officeholder who has boosted militarism while helping to undermine civil liberties and human rights.

CON GAMES: Gay Marriage Wins Again

Michael Conniff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Conniff

The disintegration of civilization is now officially upon us now that Vermont has legalized gay marriage--the first state legislature to do so. I onc...

Lone Wolves and Missing Bodies: Denying the Reality of Rightwing Terrorism

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why aren't we hearing from responsible voices on the Right who, while defending their colleagues' freedom of speech, deplore incitements to hatred or violence?

Where Left, Right, and Center Collide in Civility

Chip Berlet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chip Berlet

A bunch of clueless mainstream media scribes want you to believe that a handful of centrist Democrats have just devised a way that political discussio...

Leaving Cards on the Counter-Terror Table: Ways to Better Wage the "War on Terror"

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

We need not sacrifice our nation's fundamental constitutional freedoms to address extremist violence. Rather, we need merely stop pursuing corporate subsidies that inadvertently encourage it.

What Obama Should Do About State Secrets

Daniel Firger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Firger

If Obama wants to signal that he knows what he's doing on secrecy, he should endorse the State Secrets Protection Act ASAP.

Holder Can't Prosecute Bush Abuses Too Many Democrats Aided and Abetted Them

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Holder is seemingly willing to let bygones be bygones when it comes to prosecuting Bush's crew because it would pry open the Democrats dirty but hardly unknown secret.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

In this, the penultimate week of the Bush Years, we learned that the only thing there wasn't enough room for at Blair House was the enormity of Bush's pettiness. It turns out there was plenty of room to accommodate the Obama family in time for the kids to start school. Scrambling to make things look good after snubbing the Obamas, Bush had hastily invited former Australian Prime Minister John Howard to toss another shrimp on the Blair House barbie, leaving the Obamas -- and their sizable security detail -- to check into the Hay Adams. At taxpayer expense. Also staying true to his character until the bitter end was Dick Cheney who this week asserted, "I don't believe we violated anybody's civil liberties."