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Civil Liberties

Right and Left Join to Take On Criminal Justice System

New York Times | ADAM LIPTAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the next several months, the Supreme Court will decide at least a half-dozen cases about the rights of people accused of crimes invol...

Police Stop More Than 1 Million People On Street

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A teenager trying to get into his apartment after school is confronted by police. A man leaving his workplace chooses a different rou...

What Would MLK Do?

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

January 15th marks the 81st birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. In the 41 years since Dr. King's assassin, many of us wonder what King would be doing if he were alive today.

Command Indiscretion

Rachel Natelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Natelson

Punishing soldiers for getting pregnant is among the injustices that point collectively to the military's longstanding power to undermine the civil rights of its personnel.

Same-Sex Marriage: "A Basic Civil Right"

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James Rotondi

Is it is really acceptable to start putting human rights up for a vote, either on the Senate floor or the public voting booth?

Patriot Act Redux

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Civil libertarians of the right and left urged the Senate not to reauthorize the three provisions of the Patriot Act without providing new restraints on law enforcement and adequate protections.

Jeff Muskus

GOP Targets Dodd For Trying To Repeal Immunity For Telecoms In Wiretapping Program | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate GOP fundraising arm is soliciting donations by vowing to defeat Democrats who want to repeal the retroactive immunity granted last year to ...

Will The Next "Underwear Bomber" Succeed?

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

My dire New Year prediction is that Islamic terrorists may well succeed this year in blowing up a civilian airliner. They have already twice proved that suicide bombers can get through security.

ACLU Loses $20 Million Donor, Said To Be David Gelbaum

New | STEPHANIE STROM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A longtime anonymous donor to the American Civil Liberties Union has withdrawn his annual gift of more than $20 million, punching a 25 percent hole in...

Democracy, Human Rights, Us. No Way We're Giving Them Up.

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagai El-Ad

A state in which human rights are conditional is no democracy at all, and there is no way we will allow Israel to slide down that slippery slope.

Report: NYPD Is Tracking Cell Phone Owners | By Rocco Parascandola | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The NYPD is amassing a database of cell phone users, instructing cops to log serial numbers from suspects' phones in hopes of connecting them to past ...

Desperate Honduran Leaders Vow To Restore Freedoms

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The coup-installed president of Honduras backed down Monday from an escalating standoff with protesters and suggested he...

Did Obama Break His Campaign Promise to Scrap the Patriot Act?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Provisions of the Patriot Act that remain on the books are legally questionable and constitutionally suspect. President Obama has given no hint that he'll change them.

The Hysteria Factor: Obama and the Swine Flu

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Papantonio

Napolitano can't afford to understate the seriousness of the swine flu, even though America has been abused by politically motivated scare tactics for eight years.

White Rivers, Brown Skin, and Black Deeds: Into the Rabbit Hole of Border Detentions and Racial Profiling

Hamdan Azhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hamdan Azhar

The evil of profiling is that it dehumanizes its victims, stripping them of their individuality. The border officials didn't see me as a writer or as a wide-eyed student in the grip of wanderlust.

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.