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Civil Liberties

National Security Über Alles?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

When a government, in a blanket sense, views its citizens as potential or suspected criminals, or enemies of the state as the growth of Boston-like domestic terrorism may portend, then it is in a perpetual state of conflict with its own people.

The Transparency Prism

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Pierre Guerlain

When a Chinese dissident breaks an illegitimate Chinese law the West applauds. When an American whistleblower reveals hidden crimes the accomplices of these crimes cry foul. Transparency in political matters is claimed only when the other has something to hide.

Rand Paul Says Someone Should Have Been Fired 9/11 Intelligence Failures

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blasted the Bush administration and former Vice President Dick Cheney on CNN’s "The Situation Room" Tuesday evening, blaming ...

The Most Dangerous Terrorists Don't Have Verizon Accounts

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Edward Snowden -- hero or traitor? The 29-year-old Snowden has aroused as sharp a divide in opinion as any in recent memory. But focusing on Snowden is an unfortunate distraction. The real issue is the NSA data gathering programs he disclosed.

Activism Taps Big-Time Crowdfunding

Kevin Lawton | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Kevin Lawton

Activism has long suffered the same curse as does the starving artist -- so much heart and so little capital. Until recently, that is. Tapping crowdfunding in a big way, activism has re-emerged in a bigger, bolder form.

David Brooks, Tom Friedman, Bill Keller Wish Snowden Had Just Followed Orders

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Edward Snowden is transcending the moral limits of authority and insisting that we can fully defend the Bill of Rights, emphatically including the Fourth Amendment. What a contrast with New York Times columnists David Brooks, Thomas Friedman and Bill Keller.

Zach Carter

House Intelligence Committee's NSA Talking Points | Zach Carter | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Huffington Post has obtained talking points instructing members of Congress on how to defend two controversial surveillance programs...

NSA Surveillance Is Legal, and That's the Worst Thing About It

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

One of the most disturbing realities the surveillance revelations have brought into relief is that in its drive to safeguard national security, the Obama Administration has concocted tactics that draw a sharp line dividing the state and the public, casting the latter in the role of potential conspirator.

Playing the Obama Bumper Sticker Game

Jeff Cohen | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

There's no easier way to gauge the disappointment that liberals and progressives should feel toward President Obama than to look at their cars -- more specifically, their bumper stickers.

What's All the Fuss About?

Bruce Hartford | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Bruce Hartford

Now government agencies have all this data revealing all these personal patterns. Can a prosecutor subpoena them? What about a divorce attorney? Might State's Attorney Nogoodnick who's in a tight reelection race ask his agency buddies for some inside dope on his opponent?

The Precarious State of Our Civil Liberties

Matthew Dunn | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dunn

What worries me about programs like the NSA's PRISM is that human judgment comes into play too far down the line. Vast computers are collecting electronic communications data, and, by extension, data on people, and it is possible that millions of those people are law-abiding Americans.

'Endless Wars Overseas, Infringing on Civil Liberties at Home': An Interview on NSA Surveillance With Former State Department Official Matthew Hoh

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

"We shouldn't be surprised that a government establishment that is not being held accountable or in check by any other institution, that is Byzantine in size, structure and purpose, and that receives 25 percent of all government funding is overreaching."

Ryan Grim

Divisions Over National Security State Scramble Old Alliances, Political Coalitions | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The contours of the debate around security and civil liberties that began the day after the 9/11 attacks have been steadily shifting eve...

That's Not What I Meant!

Radley Balko | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

Over at the New York Times, Adam Liptak interviews the Innocence Project's Peter Neufeld, who is none too pleased at the way Supreme Court Justice Ant...

Bernie Sanders On NSA Spying: We're Heading For An 'Orwellian Future'

Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.-Vt.) shared some impassioned criticism of NSA surveillance on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes" Monday night. Sanders criti...

The Scariest NSA-Gate Lesson: 'Private Citizen' Is Now an Oxymoron

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.10.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

In 1882, sensing an emerging age of secularism, Friedrich Nietzsche famously wrote, "God is dead." History proved him wrong, but although God is not yet dead, something else sure as hell is: Privacy.

Open Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein About the Bill of Rights

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The greatness of the Fourth Amendment explains why so many Americans treasure it today. But along with other high-ranking members of Congress and the president of the United States, you have continued to chip away at this sacred bedrock of civil liberties.

Privacy Is Only Dead if You Let It Be

Christina Gagnier | Posted 08.06.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Ask the "how" and the "why" questions. Be indignant. Most importantly, ask what you can do to preserve our privacy rights in the future.

Without Mavericks Like Nat Hentoff, Age 88, Freedom Would Be a Word Without Content

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"If James Madison or Thomas Jefferson were brought back to life, they would not recognize this country. We have been through some troubling times befo...

Frogs in Water About Our Freedoms

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Three converging trends put me on common ground with your average Tea Party member for the first time in my liberal-New-England-elite life: government action, technological advancement and American attitude.

Drug Cop Goes Undercover in High School and Arrests Autistic Student

Anthony Papa | Posted 07.24.2013 | Crime
Anthony Papa

The war on drugs has created convenient vehicles for looking tough on crime while hiding being the shield of public safety. But that shield gets worn down when our basic rights are curtailed through its use.

Angela Davis: 'I Don't See Myself As An Icon'

Greg Archer | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Greg Archer

Angela Davis is undeniably one of the more unique creatures to emerge out of the turbulent political waters of the latter part of the 20th Century. ...

When Congress Voted Down The Fourth Amendment

Radley Balko | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Earlier this month, President Obama nominated North Carolina Rep. Mel Watt to head up the Federal Housing Finance Authority. Here's a fun little nugge...

Enough With Scandals and Gridlock: How About Real Patriotism?

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

Today, for instance, Facebook, Google, Amazon, eBay and any number of other online enterprises, as well as companies you never heard of, all know more about you than should be possible in any free society.

Zach Carter

McConnell Defends White House On AP Scandal | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday appeared to defend the Obama administration's controversial leak investigation ...