The public has lost patience with elected representatives who game the legal rules to avoid disclosure of information to which the public is entitled. We'll soon find out if the judiciary also has lost patience.
The war on drugs is out of control. How do we know this? Look no further than the disturbing story that just broke about a New Mexican resident whose routine traffic stop turned into a 14-hour living nightmare.
The practice of using surveillance cameras to record our comings and goings is ever-expanding, and will certainly expand still further after the Boston bombings. A central question is whether we do -- or should -- care about our privacy.
Privacy and its treatment in the civil context, particularly what society's view of the "reasonable expectation of privacy" is, will most certainly be shaped by society's use of technology and how it interacts with platforms like Facebook or Google.
FBI searches highlight a dangerous trend: domestic surveillance of peace and other activists. Americans need to understand the context of these raids so they can work to stop the infringement of constitutional rights.
Welfare recipients participating in San Diego's "Project 100%" are forced to consent to unannounced visits from the Public Affairs Fraud Division, trading their protection afforded by the Fourth Amendment for welfare benefits.
The fight against Arizona's immigration law won't be as easy as many suspect. This isn't because SB1070 is lawful or just. It is because constitutional protections in the US are woefully inadequate when it comes to institutional racism.
As it stands, Customs can grab anyone at the border, seize their laptop, and demand passwords and encryption keys as a pre-condition to entering the country. And who knows when you'll get your computer back?
There's no legal difference between looking through your backpack and seizing your electronic data in the US. This is the stuff of the Cold War Soviet Union, right? Or maybe a third world dictatorship?