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Michael McAuliff

Obama Waives Rule Allowing Indefinite Military Detention Of Americans | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House released rules Tuesday evening waiving the most controversial piece of the new military detention law, and exempting U.S...

Russ Feingold: A Senator Without Constituents

Death Race | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Death Race

It should come as no surprise that here, in the restaurant, two separate people have come up and told him to run -- for what, it's not really important. Governor. Senator, again. Hell, President. Problem is Citizen Feingold is starting to enjoy himself.

Andrea Stone

Russ Feingold, Foe of Patriot Act, Says Al-Awlaki Drone Killing Was 'Legitimate' | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, whose lone vote against the Patriot Act made him a hero among civil libertarians, said he has no pr...

10 Years Later: A Prayer for America

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

I offer these brief remarks today as a prayer for our country, as a celebration of our country. With love of democracy. With love of our country. With hope for our country. With a belief that the light of freedom cannot be extinguished as long as it is inside of us.

Impunity For The Bush Administration Won't Last

Elizabeth Holtzman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Holtzman

Britain and the Netherlands undertook investigations of their involvement in the Iraq War, so why can't we?

2011 in Review

Shan Wells | Posted 02.27.2012 | Denver
Shan Wells

2011 will long be remembered as the flip side of 2008, as it hosted a GOP pre-season primary every bit as tough as the famous Clinton/Obama duel, but much sillier.

2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

All in all, it's been a mixed bag of a year, but on the civil liberties front, things were particularly grim.

The Stop Online Piracy Act: Yet Another Stealth Maneuver to Control the Internet

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.10.2012 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons ...

America the Battlefield: The End of the Rule of Law

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It's particularly telling that two such seemingly disparate groups of politicians -- liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans -- took less than a week to find consensus on upending the rule of law and radically extending the government's power.

Obama Should Veto Empire Over Republic

Coleen Rowley | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Forget that the ACLU called it "an historic threat to American citizens"; this bill is so dangerous that it was criticized by the directors of the FBI, the CIA, the National Intelligence Director and the U.S. Defense Secretary!

The True Patriot

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I interpret a true Patriot as one who, indeed, loves her or his country, but also one who sees the way things are, and one who works for change to make things better.

The Patriot Act Was Just the Start: 10 Years of Unrestrained Surveillance

Michelle Richardson | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics
Michelle Richardson

As members of Congress and the administration debate a new cybersecurity proposal, for once, our privacy must be considered just as high a priority as our security.

You Have No Rights

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We talk about rights to privacy regularly but few people can point to what exactly those rights are. More importantly, what guarantees those rights? What guarantees us that our rights will not be infringed upon? The answer is... nothing!

Constitution Day: Is the Constitution on Life Support?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.12.2011 | Education
John W. Whitehead

For all intents and purposes, the Constitution is on life support and has been for some time now. Those responsible for its demise are none other tha...

U.S. Attorney: Want To Fight Corruption? Start Speaking Up About It

Posted 11.13.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald sounded off on a variety of topics at the City Club of Chicago Monday -- and reminded the crowd that everyone needs s...

The Courage to Be Safe and Free

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Unfortunately, after 9/11 our government opted to violate the constitutional and legal limits designed to protect the rights of the innocent.

Review of Jay Feldman's 'Manufacturing Hysteria'

Michael Roth | Posted 11.13.2011 | Books
Michael Roth

Manufacturing Hysteria is a political book, aimed at reminding those dedicated to civil liberties (especially the right to dissent) how fragile our freedoms are and how "close to a police state" we have come over the last century.

Honoring 9/11 by Upholding Freedom

Farhana Khera | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Farhana Khera

We are at a pivotal moment in our nation's history, a moment that will define our generation as one that upheld our values, or succumbed to fear. Now, more than ever, we need all Americans to come together, united against hate and fear, and to stand up for freedom.

WATCH: Dennis Kucinich Invokes Legalization Of Marijuana With Arab Spring

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) invoked the democratic uprisings in the Middle East known as the Arab Spring while speaking about the American effort to...

Symptoms of the Bush-Obama Presidency

David Bromwich | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

Let us examine Obama by the standard of his cabinet members, advisers, and favored influences. His taste in associates at these extremes may tell us something about the moral and political personality in the middle.

Murdoch May Unintentionly Encourage Ethics

Larry MacDonald | Posted 09.20.2011 | Business
Larry MacDonald

Nauseating is what comes to mind watching the Murdochs disclaim any and all knowledge and responsibility for their unethical behavior. The culture of...

Obama's Bush-League World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Americans seem to have turned the page on Bush and his cronies. They may have disappeared from our lives, but the post-9/11 world they had such a mad hand in creating hasn't.

PATRIOT Act: Four More Years Will Worsen Government Secrecy

Sarah Berlin | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Sarah Berlin

If the thought of the government accessing your business or medical records, telephone calls and even your genetic information isn't scary enough, the most frightening aspect is that we don't know how the government actually interprets and applies Section 215.

Russ Feingold Is Emerging as a Significant Force Against Corporate Control of Our Government

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Perhaps President Abraham Lincoln's famous words of hope for a "... government of the people, by the people, for the people..." will yet ring true again -- with a little help from Russ Feingold and his growing movement.

Fighting for Our Privacy Rights, Against the FBI's New Powers

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Under new rules, agents wouldn't have to show any "factual basis" of evidence to undertake surveillance. That's not how we do things in Montana or anywhere else in America.