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Court Misses Opportunity to Rule on Lethal Injection Secrecy

Ginny Sloan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Even states that adopt all of these safeguards cannot be assured that any specific execution does not violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Ryan J. Reilly

Ditch Death Penalty 'Cocktail,' Bipartisan Justice Panel Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan panel of justice experts recommends states stop using a drug "cocktail" for death penalty lethal injections. "States are...

Criminal Discovery Reformers Honored as Constitutional Champions

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

In April 2009, less than six months after a jury found Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) guilty of making false statements, a federal judge set aside that gu...

Watchdog Group Calls AP's Pruitt a "Constitutional Champion"

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.05.2014 | Media
Ginny Sloan

Because of his strong leadership against government intimidation of the media, The Constitution Project, a bipartisan legal watchdog group, is honoring Gary Pruitt, the President and CEO of the Associated Press, as one of its 2014 Constitutional Champions.

Without a Doubt

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 12.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

It is time that the truth about U.S. government-sponsored torture sees the light, that our nation openly deals with the legal and moral consequences of our past policies, and that once and for all, we relegate torture to where it belongs -- shameful history never to be repeated.

Will More Video Surveillance Cameras Make Us Any Safer?

Ginny Sloan | Posted 08.28.2013 | Crime
Ginny Sloan

In the wake of the Boston marathon bombing, Boston Police Commissioner Davis has called for more surveillance cameras, and press accounts report new calls for cameras from Richmond, Virginia to San Francisco.

Bipartisan Support for Releasing the Torture Report

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The United States has a history of providing important moral leadership in many areas. But by shrouding our tortured past in secret, we endanger both our country's moral legacy and our national security.

Toward Ensuring an End to U.S.-Sponsored Torture

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

A non-governmental, bipartisan task force recently completed a two-year investigation into the U.S. government's treatment of 9/11 detainees, concluding indisputably that the United States government engaged in illegal torture.

Senate Should Not Rubber Stamp Foreign Surveillance Extension

Ginny Sloan | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Next week, the Senate is expected to vote on extension of the FISA Amendments Act. Such broad surveillance powers should not be reauthorized without a thorough examination of the operation of this program.

Michael McAuliff

Homeland Security Squanders Millions Snooping On Fishing, Marriage Counseling

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A marquee federal effort to share intelligence about terror threats with state and local law enforcers has produced no evidence of any. ...

Habeas Works

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Two years ago, the U. S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the landmark case Boumediene v. Bush. The Court ruled that the constitutionally gua...

Beyond Guantanamo

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

The Declaration represents the largest collection of policy experts yet to lend their voices to a responsible plan to process the cases of suspected terrorist detainees held at the Guantanamo detention facility.

Swine Flu: A Danger to Your Rights as Well as Your Health?

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Panelists agreed that the government's response to H1N1 has been timely and proportionate, but voiced concerns about how governments may employ executive powers if more virulent strands of the flu merge.

Don't "Split the Baby" with National Security Courts

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Proponents of national security courts claim that these new hybrid courts would eliminate burdensome procedural rules that protect the rights of defendants.