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Settlement Reached Over Controversial Immigration Law

AP | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama has agreed to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crack...

When Did 'To Serve and Protect' Become 'To Seize and Profit'?

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Jesse Lava

Under many civil asset forfeiture laws around the country, cops can take people's money and property without proving anyone guilty, or indeed without even making an arrest. The more they seize, the better off their departments are.

Ryan J. Reilly

New Questions About Mystery Probe Into NYPD

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

A coalition of more than 120 organizations is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the New York City Police Department's surveillance ...

State Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Arguments

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

(Recasts with comments from attorneys and judge) By Zelie Pollon SANTA FE, N.M., Oct 23 (Reuters) - The New Mexico Supre...

As Immigration Reform Comes Up Again, Watch This Private Prison Company

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jesse Lava

The country's biggest for-profit prison companies already pull in hundreds of millions of dollars a year locking up immigrants in federal custody. They stand to pull in even more money if the new laws generate lots of new prisoners.

Get Ready for the Invasion of the 'Civilian-Owned Drone"'

Adam Banner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

It seems somewhat sinister that any private citizen could use an unmanned aerial vehicle for no legitimate purpose. We already have the government spying on us. Do we need our neighbors stalking us as well?

Border Patrol Faces Backlash Over Allegations Of Violating Constitutional Rights

AP | BRIAN SKOLOFF | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

PHOENIX -- PHOENIX (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a federal government probe into allegations of constitutional rights violati...

Ryan J. Reilly

ATF: Agent Can Publish Fast And Furious Book - For Free

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Tuesday that it isn't suppressing the free speech rights of an agent who ha...

If You Get Sick, Pray These Guys Don't Treat You (Video)

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jesse Lava

Corizon is just one of the many powerful companies getting rich off mass incarceration. As long as Corizon is motivated by its bottom line rather than the health of prisoners, there will always be a perverse incentive to not provide treatment.

Obama Pressured On Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than four months after President Barack Obama promised to take steps towards closing the military prison facilities at Guantanamo B...

State Gives HUGE Contracts To Prison Companies Plagued By Lawsuits

Simon McCormack | Posted 10.05.2013 | Crime

The Florida Department of Corrections awarded two massive contracts to a pair of private health care providers to serve the state's prisoners. Both co...

Edward Snowden's Father Praises Glenn Greenwald, ACLU

Michael Calderone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Michael Calderone

Edward Snowden's father has broken with his legal team, which was critical of Guardian's Glenn Greenwald and WikiLeaks.

Sheriff To Be Monitored After Racial Profiling Accusation

AP | BRIAN SKOLOFF | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

PHOENIX — PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the appointment of an independent monitor and a community advisory board to ensu...

Matt Sledge

Govt. Tries To Wall Off NSA Surveillance From Challenge

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

The government is arguing in the terrorism case that serves as the National Security Agency's primary public justification for its bulk collection of ...

California Bans Indefinite Detentions

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a statewide ban on indefinite detentions into law Tuesday, prohibiting compliance with provisions of federal law. Afte...

Gov Signs Anti-Revenge Porn Bill

AP | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill outlawing so-called revenge porn and levying po...

Meet the Prison Phone Company Profiting Off Love (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jesse Lava

Prisoners are often housed hundreds of miles from their families, making phone the only way to connect on a routine basis. Global Tel*Link's high rates allow the company to profiteer off this basic human need.

Planned Parenthood In Court to Protect Texas Women's Health

Cecile Richards | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Today, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Texas law that would drastically reduce access to safe and legal abortion for many women from taking effect.

Amid Criticism, Border Patrol Considers Big Changes

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid criticism about U.S. border agents using deadly force against immigrants illegally crossing the Mexican border, the Homeland Securi...

Border Patrol To Share Stop Records

AP | MANUEL VALDES | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics

SEATTLE — SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol will share records of every traffic stop it makes in Washington's Olympic Peninsula for 18 mon...

ACLU: Papers Show Domestic Spying Goes Too Far

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — Two men of Middle Eastern descent were reported buying pallets of water at a grocery store. A police sergeant reported concern a...

DHS Must Better Track Excessive Force, Report Finds

AP | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

McALLEN, Texas — A widely anticipated federal report released Tuesday on excessive force among U.S. border agents contained little discussion of...

Texas Gets Tough On Drones

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas -- A hobbyist using a remote-control airplane mounted with a digital camera just happened to capture images last year of a Dallas creek ...

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers Deny Vote On Expanding Voter Registration

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

Kansas' fight over showing proof of citizenship in order to register to vote spilled into the state Legislature Tuesday, with Republican leaders denyi...

NRA Backs Lawsuit Over Gun Registry Fears

Reuters | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) - The National Rifle Association said on Wednesday it supports a lawsuit brought by civil rights groups to strike down th...