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The Need for Constitutional Lines in the Sand

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The tension between security and liberty will increase as the years go on with each new attack or attempt. The country may debate whether or not Edward Snowden is a traitor or a patriot, but he has done something invaluable for the nation.

When Hell Freezes Over

Adam Banner | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Adam Banner

In a move that has rankled many in this predominantly conservative Christian state, the Satanic Temple in New York has formally applied with the Oklahoma Capitol's grounds committee to build a statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed depiction of Satan, in the state's capitol building.

On Contraception, Dumbing Down Tyranny

Peter Montgomery | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

In recent years, conservative evangelical and Catholic activists have made "religious liberty" their culture war rallying cry as well as their primary legal and political strategy. In doing so, they often use irresponsible rhetoric about American Christians being subject to tyranny and religious persecution.

Bye, Bye, Baca

Hector Villagra | Posted 03.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

On Tuesday, L.A. County Sheriff Baca finally exercised the kind of leadership that has sorely been lacking from his office when he announced his retirement at the end of this month. His decision makes possible a new era of accountability and reform in a department plagued by abuse and impunity.

A History of 'Fear'

Joe Lauria | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
Joe Lauria

Hyping fear that results in profit and political power unfortunately has a long history in the United States. Mass hysteria against imagined threats for the gain of a few is ingrained in American culture.

ACLU Sues NSA

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, Dec 30 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Monday, seeking to ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Man Sentenced To Die Behind Bars For Non-Violent Crime Describes The Day His Luck Changed

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Right after lunch, the warden called inmate number 07031-078 into his office. Jason Hernandez was worried. The last time he was called t...

Prosecutors: Judge's Demands For Immigrant Detainee Data Are 'Not Feasible'

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they can't meet a judge's demands they quickly deliver documents about thousands of immigrants who've been d...

Woman Forced Into Illegal Body Cavity Search, Observed Bowel Movement: Lawsuit

Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

What started as a random screening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents quickly became an invasive, illegal body cavity search on a New Mexico...

Edward Snowden Is A Patriot

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

For his actions, Snowden should be applauded, not vilified. He should be granted full immunity from prosecution. And he should be allowed to resume his life in the United States as a proud American citizen.

A Homeless Couple Is Standing Up To A Missouri Town For This Unreasonable Demand

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec 16 (Reuters) - A small Missouri town was sued on Monday by a homeless couple who are accusing it...

Latino Students in Pennsylvania Face a Serious Problem

Michaela Pommells | Posted 01.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

Pennsylvania's public school system is becoming a training ground for a life in prison. This trend does not look to be slowing down.

How ICE's Privacy Standards Hurt Immigration Reform

Christina Fialho | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Christina Fialho

Detained immigrants include victims of human trafficking, asylum seekers, and legal permanent residents with longstanding community ties; their voices and perspectives remain unheard.

Group Tries To Get NSA To Halt Surveillance

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — A civil liberties lawyer is warning that the NSA's phone-tracking program shows the government believes it can collect all kinds of ...

Next Stop On The Road To Surveillance State: License Plate Scanners

Radley Balko | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

Over at Popular Mechanics, Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds writes: We now know that federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are using a...

Gatekeepers Beware, the Closet Doors Are Open

Sean Savoy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Sean Savoy

In America we celebrate many liberties, among them the freedom to publish. The logical consequence of the right to produce books is the freedom to read. Now, this may be a "chicken or egg" dilemma, but whichever way you look at it, one action should naturally follow the other.

Efforts To Overturn Controversial 'Papers Please' Provision Get New Life

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.13.2013 | Latino Voices

The American Civil Liberties Union is renewing its efforts to take down Arizona’s controversial 2010 immigration enforcement law. The ACLU plans...

Veterans Deserve Better

Hector Villagra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Hector Villagra

"Veterans don't deserve special care, benefits or assistance." How many Americans hold this view? How many would vote for a politician who supported it? And yet this is the message that veterans like Greg Valentini hear every day.

Who Would God Discriminate Against?

Rachel Laser | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
Rachel Laser

Many faith groups feel comfortable supporting ENDA because it has a broad religious exemption. Specifically, ENDA has a religious exemption that is wider in scope than that of Title VII or the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is thought to be one of the broadest religious exemptions in federal law.

The Biggest, Baddest Prison Profiteer of Them All

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jesse Lava

Profiting off mass incarceration is a dirty business. When private prison company Corrections Corporation of America squanders taxpayer money and runs facilities rife with human rights abuses, it's dragging its own name through the mud.

Ryan J. Reilly

The FBI Program That Had Local Law Enforcement Worried About Civil Liberties

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An FBI program intended to collect reports of suspicious activity and avert potential terrorist attacks was hampered by resistance from ...

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...