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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...

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.