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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...

NYPD Secretly Designated Entire Mosques As Terrorism Organizations

AP | ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO | Posted 10.27.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use inf...

Legal Showdown: 6 Experts Destroy Obama's Drone Policy

Robert Greenwald | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

If the administration has nothing to hide and insists that our drone policy is entirely legal, why not create an open and transparent process for the use of drones? It would bring the legal debate out of the shadows, a move that is desperately needed.

Marriage Comes to New Mexico

Matt Baume | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Nobody ever said that the civil rights fight was simple, but the marriage equality situation in New Mexico right now may currently be the world's most complicated.

Planned Parenthood Sues Over 'Unconstitutional' Abortion Law

The Huffington Post | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, with help from the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Indiana, has filed a federal lawsuit Thu...

Court Ruling Marks Big Victory For Gay Rights

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

One day after a New Mexico county became the first one to actively issue same-sex licenses since 2004, gay rights earned another victory in court. ...

President Obama, Commute Bradley Manning's Sentence to Time Served

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A cynic might say: What's the point of asking President Obama for clemency, when he's in charge of the system that put Manning in prison? President Obama is indeed in charge of the system that put Manning in prison. That's why he's the correct address for the appeal for clemency.

Muslims Are Being Blacklisted, ACLU Says

AP | AMY TAXIN | Posted 08.22.2013 | Religion

LOS ANGELES -- A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship ap...

FBI Won't Have To Turn Over Records On Use Of Racial Data

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics

DETROIT — A federal appeals court on Wednesday said the FBI acted properly in refusing to release records that could reveal the use of race and ...

County Official Sees State's Gay Marriage Law As 'Suspect'

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- A county clerk defended his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses in a legal brief Monday that calls Pennsylvania's marriage la...

Judge Bars State From Implementing Anti-Sharia Law

Reuters | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

Aug 16 (Reuters) - Oklahoma's attorney general said on Friday he was reviewing the decision of a U.S. judge that barred the state from adopting a me...

Michael Calderone

ACLU Helping Coordinate Edward Snowden's Legal Defense

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -– The American Civil Liberties Union said Friday that it has been in contact with former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowde...

Ryan J. Reilly

Oklahoma Anti-Sharia Constitutional Amendment Struck Down By Federal Judge

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A proposed amendment to Oklahoma's state constitution that would have prevented state courts from considering Sharia and international l...

Muslim-Americans Defending the Dream, Advancing Civil Rights

Mustafa Abdullah | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Mustafa Abdullah

These are corrosive practices and policies that impact all communities and growing Muslim-American recognition of this fact has been reflected in increased involvement in this civil rights moment.