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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.

DEF CON: Hacking for the Rest of Us

Adam J. Rose | Posted 10.06.2013 | Technology
Adam J. Rose

I don't know enough about hacking and odds are you don't, either. I set out to learn more at DEF CON, a hacking conference with enough discussions on civil liberties, ethics and philosophy to delight a liberal arts major. Charged to "live an examined life," we should all think harder about our technology, privacy and security.

Will Los Angeles Sever 'Sister City' Ties to Anti-Gay St. Petersburg, Russia?

Karen Ocamb | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Karen Ocamb

The severing or even suspension of ties to St. Petersburg by the City of Los Angeles would send a resounding message of support for LGBT human rights from the ninth most economically powerful city in the world that other cities could use as cover to also sever ties.

Obama's Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

It's now painfully clear that the president has put out a contract on the Fourth Amendment. And at the Capitol, the hierarchies of both parties are stuffing it into the trunks of their limousines, so each provision can be neatly fitted with cement shoes and delivered to the bottom of the Potomac.

Police Caution Boys To Beware Of Dangerous Sex Offender

AP | By DAVE GRAM | Posted 09.23.2013 | Crime

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- Correction officials said Thursday they have a new plan for a high-risk sex offender due to be released from prison: He's moving o...

County Official Defies State's Contentious Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

A Pennsylvania county official is standing up in the face of state's same-sex marriage ban. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that D. Bruc...

Strong Defense Of Phone-Tracking Program Revealed

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The U.S. government has defended its use of a phone-tracking program that collects the telephone records of millions of Americans in a let...

Ryan J. Reilly

Judge Seems Skeptical Of Administration's Argument In Drone Strikes Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge expressed skepticism on Friday over the Obama administration’s assertion that the judicial branch has no role in a law...

22 Tech Companies Stand Up Against PRISM

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 07.18.2013 | Technology

A coalition of major tech companies and civil liberties groups on Thursday sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling for more transparency aroun...

ACLU Questions 'Dragnet Surveillance Systems'

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY and CALVIN WOODWARD | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- You can drive, but you can't hide. A rapidly growing network of police cameras is capturing, storing and sharing data on license plates...

It Takes Two to Debate, or the Sound of One Hand Clapping

Hector Villagra | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Hector Villagra

The public still doesn't have the most critical piece of information it needs: the secret legal arguments that government relies on to justify the surveillance.

What Lincoln and Jefferson Can Teach Us About NSA Surveillance

Brian Levin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Sometimes, upholding the Constitution and protecting the country it set out to establish might involve acts that appear to violate bits and pieces of it. We should talk about transparency, oversight, and striking a balance between liberty and security.

WATCH: Oliver Stone Slams 'NSA Surveillance Machine'

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment

Politically-outspoken director Oliver Stone addressed the still-unfolding NSA spying scandal in a video released Wednesday, cautioning that Americans'...

ACLU To Challenge State's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

Two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union is bringing th...

A New Era for Freedom of the Press?

Hector Villagra | Posted 09.07.2013 | Media
Hector Villagra

The recent disclosure that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been tracking the Internet and phone activity of American citizens is about more than just government surveillance: It has profound implications for freedom of the press.

U.S. Defends Secrecy Of Unique Surveillance Court

Reuters | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 5 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday urged a secret U.S. court that oversees surveillance programs to reject a request ...

Scott Walker Signs Strict Abortion Bill

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed a contentious Republican bill Friday that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultras...

Obama: Like Nixon, But Worse

Timothy Karr | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

While Nixon broke the law to attack dissenting voices, Obama has distorted it to the same effect. And he's taken his powers much, much further -- misinterpreting outdated or poorly written laws to claim his administration's authority to spy on almost anyone who uses modern technology to communicate.

Mom Who Had Baby Taken Thanks To Poppy Seed Bagel Settles Suit

AP | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics

PITTSBURGH — A woman who had her newborn taken away because she failed a hospital drug test after she ate a poppy seed bagel has settled a lawsu...

From Disappointment to Triumph, in Two Short Days

Hector Villagra | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Hector Villagra

This week is a reminder that, while our country has made incredible progress since 1996 -- when Congress passed DOMA, we must also safeguard those gains we have made since 1965 -- when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act.

Carolina Moreno

Mobile App Allows Users To Report Racial Profiling

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.19.2013 | Latino Voices

Critics of Arizona’s SB 1070 have found a new way of fighting the controversial law -- technology. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Unio...