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Arthur Delaney

Federal Court Rules Against Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal court has ruled once again that Florida's short-lived effort to drug test all welfare applicants violated their constitutional...

Do Wars Really Defend America's Freedom?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America's wars have defended America's freedom. But the historical record doesn't bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

Ali Watkins

The CIA And NSA Should Be Happy That Mark Udall Is Gone

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- He wasn't vocal about promoting his work on civil liberties and intelligence. But over time, astute national security wonks learned to w...

Chinese, GOP Agree Non-Rich Shouldn't Vote

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Speaking just like an American Republican, the Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, said last week that if the state granted democratic rights to its poor and working class, they could dominate elections and choose leaders who would meet their needs.

Ryan J. Reilly

The Civil Rights Chief DOJ Thinks Liberals Will Love, Conservatives Can Work With

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The new acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is a liberal activist lawyer who has spoken out on the “disas...

Look Inside Oklahoma's New Death Chamber

Associated Press | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 10.10.2014 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed c...

GOP Defrauds Voters

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The GOP is working desperately to deny the right to vote to citizens it doesn't like. You know, poor people, black people, Hispanic people, old people, female people, especially people it believes are inclined to vote for Democrats.

32 Prison Guards Fired Amid Outrage Over Inmate Abuse

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2014 | Crime

Sept 20 (Reuters) - The secretary of Florida's prison system has fired nearly three dozen guards in the wake of the recent scrutiny given to inmate ...

State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

Steve Horn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge ...

Elise Foley

Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Treatment Of Mothers In Deportation Proceedings

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and civil rights groups filed a suit Friday against the federal government, alleging it is trampling on due process by makin...

Ryan J. Reilly

86-Year-Old Photographer Sues Feds Over Massive 'Suspicious Activity' Database

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An 86-year-old photographer and four other Americans who were entered into a massive "suspicious activity" database for innocent activit...

Why Does This Town Have Two Grenade Launchers?

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 07.08.2014 | Crime

Even the current police chief has no idea why his department acquired two grenade launchers. In a Facebook post promoting its new report on militar...

Arthur Delaney

The Latest State To Make Poor People Pass Drug Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Poor people in Tennessee better get ready to forfeit bodily fluids if they want welfare benefits. A new law taking effect this week ...

"Welcome To Hell": The Border Patrol's Repeated Abuse Of Children

James Lyall | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
James Lyall

The tolerance of child abuse by federal authorities violates our laws and our values -- it is both inhumane and immoral. Now is the time to put an end to it.

Ryan J. Reilly

ACLU Report Reveals Immigrant Abuse In 'Shadow' Private Federal Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was December 2010, and officials who ran the nation's federal prisons had a dilemma. They weren't sure if they should renew a contrac...

Arthur Delaney

Rick Scott Has Pissed Away $400,000 Defending His Drug Test Schemes

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has spent nearly $400,000 in taxpayer dollars defending his various drug testing schemes, the American Civil...

Ryan J. Reilly

This Man Was Sentenced To Die In Prison. Now He Wants To Fix The Law That Put Him There.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reynolds Wintersmith wasn't supposed to be here. Not in front of the White House, or in the halls of the Justice Department, or meeting ...

Here's How 'Big Data' Can Really Hurt The Poor

AP | By EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 06.26.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House review of how the government and private sector use large sets of data has found that such information could be used...

ACLU Urges Judge To Quickly Overturn State's Gay Marriage Ban

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same...

ACLU Steps In When School Allegedly Tells Boy He Can't Read Bible

Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

On March 20, staff at Tennessee's Cannon County REACH after-school program reportedly told a student he was not allowed to read his Bible at school. I...

Ryan J. Reilly

Republicans Must Turn Over Emails On North Carolina Voting Law, Federal Judge Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any race-related emails that North Carolina Republicans may have sent in connection with the voter restrictions they passed last summer ...

Maine Governor Proposes State Commission To Fact-Check Campaigns

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

A proposal by Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) to have the state's ethics panel fact-check campaign statements is raising concerns about possible First Amen...

ACLU Sues To Overturn Idaho 'Ag Gag' Law

Reuters | Laura Zuckerman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green

SALMON, Idaho, March 17 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho on Monday asked a federal judge to strike down a state law it says v...

Judge Asked To Order Utah To Recognize Gay Marriages

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY, March 12 (Reuters) - Lawyers for four same-sex couples who wed in Utah while a ban on gay marriage ...

DOJ Wants To Keep Phone Records Longer

AP | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is seeking to preserve the bulk collection of telephone records beyond five years because it's being sued a...