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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 ...

What We've Lost Since 9/11

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Almost 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, it remains "wartime." For the war on terror, the driver, excuse, and raison d'être for the tattering of the Bill of Rights, there is no end in sight.

Matt Sledge

Congress Celebrates Memorial Day By Hammering Civil Liberties

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics

Before heading home this Memorial Day weekend to honor those Americans who fought and died for the principle of liberty, Congress did a number on the ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Defense Lawyers In 9/11 Trial Aren't Under FBI Investigation, DOJ Tells Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The FBI isn't investigating any lawyers defending accused Sept. 11 plotters on trial at the Guantanamo military detention camp and has c...

On Cell Phone Searches, Court Must Doff to Its Youngest Member

Andrew Woodman | Posted 07.12.2014 | Crime
Andrew Woodman

Before we carried encyclopedias in our pockets, the amount of information the police would find in such a search was fairly limited. However, that's not the world we live in anymore. Now, an entire criminal enterprise can be documented on a cell phone.

Matt Sledge

FBI Keeps Secret How Massive Facial Recognition Database Will Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

The FBI could soon compare suspects' faces against a digital database of millions of photographs. That concerns some civil liberties advocates, who wo...

The Feinstein Syndrome: 'The Fourth Amendment for Me, But Not for Thee'

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Soon we might see headlines asking: "Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?" It may already be a fact that Feinstein's speech yesterday blew a whistle on CIA surveillance of the Senate intelligence committee, which she chairs. But if that makes her a whistleblower, then Colonel Sanders is a vegetarian evangelist.

SCOTUS Seeks to Avoid Overly Burdening Police, Roommates With Warrant Requirements

Andrew Woodman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Andrew Woodman

The problem is that the Court sees a warrant as a burden to the police rather than as a protection to the defendant. Civil liberties are about protecting the accused from an overbearing and significantly more powerful police force. So what does this mean?

Watch: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to "endanger our liberties or democratic process" but have you heard of the "Deep State?"

The Wisdom of Privacy

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The wisdom of privacy is fundamental to the healthy evolution and future of human beings. It is perhaps the most essential ingredient of the natural order and balance in the social milieu and for a healthy human existence on earth. It makes the privacy revolution we are facing real, relevant, and vital to preserving ourselves as societies and individuals.

Drone Killing the Fifth Amendment

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

It's still possible to remember, almost nostalgically, how the Fifth Amendment used to guarantee Americans due process. The key phrase was indeed that "due process."

The Doubt Goes to the Benefit

Christopher Holshek | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

President Obama's long-awaited roll-out of national intelligence surveillance and data collection reforms last week has drawn lukewarm to skeptical reaction from a public whose trust in the government in general and in the President in particular is at a low-point.

Michael McAuliff

The NSA's Biggest Fans Are Happy With Obama's Speech

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama managed to buy himself some breathing room among surveillance critics in his own party Friday, even as he propose...

Hoovering the NSA

Jonathan Richards | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Change Is Possible -- Remembering Internet Activist Aaron Swartz

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 03.15.2014 | Technology
Ruairí McKiernan

It is one year since the death of 26-year-old Aaron Swartz, the renowned computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist. People all around the world are remembering Swartz

Life in the Emerging American Police State: What's in Store for Our Freedoms in 2014?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In Harold Ramis' classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over ag...

Will De Blasio's Big Gamble Pay Off?

Norm Stamper | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Norm Stamper

New York's new mayor made clear from the beginning that he would put an end to NYPD's aggressive "stop and frisk" policies. So, what does he do? He turns around and appoints a police commissioner who, under Rudy Giuliani, ushered in that very same stop and frisk mentality.

Stories You Shouldn't Miss From 2013

Matt Sledge | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Matt Sledge

Prosecutors run amok, prisoners of profit and the spooks on the loose -- crank up your Instapaper, here is a non-exhaustive list of stories from 2013 that deserve another look.

An Interview With Sam Dalton, Now In His Seventh Decade Of Criminal Defense Law

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The year 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of two landmark Supreme Court cases in criminal defense law. In Brady v. Maryland, the Court ruled that pros...

Dire Civil Liberties Predictions for 2014

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

As we come to the end of a year that saw revelations about massive government spying programs, horrifying stories of police abuse, and brazen violatio...

Man Sues After Bungled Sex Sting Operation

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Reason TV has the story of Charles Samuel Couch, the caretaker of a disabled boy who was embarrassed and humiliated during a ridiculous sex sting ...

Korea's Domestic Cold War

John Feffer | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
John Feffer

South Korea is a democracy, a thriving one if measured by the sheer size and energy of its civil society and the stability of its political institutions. But what is happening in South Korea today is deeply disturbing nonetheless.

In Jamaica, Hanukkah Means Freedom

Rabbi Dana Kaplan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Dana Kaplan

As Jamaican Jews, we have been enormously appreciative of the religious freedom that we have been granted on this glorious tropical island.

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...

Could You Please Speak Into The Ankle?

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

An update on the creeping surveillance state: An alarming report out of Puerto Rico finds that some ankle bracelets given to suspects out on bail or ...