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White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

Sahar Aziz | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

While the threat of ISIL is real, Muslims in America should not collectively pay the price every time an individual or group engages in political violence in the name of Islam. Overtly targeting Muslims only corroborates what many Americans have suspected for decades -- systemic bias against minorities infects law enforcement.

My 3 Favorite Republican Senators

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The pack is out of session for the next seven weeks campaigning for another term. So perhaps this is a good time to get a little reflective and sentimental before campaign season really heats up in October.

An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Ironically, just a short week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 227th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been little to celebrate.

Congress Needs to Rein in the Security State the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Shenna Bellows

When it comes to weighing the importance of civil liberties against fear of a terrorist attack (or everyday criminal activity), the Beltway is trapped in 2005.

LGBTI People Face Harsh Laws in Both Free and Unfree Countries

Freedom House | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Freedom House

Supporters of LGBTI rights should not overlook the democracies that continue to exclude some of their citizens from the equal protection of the law.

Corporations Spy on Nonprofits With Impunity

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Our democracy can't function properly if corporations may spy and snoop on nonprofits with impunity. This espionage is a despicable means of degrading the effectiveness of nonprofit watchdogs and activists.

Michael Brown, Son, Student 'Thug'?

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.

The SCOTUS Should Stop Overprotecting the Rich and the Powerful: They Don't Need the Help

Eric Segall | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Eric Segall

The biggest winner in the Supreme Court over the last few years has been the United States Chamber of Commerce. The Roberts Court is simply carrying on a long and sorry tradition of the Justices favoring the rich and the powerful against the poor and the weak.

Aborted Thinking

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We all like autonomy, and all concede it has to end somewhere. As I once heard an ethicist quip, my autonomy to swing a stick certainly ends where your nose begins.

Human Rights Are for All Folks: Security and Liberty

Jack Healey | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Trying to trade away values and principles that should be cherished does not make America safer, but only makes enemies abroad and diminishes America everywhere.

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 08.15.2014 | 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