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GOP May Change Indefinite Detention

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Facing a conservative backlash, House Republicans are working to change a new law that allows the indefinite detention without tria...

Repress U, Class of 2012: 7 Steps to a Homeland Security Campus

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.23.2012 | College
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Since 9/11, the homeland security state has come to campus just as it has come to America's towns and cities, its places of work and its houses of worship, its public space and its cyberspace.

NYPD Surveillance: What We Don't Know, And Why It Matters

Brad Lander | Posted 05.15.2012 | New York
Brad Lander

The truth matters. That's why I am working with my colleague Jumaane Williams, the Brennan Center for Justice, and other groups on legislation to establish an NYPD Inspector General.

Blacklisted as "Troublemakers," U.K. Construction Workers Struggle for Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.14.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

An investigation by the UK government's Information Commissioners Office revealed that some of the country's most prominent construction firms had worked with a company to create a blacklist of workers with a history of being suspected "troublemakers" or labor advocates.

University of California Gets It Wrong (Again)

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

Why is it that every time an administrator from the University of California opens their mouth about social protest they immediately insert their feet...

HR 347 'Trespass Bill' Criminalizes Protest

Jeanine Molloff | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Jeanine Molloff

As I write this op-ed, I primp for the mirror -- looking for the most flattering pose -- for my mug shot. Now, don't get the wrong impression; I have...

Bill in Iowa Threatens Animal Welfare, Human Health, and Civil Liberties (VIDEO)

Ari Solomon | Posted 05.02.2012 | Green
Ari Solomon

The state with the weakest animal protection laws in the nation has just passed House File 589, a bill that would criminalize undercover investigations of misconduct at factory farms.

Demanding Accessibility To Documents Regarding Military Sexual Violence

Rachel Natelson | Posted 05.01.2012 | Impact
Rachel Natelson

In the government's view, the public needn't concern itself with the ugly details of the epidemic of sexual violence in the military.

Yale Students Pose To Say 'Call The NYPD'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.29.2012 | College

Students at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. are protesting the NYPD after a series of articles revealed the New York police spied on Muslims on ca...

America as Constitutional Republic: When Can the President Kill?

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Doug Bandow

What should be done if there are no obvious battlefields and no certain combatants? Should propagandists be treated as fighters? Are any procedural protections required before a U.S. citizen can be killed?

Councilman Proposes Cops Give Business Cards After Stop-And-Frisks

Posted 02.24.2012 | New York

With the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk practice seeing an alarming all-time high in 2011, Councilman Jumaane Williams is proposing serious chang...

Andrea Stone

Russ Feingold, Foe of Patriot Act, Says Al-Awlaki Drone Killing Was 'Legitimate' | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, whose lone vote against the Patriot Act made him a hero among civil libertarians, said he has no pr...

5 Reasons You Should Never Agree to a Police Search (Even if You Have Nothing to Hide)

Scott Morgan | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
Scott Morgan

Are you 100 percent certain there's nothing illegal in your home or vehicle? You can never be too sure. A joint roach could stick to your shoe on the street and wind up on the floorboard. A careless acquaintance could have dropped a baggie behind the seat.

Eleventh Circuit to University Administrators: Respect Student Rights

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 04.10.2012 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling is a clear sign that university presidents and administrators that choose to brazenly violate student rights will not be able to do so without real consequences.

Derrick Bell: Changing the Odds for Others

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout his storied career as a lawyer, law professor, and legal scholar until his death last October at age 80, Derrick Bell was well-known for his willingness to stand up and speak out about the injustices he saw around him, even when it cost him his own positions.

Why Emanuel's Proposed Anti-Protester Ordinances Should Concern Everyone

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.16.2012 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

Even if you have no plans to protest May's G8 & NATO summits, if you want to oppose a school closing, a greedy employer or a clinic shut-down, your rights are in the cross-hairs.

Jason Cherkis

Occupy Wall Street Activists Could See More Arrests At Newly Re-Opened Zuccotti Park | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics

Tuesday night, Occupy Wall Street activists flooded into Zuccotti Park once again. They resurrected a downsized version of their library. They carried...

Will We Be a Cohesive Country of Laws or a Divided States?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Two cases set to be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court in the early part of this year will determine whether we are a cohesive country of laws or whether we are a divided states that would like to make up our own rules as we go along.

Liberty or Security -- Why Can't We Have Both?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

So much blood was lost in the name of freedom, yet here we are several generations later, fearful of Islamic terrorism and blandly accepting the serious erosion of our civil liberties with barely a murmur of dissent.

A Brave New Fahrenheit 2012

Duncan Quirk | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Duncan Quirk

In a time where our government cannot come to a necessary bipartisan solution to save our country from economic collapse under enormous debt, it is astonishing how much support these pieces of legislation that diminish our civil rights are receiving.

Dear Washington Post: Ron Paul Is Not a Champion of Civil Liberty

Darren Hutchinson | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Darren Hutchinson

Washington Post "factchecker" Josh Hicks gives Ron Paul high marks for consistency. Hicks claims that Paul's proposals and voting record are 100 percent consistent with his political rhetoric. This conclusion, however, is woefully incorrect.

Vote Against Obama in Iowa

Cenk Uygur | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

If you live in Iowa, please send a message to the president for the rest of us. We voted for change last time, apparently you didn't hear us. If you don't hear us soon, you might be the one that gets changed.

Did Congress Just Endorse Rendition For Americans?

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

Lost in the noise over the National Defense Authorization Act's detention provisions were some equally disturbing rules regarding the transfer of terr...

Arlington Rapper Remy Puts Out Christmas Video On TSA Security

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.20.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- There's a new video out by everyone's favorite D.C.-area libertarian rapper, Arlington-based Remy, who we last saw singing a love song t...

Michael McAuliff

White House Abandons Veto Threat Of Indefinite Detention Bill | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Wednesday abandoned its threat to veto a defense bill that sets in stone the commander in chief's authority to indefi...