When Reality Meets The Political Roadblock

We CAN have national security and protect American civil liberties, but it takes work to balance the tensions between the two. .

Christy Hardin Smith

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Go Colbert

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Here come the thought police

With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman’s “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act” passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman’s Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.

Published in: on December 9, 2007 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

When secrets are secret

A COURT challenge to the Bush Administration’s warrantless wiretapping program has run squarely into a comic-book caricature of a monolithic government slapping aside all challenges to its power by invoking the Kafkaesque distortion of the legal system inherent in the concept of “state secrets.”

Published in: on August 23, 2007 at 10:38 pm  Comments (3)  

Job seekers must obtain Homeland Security approval

US citizens and other residents will require prior approval from Department of Homeland Security to get a job, under new immigration guidelines introduced by the Cabinet and sanctioned by President George W. Bush.

Published in: on August 12, 2007 at 2:50 pm  Comments (2)  

The strong and tough Democrats

The capitulation on FISA is as politically self-destructive as it is unconscionable on the merits.

Glenn Greenwald (more…)

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president is threatening me

In case I get picked up and taken away under President Bush’s Military Commissions Act of October 2006, I want it on record that I am not a terrorist or an enemy combatant, and that the organization I run in Bellingham is not associated with any terrorist cell.

The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center works non-violently to end the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Published in: on August 2, 2007 at 2:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Patriot Abuse: I Was Gagged By The Patriot Act While The Attorney General Was Free To Tell Falsehoods About It.

By JANET NOCEK, Hartford (CT) Courant

When the USA Patriot Act was being reauthorized in 2005, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales claimed that not one single abuse of the “national security letters” provision had been reported.

It must be his poor memory that caused Mr. Gonzales to tell Congress that no abuse had been reported. What else would explain why he did not mention the reports that described abuses and mismanagement of NSLs – which we now discover were in his possession before his testimony?

Published in: on August 2, 2007 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

What were the pre-2005 “other intelligence activities”?

We know the administration was spying on us for years in ways even more illegal than in the Terrorist Surveillance Program. Why don’t we know what it was doing?

Glenn Greenwald (more…)

Alarm at US right to highly personal data

Religion and sex life among passenger details to be passed on to officials

Jamie Doward

Published in: on July 23, 2007 at 8:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Swastikas at Hunter Airfield, and a Rabbi on the Run

A former Army chaplain who has been listed as a deserter by the Department of Defense intends to file a civil rights lawsuit against the United States military for refusing to discipline three Evangelical Christian Army chaplains at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The three allegedly subjected Rabbi Jeffrey Goldman to vulgar displays of anti-Semitism in 2001 and 2002.

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 9:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

America’s Fragile Republic

Civil libertarians are hailing a two-to-one federal appeals court ruling that rejects George W. Bush’s right to snatch civilians off the streets of America and hold them indefinitely as “enemy combatants.” But the ruling by a three-judge panel may have been a fluke since the two justices in the majority were Clinton appointees and the full appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, is dominated by Republicans. This uncertain balance between judges who favor “unalienable rights” and those who want to give Bush all the power he wants underscores the fragility of the American Republic.

Published in: on June 14, 2007 at 6:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Justice Dept. Reshapes Its Civil Rights Mission

“Not until recently has anyone in the department considered religious discrimination such a high priority,” Professor Landsberg said. “No one had ever considered it to be of the same magnitude as race or national origin.”

Published in: on June 14, 2007 at 5:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Nation’s Borders, Now Guarded by the Net

May 14, 2007

Andrew Feldmar, a Vancouver psychotherapist, was on his way to pick up a friend at the Seattle airport last summer when he ran into a little trouble at the border.

A guard typed Mr. Feldmar’s name into an Internet search engine, which revealed that he had written about using LSD in the 1960s in an interdisciplinary journal. Mr. Feldmar was turned back and is no longer welcome in the United States, where he has been active professionally and where both of his children live. (more…)

Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Jersey gays make midnight dash for civil unions

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For Your Eyes Only?

Is the government reading your e-mail?

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Civil rights-era killers escape justice

Despite high-profile convictions in the past two decades, most killers from the civil rights era will go unpunished.

Published in: on February 14, 2007 at 5:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Warrantless Wiretaps Sought

A lawsuit challenging the legality of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program should be thrown out because the government is now conducting the wiretaps under the authority of a secret intelligence court, according to court papers filed by the Justice Department yesterday.


Published in: on January 26, 2007 at 7:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Court to Oversee U.S. Wiretapping in Terror Cases

The Bush administration, in a surprise reversal, said on Wednesday that it had agreed to give a secret court jurisdiction over the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program and would end its practice of eavesdropping without warrants on Americans suspected of ties to terrorists.

Published in: on January 17, 2007 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  


Keith O. and constitional law professor Jonathan Turley discuss…

on video

Published in: on January 6, 2007 at 12:41 am  Leave a Comment  

De-escalate! Investigate! Troops Home Now!

Cindy Sheehan interrupts Rahm Emmanuel

Published in: on January 4, 2007 at 11:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Drug Raids: Atlanta Police Kill Woman, 92, Who Shot Invading Officers

Rest in Peace Kathryn Johnston

Friends, neighbors, and relatives of the woman described her as a long-term neighborhood resident who was feeble and frightened, rarely letting even friends and neighbors enter her home, which she kept locked.

Published in: on January 4, 2007 at 12:19 pm  Comments (1)  

The Bill of Wrongs

The 10 most outrageous civil liberties violations of 2006

Published in: on January 1, 2007 at 11:33 pm  Comments (1)