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Along the US-Mexico border, the high-powered cameras are pointed at you and the drones are above you.


Since 9/11, immigration has become increasingly tangled with criminal enforcement and national security. 

Robert MacLean

Robert MacLean, a US Air Marshal fired for allegedly leaking sensitive government documents, is just trying to get his job back. For the rest of us, his case has much more profound implications. 

Obama and Cameron

Britain’s citizenship deprivation processes may help obscure the Obama administration’s willingness to kill and kidnap Britons.

Guantánamo Bay

Prominent lawyers from Obama's home state of Illinois urge the president to shutter the infamous, illegal prison. 

A civil rights attorney reports from the belly of the post-9/11 justice system. 


The modern national security state can be understood as a proselytizing warrior religion, complete with its own sacred texts, holy orders and warrior priests. 

Protest against NYPD surveillance

A systematic look at the patterns of rights abuses in the United States’ domestic “war on terror” since September 11, 2001.


The former Pentagon lawyer will be dealing with cybersnooping, immigration and border security.

October 17, 2013

A new and scary precedent for the prosecution of whistleblowers.

August 21, 2013

Obama would have started an open debate about the NSA's spying programs if Edward Snowden hadn't beaten him to it.

August 20, 2013

The agency is either looking at you or looking out for you.

August 6, 2013

In which a chance encounter with a trade magazine inspires reflections upon the prophets, and profits, of fear.

July 29, 2013

Manning still faces the most serious “aiding the enemy” charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.

July 29, 2013

Is Congress moving towards putting a real check on the executive branch’s spying power?

July 23, 2013

Reporting may be the worst crime of all.

July 9, 2013

Writer who has covered Bradley Manning hearings for months earns proper ID.

June 25, 2013