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Ten years after September 11, 2001, we are still engaged in an unwinnable “War on Terror,” and have opened the door to a new vision of “normal”—a normal in which surveillance, detention and secrecy are unquestioned parts of our lives.

Barack Obama

The Obama administration may not employ lawyers advocating for extreme abrogations of constitutional protections, but it frequently ends up acquiescing to the political right.

A mosque in Minnesota

Community partnerships are seen as a softer counterterrorism. But who are the partners?

FBI building

As the US scales back the war in Afghanistan, shouldn't we be scaling back the sacrifices of civil liberties we've made here at home?

Ground Zero

Osama bin Laden is dead, but will the colossal national security apparatus ever stop growing?

Bradley Manning is not the only person in the US held in pretrial solitary confinement. For many facing terrorism charges, it has become standard procedure.

In a relentless effort to watch and hear everything, government and law enforcement agencies today are actually casting a far broader surveillance net in the name of security than they ever have before.

Expanding the public safety exception to Miranda may not make much difference on the ground. But Holder's push suggests the Obama administration has bought Bush's framing on terrorism.

The more sophisticated security technology becomes in our nation's cities, the more reason privacy activists have to be alarmed.

Now that we know there's a vice squad deployed to find people looking to hook up for quickies in airport bathrooms, air travel has taken on a whole new dimension.

Blogs

Solitary Watch reports that eight to nine prisoners are taking part in the strike, held at the federal government’s highest-security prison.

February 27, 2014

A federal ruling reveals a wrongly checked box landed Rahinah Ibrahim on the TSA's no-fly list.

February 7, 2014

Industrial rock band Skinny Puppy doesn't want its music to be used "as a weapon."

February 5, 2014

It might have to reform itself, first. 

January 30, 2014

“Unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights.”

January 24, 2014

The main difference between the Church Committee’s investigations of 1975–76 and the discussion of NSA spying now is that back then, the spooks stopped the abuses themselves.

January 17, 2014

A transcript of the president's speech on national security and intelligence reforms

January 17, 2014

Mayor de Blasio inherits an intelligence apparatus that has spied on Muslims, infiltrated protest groups and created a huge electronic surveillance network.

January 17, 2014

It sounds far-fetched, but the US has a history of high-level snooping.

October 29, 2013

Activists want a full public accounting of the NSA’s and the FBI’s data collection programs.

October 25, 2013