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Computer user

What is the NSA doing with your metadata?

Julian Assange

Just as the Assange saga consumes too much of Alex Gibney’s film, so today’s Snowden obsession deflects attention away from our sprawling surveillance state.

Obama

The five uncontrollable urges of a secrecy-surveillance world.

John Lewis

Nearly five decades after Bloody Sunday in Selma, he’s in the fight of his life, as the Supreme Court threatens to overturn his signature achievement.

Digital surveillance

Search engine executives warn about invasive government surveillance, but the digital arms trade begins with their own technologies.

Guantánamo Bay detention center

That’s the unanimous conclusion of a nonpartisan task force. It should teach us not to overreact to the Boston bombings.

Proposition 8 opponents

Gay rights advocates were hoping that the Court would issue a broad ruling, but the justices seem most concerned with issues of standing.

Clarence Earl Gideon

In its historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled that poor people have a right to a lawyer. But today, our system of indigent defense is shameful.

Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama

Section 5 is as necessary today as it was in 1965, when Alabama state troopers beat freedom marchers in Selma.

Blogs

Celebrate the great charter of liberty by amending the US Constitution on behalf of democracy.

June 15, 2015

The Wisconsin governor positions himself as the exact opposite of Rand Paul—and privacy advocates in both parties.

June 1, 2015

A “scathing” report from the Department of Justice traces discriminatory policing back to the city’s reliance on the fines that accompany tickets and arrests.

March 4, 2015

Key parts of the USA Patriot Act are set to expire this summer. 

February 18, 2015

An injury to one is an injury to all. 

December 1, 2014

The Senate’s failure to bring even a narrow, watered-down reform to a final vote underscores that Congress is for the most part disinterested in exercising its constitutional duty to oversee the intelligence community.

November 19, 2014

Outgoing Colorado Senator Mark Udall promises to fight to the last day “to make sure we keep faith with our founding values.”

November 19, 2014

Colorado Senator Mark Udall has challenged the NSA and defended the Constitution.

October 31, 2014

The Obama administration’s legal justification for expanding military action in Iraq and Syria is hypocritical and based on tenuous logic.

September 11, 2014

The justices didn’t quote Christian Parenti, but they should have.

June 25, 2014