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John Roberts

Despite its DOMA decision, the recent rulings by the Supreme Court reflect a conservative majority bent on ignoring enduring inequality.

NSA Director General Keith Alexander

There is a revolution afoot—one that is being carried out by the government against the fundamental law of the land.

A banner of Edward Snowden

For proof that the current surveillance programs are ripe for abuse, Americans need only look at what preceded them.

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.

Blogs

There’s really nothing “meta” about metadata.

June 10, 2013

Congress has a responsibility to check and balance surveillance abuses. It has failed up to this point. 

June 6, 2013

Amid speculation about the bombing, a great city and its people are responding to tragedy with a strength that is the stuff of poetry.

April 16, 2013

The late New York Times columnist believed telling critical truths about your country was a higher form of patriotism.

March 25, 2013

For all his talk of being guided by the libertarian philosopher, his record is weak on individual freedom. 

August 15, 2012

The state of Pennsylvania did a terrible job defending its voter ID law—but today a judge ruled it constitutional anyway.

August 3, 2012

A 93-year-old woman who voted in every election for five decades will lose her right to vote this November. The question of constitutionality that presents goes before a judge tomorrow.

July 24, 2012

The GOP admits that it believes voter ID laws will win Romney the election. 

July 9, 2012

There are booby traps in the Court’s Commerce Clause reading, and the traps are baited and ready for tripping in the Medicaid part of the ruling.

June 29, 2012

"It’s going to be hard for conservatives to say that John Roberts condoned a socialist plan,” Howard Dean tells The Nation.

June 28, 2012