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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.

Ballot

How many dysfunctional election cycles are we going to endure before we accept the necessity of this reform?

Barack Obama

Even if we like President Obama, do we want him to be a one-man death panel?

Barack Obama

There are many measures the president could take to restore civil liberties—if he wanted to.

When The New York Times first revealed the NSA was wiretapping Americans without a warrant in 2005, it was a scandal. But the government continues to spy with impunity—and what was once illegal has become the law.

Barack Obama

How did a community organizer and a constitutional law professor become an extrajudicial, drone-happy president? 

Secrets

The Nation, with the ACLU and others, is suing the government over a law that allows unchecked surveillance. Will the Supreme Court even allow us to argue our case on the merits?

Computers

Fear of a cyber attack is eroding US civil liberties and the constitution. 

In refusing to block the extradition of terror suspects to the US, the European Court for Human Rights has condoned a brutal regimen of long-term solitary confinement.

Blogs

Federal jurist raises profound constitutional concerns, saying the agency uses “almost-Orwellian technology.”

December 16, 2013

A flood of news this weekend surrounding the NSA whistleblower includes a dubious plea for clemency and a manifesto published in Der Spiegel.

November 4, 2013

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

October 25, 2013

Posner admits error in sustaining "a law now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than fraud prevention."

October 15, 2013

The former head of the DHS needs to come clean about Secure Communities.  

October 4, 2013

Amend the Constitution so that all citizens can seek the presidency.

August 20, 2013

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

August 6, 2013

In the wake of the Supreme Court's devastating decision, citizens need to litigate, vote and pass a constitutional amendment.

June 25, 2013

Acceptance may be the most painful step.

June 11, 2013

Not a molehill, but not a mountain either.

June 11, 2013