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Tarek Mehanna

Tarek Mehanna got seventeen years in prison for translating a document.

Could litigation over the Occupy movement strengthen First Amendment rights for protesters?

The Supreme Court

A GOP win in November would move the most conservative bench in history even further to the right.

Handcuffed suspect

The Supreme Court—as well as the Obama administration—upholds the right of the world’s biggest jailer to strip everyone who comes into its grasp.

To its shame, the Obama administration continues to defend its role in the case of a jailed Yemeni journalist.

Supreme Court

A former ACLU attorney points out that corporate spending on political campaigns is not “free speech” deserving First Amendment protection.

Today's “right to life” rhetoric is a bizarre cross between the theological imperative to be fruitful and multiply and the fetishism of microbiological cellular promise.

Barack Obama

The individual mandate is not a threat to fundamental liberties.

A detainee at Guantánamo Bay

With Obama's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, the prison becomes a permanent fixture.

With the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, the president has brought Guantánamo-style justice to the United States.

Blogs

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

After today's egregious Supreme Court decision, expect a lot more sectarian prayer at local government events

May 5, 2014

This showdown can‘t be ignored. At stake is whether the CIA is accountable to the Congress and the law.

March 18, 2014

To truly end the NSA's out-of-control surveillance and abuse of power, we need real reform.

February 10, 2014