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The drug war has been waged not only on traffickers and users but on liberty and equality.

The Internet is critically vulnerable to capricious government shutdown.

The proposed cultural center in lower Manhattan has become the latest target of the right's all-out attack on the First Amendment.

Senator Lindsey Graham is the latest to join the assault on birthright citizenship, announcing that he may introduce a constitutional amendment banning automatic citizenship to the children of immigrants who "come here to drop a child." But his argument rests on a total fallacy.

Sure, some Americans use their flag in poor taste.  But should they be prevented from doing so?

The attempted Times Square bombing is a reminder that the defense budgets for high-tech warfare are beside the point in countering terrorists who turn firecrackers into bombs.

 Legal experts say constitutional challenges to the healthcare reform legislation don't have a leg to stand on. But as politics, these suits could be a roaring success.

The Obama administration's decision to authorize the assassination of a US citizen has been met with silence from most Democrats.


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

The Republican in charge of the House Intelligence Committee says journalists should be prosecuted for reports based on Edward Snowden’s leaks.

February 4, 2014

It might have to reform itself, first. 

January 30, 2014

Is New York’s decision to take action against academic BDS an assault on the First Amendment?

January 29, 2014

Obama did do something of potentially great significance today: open the door for Congress to make the big changes that he won’t. 

January 17, 2014

Obama is right to address concerns about intelligence gathering. But that's not enough to restore privacy protection.

January 17, 2014

The ACLU accuses Walker of “bogus appropriation” of free speech arguments to defend offensive acts by government.

December 23, 2013

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