The Perpetual War on Terrorism Ensures Presidents Will Be Increasingly Worse on Civil Liberties

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 11:39 am

A poll by the The Hill has found that a majority of “likely voters” think President Barack Obama has been the same or worse than Bush when it comes to “balancing national security with protecting civil liberties.” The results from 1,000 “likely voters” showed 37% considered Obama to have been worse. Fifteen percent said he [...]

DHS Finds Suspicionless Border Searches Do Not Violate Americans’ Civil Liberties

By: Friday February 8, 2013 4:14 pm

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined that border searches of American citizens without probable cause or suspicion, which sometimes result in the seizure of laptops, cell phones or other electronic devices, do not violate civil liberties. How DHS drew these self-serving conclusions is unknown because no evidence to support these conclusions was released [...]

What Law & What Process for Muslims in America?

By: Monday May 14, 2012 7:11 pm

(update below) Ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Chicago, hundreds gathered for a People’s Summit hosted by Occupy Chicago. Various speakers discussed how NATO perpetuates policies of war abroad. A number of speakers also described the war at home that includes austerity measures and a culture of fear that violates the [...]

Why Liberals Support Indefinite Detention at Guantanamo & Drone Warfare (VIDEO)

By: Thursday February 9, 2012 11:19 am

A poll released by the Washington Post and ABC News provided another opportunity to discuss how important civil liberties and national security issues are to liberals. The poll results showed majority support among liberals for President Barack Obama’s handling of “counterterrorism,” including his use of drone strikes and failure to close Guantanamo Bay prison. Scott [...]

Police Claim Occupy Rochester Protesters Now Have to Show IDs Every Night

By: Thursday February 2, 2012 6:48 pm

Police in Rochester have received an order to go to Occupy Rochester every night from this day forward and have occupiers show IDs. Last night, at 2 am ET last night when police showed up at Occupy Rochester. They woke occupiers up (which is not surprising since it was 2 am). The police then asked [...]

The Contentious Debate on Ron Paul Among Progressives

By: Monday January 9, 2012 5:01 pm

There’s something deeply bothersome about the way which Raw Story executive editor Megan Carpentier misquoted Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald in a post published at The Guardian on January 8 that was titled, “Ron Paul’s useful idiots on the left.” What she did was no different than what someone with a news organization like Fox News [...]

The Confines of US Elections & the Scorn a Person Can Face for Challenging Them

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 8:43 pm

(update below) Various “progressive voices” that agree or sympathize with GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul’s positions on wars, foreign policy and civil liberties have spoken in favor of the possible impact Paul could have on debate in this country during the 2012 Election. Those individuals have been quickly met with fervent disapproval from liberals who [...]

Occupy Wall Street Condemns the NDAA

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 12:54 pm

Occupy Wall Street held a press conference on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed into law by President Barack Obama on New Year’s Eve. The press conference was organized to condemn the bill, which grants the military extraordinary powers to detain US citizens indefinitely without trial. The press conference was held in front of [...]

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 20

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 6:55 pm

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email [email protected] US State Embassy cables show Thailand is a refuge for fugitives. The New York Times reports on a March 2009 cable that reads, “Thailand has [...]

How the US ‘War on Terror’ Impacts Women and Sexual Minorities

By: Monday July 18, 2011 4:46 pm

(photo: Cover of new CHRGJ report on impact of US counter-terrorism policies on women, sexual minorities) Calling attention to how the US government’s counter-terrorism measures impact women and sexual minorities (those in the LGBTI community), the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) has released a report that suggests the USG government cannot continue [...]

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