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‘Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discussed “recent conflicting federal court decisions on the legality of NSA spying” in a talk at the Connecticut Civil Liberties Conference at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE


The Internet Is Great and It’s Awful

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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No Need to Cyberspy; Government Officials Can Simply Confiscate Your Laptop

With all the leaks revealed thanks to whistle-blower Edward Snowden, we’re finally all pretty aware that most of our digital data is impossible to keep private. But did you know, even without fancy software, border officials can seize your computer whenever they feel like it?

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Woman Sues After Being Forced to Undergo Invasive Searches

A 54-year-old New Mexico woman is suing federal authorities after being forced to undergo “a brutal and inhumane six-hour full-body cavity search by federal officers that included anal and vaginal probes” with no warrant and without consent, the El Paso Times reports.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE


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U.S. Catholic Bishops Sued After Hospital Turns Away a Woman Miscarrying

Though Pope Francis has done quite a bit in recent months to better the image of the church, Catholic hospitals are hellbent on destroying it. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which issued the directives that resulted in a medical facility’s refusal of care to a woman suffering a miscarriage.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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ACLU Argues Bulk Gathering Violates Rights

Civil liberties campaigners with the ACLU told a New York court Friday that the NSA’s dragnet collection of U.S. phone records violates constitutional rights to freedom of association and privacy.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Our National Crime: Life Sentences for Low-Grade, Nonviolent Offenses

Nearly 3,300 people around the country—about two-thirds of them black—are serving prison sentences for nonviolent crimes. And four of five were drug-related. In a new report, the ACLU explores the human cost of policy failure.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

While in these last months the NSA has cast a long, dark shadow over American privacy, don’t for a second imagine that it’s the only government agency systematically and often secretly intruding on our lives. A remarkable traffic jam of local, state, and federal government authorities turn out to be exploiting technology to wriggle into the most intimate crevices of our lives.

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Isn’t Alone: Secret Government Program Embeds AT&T Workers in Drug Squads

The federal government has been paying AT&T to place some of its workers on drug-investigation teams since 2007 to give police instant access to millions of private phone records without court-signed subpoenas. The Obama administration says it’s no big deal; the ACLU disagrees.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Want Military Action? Look No Further Than Your Local Police

Increased militarization of domestic police departments has contributed to grotesque violations of Americans’ civil liberties, not to mention costing untold millions in tax dollars.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE


Oliver Stone Urges Action to End ‘Surveillance State’

In a new video produced by the ACLU, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker says it’s time to take a stand for American civil liberties in the wake of the recent revelations about the scope of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



ACLU Sues Obama Administration Over NSA Snooping, John Oliver’s ‘Daily Show’ Debut, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a lawmaker makes history on the U.S. Senate floor and outgoing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann continues to fundraise on her campaign site.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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The Return of Debtors’ Prisons (Video)

A review of reports published over the last few years shows poor and lower-income Americans are increasingly being jailed for being unable to pay debts and fines “more than two decades after the Supreme Court prohibited imprisoning those who are too poor to pay their legal debts,” as the ACLU notes.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Edith Windsor

Thanks to 83-year-old Edith Windsor, lesbians, gays and their supporters this week got a little closer to having their day in court.

Posted on Mar 30, 2013 READ MORE



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What the Government Can Get From Your iPhone

A court document obtained by the ACLU reveals the kind of data federal agents are able to pull off of a seized iPhone using “advanced forensic analysis tools.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 READ MORE



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GOP Lawmaker Makes Absurd Abortion Comparison

Election season is well and truly over, but that’s not stopping some in the Republican Party from continuing their campaign of saying crazy misogynist things showing how out of touch they are with issues pertaining to women and their bodies.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Indefinite War by Design

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald asks “whether [the United States’] endless war [on terror] is the intended result of U.S. actions or just an unwanted miscalculation.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Four More Years: Now What?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay America’s best election yet; Robert Scheer on Obama’s second term; marijuana legalization; and Internet freedom.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


Four More Years: Now What?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay America’s best election yet; Robert Scheer on Obama’s second term; marijuana legalization; and Internet freedom.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Chick-fil-A May Be Cooked

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The editor in chief of The Advocate talks chicken and bigotry, the tea party wins big in Texas, cybersecurity from the inbox to the nuclear power plant, race and politics, and we remember Gore Vidal.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 READ MORE


Chick-fil-A May Be Cooked

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The editor in chief of The Advocate talks chicken and bigotry, the tea party wins big in Texas, cybersecurity from the inbox to the nuclear power plant, race and politics, and we remember Gore Vidal.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Privacy by Design

Nicholas Merrill is tired of waiting for Congress to protect Americans’ privacy online. So he plans to force the matter by changing the way telecommunication companies do business.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


John Roberts: Switch Hitter

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer, Lisa Bloom, ACLU Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler and Move to Amend’s David Cobb on the Supreme Court. Also: A big city goes bust.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 READ MORE



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John Roberts: Switch Hitter

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer, Lisa Bloom, ACLU Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler and Move to Amend’s David Cobb on the Surpeme Court. Also: A big city goes bust.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 READ MORE


Senate Aims to Advance Government Surveillance Rules

The Senate is moving to renew the soon-to-expire 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which authorized the U.S. government to monitor American citizens’ emails and telephone calls without a warrant. Former National Security Agency Director William Binney has warned that its vast data mining program, which operates under the amendments, could “create an Orwellian state.”

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



New Trial in the Works for KSM

Remember the name Khalid Sheik Mohammed? KSM, as he became known in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is still accused of masterminding those attacks a decade later and is still being detained at Guantanamo Bay, but Wednesday brought news of movement in his case.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Infiltration of Political Movements Is the Norm in America

Earlier this month, several members of LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous, were charged with hacking, reportedly on the basis of reports from an FBI informer described in the media as a leader of LulzSec, notorious for its exploits against Sony, the CIA, the U.S. Senate, the FBI, Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Chris Hedges on His Lawsuit Against the President

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The great Internet switch-off; the ACLU vs. jailhouse abuse; S&P’s downgrade mania; Robert Scheer on the election, and Chris Hedges discusses his lawsuit against the president.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on His Lawsuit Against the President

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The great Internet switch-off; the ACLU vs. jailhouse abuse; S&P’s downgrade mania; Robert Scheer on the election, and Chris Hedges discusses his lawsuit against the president.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: NDAA Dissenters in Congress

Though they couldn’t stop the freedom-crushing National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 from becoming law, Truthdig salutes the efforts of the members of the U.S. Congress who took a stand against the NDAA in the final round of voting this week.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



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OWS Organizer Questions Intentions of Secretive Affinity Group

Over a pair of steaming coffee cups, I was told that a secret faction has developed within New York City’s Occupy movement, made up of big-name celebrities and would-be leaders, some of whom look determined to steer the movement in a direction of their choosing.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Judge Puts Florida’s Welfare Drug Test Law on Hold

Since last summer, applicants for government assistance in Florida have been required to pass a drug test before receiving federal help, but on Monday a federal judge temporarily blocked that measure in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



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ACLU Cites Abuses, Demands L.A. County Sheriff Step Down

The ACLU has demanded the resignation of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca after the civil rights organization issued a report that he had willfully ignored a growing culture of violence and abuse by jail deputies against inmates. (more)

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE



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FBI Makes It Easier to Pry

The FBI is making it easier for agents to snoop on their fellow Americans without leaving a paper trail, raising disturbing questions outlined by The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer. A former agent quoted by Serwer says it may return the agency to the COINTELPRO era.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Alabama Goes Arizona One Better

The state-sponsored assault on illegal immigrants continues, this time in Alabama, where Republican legislators have pushed through a sweeping bill that makes last year’s discriminatory Arizona law look unambitious and feeble. (more)

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Turning the Camera on the Police

What’s good for the police apparently isn’t good for the people—or so the law enforcement community would have us believe when it comes to surveillance.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Nothing but the Bible for These South Carolina Inmates, ACLU Says

A South Carolina jail is denying its inmates access to any reading material other than the Bible, the ACLU says, quoting an email from a jail staffer.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Starship Amerika

President Barack Obama is actually siding with police who want to use GPS devices to track you without a warrant. It always disturbed me when on “Star Trek” the captain asked the ship’s computer where a crew member was and was told the person’s exact location.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Punts on Guantanamo

Military trials will resume at America’s notorious island gulag. The president failed during the last two years to shut down the detention facility, which he says helps America’s enemies recruit, and move trials to the civilian justice system. (more)

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Divided on Unions

In the national battle over the future of unions, labor’s greatest danger is division among liberals over schoolteachers’ rights in dismissals, evaluation testing, assignments, promotions and tenure.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


Keeping the United States From Assassinating Its Citizens

The ACLU has this crazy idea that the government should not be able to kill American citizens it doesn’t like without charge, trial or due process. Hippies.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE



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L.A. Jails to Get Ray-Gun Technology

Los Angeles jails may become the new frontier for science-fiction weaponry after the Sheriff’s Department unveiled plans to use heat-beam ray guns in one county jail, zapping unruly inmates with a beam that “makes them feel as though they are burning.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


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More States to Join Arizona in Annals of Immigration Infamy?

The conflict is still raging over Arizona’s oppressive SB 1070 immigration law, to say the least—we’re talking lawsuit-from-the-White-House-level conflict here—but that’s not stopping at least three other states from ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Did Mississippi School Trick Lesbian Student With ‘Fake Prom’?

The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating the possibility that Mississippi’s Itawamba County Agricultural High School sent lesbian student Constance McMillen and her date to a separate prom, not the one reportedly attended by many of the other students from her school last weekend.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


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ACLU Sues School for Nixing Prom in Dispute With Lesbian Student

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Thursday against Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss., after the school district decided to cancel this year’s prom rather than let a lesbian student, Constance McMillen, don her choice of formal wear and take her girlfriend to the dance.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


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No Big Surprise: Torture Yields Bogus Info

New declassified information reveals that the CIA’s torture programs produced false information. September 11th mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitted he made up stories under torture, refuting a long-standing and still-used Bush administration argument that harsh interrogation yields highly valuable information. Rachel Maddow provides the details.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 READ MORE


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