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Calls by candidates and law enforcement to undermine encryption could seriously harm many people, including sexual and gender-based rights activists, domestic violence victims, human rights defenders, psychiatrists and counselors and their clients, and journalists and their sources.

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It’s safe to assume that Big Brother would still have prevailed over Winston Smith had the ill-fated protagonist of George Orwell’s dystopian novel "1984" been helped by public defender Stephen Downs. But we have reason to believe that Downs, who represents Muslim activists in trials that amount to little more than terrorist witch hunts, would not have backed down.A New York attorney who represents Muslim activists in trials that amount to little more than terrorist witch hunts is our Truthdigger of the Week.

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George Zimmerman's legal team decamped Tuesday, saying in a news conference that day that they had had trouble getting through to their client, first because he hadn't been taking their direction and then because he dropped out of contact with them as of last weekend.

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Fine work by the actors, the writer and the filmmakers makes a noirish spin in LA feel like a drive back to the day when audiences considered such good movies a birthrightA noirish spin in L feels like a drive back to the day when audiences considered such good movies a birthright.

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Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor avoided a "total meltdown" during her confirmation hearings, even as she underwent a grilling by the likes of Sen. Lindsey Graham, who trotted out a series of scathing anonymous evaluations of Sotomayor by unimpressed attorneys. Clearly, Sen. Graham hasn't Googled himself lately.

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Seems like even those Bushies who didn't manage to make it to the end of the W. age with their political reputations intact are popping up with brand new jobs; take, for example, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who's slated to teach a political science course at Texas Tech University this fall.

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