The Pentagon announced this week that the last of the 22 Uighurs, a group of Muslims from China who are routinely persecuted, who had been captured and sent to Guantanamo Bay where they were likely tortured despite having no connection at all to terrorism, have finally been set free.
Category Archive: Civil Liberties
Jan 03 2014
Jan 03 2014
After already issuing a preliminary injunction, a federal judge has made that injunction permanent and declared Florida’s appalling drug testing program for those receiving public assistance permanent to be unconstitutional. The judge rightly said that drug testing without individualized suspicion is a violation of the 4th Amendment.
Dec 31 2013
I’m pleased to see that a bill has been submitted in the Michigan legislature to reform the way the police seize assets, both money and property, in criminal cases. There are actually two bills, but the most important of the two would require a conviction before a seizure can take place.
Dec 28 2013
This is a few weeks old but very much worth highlighting. The city of Rialto, California has, for the last couple years, been requiring all police officers to wear cameras on their uniform and record every interaction with the public on duty. The results have been exactly what we would expect:
Dec 24 2013
Here’s another absolutely repulsive case of the government essentially committing sexual assault on someone on the suspicion that they have drugs in a bodily orifice. And all based on an “alert” from a drug-sniffing dog, which are wrong about 80% of the time.
Dec 23 2013
The Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, created by President Obama in the wake of the Snowden revelations, has released its 300 page report. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but Amy Davidson has a summary of its positions and recommendations.
Dec 20 2013
Politico has an article on the now-completed report by the commission appointed by President Obama to make recommendations after Edward Snowden revealed just how intrusive and clearly illegal the NSA’s data mining operations have become. And the article claims that the commission may be recommending real reform, though not as much as critics would like.
Dec 20 2013
The ACLU is reporting that many cities in Colorado have joined several other states in putting people in jail if they can’t afford to pay the fines imposed on them as a condition of parole or probation, a perfect way to make sure that they can never move on after paying their debt to society.
Dec 18 2013
A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed over the NSA’s bulk collection of cell phone metadata violates the Fourth Amendment, but that ruling was stayed immediately to give the government the chance to appeal it to a higher court. But the language in the ruling is very important and spot on.
Dec 17 2013
W. Paul Smith notes that it was one year ago that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence finished compiling a massive report, more than 6000 pages, on the torture regime constructed by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. You’ve never seen that report because the Obama administration has classified it and refused to release it, even in …
Dec 13 2013
Federal Judge Alex Kozinski, the chief judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, declared in a dissenting opinion in a case that prosecutorial misconduct — in this case withholding important information from defense attorneys — is an epidemic in this country. Radley Balko has the details.
Dec 12 2013
The Department of Justice and the FBI have indicted 18 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies for what they call a pattern of rampant corruption and abuse of inmates at the nation’s largest municipal jail system, one they says was encouraged by the leaders of that department.
Dec 11 2013
Trigger warning: This article contains unfathomable sadness. You’re definitely going to want to get a box of Kleenex out before you read the incredibly haunting tale of the people who work at the NSA. It seems their morale is down now that Edward Snowden has blown the whistle on a vast range of clearly unconstitutional …
Dec 09 2013
Newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio has named his choice to replace the odious Ray Kelly as commission of the NYPD and it’s Bill Bratton, who already served in that position under Rudy Giuliani. That can’t be a good sign for those of us who care about civil liberties and the Bill of Rights.