Tag: ACLU
Whistleblower Reveals Drones Are Deadly and Poorly Used

For those interested in when and how the U.S. government uses drones abroad, getting data is difficult, if not impossible. I speak from personal experience. In writing on the use of drones internationally and domestically, I’ve found that data is sparse. Putting together anything that resembles a “comprehensive data set” means hundreds of hours...
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Let Them Eat Cake

In January of this year, a Denver bakery found itself at the center of a civil rights controversy. The crime? The bakery refused customer Bill Jack’s request to put an anti-gay message (“God Hates Gays”) on a cake. He reported that he felt as though the bakery discriminated against him based on his “creed.”...
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Rand Paul’s Filibuster Divides the Left and Right

Senator Rand Paul’s thirteen-hour filibuster of Obama’s appointee for CIA chief, John Brennan, was the ninth longest filibuster in U.S. history, and unlike most such spectacles in U.S. history, it concerned fundamental, core issues of American liberty. It will go down in the history books as one of the very few great moments in...
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Every Single Day, Every Word You Say, I’ll Be Watching You

The Department of Homeland Security has declared its intention to gather personal data on journalists or others who might use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.” I suppose that would include those of us at the Independent Institute who blog, tweet, and update Facebook. New...
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Obama Has Solidified the Bush Police State

On virtually all the major civil liberties issues of the Bush era, the Obama administration has followed its predecessor’s example. Detention without trial has continued. Torturers will not be investigated. Warrantless surveillance of the citizenry goes on uninterrupted. What’s more, by vindicating these policies as a left-liberal Democrat, Obama has solidified them in American...
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All Hail Caesar! Here and Abroad

In the USA, it is “All hail to Caesar!” So it seems by the clampdown on students satirizing President Obama at Bucknell University. Readers may recall that during the election campaign the freedom-fighting (?) faculty of the University of Illinois got a reversal of a ruling that would require them to eschew political buttons...
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“Diversity” versus Freedom: The Tragic Case of Southern Illinois University

In the early 1990s, I entered academia when the “diversity machine” was cranking up. Today, it is completely out of control: religious freedom, racial freedom, free speech and a free press are all at risk. The courts struck down the “speech codes” but they reemerged under the cover of “sexual harassment policy.” My own...
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Another Setback on Warrantless Surveillance

The Supremes have denied the ACLU’s appeal of the federal court decision that the organization had no standing to sue, since it cannot prove it has been a victim of warrantless surveillance. As the ACLU points out, this is a Catch-22, since the identities of those who have been spied upon have been kept...
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