Category: Civil Rights

September 20, 2007

More Surveillance Now! (MSN)

Filed under: Bush,Civil Rights,White House - 20 Sep 2007

Just a run of the mill note: President Bush is going before the National Security Agency, headquartered in Maryland, to advocate for the continuation of the “Protect America Act,” specifically the additional surveillance measures imposed on phone and internet communications. …

September 5, 2007

The Miranda Hiccup

I’ve been thinking about a particular situation that might arise as a result of police negligence and, as you might expect, it’s at once a sad and funny thing to think about.

As most of us know, since 1966 …

August 12, 2007

Full Accounting on Torture Needed

Filed under: Bush,Civil Rights - 12 Aug 2007

I have only just begun the latest New Yorker article on CIA black sites and torture, yet even the beginning is chilling. The article opens with the story of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, or K.S.M., who has allegedly confessed to …

July 29, 2007

Bush Requests More Surveillance Powers

Filed under: Bush,Civil Rights,Congress,Politics,Privacy - 29 Jul 2007

Mr. Bush is appealing Congress to expand the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to include technological developments in the last 30 years.

“Today we face sophisticated terrorists who use disposable cell phones and the Internet to communicate with each …

July 26, 2007

The Tightening Noose

Filed under: Bush,Civil Rights,DOJ,News - 26 Jul 2007

After six years of Republican rule and what would generously be described as lax Congressional oversight of the executive, the Democrats are finally attempting to reign in the Bush Administration. Today, Democrats on the Judiciary Committee called for a …

July 24, 2007

Washington State Legalizes Same-Sex Domestic Partnerships

Filed under: Civil Rights,State Law - 24 Jul 2007

Washington state yesterday put into effect new legislation that legally recognizes same-sex domestic partnerships. Registering as domestic partners does not yield as many rights as traditionally married couples enjoy, nor even as many as the civil unions that are …

July 21, 2007

A Moment Of Humanity In The Bush Administration

Filed under: Bush,Civil Rights,Crime,News - 21 Jul 2007

In a surprisingly positive move, Bush yesterday issued new guidelines to the CIA forbidding the use of torture against detainees held in the War On Terror.

Bush’s executive order “laid out broad guidelines for how the CIA must treat …

July 14, 2007

Same-Sex Unions and Judicial Pensions

Filed under: Civil Rights - 14 Jul 2007

High Court Judge Michael Kirby thinks that his partner of 38 years is entitled to his judicial pension in the event of his death. But the federal government is extremely reluctant to recognize same-sex unions and, as it stands …

June 18, 2007

Insane Voters

Filed under: Civil Rights,Voting - 18 Jun 2007

The New York Times today has an article on assorted state bans of and the complications around voting by the mentally insane. Easy pops like there are many voting decisions out there I personally think are insane aside, my …

June 11, 2007

Interns, Know Your Rights

Filed under: Civil Rights,Labor - 11 Jun 2007

As millions of young people begin their internships this summer, it is a good idea to be reminded of what an intern really is. It is extremely common for young people to be brought on as “interns” by small …

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