Prosecutors may suspect Dennis Hastert of serious misconduct, but charging him with trying to avoid surveillance risks criminalizing harmless behavior.
The sunset of Patriot Act provisions is a symbolic victory, but an inadequate response to post-9/11 surveillance policy.
The danger of uploading one’s consciousness to a computer without a suicide switch
Video of the encounter suggests another instance of needless escalation and excessive force.
A majority of Senators wanted to stop a spy program that they never approved. They failed despite having more votes. And it only gets more bizarre from there.
The common theme is the harassment of people without probable cause to think that they are doing anything illegal.
A scholar’s analysis of American culture presumes too much.
The local police department investigates its own actions, with few safeguards against the perverse incentives that this case presents.
As more information emerges about the bulk collection of phone records, the remaining arguments in its favor fall one by one.
A mathematician describes how his rights were apparently violated during a trip to Washington, D.C.
Nine people are dead after a fight among bikers escalated into a gun battle involving police and outlaw organizations that seemed ripped from another era.
A caregiver explains how dialing 911 can put both police officers and developmentally disabled people in a needlessly dangerous position.
The latest victim: a 22-year-old who set off to start a new life with $16,000 to his name, only to have it all seized by the DEA.
A federal appeals court has ruled that one of the NSA programs he exposed was illegal.
Why do government officials believe it appropriate to hide law-enforcement activity from the public?
The correct answer is being mocked on Fark.com. But Sunshine State officials believe that up to 15 years in prison and a spot on the sex-offender registry is appropriate.
Many kinds of urban disorder would be better addressed by people who aren't police officers.
A Southern Californian of record sets The New York Times and its readership straight: Los Angeles is not Williamsburg West.
This May Day, let us celebrate workers, mourn the victims of Communism, and ridicule the Senate Committee on Un-American Activities.
There is overwhelming evidence of widespread civil-rights violations and unlawful brutality. Yet the movement's reflex is still to ignore or deny the problem.