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Blog Post Archive

Bigotry Backfires: How a Serious Threat to LGBT Equality Has Turned Into an Asset

Last week, Indiana brought a startling transformation: The primary tactic of opponents of LGBT equality turned instead into a driver of LGBT equality all across the country.  Over the past several years, opponents of LGBT equality have...Show More Summary

Discrimination Is Written Into the Fabric of Ferguson’s Government

Discrimination in Ferguson works in not-so-mysterious ways.  As the Department of Justice reported, the police disproportionately stop and impose fines on African-American drivers, forcing them into an odious obstacle course that can lead to deep debt or imprisonment. Show More Summary

Bishops’ Policy for Immigrant Teenagers: Sorry You Were Raped, but We Won’t Help You

This piece originally appeared at The Washington Post's PostEverything.  Indiana isn’t the only place where people want to use their religious beliefs to discriminate against others. Currently, the United States Conference of Catholic...Show More Summary

Everything That Is Wrong With U.S. Prisons in One Picture

A disturbing image hit the newswires this week, highlighting the barbaric conditions that are all too common in the American prison system. The photo shows a young prisoner in Georgia, who appears to be badly beaten, on his knees with...Show More Summary

Walter Scott’s Killing Is a Direct Result of the Current State of Policing in America Today

It’s déjà vu. And it’s also a nightmare. Police gunning down unarmed black men and boys is an American horror film that keeps getting replayed. Except that it isn’t a movie you can turn off: It’s a painful, outrageous, and unacceptable...Show More Summary

Police Chief: Surveillance Cameras Don’t Help Fight Crime

Last month, the police chief of Lincoln, Nebraska announced that the security cameras watching over the city’s downtown bar scene have not proven effective in his department’s efforts to stem criminal activity. Police Chief Jim Peschong...Show More Summary

Florida Politicians Want to Pass an Adoption Discrimination Bill That Could Have Denied Me My Perfect Family

My name is Anthony. I’m 16 and I live in Clearwater, Florida, with my moms and three siblings. I was adopted by my parents when I was 13 years old after having spent four years in foster care. I heard about the bill that the FloridaShow More Summary

Why the War on Drugs is So Bad For Privacy

In 2011, for the 50th anniversary of Richard Nixon's declaration of America's "War on Drugs," I wrote a roundup of some of the ways in which the War on Drugs has eroded privacy. Yesterday's news about the DEA's enormous program to collect Americans' call records is a hell of an addition to the list. Show More Summary

NYCLU-Obtained Documents Reveal Secrecy, Lack of Court Oversight in Use of Invasive Stingray Technology

Last June, the New York Civil Liberties Union asked the Erie County Sheriff's Office to release information to the public about how it uses stingrays, which are used to track and record New Yorkers’ locations via their cell phones, and can collect information on all cell phones in a given area as well as track and locate particular phones. Show More Summary

Bigotry Backfires: How a Serious Threat to LGBT Equality Has Turned into an Asset

Last week, Indiana brought a startling transformation: The primary tactic of opponents of LGBT equality turned instead into a driver of LGBT equality all across the country. Over the past several years, opponents of LGBT equality have...Show More Summary

The Internet of Kafkaesque Things

Last week I wrote about how the Internet of Things will provide an opportunity for various bureaucracies (corporate and governmental) to inject not only their information-gathering functions but also their rule-imposing functions ever more deeply into the technologies that surround us, and thus into our daily lives. Show More Summary

Discrimination Is Written Into the Fabric of Ferguson’s Government

Discrimination in Ferguson works in not-so-mysterious ways. As the Department of Justice reported, the police disproportionately stop and impose fines on African-American drivers, forcing them into an odious obstacle course that can lead to deep debt or imprisonment. Show More Summary

Bishops’ Policy for Immigrant Teenagers: Sorry You Were Raped, but We Won’t Help You

This piece originally appeared at The Washington Post's PostEverything. Indiana isn’t the only place where people want to use their religious beliefs to discriminate against others. Currently, the United States Conference of Catholic...Show More Summary

DHS Wants Contract for Access to Database of Innocent Drivers’ Locations

The Department of Homeland Security’s effort to get its hands on information about the road travels of all Americans is back. In a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) issued yesterday about a plan for using license plate reader data, Immigration...Show More Summary

Everything That Is Wrong With US Prisons in One Picture

A disturbing image hit the newswires this week, highlighting the barbaric conditions that are all too common in the American prison system. The photo shows a young prisoner in Georgia, who appears to be badly beaten, on his knees with...Show More Summary

Why David Brooks Is Wrong About Discrimination and Indiana’s RFRA

Let me get straight to the point – David Brooks’ column this week encouraging gay and transgender people to simply accept discrimination for as long as it takes for society to come around was more than misguided. It undercuts core American...Show More Summary

How Does Someone Get 6 Months’ Probation for a Crime Carrying a 4-Year Minimum Sentence?

This blog originally appeared on The Criminal Law Practitioner. That’s the unusual plea deal that Tadrae McKenzie struck earlier this year in a case involving a “stingray” – a controversial device being used by law enforcement around...Show More Summary

US to UN Human Rights Committee: Move Along, Nothing to See Here

Yesterday the United States gave the U.N. Human Rights Committee its one year follow-up report on progress made to implement four priority recommendations made by the committee a year ago. The independent human rights experts had reviewed...Show More Summary

The Coming Power Struggles Over the "Internet of Things"

When I stick a movie into my DVD player and try to fast-forward through some of the annoying preliminaries that are at the front of the disc, I get an error message: This operation prohibited by this disc This is just an annoyance, but...Show More Summary

Over 100 People Were Killed by Police in March. Have Police Gotten the Post-Ferguson Memo Yet?

Here’s a statistic for you: It's been 31 days since the release of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, but the number of fatal police encounters during this time is more than triple that – over 100 and counting. Show More Summary

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