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An all-seeing eye for the FBI?

The latest Boston Phoenix is spread across your steering wheel. You're reading this article. In a legal parking spot. With the engine off. A transportation cop zaps your license plate with a computerized scanner, cycles your registration through the s
Every step you take
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 29, 2011
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Freedom's Foot Soldier

No one has labored with more love and assiduity to keep those liberties established by John Adams secure than John Reinstein, who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as the top lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.  
Plus, Why Romney, Brown and Kerry are wrong
By EDITORIAL  |  March 11, 2011
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Search party

These days, the morning commute is hardly complete without a newspaper, coffee, and potential violation of one's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure .
MBTA cops never stopped inspecting your bags
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2008
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Sound off

Anyone who wants to understand the perils of being a citizen journalist in an age of DIY media should consider the case of Freeman Z.
One citizen journalist’s saga may bode poorly for the new arm of the press
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 13, 2006
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The Ninth Annual Muzzle Awards

Nearly five years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, our political culture has been warped beyond recognition.
Our annual New England roundup of those who undermined freedom of speech and civil liberties. But first, a word about George W. Bush.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 04, 2006