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Recent decisions by President Barack Obama and Maine Governor John Baldacci have dampened progressive hopes that the Republican-inspired war on civil liberties might be winding down.
Civil liberties' limits grow
| June 12, 2009
Harvey Silverglate’s " The Gray Lady in Shadow " (January 6) was excellent and raised extraordinary concerns.
GUNNING FOR THE TIMES
| October 27, 2008
Tthough Chuck is programmed as a comic-action hybrid, it doesn’t do either particularly well.
NBC’s Chuck is a concept in search of a show
| October 21, 2008
Ring of fire
An ugly squabble between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation’s biggest phone companies has, in one nasty blow, recast the image of all the entities involved.
The deadbeat FBI fails to pay its phone bills and jeopardizes its wiretapping program
| January 23, 2008
Federal judge says PUC's Verizon inquiry can continue
Almost exactly a year ago, the state Public Utilities Commission stepped up to guard Mainers’ privacy and phone records from Verizon.
That's gotta sting
| August 01, 2007
The Year of living strangely
So let’s see if we have this straight.
A year in media
| December 20, 2006
Off the hook
There’s always someone on your list that’s the hardest to buy for, not because they have everything and need zippo — or because they have nothing and need anything — but because you really can’t accept spending your hard-earned dough to get them somethi
And on the cheap
| December 07, 2006
Are we freer than we were 40 years ago?
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
| November 15, 2006
What will a Democratic Congress mean for digital freedom?
The Democrats’ sudden ascension to power in both houses of Congress for the first time since 1994 is undeniably good news for a host of progressive causes.
| November 14, 2006
MCLU worries FBI is watching peace groups
The Maine Civil Liberties Union is fighting on two fronts to protect Mainers’ privacy against the government's efforts to intrude.
| November 01, 2006
Believe the hype — US Senator Olympia Snowe’s key votes in 2005 and 2006 do, indeed, straddle party lines. Whether you like that or not depends on which issues get to you. Blown away: Jean Hay Bright's fight to topple a political icon. By Sara Donnell
How moderate is Maine’s senior senator?
| October 18, 2006
MCLU wants to join federal lawsuit
The Maine Civil Liberties Union hopes to become a defendant in a federal lawsuit pitting the state against the US Department of Justice.
| September 13, 2006
They're watching you
A guide for privacy for Mainers and beyond.
Bugged Levis, unauthorized sex tapes, leaked medical records — is nothing sacred anymore?
| August 30, 2006
In the BAG
First the good news: Dennis Dechaine is still guilty.
Politics and other mistakes
| August 30, 2006
Pardons are forever
Prediction: Before leaving office, President Bush will issue a shockingly large number of presidential pardons to operatives who, with the administration’s blessing, ventured far outside the law to wage Bush’s “war on terror.” Who might need - and get
To get his friends and allies out of the mess he created, George W. Bush is going to have to issue a slew of pardons
| August 22, 2006
State will not investigate Verizon — yet
Mainers may despair of ever getting their privacy back after a recent ruling in a battle to convince the state’s Public Utilities Commission to investigate suspicions that Verizon has given customers’ phone records to the federal government.
LAURA LANZ-FROLIO AND JEFF INGLIS
| August 09, 2006
A slacker darkly
"We’re great at declaring war on things that you really can’t technically win," says Richard Linklater. Peter Keough interviews Richard Linklater (podcast mp3) Scanner brained: Richard Linklater animates Philip K. Dick’s Darkly . By Peter
Why Dick likes Dick
| July 06, 2006
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.
| July 04, 2006
Pentagon withholds details of spying on anti-war groups
Given growing attempts at government surveillance, Alden Eagle, a coordinator for the Rhode Island Community Coalition for Peace (RICCP), seems right on target when he says, “Anybody is a potential terrorist.”
| June 21, 2006
Battle of losers
The Democratic US Senate primary is a struggle between two minor political-candidate types: the Left-wing Perennial, Jean Hay Bright, and the Mysterious Stranger, Eric Mehnert.
Dems in primary seek Senate, governorship
| June 07, 2006
The effort to overturn the Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell policy needs more than just the support of the 120 House members who have signed on to the bill to replace it with a non-discrimination law.
Maine’s senators don’t know about Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell
| May 25, 2006
Justice Department tries to dismiss EFF’s wiretapping suit
As we learn more and more about the scope and extent of the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program, we’re also learning — to the surprise of precisely no one — how difficult it will be to challenge such domestic espionage in court.
| May 17, 2006
Spy vs. Spy
When Washington bigwigs want to dispose of a particularly nasty piece of trash, they break the news late in the day Friday.
Porter Goss was a bad guy, but General Hayden is the wrong guy. Plus, the Moussaoui verdict and replacing boston’s top cop.
| May 11, 2006
It’s April, supposedly the cruelest month, but after a winter that seemed like 150 days of March, how bad can it be?
2006: A first-quarter scorecard
| April 05, 2006
Bush’s real motive
President George W. Bush’s persistent support of the National Security Agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program — the insidious surveillance system first disclosed by the New York Times on December 16 — represents much more than a stubborn presidential
Why is W. acting so recklessly in pursuit of the right to spy?
| February 09, 2006
Log on. Check your Gmail. Click the URLs your friend just sent. One’s a blog entry about electronic voting machines, the other is a news story about warrantless wiretapping. Grit your teeth.
As the Internet and other shifting technologies dominate our lives, is the EFF the new ACLU?
| February 09, 2006
In January, the Maine Civil Liberties Union announced that the FBI has secretly monitored the Maine Coalition for Peace and Justice, an alliance of around 60 local peace and environmental groups.
Maine's walls have ears
| February 08, 2006
The Gray Lady in shadow
Fearful that his presidency could be swept into the same historical dustbin as Richard Nixon’s, an unrepentant President George W. Bush seems intent on prosecuting the sources who leaked to the New York Times the details of his administration’s warra
Could publication of the domestic-spying story lead to indictment of the New York Times ?
| January 17, 2006
Senators fight snooping
President Bush authorized spying on US citizens without bothering to seek the approval of a federal court. A Maine senator is leading the charge to find out why.
Our voices in Washington, DC
| January 04, 2006
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