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Under attack

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
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 12, 2009

Letters

Harvey Silverglate’s " The Gray Lady in Shadow " (January 6) was excellent and raised extraordinary concerns.
GUNNING FOR THE TIMES
By  |  October 27, 2008
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Secret-agent meh

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
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 21, 2008
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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
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 23, 2008
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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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2007
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The Year of living strangely

So let’s see if we have this straight.
A year in media
By JOHN CARROLL  |  December 20, 2006


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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
By MEAGHAN DONAGHY  |  December 07, 2006
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Are we freer than we were 40 years ago?

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
 
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 15, 2006
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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.
Electronic blue
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 14, 2006
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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.
Big chill
By SARA DONNELLY  |  November 01, 2006
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Snowe’s tracks

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?
By SARA DONNELLY  |  October 18, 2006


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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.
Private parts
By SARA DONNELLY  |  September 13, 2006
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They're watching you

A guide for privacy for Mainers and beyond.
Bugged Levis, unauthorized sex tapes, leaked medical records — is nothing sacred anymore?
By SARA DONNELLY  |  August 30, 2006

In the BAG

First the good news: Dennis Dechaine is still guilty.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 30, 2006
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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
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 22, 2006
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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.
Phone privacy
By LAURA LANZ-FROLIO AND JEFF INGLIS  |  August 09, 2006


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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 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

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.”
Surveillance Society  
By ANDREW FOX  |  June 21, 2006
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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
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 07, 2006
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Silence kills

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  
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  May 25, 2006


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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.
Grapevine justice
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 17, 2006
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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.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 11, 2006
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Schmucks unlimited

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
By BARRY CRIMMINS  |  April 05, 2006
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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?
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  February 09, 2006
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Frontier justice

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?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 09, 2006


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Domestic spying

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
By SARA DONNELLY  |  February 08, 2006
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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 ?
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  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
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 04, 2006