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Living Under Surveillance at the Border – for What?

As a fourth-generation Arizona rancher I have a strong attachment to the land my great grandfather homesteaded back in 1896. But ever since the US government built the border fence and sent thousands of Border Patrol agents to the Southwest, my property rights are violated every day.

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Guantánamo Dispatch: A Hard-Earned Trust in Peril

GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — What would it take for you to trust a stranger with your life?

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NSA Surveillance Unravels International Law

It wasn't long ago that President Obama announced on Reddit, "We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody - from those who are expressing an idea to those who want to start a business."
The NSA's surveillance programs fly in the face of that commitment. And, more critically, they violate international law.

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The Long and Short of Voting Lines in North Carolina

We know that cuts to early voting are bad for voters. But just how bad are they?

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After 17 Years, I’m Bringing My Little Sister Home from Prison

When we were little, we used to tell our mama she had good ears. My little sister and I would whisper under the covers in our bed after lights out, and somehow mom could always hear us. She'd tell us to quit talking and go to sleep.
Tomorrow I'm going to pick up my sister from prison. She's been away for 17 years, and until last December I thought she would never come home. I can't wait to drive back to my house, get in bed, and tell each other everything like we used to.

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Photographers’ Rights At Issue As Arizona Community Rises Up Against "Occupying Army" of Border Patrol Agents

The ACLU of Arizona today sent a letter to the U.S. Border Patrol demanding that the agency immediately stop interfering with the First Amendment rights of the residents of Arivaca, Arizona, to protest and to photograph government activities that are in plain view on a public street.

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Why Everyone Should Read This Week’s Cosmo. No, Seriously.

This isn't a blog about the top ten kissing tips for spring. And it's not a blog making fun of the magazine that usually delivers such tips. This is a blog applauding Cosmopolitan for taking a firm stance against criminalizing pregnant women. Well done.

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How Racial Bias Corrupts Juries

This piece originally appeared on Salon.

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NYPD Shutters Muslim Mapping Unit – But What About Other Tactics?

The New York Police Department is disbanding the unit that mapped New York’s Muslim communities, their places of worship, and businesses they frequent – based on nothing but their religious beliefs and associations. To this we say: Good Riddance.
But the end of the Zone Assessment Unit – better known by its former, more apt name, the Demographics Unit – doesn’t necessarily mean an end to the NYPD’s unconstitutional surveillance of New York’s Muslims.

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Congratulations! The Taxes You Just Paid Might Be On Their Way to a Private Prison

Ah, April 15th. Tax Day. 
When you pay taxes, you assume they'll be used to support education, health care, public transportation, and other programs that make your community stronger. That's true, but so is this: some of your hard-earned dollars might be bundled into a massive payout to a private prison company that cares more about profits than public safety.

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