As we approach November, with presidential candidates jockeying for our support, civil rights and civil liberties advocates have reason to be concerned. Last month, Donald Trump suggested a desire to “broaden” the laws to allow torture. After the Brussels attacks, Ted Cruz stated that he
“Before we can decide whether existing law is or isn’t correct, we need to have a public debate about it, and before that, we need the administration to tell us what legal claims it’s making,” said Rona. “At a minimum, people living in a
In what has now become a seemingly cyclical pattern of new revelations regarding the extent of NSA surveillance, a new article posted on the Huffington Post describes ways the NSA is using “its troves of data to discredit and undermine individuals who the agency believes
Even if the bombings and the shootings and yesterday’s regional lockdown have been occupying the national (and even international) media, it is important to work through some of the legal implications of these events.
Harvard CR-CL is proud to publish the first official episode of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Podcast! This first full episode features CR-CL Senior Executive Editor for Online Content Noah Kaplan and Executive Editor for Online Content Matt Giffin, and welcomes former HarvardCRCL.org election
The defense attorneys for Tarek Mehanna, on trial in federal court in Boston accused of providing material support for terrorism, will try to convince a jury that Mehanna is being denied his “freedom of thought and the right of private judgment,” and that in
After a six-year absence, the Portland, OR, police department has voted for a limited return to the Joint Terrorism Task Force (New York Times). A partnership of federal, state, and local authorities established by the Department of Justice in 2002 to coordinate anti-terrorism investigations, the
The Supreme Court head argument on March 2 in the case of Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd, questioning whether John Ashcroft is entitled to immunity from charges that Abdullah Al-Kidd was held under the act allowing detention of material witnesses, but was treated as a suspect and
Which is more terrifying: the imminent threat of an attack on American soil or a steady but intangible loss of civil liberties in the name of national security?
This lesser-of-two-evils debate will take center stage in the controversial "terror trials" of Guantanamo detainees that kicked off