Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted Massachusetts a one-year extension for coming into compliance with the REAL ID Act, a law that requires state-issued identification cards to meet certain standards in order to be recognized by the federal government. But Massachusetts
On January 7, 2015 two gunmen entered the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with assault rifles and other weapons, they killed 12 people and injured 11 others.
On January 8, 2015, an accomplice of the Charlie Hebdo gunmen killed a
Last week, Congress voted to override a presidential veto for the first time in President Obama’s tenure. The bill in question—officially known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act but more commonly referred to as the 9/11 Bill—allows victims of terrorism to sue foreign
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