Domestic Spying in Your Backyard

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Dan Bluemel: Though nowhere near as pervasive as the federal government’s data-collection, the Coalition argues the LAPD is doing its part to mimic the work of its “big brother,” the National Security Agency.

Digging a Deeper Hole for Federal Public Defenders

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Dick Price: As a result of the Federal budget sequestration, the local Federal Public Defender’s Office serving Los Angeles and surrounding counties faces furloughs this fall similar to ones already affecting other offices around the country

Freedom of Too Much Information

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Tina Dupuy: Having no privacy and arbitrary puritanical laws is a recipe for a theocracy. We have no confidentiality yet petty prudes wield legal authority in the government.

Is NSA Illegally Wiretapping the Electronic Transmissions of U.S. Citizens?

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Ted Vaill: It is ironic that we cannot adequately protect against deranged U.S. citizens and residents from buying assault weapons and shooting up our schools and malls, but the NSA and its operatives are being allowed potentially to conduct the most intrusive inroads into the privacy of all U. S. citizens and residents. Why is this?

How Best to Support Edward Snowden?

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Norman Solomon: In Washington, where the state of war and the surveillance state are one and the same, top officials have begun to call for Edward Snowden’s head. His moral action of whistleblowing — a clarion call for democracy — now awaits our responses.

Third California Prison Strike Looms

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Dan Bluemel: In 2011, inmates held in long-term solitary confinement in California prisons held two hunger strikes to protest their treatment. Because prison officials have not met the inmates’ demands, another hunger strike is planned for July 8.

What Crime Victims Want

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Lizzie Buchen: Not only do victims experience anxiety, stress, and fear, but they also have difficulty accessing services that can help them deal with this psychological aftermath.

Big Brother Runs Amok

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Brent Budowsky: Say what you want about any other issues, but on this matter Drudge, Paul and Sanders are on the side of Jefferson, Madison and Ben Franklin, who said we have a republic, if we can keep it.

Statutory Is Statutory, Same Sex, Opposite Sex

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Julie Driscoll: Call me crazy, but I believe firmly that the statutory laws are in place for a reason – to prevent the exploitation of young men and women who don’t have the ability to make informed decisions, who don’t have the ability to “consent.”

Protesting 22 Consecutive Years in Solitary

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Angola3News: Ultimately, the people of the U.S. need to rise up and fight back against the imperial prison state, which is also an imperial torture state, decimating minds, bodies, and souls throughout the country on a daily basis.

Fear and Loathing in Houston

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Tom Degan: Four months ago on the day after the massacre of innocents in Newtown, Connecticut, I predicted that, in spite of the carnage, nothing would change. Nothing has. Nothing will.

More Guns, More Gun Profits, More Gun Deaths

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Tina Dupuy: We lose the equivalent of a small city of Americans every year to gun violence. Each year an entire Bangor, Maine is gone. Virginia Tech has 30,000 students in total. Every year the equivalent of a Virginia Tech loses their lives.

Sandra Day O’Connor Regrets

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David Love: Twelve years after the controversial Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is having some second thoughts about the case.

An Arrest in Bangladesh: Among the Thugs

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Vijay Prashad: Capitalist democracy on the ground requires this alliance of brutality and reform, of fascism and paternalism. It celebrates the Ranas of the world till it doesn’t; and then it simply replaces them.

How U.S. Policies Feed Sweatshop Fires

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Tom Hayden: It is not enough to blame the corruption of Bangladesh factory owners, nor sufficient to suggest better training and factory codes from Walmart or the Gap. It is time to ban the US sale of garments made in Bangladesh until enforceable labor codes are imposed.

U.S. Death Row Survivors Are One For Ten

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David Love: Many would be surprised at the high odds of innocent people being executed, which speaks to a criminal justice system riddled with problems, including witness misidentification, prosecutorial misconduct, incompetent lawyering, raw racism and class bias.

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