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?

Why Are More Blacks Busted for Marijuana Use

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-+*Selena Teji: Nationally, African Americans are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than their white counterparts, despite using the drug at approximately the same rate.

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.

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion No Accident

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-+*Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen: Why isn’t the American public calling for the arrest, conviction, and imprisonment of Adair, the owner of the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, where an explosion on April 17 killed 14 people, left 200 others with injuries.