The endless volley between Mayor Bloomberg and appeals courts is over: Friday morning a federal appellate court denied the city's motion to vacate U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin's ruling that stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional. The ruling detonates Bloomberg's last hope of overturning the ruli ... More >>
In 2009, a police officer reported misconduct in his Brooklyn precinct to NYPD investigators. Three weeks later, on Halloween night, a senior chief and other police bosses ordered him dragged out of his apartment and thrown into the Jamaica Hospital psychiatric ward. And then, it emerged, that he ha ... More >>
The NSA controversy, which continues to develop, has been useful in a lot of ways. It's gotten people talking after a long period of quiet about the surveillance powers of the state -- and whereas the national security state had legions of defenders back in post-9/11 days, in these post-post-9/11 da ... More >>
Last week many Americans discovered that their government is spying on them. We are not sure how many of them had a hunch such a thing was happening, though since 9/11, the signing of the Patriot Act, and various government snooping stories, we would guess the number to be very high. Many rightblog ... More >>
Jim DeMint, one of the most ideologically pure and least effective legislators in the U.S. Senate, announced he would leave Congress to run the right-wing Heritage Foundation think tank; or, as the Foundation itself put it, "Jim DeMint to Lead the Battle of Ideas." It would seem to us that, compar ... More >>
Get excited New Yorkers! Our city is inching one step closer to resembling one of those nightmarish societies depicted in your favorite 20th century dystopian novel with the impending introduction of police surveillance drones into our air space. No, they're not just for the war in Afghanistan. Unm ... More >>
Twitter rolled over in court today, turning over a fat sheaf of records subpoenaed by prosecutors in the case of Malcolm Harris, one of the people arrested last fall in a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge. In what is shaping up to be a landmark case for privacy in the digital era, prosecutors had dema ... More >>
From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas, your gonzo guide to the Republican National Convention
Another day, another report of legal drama between New York artists and City admins, it seems. Here's what's going on today: as we reported just yesterday, there are currently two lawsuits -- one filed at the state level, the other filed at the federal level -- which will basically decide whether N ... More >>
A Manhattan judge today ruled against Twitter, arguing that it had to turn over a protester's tweets to prosecutors, without the account user's consent and without a warrant. When we last checked in on the case of Malcolm Harris, a writer at The New Inquiry and one of 700 people arrested on the Bro ... More >>
"Why don't you have a seat?"From Adweek comes the troubling story of a convicted Georgia sex offender, Cory Hubbard, who is suing MySpace for providing authorities his information based on an out-of-state warrant. Hubbard's lawsuit in Manhattan federal court alleges that the struggling social ... More >>
"The good ol' days.."What with the looming holiday season and the busiest travel days of the year, along with the TSA's most recent security measures, there's a significant debate brewing over who's right, who's wrong, and what, exactly, is going too far. Many have reported being patted down "ina ... More >>
After his first year, Obama shows his true face
Compared to the present mayors contempt for civil liberties, Giuliani was a piker
A missing Queens soldier becomes a journo-political pawn
The war president is finding a less pliant judiciary
Will we get another law-and-order mayor who decides on his own what the law is?
Will Bloomberg run on his record of bullying schoolchildren and teachers?
The NYPD has a long-standing reputation for its "excessive" surveillance. Now more than ever.
Religious and conservative groups support the 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' banner under fire at the Supreme Court
National Security Agency, not the Times, greatly harms our constitutional privacy
Verbatim: A sampler of meaningless statements by Samuel Alito
Son revisits the sins of the father on America
The son revisits the sins of the father on America
The departure of the bastinadoed Harriet Miers does not take Bush off the hook
More eyewitnesses to U.S. torture of detainees pierce the Bush administration's cover-up
Has any present Supreme Court justice seen a cop lying on the witness stand?
Beneath his black robes, what does Roberts reveal of his values as a human being?
How the people could win even if the court seems like a lost cause
Could Ashcroft Pass a Quiz on the Constitution?
Senator Schumer Pushes to Make Covert Surveillance Easier
Someone to Watch Over Us
While the Ruins of the World Trade Center Smoldered, the Bush Administration Launched an Assault on the Constitution
Post-Cogging Spielberg's Action Allegory
The Cultures of Newsrooms
What Does the Democratic Party Stand For?
Cyber-libertarians, Technologists, and Congress Wrangle Over Electronic Privacy Issues During Wartime
Probable Cause and a Poets Problems
New Yorks Hidden Cameras Are Watching. One Suspicious Tour Guide Wants to Show You How.
Alone on the Floor of the House
The FBI, Courtesy of the New York Court of Appeals
God Will Be the Curriculum
When the President Perjures Himself, Is He Above All Laws?