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The history of civil liberties and illustrated timelines documenting same.
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The Illuminati
Historical timeline of the Illuminati.

Civil Liberties and the Roman Catholic Church
A frank discussion of civil liberties and the Roman Catholic Church.

The Ku Klux Klan
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.

History of the Imperial Presidency
The term "imperial presidency" was coined by historian Arthur M. Schlesinger in 1973. In the years since, it has come to refer to a postwar trend favoring the expansion of executive power—sometimes to the detriment of civil liberties.

Key Civil Liberties Cases of the Supreme Court's 2008-2009 Term
The Supreme Court's 2008-2009 term began on October 6, 2008 and ended on June 29, 2009. Although relatively quiet, the term did result in some significant new rulings.

Civil Liberties in the Obama Administration
Updated January 26, 2009.

Because of the excesses of the Bush administration, the Obama administration has a lot of work to do on civil liberties issues--and it's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility that the Obama administration may effect civil liberties violations of its own. This timeline of Obama's first 100 days in office, which will be updated every Monday, will pro…

Civil Liberties in 2008
Unsurprisingly, the top story of this national election year was the national election--but other stories also captured the headlines and the eyes, ears, minds, and marching feet of the civil liberties activism community.

Stare Decisis
Stare decisis definition.

Orwellian
The definition of the word Orwellian.

Chauvinism
A history and definition of the word chauvinism.

The Incorportion Doctrine
Definition of the incorporation doctrine.

George W. Bush vs. John McCain
George W. Bush and John McCain are more or less on the same page with respect to their policy platforms, but there are five areas where they disagree on crucial civil liberties issues in a way that could be relevant during a McCain presidency.

Book
A review of _Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era_ (2008) by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, founder of DailyKos.

Hurricane Katrina and Civil Rights
An overview of civil rights issues in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, three years later.

Obama v. McCain
This presidential election has already been framed by pundits as "change versus experience," but the truth is that both candidates will offer change. Even George W. Bush offered change. But Barack Obama and John McCain offer up very different agendas of change when it comes to civil liberties.

November 2008 Ballot Initiatives on Civil Liberties
The presidential and congressional elections are dominating the national debate, but on the state level, voters are considering referendums that may have an equal or greater impact on individual civil liberties.

The Evolution of American Civil Liberties
The civil liberties we have today weren't created; they evolved.

Inch by inch, technicality by technicality, the British system of law that once allowed for the absolute rule of the monarch gradually became a system that respected Parliament and, when it was transplanted to the United States, eliminated the monarchy from the equation entirely. The Bill of Rights, once an unenforceable seri…

The 8 Worst Presidents Ever
There's something about the office of the presidency that attracts narcissists and megalomaniacs. While some presidents shredded the Constitution during a wartime panic (I'm looking at you, Abraham Lincoln), these eight leaders went above and beyond that to discernibly shift our country a little bit closer to the edge of fascism. Oh, sure, none of them were all bad--but on civil libertie…

John McCain on Civil Liberties Issues
There are two schools of thought about John McCain. One holds that he's a maverick senator and a substantial improvement over Bush. The other holds that he's a standards-bearer who will govern as a conservative.

Both schools of thought are basically correct.

McCain is a conservative maverick. The fact that he's a maverick does not make him a centrist, and the fact that he's a con…

Civil Liberties in 2007
A new Supreme Court. A new Congress. A presidential election on the horizon. Allegations of illegal torture, detention, and surveillance by the Bush administration. 2007 was an exciting, and sometimes depressing, year in U.S. civil liberties. Here are the stories that made it what it was.

Key Civil Liberties Cases of the Supreme Court's 2007-2008 Term
The Supreme Court's new term began on October 1, 2007. Here's an early list of cases that we already know the Supreme Court will address in the coming session. The Court is still in the process of deciding which cases to hear, so this list is not definitive; bookmark this page and check it later for up-to-date information on important civil liberties cases currently before the Court.

Civil Liberties in the United States, State by State
An overview of civil liberties in U.S. states.

Civil Liberties in Mississippi
A short guide to civil liberties in Mississippi.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
A profile of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Key Civil Liberties Cases of the Supreme Court's 2006-2007 Term
Profiles of key civil liberties cases of the Supreme Court's 2006-2007 term.

Supreme Court Central
It has been an eventful term for the U.S. Supreme Court. For the first time since 1994, the Supreme Court has new members--one of them a new chief justice. Let's look back on the cases that defined the Court over the past year, and the effect those cases may have on our country. Let's also look ahead to the 2007-2008 term and the cases that will more than likely send ripples through what already promises to be a lively election year.

Top Civil Liberties Stories
The top civil liberties stories of the moment. Updated often.

ACLU Assesses Proposals to Amend Real ID Legislation
The ACLU assesses new revisions to the Real ID legislation.

Civil Liberties in 2006
A review of stories we covered in 2006.

Greatest Hits of 2006
The top ten articles on About.com Civil Liberties in 2006.

Full Coverage: UCLA Taser Incident
Updated news and detailed analysis dealing with the UCLA campus police's tasering of 23-year-old student Mostafa Tabatabainejad, as well as the subsequent independent investigation.

UCLA Launches Independent Investigation Regarding Student Tasering Incident
On November 17th, 2006, the acting chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles announced that Merrick Bobb, formerly of the Christopher Commission, had been asked to lead an independent investigation into the tasering of UCLA student Mostafa Tabatabainejad.

UCLA Student Tasered
On November 14th, 2006, a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, was excessively tasered by campus police officers.

Keeping Democracy Alive
An illustrated history of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Things to Expect as a Result of the 2006 Midterm Elections
After the 2006 midterm elections, an analysis of how Democratic victories will specifically affect legislation dealing with immigration, abortion, gay marriage, and other issues.

Vote
A guide to the 2006 elections for voters concerned about civil liberties issues.

Supreme Court Civil Liberties Cases for the 2006-2007 Term
Civil liberties related Supreme Court cases for the new 2006-2007 term.

Reasons the Clinton Administration Wasn't So Hot on Civil Liberties Issues
An overview of the Clinton administration's gloomy legacy on some civil liberties issues.

Top 10 Civil Liberties News Stories - August 30, 2006 Edition
A quick rundown (with photos and links) of the top 10 U.S. civil liberties news stories for the week and a half ending August 22nd, 2006. Includes discussion of the FDA's Plan B decision, housing discrimination in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and a new Ohio law targeting Hispanic voters.

Top 10 Civil Liberties News Stories - August 22, 2006 Edition
A quick rundown (with photos and links) of the top 10 U.S. civil liberties news stories for the week and a half ending August 22nd, 2006. Includes discussion of the Detroit ACLU v. NSA ruling, proposed Senate wiretapping legislation, and the anti-immigrant Hazleton ordinance.

Top 10 Civil Liberties News Stories of the Week - August 11, 2006 Edition
A quick rundown (with photos and links) of the top 10 U.S. civil liberties news stories for the week ending August 11th, 2006. Includes discussion of the London plane bombing terrorism scare and the subsequent call for racial and ethnic profiling, the ACLU's report on mishandling of Orleans Parish Prison during Hurricane Katrina, and the civil liberties implications of the new cybercrime treaty.

Top 10 Civil Liberties News Stories of the Week - August 4, 2006 Edition
A quick rundown (with photos and links) of the top 10 U.S. civil liberties news stories for the week ending August 4th, 2006. Includes discussion of the U.N. Human Rights Committee's response to the U.S. shadow report, the FDA's upcoming decision on emergency contraception, and the case of Good Samaritans who face prison time for saving the lives of several undocumented immigrants.

Civil Liberties News Stories of the Week - July 28, 2006 Edition
A quick rundown (with links) of the top 10 U.S. civil liberties news stories for the week ending July 28th, 2006. Includes discussion of the Bush administration's attempt to seek immunity from the War Crimes Act and its plan to radically expand enemy combatant status, as well as one U.S. town's assault on all Latino immigrants.

Civil Liberties News Stories of the Week - July 21, 2006 Edition
A quick rundown (with links) of the top 10 U.S. civil liberties news stories for the week ending July 14th, 2006. Includes discussion of the U.S. Senate's renewal of the Voting Rights Act, FEMA obstruction of press access to Katrina survivors, and a new shadow report documenting U.S. human rights abuses against women.

Top 10 Civil Liberties News Stories of the Week - July 14, 2006 Edition
A quick rundown (with links) of the top 10 U.S. civil liberties news stories for the week ending July 14th, 2006. Includes discussion of the Bush administration's concession to Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006), the U.S. House's renewal of the Voting Rights Act, and the New York Supreme Court's ruling against same-sex marriage.

Civil Liberties Violations That Helped Cause the American Revolution
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.

Key Civil Liberties Cases of the Supreme Court's 2009-2010 Term
The Supreme Court's 2009-2010 term was the first for Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who replaced retiring justice David Souter, and the last for Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired at the end of the term. Fittingly for Stevens, who wrote the majority ruling in FCC v. Pacifica (1978), the session included several crucial First Amendment rulings.

Civil Liberties in Wartime
War changes civil liberties—for the worse and for the better.

History of Constitutional Amendments
The history of U.S. constitutional amendments tells the story of our country's history in 27 short, strange chapters.

Timeline of Sedition Acts
A timeline of Sedition Acts, from 1798 to the present day.

The First Red Scare
The First Red Scare, a period of racist and anti-immigrant panic overlapping with World War I, was the United States' closest brush with fascism.

ACLU Timeline
Timeline of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

George Herbert Walker Bush on Civil Liberties

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