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Snowden interviewed by Yahoo News in Russia

“In an exclusive interview in Russia with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Edward Snowden, the fugitive whistleblower who leaked information about U.S. surveillance activities, says he is “kind of encouraged” by the idea that Russian President Vladimir Putin might return him to the U.S. to stand trial because that would show the world he’s not a spy and Russia “doesn’t own me.” But he also acknowledged he isn’t eager to return home to face U.S. justice, saying such a prospect “would be a threat to my liberty and to my life.” Speaking for 90 minutes in a Moscow hotel room, Snowden — calm and completely unrepentant — also took new swipes at top U.S. intelligence officials, claiming they have accused him of damaging national security only because they were “embarrassed” by his disclosures of classified National Security Agency documents and worried about their “reputations.””  This link includes a slideshow and the actual video interview.

New on LLRX – Legal Tech Evangelist Calls for Engagement on Civil Liberties Post Election

Via LLRX.com – Legal Tech Evangelist Calls for Engagement on Civil Liberties Post Election. Nicole Black, a Rochester, New York attorney and Legal Technology Evangelist delivers a clarion call for colleagues to expand their engagement with groups that work for civil liberties in the United States. Continue Reading

The Terrorist Screening Database and Preventing Terrorist Travel

CRS – The Terrorist Screening Database and Preventing Terrorist Travel. Jerome P. Bjelopera, Specialist in Organized Crime and Terrorism; Bart Elias, Specialist in Aviation Policy; Alison Siskin, Specialist in Immigration Policy. November 7, 2016. “After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government developed a unified regimen to identify and list known or… Continue Reading

The New Era of Secret Law

Brennan Center for Justice – New Report: “Secret Law” Governs Key Aspects of National Security Policy – “At least 74 opinions, memoranda, and letters issued by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) between 2002 and 2009 on core post-9/11 national security topics, including intelligence activities and the detention and interrogation of terrorist suspects,… Continue Reading

EFF Fighting NSL Gag Orders With Help From CREDO and Internet Archive

News release: “…EFF has been litigating the constitutionality of NSLs on behalf of unnamed clients in a total of three related court cases beginning in 2011. This week, telecom provider CREDO confirmed that it was the company involved in one of these long-running cases, and published the letters it received three years ago. CREDO, represented… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – Ranking Gender Inequality in All 50 States

“For many Americans, the election of Donald Trump represents a step back for the feminist movement. Whether or not the president-elect’s policies will result in meaningful progress for women’s rights, there remain severe inequalities the nation has yet to overcome. These issues include a gender pay gap, a lack of flexibility in the workplace during… Continue Reading

Commentary – Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV

MIT Technology Review – Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV We need more text and fewer videos and memes in the age of Trump. November 29, 2016. “…The problem with today’s Internet, driven less by text and hypertext (hyperlink-enriched text), is that it not only shares many of TV’s ills… Continue Reading

Internet Archive requests donations for a backup to be housed in Canada

This posting today by the Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle – Help Us Keep the Archive Free, Accessible, and Private, is significant for all of us who use this resource, be it as as educators, librarians, attorneys, advocates for civil liberties, students, or as citizens or residents of the United States.  Brewster states: “We are building… Continue Reading

GAO Report on Whistleblower Protection

Whistleblower Protection: Additional Actions Would Improve Recording and Reporting of Appeals Data, GAO-17-110: Published: Nov 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 2016: “How can we better protect federal whistleblowers? The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 seeks to strengthen the rights of and protections for federal whistleblowers. We found that the Merit Systems Protection Board—which… Continue Reading

Immigration Now 52 Percent of All Federal Criminal Prosecutions

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Immigration remains the major focus of all federal criminal enforcement efforts. The latest available data show that criminal prosecutions for illegal entry, illegal re-entry, and similar immigration violations made up 52 percent of all federal prosecutions in FY 2016. During the 12 months ending September 30, immigration prosecutions totaled 69,636. This… Continue Reading

Campus Speech and Harassment

Tsesis, Alexander, Campus Speech and Harassment (November 23, 2016). Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 101, 2017. Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2874919 “A theoretical question that runs through the debate on the constitutionality of campus speech codes asks whether free speech values are best preserved by categorical rules or balancing factors. Whether campus codes are constitutional… Continue Reading

The Secret Ballot At Risk: Recommendations for Protecting Democracy

“The right to cast a secret ballot in a public election is a core value in the United States’ system of self-governance. Secrecy and privacy in elections guard against coercion and are essential to integrity in the electoral process. Secrecy of the ballot is guaranteed in state constitutions and statutes nationwide. However, as states permit… Continue Reading