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Extremist Fail

Letters to the Portland Editor, April 2, 2010
A political story could literally not contain more irony than the story of the USA PATRIOT Act and its effect on the modern extremist right-wing movement.

Two and fro

Kolosko and Dimow’s Border Crossings
It can be easy to get wrapped up in Portland’s pop and rock scene, the singalong stuff you hear in the clubs and on the radio.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 24, 2010

Obama's year two to-do's

What Have You Done for Me Lately Dept.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration. Can you believe it?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 20, 2010

Under attack

Civil liberties' limits grow
Recent decisions by President Barack Obama and Maine Governor John Baldacci have dampened progressive hopes that the Republican-inspired war on civil liberties might be winding down.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 10, 2009

Take Back Barack

It's time to reclaim the man we put in the White House
It's time to reclaim the man we put in the White House
By JEFF INGLIS + DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 19, 2008

One of our drummers is missing

The Somerville-based Latin-jazz ensemble Either/Orchestra has gigs scheduled this weekend in London and Glastonbury, but their long-time percussionist won’t be along for the trip.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 25, 2008

The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards

Silencing free speech
Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 05, 2008

Is Homeland Security dough well spent?

Follow the money
“Because it is human nature to overspend on unlikely catastrophic events, it is likely that terrorists have succeeded in getting the world to overspend on counterterrorism,” they write.
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  April 02, 2008

Ridge to the future

The guessing game about his running mate has begun, but if Obama’s the opponent, one man can secure the white house for McCain
With the Republican nomination officially settled, the speculation about John McCain’s choice of a running mate has already begun.
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 12, 2008

Ring of fire

The deadbeat FBI fails to pay its phone bills and jeopardizes its wiretapping program
An ugly squabble between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation’s biggest phone companies has, in one nasty blow, recast the image of all the entities involved.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 23, 2008

Federal judge says PUC's Verizon inquiry can continue

That's gotta sting
Almost exactly a year ago, the state Public Utilities Commission stepped up to guard Mainers’ privacy and phone records from Verizon.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2007

The Pah-ty's ovah

Congressional reps from New England are poised to lead the attack on Republican waste and fraud
For the past six years, the Republican-run federal government has been free to waste money, reward friends, and act incompetently, knowing that their misdeeds would go unexposed by the legislative branch. Nailing the GOP: New England Congressmen are sitting on some key committees. By David S. Bernstein
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 24, 2007

The Year of living strangely

A year in media
So let’s see if we have this straight.
By JOHN CARROLL  |  December 20, 2006

Off the hook

And on the cheap
There’s always someone on your list that’s the hardest to buy for, not because they have everything and need zippo — or because they have nothing and need anything — but because you really can’t accept spending your hard-earned dough to get them something.
By MEAGHAN DONAGHY  |  December 07, 2006

Does Biden have the right stuff for 2008?

Talking politics
While the 2006 mid-term elections are over, the war in Iraq still rages.
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  December 06, 2006

Are we freer than we were 40 years ago?

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 15, 2006

What will a Democratic Congress mean for digital freedom?

Electronic blue
The Democrats’ sudden ascension to power in both houses of Congress for the first time since 1994 is undeniably good news for a host of progressive causes.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 14, 2006

MCLU worries FBI is watching peace groups

Big chill
The Maine Civil Liberties Union is fighting on two fronts to protect Mainers’ privacy against the government's efforts to intrude.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  November 01, 2006

Snowe’s tracks

How moderate is Maine’s senior senator?
Believe the hype — US Senator Olympia Snowe’s key votes in 2005 and 2006 do, indeed, straddle party lines. Whether you like that or not depends on which issues get to you. Blown away: Jean Hay Bright's fight to topple a political icon. By Sara Donnelly
By SARA DONNELLY  |  October 18, 2006

MCLU wants to join federal lawsuit

Private parts
The Maine Civil Liberties Union hopes to become a defendant in a federal lawsuit pitting the state against the US Department of Justice.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  September 13, 2006

Reading 9/11

Wright gets it right and the commissioners get lost in paper
The five years since 9/11 have seen not just a slew but a deluge of books devoted to the event and anything remotely connected with it.
By JASON VEST  |  September 11, 2006

City Hall brain drain

Never star-studded, Mayor Menino’s executive team continues to shrink
The city of Boston is running on empty.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 05, 2006

They're watching you

Bugged Levis, unauthorized sex tapes, leaked medical records — is nothing sacred anymore?
A guide for privacy for Mainers and beyond.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  August 30, 2006

Pardons are forever

To get his friends and allies out of the mess he created, George W. Bush is going to have to issue a slew of pardons
Prediction: Before leaving office, President Bush will issue a shockingly large number of presidential pardons to operatives who, with the administration’s blessing, ventured far outside the law to wage Bush’s “war on terror.” Who might need - and get - a pardon?: Legal advisers, high-level officials, covert operatives. By Harvey Silverglate
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 22, 2006

Langevin plays to the middle in seeking fourth term

Talking politics  
When President George W. Bush last month used his first presidential veto to reject legislation on embryonic stem cell research, US Representative James R. Langevin again found himself in the spotlight.
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 09, 2006

State will not investigate Verizon — yet

Phone privacy
Mainers may despair of ever getting their privacy back after a recent ruling in a battle to convince the state’s Public Utilities Commission to investigate suspicions that Verizon has given customers’ phone records to the federal government.

Lawless runs insurgent campaign against Langevin

Talking politics
Jennifer Lawless’s storefront campaign office in Warwick’s Conimicut section is bedecked with inspirational aphorisms from the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Henry Ford, Casey Stengel, Dr. Seuss, and Margaret Mead.
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 26, 2006

The Ninth Annual Muzzle Awards

Our annual New England roundup of those who undermined freedom of speech and civil liberties. But first, a word about George W. Bush.
Nearly five years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, our political culture has been warped beyond recognition.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 04, 2006

Pentagon withholds details of spying on anti-war groups

Surveillance Society  
Given growing attempts at government surveillance, Alden Eagle, a coordinator for the Rhode Island Community Coalition for Peace (RICCP), seems right on target when he says, “Anybody is a potential terrorist.”
By ANDREW FOX  |  June 21, 2006
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Battle of losers

Dems in primary seek Senate, governorship
The Democratic US Senate primary is a struggle between two minor political-candidate types: the Left-wing Perennial, Jean Hay Bright, and the Mysterious Stranger, Eric Mehnert.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 07, 2006

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