The American Bar Association’s Ban on Sexist Terms Won’t Eliminate Sexism
It only does away with certain buzzwords.
Why Does Citizenship Matter? And Why Do We Keep Fighting About It?
How national affiliation became such an important part of our personal identity.
What Happens if (or When) Edward Snowden Faces a Jury?
The George Zimmerman trial has provoked a national conversation on race. The NSA probably doesn't want one on security.
Face to Face With More Electronic Privacy Concerns
As facial recognition on the fly becomes more and more possible, are there any uses that don't send chills up the spines of civil libertarians?
Peace Protest Kabuki Now Booked for the High Court's Stage
How far does the writ of the military run? Only to the highway's verge, argue professional peace protesters who will make their case before the Supreme Court.
Keeping a Human Finger on the Killer Robot's Trigger
The U.N. wants to hit pause on autonomous killing machines right now—before the robotic cat is out of the bag.
Human Rights Watch's Take on Obama's Drone Speech Is Worth Reading
Did you miss the president's important speech about the War on Terror? Here's the one response you should make some time for.
Should We Retire the Word 'Sweatshop'? Disaster in Bangladesh.
Sweatshops are great political targets for unions, who have incentives to drive up the price of manufacturing abroad. But better building inspectors is a rare union demand, at least compared to longer break times and higher wages.
Gun Medicine: California's Armed Prohibited Persons System
Why we should be treating gun violence as a disease—and why most states can't.
Here Is Pussy Riot Member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's Parole Hearing Speech. She Was Denied.
Tolokonnikova received a two-year sentence for her participation in a protest in Moscow's main Orthodox church last year.
America's Sea-Born Terrorism Challenge: the Panga Boat
Low-slung speedboats from Mexico are smuggling millions of dollars' worth of marijuana along the California coast. And we can't do a thing about it.
Expect Gay Marriages in the Courthouse, Not the Statehouse
In Europe and most of the rest of the world, gay marriage arrives via legislatures, not courts. But the U.S. is different, as always.
How True is Zero Dark Thirty? A Former Operative Weighs In
Despite debates over its depiction of torture, Zero Dark Thirty became the most-watched movie in America this week, and looks to be heading for another strong weekend. How reliable the film’s portrait? Does it give an accurate picture of how the CIA anti-terrorism efforts really work? Nada Bakos, who spearheaded the CIA’s Zarqawi Operations team from 2004-2006 as a targeting officer, weighs in. Prior to the operations position, Bakos served as an analyst for the agency primarily in the Counterterrorism Center, and was a member of the team charged with defining the relationship between Iraq, al Qaeda, and 9/11.
A Prescription for Criminal Justice: Embrace Errors, Then Fix Them
A sampling of the many achievable reforms now being used to help avoid wrongful convictions
Don't Undermine Victims’ Rights in Fighting Sex Trafficking
Opinion: Three legal experts who have worked with victims of human trafficking argue that Prop 35, a laudable effort on California's ballot to address sex slavery, will actually set back existing efforts to fight the trade.
Why Can't Law Enforcement Admit They Blow It Sometimes?
Because police, detectives and forensic scientists are only human, and it's all-too natural to be inexplicably reluctant to admit to – or even to see – some of their mistakes.
The Right and Privilege of Post-Conviction DNA Testing
Almost half the DNA tests conducted at prisoners’ request confirm guilt. Yet many believe that the exceptions more than justify making post-conviction testing widely accessible. And what is often fair or prudent is for Death Row inmates essential.
Litigating Lineups: Why the American Justice System Is Keeping a Close Eye on Witness Identification
The single biggest cause of wrongful convictions is mistaken eyewitness identification. Is there a better way to find the right perpetrator?