Matthew Harwood

Matthew Harwood is a media relations associate at the ACLU.  His writing has appeared in The Washington Monthly, Progress Magazine (U.K.) as well as online at Columbia Journalism Review, CommonDreams, and Alternet. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mharwood31.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 1:45pm
The Lone-Wolf Terror Trap
The shadow of a new threat seems to be darkening the national security landscape: the lone-wolf terrorist. “The lone wolf is the new nightmare,” wrote Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer recently, and the conservative pundit wasn’t alone in thinking so. “I really see [lone wolves] as...
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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 9:45am
Uncle Sam’s Databases of Suspicion
It began with an unexpected rapping on the front door. When Wiley Gill opened up, no one was there. Suddenly, two police officers appeared, their guns drawn, yelling, “Chico Police Department.” “I had tunnel vision,” Gill said, “The only thing I could see was their guns.” After telling him to step...
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 12:15pm
To Terrify and Occupy
Jason Westcott was afraid. One night last fall, he discovered via Facebook that a friend of a friend was planning with some co-conspirators to break in to his home. They were intent on stealing Wescott's handgun and a couple of TV sets. According to the Facebook message, the suspect was planning on...
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 9:25am
Invasion of the Data Snatchers: On the Surveillance of Everything
Estimates vary, but by 2020 there could be over 30 billion devices connected to the Internet.
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Monday, September 23, 2013 - 7:00am
Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone
For at least the last six years, government agents have been exploiting an AT&T database filled with the records of billions of American phone calls from as far back as 1987.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 10:14am
Counterterrorism in the Twilight Zone
The evangelical Christians of Greenville County, South Carolina, are afraid.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 7:15am
President Obama, Don’t Let the CIA Control the Torture Narrative
When former White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan went before the Senate in early February for his confirmation hearing to lead the CIA, he made a startling admission.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 4:00pm
Bush Administration Newspeak on Iraq
George Orwell was an uncommonly perceptive man. Because of his fiction and essays, words and concepts such as newspeak and doublethink have been ingrained into the popular political lexicon. Orwell concerned himself with the party’s, the politician’s or the activist’s ability to take a word and...
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