Jonathan Turley

Jonathan Turley is a professor of law at George Washington University.

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Thursday, June 06, 2013
Obama's Verizon Surveillance Reveals Massive Erosion of US Civil Liberties
While the media in the United States (with some notable exceptions) have been criticized for relatively soft coverage of attacks on civil liberties by the Obama Administration, the British press appears to be filling the gap. The Guardian is reporting on a massive surveillance program by the Obama Administration where the government has ordered Verizon (and presumably other carriers) to turn over all calls made within the United States and calls between the United States and other countries.
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Monday, October 15, 2012
Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World is Limiting Free Speech
Free speech is dying in the Western world. While most people still enjoy considerable freedom of expression, this right, once a near-absolute, has become less defined and less dependable for those espousing controversial social, political or religious views.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
A Bigger, Better Supreme Court: The Case for Reform
This week, the country awaits the blockbuster ruling of the supreme court on the future of national healthcare in the United States . Citizens have waited anxiously every Monday morning for weeks for the next pronouncement – whether on immigration, free speech or, now, healthcare – to be handed down from the highest court.
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Tuesday, March 06, 2012
So, Eric Holder, We Should Just Trust that the President Won't Assassinate Us?
Attorney General Eric Holder was at Northwestern University law school Monday explaining President Barack Obama's claimed authority to kill any American if he unilaterally determines them to be a threat to the nation. The choice of a law school was a curious place for discussion of authoritarian powers.
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Saturday, January 14, 2012
10 Reasons the US is No Longer the Land of the Free
Every year, the State Department issues reports on individual rights in other countries, monitoring the passage of restrictive laws and regulations around the world. Iran, for example, has been criticized for denying fair public trials and limiting privacy, while Russia has been taken to task for undermining due process. Other countries have been condemned for the use of secret evidence and torture.
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Monday, January 02, 2012
The NDAA's Historic Assault on American Liberty
President Barack Obama rang in the New Year by signing the NDAA law with its provision allowing him to indefinitely detain citizens. It was a symbolic moment, to say the least. With Americans distracted with drinking and celebrating, Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of our country … and citizens partied in unwitting bliss into the New Year.
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Friday, September 30, 2011
Obama: A Disaster for Civil Liberties
With the 2012 presidential election before us, the country is again caught up in debating national security issues, our ongoing wars and the threat of terrorism. There is one related subject, however, that is rarely mentioned: civil liberties.
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