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Shirt Sale Donations: Village Enterprise Fund and the ACLU

When we started selling shirts to help cover the costs of running the Irregular Times website, we decided to print only on shirts that are made in the USA because, despite all the attempts to erode worker rights, American textile workers still have better wages, more rights and more workplace protections than workers in overseas [...]

Dear Senator Kyl, Since You Say There’s No Privacy in Reading…

On Thursday March 10, Republican Senator Jon Kyl explained why he thinks people should stop worrying and love the government for using the Patriot Act to track their reading habits:

How does the law enforcement official know in advance, before he sees the order from the bookseller, that it includes the book? That is, how [...]

Who is Paying Unity12′s Rent for its Top-Floor DC Beltway Suite?

The IRS requires Section 527 political organizations to report in itemized form any contributions they receive when such contributions surpass $200 for a calendar year. A Section 527 organization’s expenditures must be reported in itemized form if more than $500 in a calendar year is spent on a particular expense. If some person or group [...]

Look Beyond Obama for Leadership on Gov’t Infiltration of Peaceful Protest

The Division of Homeland Security and Intelligence of the Maryland State Police have been caught infiltrating an activist groups peacefully and legally organizing against the death penalty and for world peace, even sending undercover agents to spy on meetings that included a United States Senator. Absolutely no evidence of any illegal behavior was uncovered, and [...]

Bush Administration Asserts Right to Seize Citizens Indefinitely Without Charge or Evidence

The Associated Press points me to a website of the New York University School of Law, which has archived a transcript of arguments made by lawyers for the Bush administration before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Halloween of 2007. That’s an appropriately ghoulish day for the Bush administration to assert, as AP puts [...]

Condoleezza Rice on Torture: Legal, Schmegal.

Certain information is liable to be released on a weekend when it is deemed embarrassing enough; since few are paying attention on a Friday or a Saturday, the possibility for public relations damage is minimized. If information is really, really embarrassing, then it is released on a holiday weekend.

We just had a holiday weekend. [...]