The NYPD is targeting the city's Muslims in the hope of turning them into informants. Keeping people in jail because of their religion, even if just a "few hours longer" than normal, is unconscionable and unconstitutional.
The House passed a substantially weaker version of the USA FREEDOM Act last month in an attempt to rein in NSA surveillance practices. It is now up to the Senate to breathe life back into this reform effort.
The House N.S.A. bill is an ultra light version of surveillance reform — tens of thousands of Americans still need to worry that the details of their lives will end up in a database. The Senate must fix it.
On the surface, the battle between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA looks to be a classic he said/she said story. But even if the CIA's version of events is accurate, it is the agency's conduct that should concern us.
Traditional arguments between left and right have to be thrown in a tizzy for change to happen high emotional issues like terrorism. But there is a model for how this kind of change occurs – and it is the waning of the crime issue.