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Activists' Names Mistakenly, Mysteriously Put On Terror Lists

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The ACLU reports everyday people being mistakenly, or mysteriously, placed on no-fly lists that led to detainment, incarceration, and interrogations, including a group of US military vets that ended up suing the government.

Part 1: It's Very Easy to Get Onto the Terrorist Database, and Impossible to Get Off It

Part 2: Maryland Police Put Activists' Names On Terror Lists

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: It's Very Easy to Get Onto the Terrorist Database, and Impossible to Get Off It

“There’s no due process for the watchlists,” Lauren Regan, executive director of Oregon’s Civil Liberties Defense Center, told VICE News. “The information about who’s on them isn’t available and there’s no process for countering or getting yourself off them.”

Mary Emily O’Hara, VICE News

March 29, 2014 | The Department of Justice released an audit of the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist protocol on Tuesday. This claimed that while the agency has improved its speed when it comes to adding — and removing — names to the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), it still isn’t adding them fast enough.

The heavily redacted report makes clear that individuals who are not being officially investigated by the FBI can be, and often are, added to terrorist lists. What the audit doesn’t make clear is why. And that’s causing a growing unease among civil liberties groups, lawyers, and activists.

Mary Emily O’Hara is the LGBT Reporter at the Daily Dot. She's written for VICE News, Daily Beast, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, Pando, and more.

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Part 2: Maryland Police Put Activists' Names On Terror Lists

Some activists said yesterday (October 7) that they have received letters; others said they were waiting with anticipation to see whether they were on the state police watch list.

Lisa Rein, Washington (DC) Post

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October 8, 2008 | The Maryland State Police classified 53 nonviolent activists as terrorists and entered their names and personal information into state and federal databases that track terrorism suspects, the state police chief acknowledged yesterday.

Police Superintendent Terrence B. Sheridan revealed at a legislative hearing that the surveillance operation, which targeted opponents of the death penalty and the Iraq war, was far more extensive than was known when its existence was disclosed in July.

Lisa Rein, Staff Writer, Washington (DC) Post

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Will the Supreme Court End Race Conscious Affirmative Action at Colleges for Good?

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  • Universities and K-12 schools with a diverse student population lower racial bias among students, promote civic engagement later in life, and foster better problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills. Those conversations help students grow both academically and personally.
  • Part 1: Scalia: Black Students Don't Need Affirmative Action Because They Benefit from a 'Slower Track.'
  • Part 2: 7 Criticisms Of Affirmative Action That Have Been Thoroughly Disproved.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Scalia: Black Students Don't Need Affirmative Action Because They Benefit from a 'Slower Track.'

Scalia said "most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools" & benefited from a "slower track."

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December 9, 2015 | During oral arguments on a case that may eliminate race conscious affirmative action, Justice Antonin Scalia said that “most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools” and added that black students do better in a “slower track.”

Scalia also said students of color are being “pushed into schools that are too advanced for them” due to race conscious affirmative action policies.

Casey Quinlan is an education reporter for ThinkProgress. Previously, she was an editor for U.S. News and World Report. She has covered investing, education crime, LGBT issues, and politics for publications such as the NY Daily News, the Crime Report, the Legislative Gazette, Autostraddle, City Limits, the Atlantic and the Toast.

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Part 2: 7 Criticisms Of Affirmative Action That Have Been Thoroughly Disproved.

Opponents of race conscious affirmative action typically pull out the same few arguments to suggest the policy is either discriminatory or ineffective. But, according to social scientists, their rationale is misleading at best and inaccurate at worst. Here are seven central myths about affirmative action that don’t hold up.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has considered cases on affirmative action before, deciding that while diversity at universities is a compelling interest, race-neutral alternatives are preferable and race must be considered only as one of many factors in a holistic review process. Now, the question is whether the U.S. Supreme Court will eliminate whatever modest means of race conscious affirmative action universities currently have by striking down the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions process as unconstitutional.

Casey Quinlan is an education reporter for ThinkProgress. Previously, she was an editor for U.S. News and World Report. She has covered investing, education crime, LGBT issues, and politics for publications such as the NY Daily News, the Crime Report, the Legislative Gazette, Autostraddle, City Limits, the Atlantic and the Toast.

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The Second Amendment Was Never Meant to Protect an Individual’s Right to a Gun

  • “The idea that the founders wanted to protect a right to have a Glock loaded and stored in your nightstand so you could blow away an intruder is just crazy,” says Saul Cornell, a leading Second Amendment scholar.
  • How the Supreme Court upended the well-established meaning of the Second Amendment.

Dorothy Samuels, the Nation

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September 23, 2015 | In common with the other big rightward swerves by the Roberts Court, the 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller was an aggressive exercise in mendacity. By upending the well-established meaning of the Second Amendment, the Court made the country less safe and less free. It did this under the guise of a neutral and principled “originalism” that looks to the text as it was first understood back in 1791 by the amendment’s drafters and their contemporaries.

Heller’s 5–4 majority decision, written by Justice Antonin Scalia and joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito, was less in sync with the founding generation than with the top priority of a powerful interest group closely aligned with the Republican right. The National Rifle Association had been waging an intense 30-year campaign to secure an individual’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms by winning over members of the public, high-level politicians, and, ultimately, the Supreme Court. Mission, to an alarming degree, accomplished.

Dorothy Samuels, a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, served as a member of the New York Times editorial board from 1984 to 2015.

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