The Civil Liberties Minute

Taking on injustices, 90 seconds at a time! The Civil Liberties Minute™ podcasts--with attorney Bill Newman, director of the ACLU's western Massachusetts office--highlight threats to our civil liberties and what you can do to protect our freedoms.

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Is the FBI on your team?

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:30:00 UTC
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Obama as judge, jury, and executioner.

Posted: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:45:08 UTC
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What does the number 81,600 mean to you?

Posted: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:00:00 UTC
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Does the NSA want to be your friend?

Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:37:58 UTC
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Can’t make bail? Stay in jail…

Posted: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:30:00 UTC
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A government without newspapers or newspapers without a government- your choice…

Posted: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:06:50 UTC
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Terrorists return to lower Manhattan?

Posted: Sat, 05 Apr 2014 13:00:00 UTC
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NCAA (Not College At All)

Posted: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:03:25 UTC
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Dead, shot seven times during an FBI interrogation- the result.

Posted: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:30:00 UTC
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President Obama, seriously, could you leave our phones alone?

Posted: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:19:31 UTC
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Conservative Republicans and Gay Marriage: A Match Made in Heaven?

Posted: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:30:00 UTC
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Drive a Car? You're being tracked.

Posted: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:36:53 UTC
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Executing people who don't understand why they're being executed.

Posted: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:30:00 UTC
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The Six Million In America...

Posted: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:24:00 UTC
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We don't serve homosexuals. Straights only. No gays allowed.

Posted: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:30:00 UTC
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Shackling women giving birth...

Posted: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:10:37 UTC
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Gay marriage heads to SCOTUS…

Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:00:00 UTC
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Gay jokes, slavery jokes, rape jokes…welcome to work.

Posted: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:49:32 UTC
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Free Edward Snowden!

Posted: Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:30:00 UTC
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An illegal execution in Texas.

Posted: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:00:00 UTC
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Did NYC Cops get away with trashing the First and Fourth Amendments?

Posted: Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:00:00 UTC
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Your not so broad broadband...

Posted: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:36:25 UTC
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You’re elderly, disabled, or poor, and you think you have the right to vote?

Posted: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:30:00 UTC
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America Concocts Death- A New Method in Our Name

Posted: Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:00:00 UTC
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An Open Letter: Dear President Obama, I like you, but you’re driving me nuts!

Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:15:41 UTC
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Is Gay Marriage OK in OK?

Posted: Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:00:00 UTC
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I Heart Boobies

Posted: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:09:20 UTC
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The border of your rights...

Posted: Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:00:00 UTC
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Free the Uighurs!

Posted: Sat, 04 Jan 2014 14:30:00 UTC
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Dire Warning! High Alert! Gay Marriage allowed - says Utah.

Posted: Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:46:47 UTC
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Should you have a fear of not flying?

Posted: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:30:00 UTC
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Is your listening device manipulating you?

Posted: Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Begging after dark…

Posted: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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The NSA spying on you: Judge Leon Rules…

Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:59:54 UTC
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What's an Auld Lang Syne, anyway?

Posted: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:31:15 UTC
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It's the ACLU Carolers!

Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:01:40 UTC
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The NSA and You!

Posted: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 14:30:00 UTC
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Big Brother and Little Brother: Beware of both…

Posted: Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:30:00 UTC
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Post on the internet & go to jail…really?

Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:17:07 UTC
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Death be not proud…

Posted: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:30:00 UTC
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Raze the prisons?

Posted: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:23:10 UTC
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Stop the Voting! After all, this is America…

Posted: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:30:00 UTC
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The past year for Gays and Lesbians…

Posted: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:30:00 UTC
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No Longer Living A Lie

Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:53:33 UTC
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Your Innocent Self and the National Security State.

Posted: Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:30:00 UTC
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Prosecuting the Prosecutors?

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Can you say, "COPS LIE?"

Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:07:03 UTC
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They're doing WHAT to pregnant women?

Posted: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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Can we put the NSA in jail?

Posted: Sat, 02 Nov 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Please help almost 3 million kids...

Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:55:33 UTC
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Stop comparing Congress to unruly children...

Posted: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:24:25 UTC
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On Donald Cabana, author of Death at Midnight: Confessions of an Executioner

Posted: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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What are the odds you'll be arrested this year?

Posted: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:42:33 UTC
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Vote on this...

Posted: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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How America chooses to kill people...

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:40:18 UTC
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Guess what your phone payments are being used for?

Posted: Sat, 05 Oct 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Who shall we thank for the NSA?

Posted: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:22:21 UTC
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Surveillance in our hemisphere...

Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Can the government take away...your crayons?

Posted: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:37:17 UTC
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George Orwell comes to America.

Posted: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:02:34 UTC
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Ramsey Clark and Nadal Malik Hasan to meet on death row in Leavenworth?

Posted: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Did San Antonio, over the religious right's opposition, join the 21st century?

Posted: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:00:00 UTC
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Should you fear your BOSS?

Posted: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Bradley Manning sentence…

Posted: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Shall we pardon Barack Obama for this?

Posted: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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The government tries to intimidate Glen Greenwald.

Posted: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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A Messiah is here…

Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:45:31 UTC
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Beware: The DEA SOD...

Posted: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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The TSA, You, and VIPR…

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Lynn Stewart and compassionate release.

Posted: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:48:06 UTC
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Don’t abort the right to abortion.

Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Your right to speak - NOT!

Posted: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Strike!

Posted: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:19:17 UTC
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Raze the Prisons

Posted: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Texas Tampons

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:00:35 UTC
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Dear Massachusetts Legislature…

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Cops violate the 3rd Amendment. How’d they do that?

Posted: Sat, 13 Jul 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Wait a minute, Mr. Postman…

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:29:58 UTC
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An inmate vs. the United States

Posted: Sat, 06 Jul 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Solitary in Massachusetts

Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:01:22 UTC
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The NSA: a bedtime story

Posted: Sat, 29 Jun 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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DOMA Down…Let’s celebrate!

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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NAACP Field Secretary gunned down.

Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Glenn Greenwald introduces (literally) NSA spying.

Posted: Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:53:00 UTC
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What the Supreme Court will decide this June.

Posted: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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How will schools teach the story of Bradley Manning and David House?

Posted: Sat, 08 Jun 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Who gets busted for smoking pot?

Posted: Thu, 06 Jun 2013 16:27:07 UTC
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This is Jeopardy. The category: presidential surveillance.

Posted: Sat, 01 Jun 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Oh, just another rape. Ho hum, ho hum…

Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 15:58:29 UTC
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Shall we celebrate Gideon?

Posted: Sat, 25 May 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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The real cost of buying heart shaped balloons for your sweetie?

Posted: Thu, 23 May 2013 18:16:29 UTC
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Is the news of the weird getting better or worse?

Posted: Mon, 20 May 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Why is the ACLU making a federal case out of panhandling?

Posted: Sat, 18 May 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Waiting to be executed for a crime he didn't commit (the new Florida Death Penalty bill).

Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 13:20:48 UTC
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A City and Country of Immigrants

Posted: Sat, 11 May 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Sanford: A Sitcom Continues in the U.S. House of Representatives

Posted: Thu, 09 May 2013 15:26:46 UTC
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Update: the hunger strike at GTMO

Posted: Sat, 04 May 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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The story on gays in the boy scouts: the next chapter.

Posted: Thu, 02 May 2013 18:16:43 UTC
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Dateline: Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

Posted: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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High School Sex Ed.

Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:11:41 UTC
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A quick quiz on drugs and crime. #2 pencils ready? Set, go.

Posted: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Happily smoking a joint with some friends at a Hemp Fest in a state where possession is not a crime. What happened!?

Posted: Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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The bombings in Boston: heartsick at the carnage; heartened by bravery and compassion.

Posted: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:30:09 UTC
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Can distributing condoms get you thrown out of college?

Posted: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Deporting immigrants to torture.

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Kids teach high school administrators a lesson.

Posted: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:20:02 UTC
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The crime of walking while black.

Posted: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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An open letter to Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage.

Posted: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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Solitary confinement in ICE.

Posted: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:20:54 UTC
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Windsor v. the United States aka the ACLU v. DOMA

Posted: Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:00:00 UTC
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When an American state wrongfully convicts and imprisons…

Posted: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:05:37 UTC
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Did you friend the police on Facebook?

Posted: Sat, 09 Mar 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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A quiz: which liberal said this? (Spoiler alert: not a liberal).

Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:42:31 UTC
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One of the dirty, not-so-secret secrets of the criminal justice system.

Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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Should women be subject to the military draft?

Posted: Sat, 23 Feb 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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Want to hear the lie that judges tell jurors every day?

Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:53:32 UTC
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Censoring license plates? Let’s ask…Spinal Tap.

Posted: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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Look up in the sky. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…drone!

Posted: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:23:45 UTC
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I was accused of the most brutal murder in Maryland’s history.

Posted: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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Once upon a time, in our mother’s house…

Posted: Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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The law would be a great profession if it weren’t for clients…like Barack Obama.

Posted: Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:40:41 UTC
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Listen to what just happened in Vicco, Kentucky. Population: 335.

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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Should the film Zero Dark Thirty, about the finding and killing of Osama bin Laden, change its content to not endorse torture?

Posted: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:38:34 UTC
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Republicans recipe for winning the 2016 presidential election?

Posted: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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Has “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” actually been abolished?

Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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At airports, does the TSA still need a naked picture of you?

Posted: Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:57:27 UTC
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We salute "The Middle Finger Salute."

Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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Paranoia and the 2016 presidential election.

Posted: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 16:00:00 UTC
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Legal slavery in America in 2013.

Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:50:39 UTC
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Can a female employee be fired because her male boss thinks she’s really hot?

Posted: Sun, 06 Jan 2013 15:30:00 UTC
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Women subjected to full body cavity searches in public for littering--really?

Posted: Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:29:15 UTC
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Winning the vote, but losing the election.

Posted: Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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Police shootings

Posted: Sat, 22 Dec 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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What's an "auld lang syne" anyway?

Posted: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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Would you like to know how radio commentators try to influence your opinion?

Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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In memoriam: Muhammad Ali's trainer Angelo Dundee.

Posted: Sun, 16 Dec 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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The DOJ v. Colorado and Washington on marijuana.

Posted: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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In memoriam: George McGovern

Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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It's the ACLU Holiday Carolers!

Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:43:37 UTC
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Was Florida guilty of racist voter suppression in the last election?

Posted: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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What does the recent presidential election tell us about ourselves?

Posted: Sun, 09 Dec 2012 15:30:00 UTC
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Why poor people have a chance in our legal system. In memoriam: Warren Rudman.

Posted: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 16:45:01 UTC
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Here's your choice: go to church or go to prison.

Posted: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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How could some Republicans be so sure that Mitt Romney was going to win?

Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 19:51:49 UTC
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In 2012, how did the Republicans lose the popular vote for the House of Reps, but end up with the majority of seats?

Posted: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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In Brown v. Board of Education, which law clerk believed that the segregationists should have won?

Posted: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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What happens if you flip the bird to a police officer?

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:11:52 UTC
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Post-election civil liberties agenda

Posted: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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The right to vote is under attack...again.

Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:00:00 UTC
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Dear Mr. President...

Posted: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:19:12 UTC
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Recidivism rules...unfortunately.

Posted: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:17:54 UTC
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Don't embalm free speech.

Posted: Sat, 03 Nov 2012 15:00:00 UTC
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Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ?

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 19:31:29 UTC
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Are you sure you can vote this November?

Posted: Sat, 27 Oct 2012 15:00:00 UTC
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The story of Osama bin Laden's driver.

Posted: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:00:00 UTC
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In memoriam: George McGovern

Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:37:10 UTC
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The case of state drug lab chemist Annie Dookan.

Posted: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:00:00 UTC
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Can judges lose their jobs for writing a correct opinion?

Posted: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 21:11:51 UTC
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If you believe that your vote for President doesn't matter, will you give me a minute to try to change your mind?

Posted: Sat, 06 Oct 2012 15:00:00 UTC
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This civil liberties minute - about standing - may be easier to take sitting down.

Posted: Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:39:34 UTC
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In my next life, I want to be an undecided voter in Ohio.

Posted: Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:00:00 UTC
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Let's consider another kind of death sentence in America.

Posted: Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:00:00 UTC
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So you think the government doesn't have a file on you?

Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:28:01 UTC
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A lawyer you've probably never heard of - almost by herself - may select the next President of the United States.

Posted: Sat, 22 Sep 2012 04:00:00 UTC
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Has the time come for Massachusetts to enact a medical marijuana law?

Posted: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 04:00:00 UTC
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"If it's legitimate rape, the female body has a way to shut that whole thing down."

Posted: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:05:50 UTC
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This is the story of how the war on women is now being fought in Tex

Posted: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:00:00 UTC
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Does America execute the mentally retarded?

Posted: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:00:00 UTC
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What are we to make of Julian Assange hiding out in Ecuador's embassy?

Posted: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 04:00:00 UTC
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Breaking news! The male bastion Augusta National Golf Club, where the Masters Golf Tournament is played, has admitted its first two women members.

Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:05:43 UTC
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Can police in America torture people in custody...and get away with it?

Posted: Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:23:05 UTC
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Today for you friends and lovers of Google, some fun facts...

Posted: Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:22:43 UTC
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Should Boston's mayor keep the homophobic Chick-fil-A restaurant chain out of Beantown?

Posted: Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:22:14 UTC
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Skype: They're easy-going tech good-guys... right?

Posted: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:34:07 UTC
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Do prisoners have the right to read about their rights?

Posted: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:27:34 UTC
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Happy birthday, Woody Guthrie. You would have been 100 years old in July.

Posted: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:30:51 UTC
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If you think you remember the presumption of innocence, you may be suffering from...a flashback.

Posted: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:29:56 UTC
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Seek shelter immediately. This is not a test. The cell phone you are carrying is not a phone. It is something else. I repeat - this is not a test.

Posted: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:24:00 UTC
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Will the Supreme Court strike down or uphold the Federal Defense of Marriage Act?

Posted: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:23:02 UTC
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The interesting question about Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank's marriage is not why the national press is all atwitter, but rather, why it isn't.

Posted: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:23:00 UTC
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Here's why the ACLU legal challenge to the new Arizona Anti-Abortion Law is so very important.

Posted: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:21:24 UTC
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Daily Prayer in Schools, and Beyond

Posted: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:33:00 UTC
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WTF, Middleborough?

Posted: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:24:00 UTC
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The Loch Ness Monster

Posted: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:26:00 UTC
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The Prison Rape Elimination Act

Posted: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:20:00 UTC
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No Means No

Posted: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:05:00 UTC
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Terrell McCullum is serving big time at Big Sandy, a high security penitentiary in Eastern Kentucky for having committed...no crime.

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:10:19 UTC
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Happy Birthday, FBI!

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:09:44 UTC
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Today, a quick quiz to see if you were paying attention in your elementary school social studies class!

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:08:41 UTC
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How often are innocent people convicted of serious crimes and shipped off to prison?

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:02:32 UTC
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Is the Fourth Amendment going to the dogs?

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:01:57 UTC
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U.S.A! We're # 1! U.S.A! We're # 1! U.S.A! We're # 1!

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:01:20 UTC
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The drones are coming! The drones are coming!

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:00:46 UTC
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Shhhhh!!! Today we go to the U.S. House of Representatives to find out who favors domestic violence.

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:00:13 UTC
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If the U.S. government illegally tortures a U.S. citizen, who it alleges is a terrorist, can that person go to court to balance the scales of justice?

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:59:37 UTC
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Does the Constitution give you the right to audio-visually record a police officer making a bust?

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:59:02 UTC
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Is there a Muslim exception to the First Amendment?

Posted: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:59:57 UTC
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May the police search your bedroom for telltale signs that you have committed the crime of using contraceptives?

Posted: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:58:02 UTC
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The Dallas County Medical Examiner Earl Rose became famous due to one autopsy.

Posted: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:57:27 UTC
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