Wendy Kaminer is an author, lawyer, and civil libertarian. She is the author of
I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional
, and a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Should 'New York's Finest' March on Saint Patrick's Day, If Gays Can't?
Feb 22 2014, 8:00 AM ET
Why Didn't New Jersey Mayors Stand Up to Chris Christie?
The best way to stop a bully is to speak out—but disappointingly, Garden State officials waited until the governor was vulnerable to air their complaints.
Jan 22 2014, 8:30 AM ET
Women Have a Right to Choose and Protesters Have a Right to Protest
In a free society, everyone has to tolerate a certain amount of discomfort and fear—even vulnerable people seeking abortions.
Jan 15 2014, 7:27 PM ET
Don't Want Corporations to Have Rights? Then the ACLU Suit Is Dead
Many liberals who cheered when the civil-rights organization filed a suit against the NSA hate the decision in
. But the suit would be impossible without it.
Jun 17 2013, 11:56 AM ET
When Conservative Senators Sound Like Anti-Porn Feminists
The feminist movement should continue to have a robust pro-free-speech wing.
Jun 12 2013, 5:53 PM ET
No Sex Talk Allowed
What's wrong with the Obama administration's definition of sexual harassment
May 15 2013, 4:21 PM ET
Christine Quinn's Image-Making Machine
The candidate's disclosure that she has struggled with bulimia and alcoholism may make her more "relatable," but it doesn't change her record on First Amendment protections.
May 15 2013, 9:57 AM ET
How the word is overused
Apr 30 2013, 11:52 AM ET
'We Don't Cower in Fear': Reconsidering the Boston Lockdown
What does it say if Americans further cut back on basic freedoms in response to last week's bombings? And do any of us seriously think we won't?
Apr 21 2013, 11:13 AM ET
Against Womansplaining: The Problem With Advice by and for Strangers
"Why imagine that writers and TV personalities who have no idea that you even exist can advise you on your personal, professional, or ethical quandaries?"
Apr 9 2013, 11:30 AM ET
Threatening a Free Press, in Britain and the U.S.
The phone hacking scandal shouldn't necessitate a new regulatory system.
Mar 21 2013, 1:02 PM ET
America Needs Fewer Campaign-Finance Laws
The problem isn't that there isn't enough regulation -- it's that the laws already on the books aren't adequately enforced.
Feb 28 2013, 11:52 AM ET
Why Is the NYPD Investigating Alec Baldwin's Speech?
Under scrutiny for their stop-and-frisk policy, the boys in blue decide to go after the mouthy actor -- violating his First Amendment rights.
Feb 22 2013, 1:48 PM ET
Michael Bloomberg, Tireless Champion of Civil Liberties
Sure, he took away New Yorkers' right to massive sodas. But when it comes to our most important civil right, Bloomberg does better than most politicians.
Feb 11 2013, 12:49 PM ET
What's Wrong With Having a Secret Assassination Court?
The Obama Administration has considered establishing a special court to rubber-stamp targeted killings. But that won't do a thing to take care of civil libertarians' objections.
Feb 11 2013, 11:11 AM ET
The Dangers of Obama's Contraceptive Compromise
The same logic could be used to get businesses out of hiring gay employees or paying minimum wage.
Feb 6 2013, 9:55 AM ET
Will the Scouts Ever Admit Atheists?
The youth organization is finally reconsidering its ban on gay members. But it looks like another taboo will remain for a long time.
Jan 31 2013, 1:50 PM ET
There's No Room for Civil Liberties in Obama's Inauguration View of America
As the president's speech Monday made clear, the authoritarian right and egalitarian left meet in the middle on at least one issue: Neither side values the rights of the individual.
Jan 23 2013, 1:11 PM ET
Our Legal System Didn't Give Aaron Swartz a Chance
The Justice Department's pursuit of the 26-year-old internet activist for a victimless crime points to an ugly truth about prosecutorial abuse.
Jan 15 2013, 4:02 PM ET
Let Barney Frank Take Over for Kerry
He doesn't want to run for the seat and could help win the debt limit fight. So why do some Massachusetts Democrats want a less experienced appointee instead?
Jan 7 2013, 1:52 PM ET
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