Samuel Moyn reviews “The Taming of Free Speech: America’s Civil Liberties Compromise” by Laura Weinrib.
Judge Napolitano: Why Should We Believe Dems Who Vow to Protect Civil Liberties?
Fox Nation host Judge Andrew Napolitano asked Wednesday on "Liberty File" whether Democrats or Republicans were better at protecting civil liberties.
Turnkey Tyranny: Jamming the Lock on the Way Out
For six years—from 2006 to 2013—I worked inside the intelligence community to enforce laws and policies that protect privacy and civil liberties. My tenure
How One Policy Change Could Wipe Out Muslim Civil Liberties
Designating Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization could lead to major fallout for American Muslims.
Alavaro Bedoya Highlights the Critical Connection between Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Earlier this month, Georgetown Law Professor Alvaro Bedoya delivered the U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez Memorial Lecture in Law & Civil Rights at The University of New Mexico School of Law, titled “Privacy and Civil Rights in the Age of Facebook, ICE, and the NSA.” His remarks neatly encapsulated...
What civil liberties? Kentucky's medieval abortion law amounts to state-sanctioned rape
Abortion horror show gets worse: Supreme Court lets stand bizarre Kentucky law, and choice is on the critical list
Privacy Is Over. We Must Fight Harder Than Ever To Protect Our Civil Liberties.
Once upon a time, privacy was everyone's default setting. Imagine an era when most letters and ledgers existed only in
First Amendment’s slippery slope: Why are civil liberties advocates joining forces with the right?
Rich people have free speech rights. Do the corporations they run? That question is destroying democracy
100 years ago, a declaration of war launched an era of civil liberties suppression in Minnesota
How To Reignite Your Passion For Social Justice, According To The Executive Director Of The New...
"You don't know when it's gonna be your turn to be courageous."
How Civil Rights and Liberties Activists Are Taking on Capitol Hill
In Washington, D.C., lobbying is a $3.5 billion industry.
How Constitutional Change Happens: Q&A With David Cole
The following is a Q&A with David Cole, civil liberties litigator, law professor, recipient of the ACLU’s inaugural Norman Dorsen Presidential Prize, and author of the just-published book, “Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law” (Basic Books). The book tracks three campaigns — one relating to marriage equality, another relating to gun rights, and another relating to human rights in the…
Why Government Use of Social Media Monitoring Software Is a Direct Threat to Our Liberty and Privacy
A version of this post originally appeared at the ACLU of Oregon.As we’ve previously written about, analysts at the Oregon Department of Justice used a tool called Digital Stakeout to surveil people — including the department’s very own director of civil rights — who used over 30 hashtags on social media, such as #BlackLivesMatter and #fuckthepolice. While an internal investigation confirmed the illegal surveillance and made…
How Does Florida's Abortion Waiting Period Compare To Other States?
The American Civil Liberties Union and the state of Florida are locked in a fight over a new abortion waiting period provision. So how does the law stack
Why I Have Hope For American Muslim Equality
At a time of rising anti-Muslim rhetoric and discrimination, communities nationwide are coming together to push back. This is the first in a series of blog posts meant to highlight this fight for equality and religious freedom.President Obama gave a milestone speech in defense of American Muslims and religious freedom at a mosque last week. And I had a hard time listening to it. That may…
What’s Driving Religious Discrimination at the Alabama DMV?
NOTE - August 30, 2016: This post originally ran in April 2016. Today the ACLU and ACLU of Alabama filed a federal lawsuit on Ms. Allen’s behalf, arguing that Lee County’s refusal to provide a religious accommodation to Ms. Allen violates her rights under the Alabama Constitution and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit asks the court to order Lee County officials to allow Ms. Allen to retake her driver license photo with her headscarf.I have always been a spiritual…
The FBI Says It Can't Disclose Its Records Because Then the Public Would Know How the Bureau Works
This piece originally appeared at Privacy SOS.Granting the ACLU and the public access to staffing, budgetary, and statistical information about the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force and FBI would mean “the public would know where the FBI was putting its resources,” warned an assistant U.S. attorney in oral argument in a Boston federal court last week. The government apparently doesn’t want the public to know anything…
What One Man Did When He Was Accidentally Deported To Mexico
Andres Robles Gonzalez, a U.S. citizen, was picked up outside New Orleans in 2007 and transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody for allegedly violating federal civil immigration laws. Despite telling immigration officers several times that he was a U.S. citizen, Robles Gonzalez was placed in deportation proceedings and removed to Mexico in December 2008. In 2011, he was finally allowed to come back to…
Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution: On 5th Anniversary, What’s Next?
Five years ago this month, the Tunisian people’s protests calling for respect of their civil liberties resulted in the downfall of the 24-year authoritarian regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the start of a rocky but largely peaceful process toward an inclusive political system. The U.S. Institute of Peace and the International Republican Institute commemorated the 5th Anniversary of the Jasmine Revolution and…