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ACLU Issues Guide for Defense Attorneys on Unconstitutional Government Use of Bulk Hacking
In 2015, the FBI used a single warrant, issued by a single judge, to hack into and search more than 8,000 computers in 120 countries around the world. The government designed software to infiltrate computers and bypass security- and privacy-enhancing technologies their users had put in place in order to identify and prosecute those users for visiting particular websites.This kind of bulk hacking flies in the…
Top 10 Reasons the ACLU Fights for Breastfeeding Rights
A few weeks ago, a mom named Jessie Maher was breastfeeding her baby in the cafeteria of a Target store in Connecticut when a belligerent man approached and said she was “F*ing disgusting” and “nasty.” Fellow shoppers and Target employees quickly sprang to Maher’s defense, shielding her from the man.“You shouldn’t be ashamed of feeding your baby,” one of them said to Maher. “This is a beautiful moment right now. If he doesn’t like it, he can go.”Maher posted a video of the…
So-So Social Media Privacy? State Legislators Should Reject New Model Bill and Stick With ACLU’s...
Social media has emerged as one of the most important free speech platforms of the 21st century, and as its use has spread far and wide, so has the interest of others in seeing what we post. Sometimes this interest has a dark side. More and more, job applicants and employees are being forced to provide employers with access to their social media accounts. Students are being forced to do the same by their schools, sometimes as a condition of participating on sports…
What We Learn When People Are Kicked Out of Campaign Rallies
ACLU: Portman should support voting rights proposal
It is our American duty to stop voter suppression and stand up to protect the right to vote for everyone.
7 Tips for Reporting Live Via Your Phone, From Anywhere
The ACLU's Peter Bibring on what people need to know before they start livestreaming.
Why the ACLU and the Government Are Teaming Up
UPDATE (June 14, 2016): Victory! Today the federal Circuit court for the District of Columbia issued a decision upholding the Open Internet Order in full. The court agreed with the ACLU that because internet service providers serve only as a conduit for others to speak online, net neutrality rules do not infringe on ISPs’ constitutional rights. Read the decision here.Original post: The ACLU did something unusual…
One Wasn’t Enough. Here’s Why the ACLU Is Demanding a Second Confirmation Hearing for Attorney...
The ACLU sent a letter today urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to cancel the pending vote on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to attorney general. We are also asking that Sen. Sessions re-appear as a witness in a second hearing.Why? Because, according to The Washington Post’s Robert Costa, Sessions was deeply involved in the executive orders signed by President Trump earlier today. As the next…
How the ACLU became Silicon Valley’s favorite startup
A generation ago, during a heated presidential campaign, George H.W. Bush called opponent Michael Dukakis a "card-carrying member of the ACLU." It was meant as a way to paint Dukakis, the...
DeVos Confirmation Hearing Raises More Concerns That She Will Be Bad for Public Education and...
Prior to her confirmation hearing, the ACLU joined dozens of other organizations in urging senators to question Betsy DeVos — President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education — about her extensive history of advocating for the use of public dollars to support private, often religious, schools. In addition, the ACLU raised serious concerns regarding the long track record of DeVos — along with…
How Can the Justice Department Help CIA Torture Victims? In This Case, By Doing Nothing.
Is the Obama administration going to stand in the way of justice for torture victims? We’ll know soon enough.Last month, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of three torture victims against the psychologists contracted by the CIA to design, implement, and oversee its post-9/11 torture program. In past cases involving the CIA’s former “extraordinary rendition” and torture program, the Bush and Obama administrations stepped in…
Get That Life: How I Became a Civil Rights Attorney for the ACLU
Abre' Conner won't stop fighting for underrepresented communities to have a voice.
A Year in the Life of California’s Historic Shift Toward Smart Justice
There’s a growing bipartisan consensus in the U.S. that locking up so many people for so long has bankrupted us both financially and morally. Joining that chorus just recently is a group of 130 law enforcement leaders from around the country, including California, who called for safely reducing the number of people behind bars. While admitting there is a problem is the first step, now comes…
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…
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…
ACLU-MN Voting 101
Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. The ACLU of Minnesota is working to protect and expand Minnesotansʼ freedom to vote.
ACLU 100 History Series
In 1917, war fever was sweeping the country. So was anti-dissent hysteria. Opponents of America’s entry into World War I — along with socialists and suspected draft evaders — faced prosecution, censorship, and violence It was in this climate that Crystal Eastman and Roger Baldwin created the Civil Liberties Bureau as part of the American Union Against Militarism. Three years later, in 1920, that small committee…
Homeland Security Must Stop Using Private Prisons for Immigration Detention. Here’s How to Do It.
This August, the Justice Department made history when it announced that the Bureau of Prisons would curtail — and eventually end — its use of private prisons. As the Justice Department noted, this change was made possible by criminal justice reforms that reduced its prison population. Now the ACLU is releasing a policy paper that calls on the Department of Homeland Security to follow suit by…
ACLU of California Endorses Proposition 10
Today, the three California ACLU affiliates announced their endorsement of Prop. 10, which would restore the power of local governments to limit rent increases.
ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law
The law is often used to discriminate against women, gay and transgender people, and others.