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When the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the two psychologists who designed the torture program, the defense asked the judge to order Haspel “to provide a deposition discussing her allegedly pivotal involvement in an episode the CIA has tried repeatedly to put behind it.” The federal government, supported ...
The ACLU is fighting back: in the courts, in Congress and the states, and with coalition partners through national advocacy and grassroots organizing and actions. Congress holds incredible oversight power and responsibility to make DHS accountable and hold Trump to our constitutional values.

Social media companies are under tremendous pressure to police their platforms. National security officials press for takedowns of “terrorist content,” parents call for removal of “startling videos” masquerading as content for kids, and users lobby for more aggressive approaches to hateful or abusive content.
That question lay behind an important victory that the ACLU won on Thursday in the Virginia Supreme Court. ... and security agencies will push the interpretive flexibility of language past its limits when they want to preserve their power — something we've also seen with the National Security Agency.
This week, Congress is set to begin consideration of the annual defense bill, also known as the National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA sets spending priorities for the Department of Defense and is one of few pieces of legislation that Congress takes up every year. Legislators haven't failed to pass ...
Amidst all of the coverage of Mark Zuckerberg's congressional testimony last week, you may have missed another consequential headline for Facebook — and for everyone who uses the internet. An Irish court ruled that U.S. surveillance programs result in the “mass indiscriminate” processing of ...

The ACLU is going to court on Thursday to stop the transfer and fight the government's dangerous claims that it has the authority to violate an American's ... dangerous claim that seeks a carte blanche to suspend citizens' due process rights — anytime, anywhere — by simply invoking national security.
We at the ACLU have been fighting agencies for years over the profound civil liberties problems with watch lists: people being put on the lists without being told why or given the chance to see the ... So, insofar as this database is part of the national security establishment, there are a lot of problems with that.
The ACLU is none too happy about the proposal either. Hina Shamsi, director ACLU's National Security Project, said: This attempt to collect a massive amount of information on the social media activity of millions of visa applicants is yet another ineffective and deeply problematic Trump administration plan.
The existence of the Remote Operations Unit (ROU) has been a favorite of conspiracy theorists since 2013, when American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) principal technologist Chris Soghoian uncovered the group's existence by piecing together LinkedIn profiles and sections of documents released through ...
There is a real risk that social media vetting will unfairly target immigrants and travelers from Muslim-majority countries for discriminatory visa denials, without doing anything to protect national security.” The ACLU has opposed previous attempts by federal government agencies to collect social media ...
Chris Rickerd, a policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union's National Political Advocacy Department, argues courts have ruled CBP stops are constitutional only insofar as they prioritize brief immigration checks and not law enforcement efforts, such as drug searches. Immigrant advocates point ...
According to organizations that monitor detention facilities and provide services to asylum-seekers, there are hundreds of other children who have been separated from their parents. On March 9, the ACLU filed a motion expanding our lawsuit on behalf of Ms. L. into a nationwide class action suit on behalf ...
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced Friday it has filed a national class-action lawsuit against multiple federal government agencies over the practice of separating asylum-seeking families. The suit, filed on behalf of two plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of ...
The Barrow County Sheriff's Office is holding a “training course” on Thursday apparently approved by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. The title, “Islam in America,” sounds educational and harmless. But the course description and instructor tell another story that raises questions about the goals of ...
A border enforcement advocacy group says federal immigration officers – despite the ACLU's claim to the contrary – have every right to board Greyhound buses to apprehend illegal immigrants on the run. Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union are urging Greyhound to stop allowing federal ...
Following his campaign where he declared that “Islam hates us” and vowed to ban Muslims from entering the country, President Trump was quick to bring people who shared his hostility toward Muslims into his administration. Current and former officials like Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, Mike Flynn, Ben ...

Customers should not have their faces scanned without their permission—and they certainly shouldn't be scanned without their knowledge. Companies using face recognition should inform their customers — not only by answering queries from groups such as the ACLU and journalists such as those from ...
They are just one of hundreds of families who are subjected to ICE's brutal tactic of forcibly separating immigrant parents and children and on whose behalf the ACLU has brought a national class-action lawsuit. On Friday, The New York Times reported new data, estimating that more than 700 children have ...
(The ACLU, where I serve as National Legal Director, has been counsel in successful challenges to all three versions of the ban, including one now ... The Supreme Court has sometimes deferred to the political branches on matters of immigration and national security policy, but never on religious bias.
In a cruel coincidence, Braxton was released from custody on the same day Hall was told she'd serve 30 years in a maximum security prison. Now, after eight years of probation, he lives with minimal consequences for his violent crimes. The ACLU of Oklahoma is representing Hall and seeking her release ...
In a 2004 email later obtained by the ACLU, an agent described detainees chained in stress positions in extreme temperatures, left for up to 24 hours without food and water, urinating and defecating on themselves. One detainee was described as “almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to ...
There was also the matter of a significant lack of evidence that the countries included in the ban were related to legitimate national security concerns, but that by itself wouldn't normally be enough to strike down the ban because, as I said, executive and legislative officials are generally afforded broad ...
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration must give lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union 72 hours notice before transferring a United States citizen imprisoned in Iraq as an ... The case has raised novel issues about the rights of American citizens and government national-security powers.
Congress today missed a historic opportunity to reform an unconstitutional surveillance law, instead passing a version that makes it worse. Both Democrats and Republicans deserve sharp criticism for continuing to allow the NSA to engage in mass, warrantless spying. (You can see how your member of ...
To justify these “backdoor searches,” it can simply claim that it is seeking “foreign intelligence” or evidence of a crime. The FBI routinely searches through Section 702 information in cases unrelated to national security or where they may not even have the facts necessary to open a criminal investigation.
ACLU v. Mattis (the U.S. citizen enemy combatant case): Since the last episode, the government has permitted the ACLU to communicate with John Doe, who does indeed want the ACLU to pursue habeas relief on his behalf. This quickly led to an exchange of filings disputing whether the currently-pending ...
The new CBP policy indicates that officers at the border should have reasonable suspicion of unlawful activity or a “national security concern” before they can conduct an “advanced” search of the contents of an electronic device. An advanced search — sometimes called a forensic search — is any search ...
Almost four months after an American citizen was secretly detained by the U.S. military in Iraq, and three months after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion demanding access to him, ACLU lawyers were finally able to meet with the man to ask whether he wants to challenge his detention with ...
The ACLU challenged Kobach's efforts in Kansas and was able to unseal the documents from his meeting with Trump. These records revealed that despite the administration's insistence that the probe had no “preordained” notions or results, the commission's vice chair, Kobach, had lobbied Trump and ...
This week, the watchdog agency for the Department of Homeland Security issued a damning new report examining Immigration and Custom Enforcement's operation of five immigration jails across the country. The Office of the Inspector General concluded that the serious problems it found “undermine the ...
Plaintiffs are represented by the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU of Southern California, the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, and the ... It's absurd for the government to say that national security is furthered by keeping refugees like our plaintiff Jane Roe from her three-year-old daughter.”.
On a May morning in 2015, Xiaoxing Xi, a physics professor at Temple University, woke up to violent banging on the door of his home in a quiet suburb of Philadelphia. He raced downstairs. When he opened the door, he was greeted by a group of armed federal agents. Within minutes, he was handcuffed ...
But the order did not address the merits of the legal challenges to the ban, including the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and partner ... As the Fourth Circuit put it, the second version spoke “with vague words of national security,” but was the clear product of “religious intolerance, animus, ...
An American being held without charges by the U.S. military in Iraq has asked for an attorney, the ACLU finally learned last night following an extraordinary court hearing. The government is resisting our efforts to make contact with the man so he can challenge his detention, in an outrageous violation of the ...
By Amrit Cheng, Communications Strategist, ACLU ... Judge Wynn continued “that even when the president invokes national security as a justification for a policy that encroaches on fundamental rights, our courts must not turn a blind eye to statements by the president and his advisors bearing on the ...
This is why the ACLU, joined by over 30 organizations from across the political spectrum, is urging members of Congress to oppose the bill. Here are some of the reasons we're fighting this legislation. It could be used to allow more unconstitutional surveillance that targets Americans and foreigners. Several ...
For example, in 2016, the public learned that an entity calling itself the “Shadow Brokers” obtained National Security Agency malware. Following some initial attempts to sell the exploits, the Shadow Brokers dumped dozens of NSA hacking tools online for free in April 2017. One of those tools exploited a ...
Fifth, and briefly, an update on the status of ACLU v. Mattis, which is the habeas petition the ACLU filed on behalf of the still-unnamed U.S. ...
Today, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Center for Media Justice seeking other records regarding the FBI's ...
EVANSTON - David D. Cole, the national legal director of the ACLU, will ... Liberties Prize for best book on national security and civil liberties.
... and the outcome of any government investigations into what happened, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request in March with ...
The Department of Homeland Security recently issued a public notice that, among other things, indicates the department has expanded the ...
Last week, a coalition of groups including the ACLU of Massachusetts sent a letter to the Boston Police Department cosigned by over two ...
The ACLU's response to UC Berkeley's Free Speech event was to oppose free speech and to echo leftists denying rightists' right to speak.
By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project ... of Information Act litigation brought by the ACLU, the broad contours of the Obama ...
Mattis on the question whether the ACLU should be permitted to represent a United States citizen who is currently being detained as an enemy combatant in ... by applying modern due process balancing to weigh the detainee's individual liberty interests again the government interest in national security.
The ACLU, student advocates, and a growing number of members of Congress have been seeking to address this problem by providing prospective students with better information about these predatory institutions. Multiple bills currently pending in Congress are focused on providing information about the ...
The American Civil Liberties Union issued a statement on the new rule on Tuesday. ... they say," said Faiz Shakir, national political director of the ACLU. ... This collect-it-all approach is ineffective to protect national security ...
The ACLU is taking action against ICE for its failure to abide by its own policy on detaining pregnant women, the shocking detention conditions, ...


 

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