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ACLU: Black Homeowners Were Preyed Upon by Banks Before the Great Recession

Racial wealth inequality has widened due to targeting of black Americans by pre-2008 subprime mortgage lending, a report by the American Civil Liberties Union finds.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



Thou Shalt Not Kill

Repulsed by tales of U.S. atrocities told by veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spc. Robert Weilbacher applied for and was granted conscientious objector status. Then the Pentagon pulled a fast one, leaving him trapped in a hypermasculine dystopia.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE



Argentina’s President Was First Head of State to Meet With Edward Snowden

Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner met with the whistleblower in “secret talks” in 2013.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



While Celebrating Caitlyn, Let’s Not Overlook the Wider Realities of Trans People’s Lives

To tell Caitlyn’s story with care is to demand justice for trans people.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Black People in Minneapolis Are 9 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Minor Offenses

A damning ACLU report finds “severe,” “pervasive” and “systematic” racial disparities in arrests by Minneapolis police.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Bans Federal Government From Giving Some Military Gear to Local Police Departments

In an attempt to rein in the reckless federal transferral of military equipment to cops, the president made a “surprise announcement” Monday ordering that certain gear stop being provided to local police departments, which were starting to look like “occupying forces.”

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



Why the ACLU’s Big Victory Against NSA Surveillance Falls Short

A federal court ruling that the National Security Agency’s vast telephone metadata collection program is illegal is a clear advance for civil liberties, but it doesn’t go far enough.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE



Court Dismisses Suit Against Anti-Iran Group Due to Risk of Exposing State Secrets

The U.S. government won the dismissal of a defamation suit against an anti-Iran advocacy group last week. It was the first time the government has intervened in a private case not involving a government agency or defense contractor.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



Information-Sharing Bill Would Extend NSA’s Reach, Opponents Argue

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which includes no data-protection provisions, would set up a new network for private corporations to share customer data with nearly all levels of law enforcement and intelligence, including the National Security Agency.

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Why Wikimedia Just Might Win Its Lawsuit Over NSA Surveillance

The nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, claims that because of Edward Snowden’s revelations, the spy agency can no longer use the same old “state secrets” defense.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE


How to Arm Your Cellphone Against Hackers and Spies

One of the many uncomfortable realities that we all are increasingly obliged to accept, at least on a practical level, is that the many gadgets that power our personal and professional lives can’t ever be fully shielded from prying eyes.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



Raising the Alarm Over Devices That Let Police Snoop Into Our Homes

With the proliferation of technology allowing law enforcement agencies to observe people through walls, we may be entering an era where the word “transparency” takes on a new meaning.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE



Oh, No: The ACLU Helped Jail CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

One of the U.S.’ most respected civil liberties organizations collaborated with President Reagan’s CIA in writing secrecy laws that enabled the prosecution of Bush-era whistleblower John Kiriakou, reports Mark Ames at Pando Daily.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Plan to Track Drivers Bigger Than Previously Thought

New documents released by the ACLU reveal that federal agencies proposed that license plate readers be used to monitor the travel patterns of Americans who attended certain public meetings.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Prison State of America

The incarcerated poor have become the nation’s most exploited workers. They are the prototype drones for the corporate totalitarian state.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Are Charter Schools Segregating America’s Education System?

Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched earlier this month says the opposite.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



A Society of Captives

The murder of unarmed citizens by police is not only about racism. It is an example of the omnipotence of the corporate state and the evisceration of the rule of law.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE



The Disenfranchisement of American Felons: Caught Once and Left Behind for Good

The American public only loses when we don’t allow felons to try to reintegrate into society.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE


Debate: One of the Finest Attorneys General in the Nation’s History?

Assessments of Attorney General Eric Holder’s legacy have been mixed. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund hailed him for his role in transforming the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and his leadership on voting rights. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union criticized Holder’s record on national security issues.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



Inappropriate Government Watchlisting Threatens Innocent Lives

“A single, uncorroborated source of information—including a Facebook or Twitter post”—is enough to put innocent foreigners and Americans on a watchlist of “known” and “suspected” terrorists shared with foreign and domestic agencies as well as private contractors, ACLU legislative counsel Arjun Sethi writes at The Guardian on Saturday.

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE



Putting the Police Under Surveillance

In some places in America, a black man holding a toy gun or a banana is more likely to be shot by the police than a white man with an actual gun. We live in a country of lethal fruit.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



To Terrify and Occupy

Welcome to a new era of American policing, where cops increasingly see themselves as soldiers occupying enemy territory, often with the help of Uncle Sam’s armory, and where even nonviolent crimes are met with overwhelming force and brutality.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Lawyers Suing to Protect Refugee Children

After fleeing a country with the worst murder rate in the world, and traveling more than a thousand miles while surviving corrupt officials, cartels and garden variety rape, an unaccompanied Honduran child would probably find herself in a courtroom trying to explain, via a translator, why she can’t go back.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



Aaron Swartz Can’t Fight the New Cybersecurity Bill, So We Must Do It

A year-and-a-half after Swartz killed himself because of pressure from felonies he faced over alleged “cyber crimes,” the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is set to give the government the power to collect and share content from emails, texts or other written communications without a warrant, ACLU adviser Gabe Rottman says.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable. Also: the fight to get refugee children legal representation, why legal weed is good for America, and Detroit anthologized.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable. Also: the fight to get refugee children legal representation, why legal weed is good for America, and Detroit anthologized.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



ACLU, Gay Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA

It is currently legal in the majority of states to fire an employee for being gay. A bill meant to change that lost key allies Tuesday, including the ACLU, Lambda Legal and GLAD.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They’re Private Corporations

Requests by the American Civil Liberties Union for open records on Massachusetts SWAT teams begat refusals to comply based on the premise that the forces are not government entities.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE



White House to Release Memo About Drone Attacks on U.S. Citizens

The American public will soon get a look into the decision-making process that led to the Obama administration’s use of drones to target U.S. citizens suspected of conducting terrorist activities abroad.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE



Court Orders Government to Release Secret Drone Assassination Memo

The government has claimed every legal right to kill American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without a trial, but has so far refused to release the actual memo granting permission.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE


‘Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discussed “recent conflicting federal court decisions on the legality of NSA spying” in a talk at the Connecticut Civil Liberties Conference at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE


The Internet Is Great and It’s Awful

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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No Need to Cyberspy; Government Officials Can Simply Confiscate Your Laptop

With all the leaks revealed thanks to whistle-blower Edward Snowden, we’re finally all pretty aware that most of our digital data is impossible to keep private. But did you know, even without fancy software, border officials can seize your computer whenever they feel like it?

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Woman Sues After Being Forced to Undergo Invasive Searches

A 54-year-old New Mexico woman is suing federal authorities after being forced to undergo “a brutal and inhumane six-hour full-body cavity search by federal officers that included anal and vaginal probes” with no warrant and without consent, the El Paso Times reports.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE


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U.S. Catholic Bishops Sued After Hospital Turns Away a Woman Miscarrying

Though Pope Francis has done quite a bit in recent months to better the image of the church, Catholic hospitals are hellbent on destroying it. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which issued the directives that resulted in a medical facility’s refusal of care to a woman suffering a miscarriage.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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ACLU Argues Bulk Gathering Violates Rights

Civil liberties campaigners with the ACLU told a New York court Friday that the NSA’s dragnet collection of U.S. phone records violates constitutional rights to freedom of association and privacy.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Our National Crime: Life Sentences for Low-Grade, Nonviolent Offenses

Nearly 3,300 people around the country—about two-thirds of them black—are serving prison sentences for nonviolent crimes. And four of five were drug-related. In a new report, the ACLU explores the human cost of policy failure.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

While in these last months the NSA has cast a long, dark shadow over American privacy, don’t for a second imagine that it’s the only government agency systematically and often secretly intruding on our lives. A remarkable traffic jam of local, state, and federal government authorities turn out to be exploiting technology to wriggle into the most intimate crevices of our lives.

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Isn’t Alone: Secret Government Program Embeds AT&T Workers in Drug Squads

The federal government has been paying AT&T to place some of its workers on drug-investigation teams since 2007 to give police instant access to millions of private phone records without court-signed subpoenas. The Obama administration says it’s no big deal; the ACLU disagrees.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Want Military Action? Look No Further Than Your Local Police

Increased militarization of domestic police departments has contributed to grotesque violations of Americans’ civil liberties, not to mention costing untold millions in tax dollars.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE


Oliver Stone Urges Action to End ‘Surveillance State’

In a new video produced by the ACLU, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker says it’s time to take a stand for American civil liberties in the wake of the recent revelations about the scope of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



ACLU Sues Obama Administration Over NSA Snooping, John Oliver’s ‘Daily Show’ Debut, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a lawmaker makes history on the U.S. Senate floor and outgoing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann continues to fundraise on her campaign site.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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The Return of Debtors’ Prisons (Video)

A review of reports published over the last few years shows poor and lower-income Americans are increasingly being jailed for being unable to pay debts and fines “more than two decades after the Supreme Court prohibited imprisoning those who are too poor to pay their legal debts,” as the ACLU notes.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Edith Windsor

Thanks to 83-year-old Edith Windsor, lesbians, gays and their supporters this week got a little closer to having their day in court.

Posted on Mar 30, 2013 READ MORE



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What the Government Can Get From Your iPhone

A court document obtained by the ACLU reveals the kind of data federal agents are able to pull off of a seized iPhone using “advanced forensic analysis tools.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 READ MORE



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GOP Lawmaker Makes Absurd Abortion Comparison

Election season is well and truly over, but that’s not stopping some in the Republican Party from continuing their campaign of saying crazy misogynist things showing how out of touch they are with issues pertaining to women and their bodies.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Indefinite War by Design

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald asks “whether [the United States’] endless war [on terror] is the intended result of U.S. actions or just an unwanted miscalculation.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Four More Years: Now What?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay America’s best election yet; Robert Scheer on Obama’s second term; marijuana legalization; and Internet freedom.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


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