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Get Out of Your Election Depression, and Take Action

Anyone opposed to President-elect Donald Trump needs to champion what he or she considers important. Here are some steps Americans can take to strengthen the country.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE


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Edward Snowden Makes a Surprise Appearance at ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner (Video)

The whistleblower attended the 2016 American Civil Liberties Union SoCal dinner via video stream to honor actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Snowden in the Oliver Stone film “Snowden,” as well as to tell Americans, “When systems fall, when things break down ... people remain. Don’t be afraid of what comes next. Be ready.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 READ MORE



Dozens of Groups Call on Facebook to End Censorship

As the social media giant comes under fire for its alleged censorship and tracking of activists and protesters, a coalition of more than 70 groups and individuals has demanded that it “clarify its policy on removing video and other content, especially human rights documentation, at the request of government actors.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 READ MORE



FCC Passes Sweeping Internet Privacy Rules in ‘Big Win for Civil Rights’

New rules require internet service providers to get customers’ explicit consent before sharing data with third parties.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE



Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks Justice for At-Risk Children of Flint

“There must be responsibility to do everything humanly possible to mitigate the damage done to the residents of Flint—especially its children.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE



Denouncing ‘Colossal Waste’ of Drug War, Report Makes Case for Decriminalization

“Locking people up for using drugs causes tremendous harm,” according to a joint assessment by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE



Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Gave Data to a Firm Helping Police Track African-American Protesters

The social media companies’ leaders had previously expressed support for Black Lives Matter.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE


Questions Remain as Police Release Videos of Fatal Shooting in Charlotte, N.C.

By Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams

Release of dashcam and body-cam footage follows days of protests and demands for videos to be made public.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Justice for Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden

A radical defense of the human and political rights of Manning and Snowden should not be limited to only the known views and statements of such whistleblowers.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



Chelsea Manning to Answer Charges Stemming From Suicide Attempt

The whistleblower faces an Army disciplinary board Thursday for interfering with the “good order” of the prison where she is being held.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



Mass Aerial Surveillance Is a Growing Orwellian Concern in the United States

The federal government has been equipping planes with monitoring devices for some time. But how far will law enforcement agencies go in order to watch citizens?

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



Secret Cameras Are Recording Baltimore’s Every Move—From the Sky

Since the start of 2016, the Baltimore Police Department has been using a privately funded and operated surveillance company to investigate crimes via a camera-equipped airplane—without informing the public.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



Border Detention Images Show How U.S. Abuses Migrants

Security camera images unsealed in a federal lawsuit show immigrants detained by Customs and Border Protection wrapped in emergency blankets and squashed together with no room to move.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Implied Assassination Threat, Fox News and the NRA

The Republican presidential candidate is giving new meaning to “bully pulpit,” ratcheting his irrational campaign rhetoric to new and dangerous lows.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE



American Civil Liberties Union Forces U.S. to Release Secret Drone Playbook

The long-awaited release of the guidelines provide “a timely reminder of the breadth of the powers that will soon be in the hands of another president,” an ACLU spokesman said.

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Live at Truthdig: What Does the Future Hold for Donald Trump?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team sat down with former judge and Truthdig contributor Bill Blum to analyze what’s likely to be next for the GOP’s unorthodox presidential candidate.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


U.S. to Punish Chelsea Manning After Suicide Attempt in July

Manning’s attorney (pictured) said officials are arranging further miserable conditions for the convicted leaker, including solitary confinement and indefinite detention.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Chelsea Manning Facing Punishment After Suicide Attempt

The whistleblower could be subject to indefinite solitary confinement and may lose any chance of parole if the Army convicts her of what the ACLU calls “administrative offenses.”

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Administration Drone Death Tally Falls Short, Critics Say

“It’s hard to credit this death count, which is lower than all independent assessments,” says Hina Shamsi, director of the National Security Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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FBI Wants to Exempt Its Biometric Data From Privacy Rules

The intelligence agency is facing blowback from advocacy organizations in response to its proposal for long-term storage and use of personal information—including that of people who haven’t committed crimes.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



How the Latest Attempt at Police Transparency in California Failed Miserably

As police scandals swirl in Northern California, a legislative effort to make the disciplinary records of officers available to the public comes up short.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



Declassified CIA Report Shows Barbaric Conditions That Led to a Detainee’s Death

Gul Rahman, a 34-four-year-old suspected al-Qaida operative, froze to death in November 2002 after being beaten, doused with cold water and left half-naked while chained to the floor of his cell.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE



Barring Prisoners From Voting Undermines Democracy

In most states, people’s firsthand experience of the criminal justice system can’t be part of the political debate on how to reform it.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



Privacy Rights Victory: California Encryption Bill Shut Down by Legislators

The bill, which would have penalized companies that refuse to cooperate with the government over encrypted phones, did not go to a vote.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



Kansas Voter Registration Discrepancy May Have Disenfranchised Spanish-Speaking Voters

Why are there multiple differences between the English-language and Spanish-language version of the state’s voting guide?

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



Why North Carolina’s New Anti-LGBT Law Is a Trojan Horse

It’s not just bathrooms. Lawmakers also took away the right to sue under state law for all kinds of employment discrimination.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Won’t Tell Apple How It Hacked iPhone but Vows to Help Local Police

“Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



North Carolina: Flush Your Bathroom Bill Down the Toilet

The bathroom ban is a symptom of systemic, institutionalized discrimination against transgender people.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



War Zone Tactics Come Home as Pentagon Admits Domestic Spy Drone Use

“The appetite to use surveillance drones in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow,” an internal report states.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



Pentagon Releases Almost 200 Photos of Bush-Era Military Abuse

After a decade-long legal battle, the Department of Defense releases 198 photos of detainee abuse at two dozen U.S. military sites across Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE



People of Flint Call for Pro-Democracy Revolt to Save Their Poisoned City

Residents and advocacy organizations are seeking outside intervention and a complete overhaul of the state government.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



‘An Affront to Our Humanity’: Obama Bans Solitary for Children

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, the president outlined new measures to curb the use of isolation in federal prisons.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Report: Nebraska Routinely Holds Children in Solitary Confinement

A civil rights report reveals that young offenders in the state’s detention facilities are sometimes put in isolation for days, weeks or months for “relatively minor infractions.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



47 Democrats Join With House GOP to Refuse Suffering Refugees

“Not much is bipartisan these days, but apparently bigotry is something both sides of the aisle can come together on.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



‘Right Out of California’ Book Review: On the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism

In her look at California labor disputes during the Depression, Kathryn Olmsted reveals a mirror reflected across eight decades: Even the government’s most modest policies on behalf of the poor were met with hysteria by the right.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



Data-Grabbing ‘Stingrays’ Are Attacking Our Civil Liberties

The secrecy surrounding police use of these “anti-terrorism” devices in ordinary criminal investigations is a big and growing problem, ACLU experts say, one that puts some defendants at an unfair and illegal disadvantage.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuit by ACLU and Nation Magazine Against the NSA

In dismissing the plaintiffs’ claim that they were threatened by unwarranted surveillance, the judge ludicrously reasoned that, because the NSA did not admit to its spying, the plaintiffs’ fears were “subjective.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Drone Papers’ Offer Even More Reasons to End Remote-Controlled Wars

Politicians and most mainstream media pretend our drone wars don’t exist. But new revelations by an anonymous source lay bare the details of these failed military operations.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Missouri Pastor Calls on Americans to Condemn Burnings of Black Churches Near Ferguson

“What troubles me is not so much these attacks, but the community’s responses to these attacks,” says the Rev. Rodrick Burton, pastor of a Baptist church that was attacked by an arsonist in early October.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Standing With Ahmed and All Children of Color

The treatment the 14-year-old science buff received from police and school authorities is emblematic of the obstacles children of color face—even when they have educational privilege.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



2,000 Cases in Baltimore Could Be Overturned Because of Unlawful Police and Prosecutor Collusion

More than 2,000 criminal cases in Baltimore could be thrown out as a result of a retrial motion accusing the state’s attorney’s office and police of “deliberate and willful misrepresentation” of their methods of evidence collection—and attorneys say there may be many more such cases.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE



Chelsea Manning Found Guilty of Violating Prison Rules, Given Restrictions

The good news is that convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning isn’t facing solitary confinement for an indefinite stretch of time.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



Government Surveillance of the Black Lives Matter Movement Shamelessly Violates the First Amendment

ACLU staff attorney Nusrat Choudhury explains why government tracking of activists involved in the Black Lives Matter movement is simply “not okay.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Talks Tough About Gun Control ... in Other States

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made an appearance on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” and departed from the GOP script on gun control by recommending stricter standards in states other than his own.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE



ACLU Moves to Shut Down NSA’s Ongoing Bulk Phone Data Collection

Just after he signed the USA Freedom Act in early June, President Obama took steps to ensure that the government’s contentious practice of collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk, one of the main sticking points in the tussle over the bill, could continue through the end of 2015.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



It’s Not Just the NSA—the IRS Is Reading Your Emails Too

Once your emails reach the tender age of 180 days, government agencies can easily gain access to them without your even knowing it. The Email Privacy Act would change that.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



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


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