According to the ACLU, instead of investigating crimes, local and state police departments have created a tracking program for every car in the country. An automated system using scanners has been mindlessly collecting data on the driving habits of everyone. The data is then uploaded to police databases for greater access.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 19, 2013 1:00 pm|
A lawsuit against unlawful surveillance against Muslim communities by the New York Police Department (NYPD) was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), New York Civil Liberties Union and Clear Project yesterday.
|By: DSWright Tuesday June 11, 2013 2:55 pm|
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the NSA Phone Spying Program.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday June 7, 2013 3:05 pm|
The whistleblower inside government, who is providing The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald with information on top secret government surveillance programs that eight years ago would have been alarming to those in Congress has not only provided the public with information citizens have a right to know. This source has also forced the government to be more transparent about the programs because officials believe the disclosures are “misleading” about the nature of the programs.
|By: DSWright Thursday June 6, 2013 6:02 am|
The Obama Administration has, according to a report in the Guardian, been collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 4, 2013 9:25 am|
The very origins of marijuana prohibition are rooted in racism. The plant was first outlawed because of concerns it was being used by “dangerous” Mexicans and African-Americans. A century later the practice and execution of the war on marijuana remains heavily racially biased. According to a new report by the ACLU even though whites and African-Americans use marijuana at nearly identical rates, African-Americans are almost four times as likely to be arrested for it. From the ACLU report:
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 30, 2013 10:00 am|
The government has decided to settle a lawsuit brought by American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Bradley Manning Support Network co-founder David House. The lawsuit involves a suspicionless border search that House experienced in 2010, where he had his laptop and other electronic devices seized.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 8, 2013 2:00 pm|
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has received documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that provide details on FBI and Justice Department policies, which appear to suggest the federal authorities can read emails without obtaining a warrant.
The FBI provided a copy of a 2012 Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG) that had not been made public. It contained nothing about the Fourth Amendment requiring a warrant for all emails. It stated that in enacting the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 2, 2013 6:30 pm|
An annual report to the United States Senate by the Justice Department shows the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court did not deny one single request made to the court by federal law enforcement. All applications to conduct electronic surveillance or “physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes” were granted.