DEA’s Massive License Plate Tracking Program Spies on Millions of Americans, Helps Agents Seize Property

By: Tuesday January 27, 2015 11:00 am

The Drug Enforcement Agency operates a massive license plate tracking program that is open to various federal, state and local law agencies and was specifically designed to help the agency seize property through asset forfeiture, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union.

 

Terrorist Prosecution Fail, Taxpayers Eat it for $25,000+

By: Monday January 26, 2015 11:00 am

Here’s another reason to be even more skeptical when you see those statistics about how the United States has arrested or detained 1,200,761,324 terrorists or whatever. A former college student, Nicholas George, was detained in 2009 for hours at Philadelphia International Airport because he was carrying Arabic flashcards and thus suspected by the TSA of [...]

First Published Book by a Guantanamo Prisoner Vividly Recounts Torture & Rendition

By: Tuesday January 20, 2015 5:00 pm

Mauritanian citizen Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who remains in indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay, has become the first prisoner to have a book written during his time in prison published. The book called “Guantanamo Diary” is a first person stream of consciousness story of what he experienced as he was subjected to rendition, torture, interrogations and [...]

US Settles with Citizen Who Was Victim of Post-9/11 Practice of Imprisoning Muslims as ‘Material Witnesses’

By: Friday January 16, 2015 11:07 am

The United States government has settled with a Kansas-born Muslim man, who it now admits was arrested in 2003 because he was a material witness and not a criminal suspect. He was the victim of a post-9/11 practice where agents would take advantage of the material witness statute and detain and interrogate individuals instead of [...]

Journalists, Former Inmates Sue to Block Pennsylvania Law Which Could Be Used to Silence Them

By: Thursday January 8, 2015 4:00 pm

A group of journalists, publications, advocacy organizations and individuals who were formerly incarcerated for crimes committed in Pennsylvania are suing to block the enforcement of a state law, which they argue violates their due process and First Amendment rights because it could be used to suppress their speech. In October, the “Revictimization Relief Act” was [...]

ACLU Appeals Decision Which Created Immunity for FBI Agents Involved in Torturing US Citizens Abroad

By: Wednesday December 17, 2014 2:00 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union has appealed a federal district court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an American citizen who alleges he was detained and tortured by FBI agents in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in violation of his constitutional rights. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, ruled in [...]

What Exempting Homeland Security Agencies from New Racial Profiling Rules Means for Millions of Americans

By: Saturday December 6, 2014 11:05 am

Key security agencies in the United States are expected to be exempted from new Justice Department rules announced by President Barack Obama’s administration to reduce racial profiling by federal law enforcement. The exemptions will permit Homeland Security agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), [...]

Shamsi and Harwood: An Electronic Archipelago of Domestic Surveillance

By: Sunday November 9, 2014 7:00 am

It began with an unexpected rapping on the front door.

When Wiley Gill opened up, no one was there. Suddenly, two police officers appeared, their guns drawn, yelling, “Chico Police Department.”

“I had tunnel vision,” Gill said, “The only thing I could see was their guns.”

After telling him to step outside with his hands in the air, the officers lowered their guns and explained. They had received a report — later determined to be unfounded — that a suspect in a domestic disturbance had fled into Gill’s house. The police officers asked the then-26-year-old if one of them could do a sweep of the premises.

Amtrak’s Suspicious Activity Reporting Guidelines & the White Privilege of Freedom of Travel

By: Saturday October 25, 2014 8:32 am

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) obtained a copy of guidelines for Amtrak customer service employees in Texas. The organization received it as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which it filed because individuals have been submitted reports indicating they were “wrongfully searched and arrested on Amtrak trains.” The company may also be using suspicious activity guidelines to target individuals in a civil asset forfeiture program.

US Government Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Against ‘Suspicious Activity’ Program Which Keeps Files on Innocent People

By: Monday October 20, 2014 11:16 am

The United States government has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of five US citizens who say they were victims of a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals.

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