Lawsuit Challenges Secretive Policy Allegedly Used Against Muslim Immigrants to Deny Citizenship

By: Friday August 1, 2014 10:53 am

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of five Muslims allegedly denied American citizenship because of a secretive policy a Homeland Security Department’s immigration agency operates. The program grants the government broad discretion to designate those applying for citizenship as “national security concerns.” According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], the United [...]

Mass Surveillance, Leak Investigations & the Chilling Effect Against Journalism

By: Monday July 28, 2014 9:21 pm

A number of American journalists, who work for small and large media organizations, contend that the spike in leak investigations is tied to government mass surveillance. They report experiences with sources, who are no longer willing to speak to them. They have found it increasingly difficult to build new relationships with sources. A chilling effect [...]

Lawsuit Argues Children Deported by US Government Have Their Due Process Rights Violated

By: Friday July 11, 2014 5:53 pm

Multiple organizations have filed a class action lawsuit against the government for violating the due process rights of immigrant children, who have crossed the US-Mexico border, by failing to provide them with legal presentation during deportation hearings. The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP [...]

US Citizens Sue Government Over ‘Suspicious Activity’ Program Which Keeps Files on Innocent People

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 7:50 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of five United States citizens challenging a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals. The federal government has a National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) that, according to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], “encourages state and local law [...]

No-Fly List Appeals System Declared Unconstitutional; No-Fly is No Fair

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 6:49 am

People on the government’s no-fly list are denied their constitutional right to due process, because the government’s procedures to challenge inclusion on the secretive roster are “wholly ineffective,” U.S. District Judge Anna Brown declared in a case brought by thirteen American citizens and supported by the ACLU. Important: The court did not declare the no-fly [...]

These Are the Americans on the No-Fly List Who Argued in Court Their Rights Had Been Violated and Won

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 12:06 pm

Thirteen United States citizens represented by the American Civil Liberties Union sued the US government after they were prevented from flying over US airspace after January 1, 2009. They believed that they were on the No-Fly List because airline representatives, FBI agents and other government officials had informed them of this fact. But the government [...]

Federal Judge Rules US Citizens Placed on No-Fly List Had Their Due Process Rights Violated

By: Tuesday June 24, 2014 5:10 pm

A federal district court in Oregon has ruled that United States citizens who were placed on the No-Fly List had their rights to “procedural due process” violated. The current process is unconstitutional and the government must “provide a new process” that satisfies the “constitutional requirements for due process.” The ACLU brought a case on behalf [...]

ACLU Report on Militarized Policing: SWAT Team Deployments, Federal Programs Foster Warrior Mentality

By: Tuesday June 24, 2014 11:45 am

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report on the militarization of local law enforcement in the United States, which shows how the vast majority of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team deployments are for executing search warrants for drugs and the federal government is incentivizing the use of military-grade weaponry. A statistical analysis [...]

Release of Legal Memo Justifying Anwar Al-Awlaki’s Killing Paves Way for Disclosure of More Records

By: Monday June 23, 2014 5:05 pm

A redacted legal memo produced to justify the “targeted killing” of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by the CIA in a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011, was finally released after a federal appeals court ordered its disclosure. The memo [PDF] had been the subject of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits by the American [...]

Stung: Government Disappears Stingray Spying Records

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 7:58 am

We’ve heard variations on the phrase “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” from the government for quite some time. It appears this may be true, at least if you are the government. In the case of Stingray, a cell phone spying device used against Americans, the government does have something [...]

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