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Alex Abdo (@AlexanderAbdo) is a staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project.

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Want a Debate on Surveillance? Give Us the Facts First.

Want a Debate on Surveillance? Give Us the Facts First.

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 11:19am
Earlier today, 63 companies and organizations — including the ACLU, AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo! — asked the government to allow companies that receive foreign-intelligence surveillance requests to publicly discuss those requests in basic terms. The ACLU signed the letter because the debate that the administration claims to have welcomed on NSA surveillance cannot take place in a vacuum. We need to know more about how those programs operate so that the public can decide for itself whether they are appropriate and necessary.
Congressional Representatives Support ACLU Push for Transparency in Secret Surveillance Court

Congressional Representatives Support ACLU Push for Transparency in Secret Surveillance Court

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:41pm

Sixteen members of Congress have come out in support of the ACLU's motion...

Flashback: Biden Agrees Access to Metadata Is 'Very, Very Intrusive' (VIDEO)

Flashback: Biden Agrees Access to Metadata Is 'Very, Very Intrusive' (VIDEO)

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 9:50am

In the wake of revelations that the Obama administration is tracking virtually every single phone call of every single American, the administration...

The NSA Surveillance Order, Explained by the ACLU

The NSA Surveillance Order, Explained by the ACLU

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 5:58pm

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order released yesterday by The Guardian reveals that the U.S. government is regularly tracking the phone calls of potentially millions of Americans.

ACLU attorneys have been monitoring the U.S. government’s…

For “Civic Hacking Day,” We’re Opening Our Torture Database to Developers

For “Civic Hacking Day,” We’re Opening Our Torture Database to Developers

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 10:59am

This Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, mark the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking. The ACLU is participating by enabling developers to access our Torture Database and in turn make this information even more accessible to the public. Starting…

WATCH: Condoleezza Rice Defends Torture Program and Confirms Bush's Role in It

WATCH: Condoleezza Rice Defends Torture Program and Confirms Bush's Role in It

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 10:48am

A video meant to be presented at yesterday's dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum featured Condoleezza...

The Most Important Surveillance Order We Know Almost Nothing About

The Most Important Surveillance Order We Know Almost Nothing About

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 4:53pm

Over the last seven months, we have learned an incredible amount about the government's post-9/11 surveillance efforts. But there is a crucial gap...

Government Fights to Keep Court Opinions on NSA Spying Hidden From Public

Government Fights to Keep Court Opinions on NSA Spying Hidden From Public

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:40pm

Last month, we asked the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court—known as the FISC—to publish its legal opinions allowing the government to track the phone calls of essentially all Americans. Those secret opinions are critical to the ongoing…

DOJ Tells Court It's Reconsidering Secrecy Surrounding Patriot Act's Spying Powers

DOJ Tells Court It's Reconsidering Secrecy Surrounding Patriot Act's Spying Powers

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 4:46pm

With a filing due next week in an ACLU Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the Justice Department today...

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