Blog of Rights


All in the Gang: How More Oversight Could Have Prevented Illegal Spying on Americans

By Amanda Simon at 2:26pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

In the wake of a veto threat (PDF) from the Obama administration, the intelligence authorization bill could be in jeopardy, all over some revisions to the "Gang of Eight" system.

The "Gang…

The Case for Trying Terrorists in Federal Criminal Courts

By Amanda Simon at 3:24pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Today the ACLU, along with a broad coalition of human rights and civil liberties groups, sent a letter to the Senate urging senators to defeat a bill that would force the Obama administration to try terrorism…

Little Privacy-Invading Snowflakes

By Amanda Simon at 5:46pm

For years now, the ACLU has been sounding the alarm on fusion centers, a post-9/11 phenomena set forth by the government to expand information collection and sharing practices among law enforcement agencies. There are over 70 fusion centers in…

Mikey Does *Not* Like It

By Amanda Simon at 5:25pm

The ACLU has, for years, been screaming at the top of our lungs about government watch lists. For. Years. It turns out, though, one of the most powerful voices not heard before today is that of Mikey Hicks, an 8-year-old boy who has been on the…

Set the DVR – ACLU Testifies Tuesday Before the House

By Amanda Simon at 3:44pm

The Washington Legislative Office’s Acting Director, Michael Macleod-Ball, is set to testify before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment on Tuesday morning. The hearing,…

Patriot Update: So, About That Deadline…

By Amanda Simon at 1:40pm

Quick update for you loyal readers: Currently, there are several bills pending in both the House and Senate as both chambers stare down the December 31 deadline for expiring Patriot Act provisions.

The two bills to watch are the House's USA…

Christmas Comes Early! EFF Gets FAA Document Dump

By Amanda Simon at 5:09pm

Hey, remember the fight around updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act? Also known as the FISA Amendments Act? Also known as one of the biggest legislative and legal battles we’ve ever had over surveillance?

Well, the Electronic…

Rays Of Sunlight in the House Judiciary Committee

By Amanda Simon at 6:14pm

Good news on national security legislation. I know! I can hardly believe it myself!

The USA Patriot Amendments Act was marked up this week in an epic House Judiciary Committee meeting that spanned two days. The bill, though a bit watered down,…

Patriot Reauthorization Begins. Badly.

By Amanda Simon at 5:00pm

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee started its markup of a bill that will both extend the three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and add a few minor fixes to other overly broad surveillance provisions of the act. The bill the committee…

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