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ACLU Lens: Shaheen Amendment Draws Support from Retired Military

ACLU Lens: Shaheen Amendment Draws Support from Retired Military

By Amanda Simon at 10:14am

Last week, during its markup of the National Defense Authorization (NDAA) bill, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to include a much-needed and overdue amendment to help servicewomen when they need it most. The amendment, offered by Sen. Jeanne…

Garbage In, Unnecessary Arrests Follow

By Amanda Simon at 12:22pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

We all know the government has a love affair with data and data mining, and while Congress tried to kill the Total Information Awareness program, it never quite went away. One of the key arguments against…

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…

Unchecked Executive War Power Could Slip Through the House

Unchecked Executive War Power Could Slip Through the House

By Amanda Simon at 4:08pm

Tucked inside the National Defense Authorization Act, being marked up by the House Armed Services Committee this week, is a hugely important provision that hasn't been getting a lot of attention — a brand new authorization for a worldwide…

A Straight Answer on Warrants for Email from the Government? Not So Easy.

A Straight Answer on Warrants for Email from the Government? Not So Easy.

By Amanda Simon at 6:15pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee met this week to hear testimony from Obama administration officials on upcoming plans to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). You remember ECPA? That bill passed in 1986 — before we had the World…

Telecoms Fund Their Own “Privacy” Group (ROFLMAO)

By Amanda Simon at 4:33pm

In “are you serious?!” news, the Washington Post reported yesterday that a new group, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), has been formed to “help shape standards around how companies collect, store and use consumer data for business…

Putting an END(A) to Workplace Discrimination

Putting an END(A) to Workplace Discrimination

By Amanda Simon at 11:06am

Congress is about to take up an incredibly important bill that will affect thousands of American workers. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which was reintroduced in the House last week and in the Senate today, would prohibit employment…

Facts vs. Fiction on the Military’s Abortion Ban

By Amanda Simon at 5:43pm

The Washington Times published an article Tuesday on the Senate Armed Services Committee’s recent move to repeal a ban on private funding for abortions on military bases. The story contained several misleading and unfortunate claims from …

FISA Debate: Not So Much a Debate as a Death March for the Fourth Amendment

By Amanda Simon at 12:30pm

Depressing, I know, but it's the truth. Get ready to lose all faith in government. Maybe an overstatement. Maybe not. To get our official line on this bill, read our letter to the House.

Watching the debate on the floor has given a few memorable…

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