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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…

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…

On the Agenda: Week of July 23-27

On the Agenda: Week of July 23-27

By Amanda Simon at 3:04pm

Here are a few highlights of our work for the upcoming week. 

This week, for the first time since 1990, the International AIDS Conference will be held in Washington, DC. A long-standing HIV travel and immigration ban, which was ended in…

ACLU Lens: Senate Takes Up New Detention Authorities Again Tonight – We Need Your Help!

By Amanda Simon at 11:21am

The Senate’s back in session today, ready to begin once again on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Perfectly timed for the Senate’s return, the San Jose Mercury News ran an incredibly compelling op-ed today by Floyd Mori,…

Watch Lists – Easy to Get On, Impossible to Get Off

Watch Lists – Easy to Get On, Impossible to Get Off

By Amanda Simon at 3:26pm

The New York Times had a great editorial in its Sunday paper that outlined the continuing issues with terror watch lists.

As if traveling weren't a hassle already (now even more so with invasive body scanners), imagine if your name were…

ACLU Lens: Chicago Sun-Times Weighs in on Indefensible Military Abortion Policy

By Amanda Simon at 12:43pm

The Chicago Sun-Times today has a terrific editorial on a thoroughly unfair military policy regarding servicewomen who are the victims of rape.

As it stands now, the military provides health insurance for members of the Armed Forces and…

FBI Lowers the Surveillance Bar Yet Again

By Amanda Simon at 3:46pm

Looks like the FBI will be once again lowering its already rock bottom standards for surveillance soon. According to a report in the New York Times — quoting our own Michael German (a former FBI agent) — the bureau is revising its surveillance…

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…

Does Sen. Lindsey Graham Want Another Declaration of War?

By Amanda Simon at 12:58pm

Buried in a New York Times story on the Obama administration’s failure to close Guantanamo Bay a few weeks ago was a link to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) much-discussed and much-anticipated draft legislation. For months and months, we’ve…

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