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Senate Moves Forward on Bad FISA Bill

By Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office & Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office at 3:18pm
The Senate just voted to move forward with the White House/Intelligence Committee FISA bill. No surprise. The legislation will now be debated over the next couple of days. This is not good news for those of us who respect freedom, the rule of law and the Constitution. Instead of capitulating to the White House, senators should be listening to their constituents -- not telecom lobbyists or White House spinmeisters. A number of senators have been speaking out against the Intelligence Committee bill. Two clear and thoughtful voices particularly stood out: In his arguments against the Intelligence Committee bill, of which he is a member, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) said this morning

Senate Moves Forward on Bad FISA Bill

By Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office & Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office at 3:18pm
The Senate just voted to move forward with the White House/Intelligence Committee FISA bill. No surprise. The legislation will now be debated over the next couple of days. This is not good news for those of us who respect freedom, the rule of law and the Constitution. Instead of capitulating to the White House, senators should be listening to their constituents -- not telecom lobbyists or White House spinmeisters. A number of senators have been speaking out against the Intelligence Committee bill. Two clear and thoughtful voices particularly stood out: In his arguments against the Intelligence Committee bill, of which he is a member, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) said this morning

50 Years Since Little Rock: Still More Left to Overcome

By Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office & Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office at 8:36am
Fifty years ago, the U.S. government took action to make sure school integration was a reality, not just an ideal. Fifty years ago, "separate but equal" was one step closer to coming to an end. Fifty years ago, the Brown v. Board of Education decision…

50 Years Since Little Rock: Still More Left to Overcome

By Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office & Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office at 8:36am
Fifty years ago, the U.S. government took action to make sure school integration was a reality, not just an ideal. Fifty years ago, "separate but equal" was one step closer to coming to an end. Fifty years ago, the Brown v. Board of Education decision…

Blanket ID Requirement Won't Solve Immigration

By Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office & Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office at 9:27am
Immigration reform is something that’s on everyone’s mind lately. There have been several legislative fixes proposed, the most recent being the [1] STRIVE Act introduced by Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). The STRIVE…

Blanket ID Requirement Won't Solve Immigration

By Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office & Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office at 9:27am
Immigration reform is something that’s on everyone’s mind lately. There have been several legislative fixes proposed, the most recent being the [1] STRIVE Act introduced by Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). The STRIVE…

Terrorism or Creative Accounting?

By Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office & Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office at 6:29pm
An internal examination by the Inspector General of Justice Department of terrorism prosecutions since 9/11 shows the government has labeled many criminal cases as anti-terrorism, despite having no connection to terrorist activity. The report mirrors…

Terrorism or Creative Accounting?

By Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office & Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office at 6:29pm
An internal examination by the Inspector General of Justice Department of terrorism prosecutions since 9/11 shows the government has labeled many criminal cases as anti-terrorism, despite having no connection to terrorist activity. The report mirrors…

Congress -- Time for a Change

By Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office & Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office at 11:07am
On Thursday, January 4th, Democrats will take control with the swearing in of the 110th Congress. The midterm elections and resulting leadership changes give the ACLU hope for increased oversight and better protections for our civil liberties. We…

Congress -- Time for a Change

By Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office & Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office at 11:07am
On Thursday, January 4th, Democrats will take control with the swearing in of the 110th Congress. The midterm elections and resulting leadership changes give the ACLU hope for increased oversight and better protections for our civil liberties. We…
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