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Gabe
Rottman

Gabe Rottman is a legislative counsel/policy advisor in the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office, focusing on the First Amendment. In that role, Rottman advocates in Congress and the federal agencies for the freedoms of speech, press, assembly and petition, including issues related to intellectual property, telecommunications regulation, media law, criminal speech restrictions and the rights of protesters.  Prior to this position, he served as an attorney in private practice and as a senior writer and communications specialist for the ACLU.

FARC Leader Convicted

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:56pm
I posted about this a while ago. A federal court convicted the Columbian FARC leader, Ricardo Palmera, two days ago for the abduction of three military contractors, held for years as de facto POWs in the Americo-Columbian campaign to interdict narcotics…

What's Good Enough for FARC?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:44am
In February 2003, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, known more ominously by the Spanish acronym FARC (a moniker outdone in being scary-sounding only by the Haitian Tonton Macoute), kidnapped three American counter-narcotics contractors, which…

30,000 Reasons to Reform the Patriot Act

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:32pm
Lawmakers, journalists and bloggers have all been galvanized by recent revelations about the FBI's extensive use of National Security Letters, which permit the bureau to demand certain types of personal records without any prior judicial review. Bart…

Tick-Tock

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:01am
Before getting into the relatively scanty pre-vote Roberts coverage, Slate mentions the ACLU of Pennsylvania's lawsuit in Dover challenging the school district's decision to teach "intelligent design" as an "alternative" to evolution. In anticipation…

In The News...

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:47pm
The ACLU's Connecticut lawsuit continues to figure prominently in the media. Editorial boards are writing strongly in favor of lifting the gag. "While there are clearly ongoing investigations that may warrant concealment of related materials and identities,"…

We're Still Gagged, But the Presses Are Moving

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:03pm

As Congress gets closer and closer to sending a final Patriot Act renewal bill to the president, the ACLU's new lawsuit revealing an FBI request for records from an unnamed member of the American Library Association makes it even…

London Calling

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:16pm
The latest Patriot Act news brings a good sampling of stories worth looking at (good for a wet and dreary August day in sleepy, Congressional recess-ridden Washington). FoxNews.com has an online addendum to a recent broadcast. David Keene, president…

Zero Hour, Minus One

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:09pm

This morning, the news is all about last night's House vote on Patriot Act reauthorization. Lawmakers voted 257-171 to make permanent 14 of the expiring provisions, and to extend two others for an additional decade…which is a very long time.

The…

Media Protection Rule Helpful, But Not a Panacea

Media Protection Rule Helpful, But Not a Panacea

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:50pm

The new rule released yesterday governing when the Department of Justice can investigate journalists seems like a dollop of progress with a sizeable helping of potential concern. The attorney general does, however, deserve credit for some progress…

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