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Killing of Al-Awlaki: Even When Trying to Fight Terrorism, the President Must Still Follow the Constitution

Killing of Al-Awlaki: Even When Trying to Fight Terrorism, the President Must Still Follow the Constitution

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:34pm
The debate over the U.S. government's targeted killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki continued this week. ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer took on former Bush lawyer (and torture memo writer) John Yoo on Southern California Public Radio’s AirTalk (listen here), and also explored the issue on CBC's The Current (listen here).

The CIA Weighs In: Torture Did Not Help Find Bin Laden

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:09pm

Since the killing of Osama bin Laden, there has been much debate over whether the torture of detainees in U.S. custody helped American intelligence find the terror leader. It would be hard to find a better authority on where the truth lies than…

Appeals Court Ruling Means Morris Davis Free Speech Case Can Move Ahead

Appeals Court Ruling Means Morris Davis Free Speech Case Can Move Ahead

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:10pm

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals just issued its opinion in the ACLU’s First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of Col. Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at Guantánamo. He was fired from his job at the Congressional Research Service (part…

VIDEO: Falling Short: Guantánamo Military Commissions and the Torture Connection

VIDEO: Falling Short: Guantánamo Military Commissions and the Torture Connection

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 9:47am

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other prisoners accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks will soon be tried at a military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay, despite the Obama administration's earlier stated intention to try the men in federal…

VIDEO: Presidential Power and the Targeted Killing Debate

VIDEO: Presidential Power and the Targeted Killing Debate

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:34pm

The Obama administration’s strained defense of its targeted killing program is continuing to make people think long and hard about the government’s asserted authority to mark an American for death without any judicial oversight whatsoever.

Today…

ACLU in Court Defending the Freedom of Speech for Ex-Gitmo Prosecutor

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 3:19pm

Today the ACLU was in court arguing that the Library of Congress violated Col. Morris Davis’s First Amendment rights when it fired him from his job at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) because of opinion pieces he wrote criticizing…

The Patriot Act's "John Doe," Unmasked but Still Gagged

The Patriot Act's "John Doe," Unmasked but Still Gagged

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 9:51am

In 2007, The Washington Post made an exception to its policy against anonymous op-eds and ran a piece by Nicholas Merrill, who at the time was legally barred from identifying himself as having been served with a National Security Letter under the…

The Patriot Act, Cyber-Edition

The Patriot Act, Cyber-Edition

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:22pm

This week marks 10 years since the Patriot Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The ACLU is hosting a blog series that will address some of the sweeping changes to surveillance laws over the past decade. To learn more about the Patriot…

What Your Cell Phone Company Is Telling the Government About You

What Your Cell Phone Company Is Telling the Government About You

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:48pm

It’s time for cell phone companies to be up front with customers about how their personal information – including their location history and who they call and text with – is being collected, stored, and shared with the government.…

Supreme Court Will Hear ACLU Case Challenging Warrantless Wiretapping Law

Supreme Court Will Hear ACLU Case Challenging Warrantless Wiretapping Law

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:16am

The Supreme Court has just agreed to consider whether plaintiffs represented by the ACLU have the right to challenge the constitutionality of a controversial law that authorizes the National Security Agency to conduct dragnet surveillance of Americans’…

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