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A Positive Step on Biased Anti-Muslim Counterterrorism Training Materials

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:13am
UPDATE/CORRECTION: ACLU Senior Policy Counsel Mike German has responded to criticism of this post and the ACLU analysis it was based on. The analysis and this post have been changed to remove the citation of an essay that was used as an example of biased training material, which upon review should not have been used to illustrate the broader problem of biased materials.
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…

VIDEO: NSA Whistleblower Explains How the U.S. Government Is Spying on Every Single Electronic Communication You Have

VIDEO: NSA Whistleblower Explains How the U.S. Government Is Spying on Every Single Electronic Communication You Have

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 1:37pm

An amazing video posted on The New York Times website today lays out in chilling detail how the National Security Agency is sucking up every piece of communication data in America – from phone calls to emails to cell phone location – and…

Government Asks for Another Delay in Targeted Killing FOIA Lawsuit

Government Asks for Another Delay in Targeted Killing FOIA Lawsuit

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:41pm

We’ve just learned that the Obama administration has asked the court for another extension for filing briefs in the ACLU’s FOIA lawsuit seeking information about the government’s targeted killing program (see the government’s…

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…

VIDEO: Holder Talks About Targeted Killing Program While DOJ Says It Can't

VIDEO: Holder Talks About Targeted Killing Program While DOJ Says It Can't

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 7:55pm

On Monday the Obama administration made its latest attempt to defend the government’s targeted killing program. Attorney General Eric Holder provided the most detailed public discussion yet of the program, but disappointingly took the “trust…

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Should Investigate Spying and Religious Profiling by NYPD

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:31pm

Today the ACLU and the New York Civil Liberties Union called on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to investigate religious and racial profiling by the New York Police Department.

In a series of articles, the Associated Press reports…

VIDEO: Justices Take on Warrantless GPS Tracking

VIDEO: Justices Take on Warrantless GPS Tracking

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:06am

Today the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that’s likely to affect the privacy rights of anyone who carries a cell phone. The case, U.S. v. Jones, is about whether law enforcement needs a warrant before planting a GPS tracking…

Newspapers in America's Three Biggest Cities Have Joined Call to Honor Opponents of Torture

Newspapers in America's Three Biggest Cities Have Joined Call to Honor Opponents of Torture

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:28pm

Today the Los Angeles Times published a stirring editorial calling on President Obama to honor those in government who resisted the Bush administration's torture policies. Joining The New York Times and the Chicago Sun-Times, the paper spotlighted…

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…

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