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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 device on a person’s car. But more and more, the government is monitoring people’s movements by tracking their cell phones.

The Whole World Is Watching: Your Right to Videotape Police

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 11:10am
SPECIAL FEATURE > A Guide to Photographers' Rights > Article: Law Enforcement Harrassment…

Fighting for a Day in Court for an American Tortured on U.S. Soil

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:49pm

The ACLU was in court yesterday trying to hold officials accountable for the torture of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla. In 2002 he was taken from a New York jail by the military, declared an "enemy combatant," and secretly transported to a Navy brig in…

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…

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…

At U.N., ACLU Urges U.S. to do More to Address Racism in Accordance With International Human Rights Treaties

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 12:31pm

This afternoon, Chandra Bhatnagar of the ACLU's Human Rights Program will give a statement at the U.N. General Assembly High Level Meeting Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Durban Declaration. The Durban Declaration is the international…

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…

Detainee Abuse Photos: Fighting for Transparency and Accountability

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 3:57pm

Yesterday in federal district court in Manhattan, we appeared for the latest round in our long fight for the release of information about the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody in facilities throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. This time, we were arguing…

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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