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Radically Wrong: A Counterproductive Approach to Counterterrorism

Radically Wrong: A Counterproductive Approach to Counterterrorism

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:52am

Governments often interpret radical ideas that challenge the existing social and political orthodoxy as threatening...

Why Protect Whistleblowers?

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:49pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

In the weeks leading up to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, FBI officials denied a New York agent’s request to start looking for a known al Qaeda operative who had entered the United States,…

Is the Spying Comey Approved More Important Than the Spying He Opposed?

Is the Spying Comey Approved More Important Than the Spying He Opposed?

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:05pm

What's worse than waterboarding and letting the government wiretap Americans without warrants? It's not a riddle; it is a question we need James Comey to answer, particularly if President Obama nominates him to lead the FBI for the next 10 years.

You…

Who’s a Radical Now?

Who’s a Radical Now?

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:10am

The Bipartisan Policy Center published a report last week called, “Countering Online Radicalization in America,” which strongly endorsed First Amendment principles in rejecting censorship as an appropriate tactic for addressing violent…

Privacy Isn't the Price for Security

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:03am

There is no doubt that the events aboard an airliner heading for Detroit on Christmas Day sent a collective chill down the spines of travelers everywhere. The attempted attack on that plane could easily have ended tragically, and we're all grateful…

Parsing McConnell's FISA Lies

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:37am
There's been a lot of confusion of late about just how vital the Protect America Act has been in actually protecting Americans and preventing terrorism. First there were unrealistic claims of each FISA warrant taking 200 man hours to process. Wrong.…
The Government's 9/11 Secrecy Obsession

The Government's 9/11 Secrecy Obsession

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project & Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:16pm

Our government lost its way after 9/11 in many different respects. One of them was to worsen what had already been long apparent as one of the most significant problems with our security establishment: its out-of-control habit of secrecy.

The…

Keep Constitution Intact When Interrogating Terrorists

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:36pm

(Originally posted on Roll Call.)

Over the past two weeks, most Americans have applauded the FBI, the New York Police Department and the other law enforcement agencies that leapt into action after the failed bombing in Times Square to track…

Flawed Theories on Violent Extremism Lead to Bad Policy

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:34pm

(Originally posted on the Charity & Security Network.)

The recent spate of terrorist incidents and arrests involving Americans has policy-makers and security professionals scrambling to find a future-seeing Precog to help them identify…

How to Improve Terrorist Watchlists

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:28pm

(Originally posted on Freep.com)

We quickly learned that the would-be bomber who sought to bring down Flight 253 just before landing in Detroit on Christmas Day was in a terrorist database, but still allowed to board the plane. As a result,…

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