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When Is Enough Enough? Government Surveillance Skyrockets in 2010.

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:17pm
The Department of Justice has just released its annual report on its surveillance activities for 2010 including its use of secret court orders, National Security Letters (NSLs) and electronic and physical surveillance — and boy were they busy. The report disclosed a dramatic increase in surveillance of Americans between 2009 and 2010, and these statistics don’t even include surveillance conducted under the new FISA Amendments Act.

Military May Be Engaged in Illegal Psychological Operations and Propaganda Against U.S. Citizens

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:19am

On February 23, Rolling Stone reported that Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, commanded his Information Operations (IO) cell to target congressional delegations visiting his base as part of a…

DHS Concludes They Have Authority to Monitor Political Activities of Advocacy Groups

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:58am

In March 2006, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Protective Service (FPS) issued a “Protective Intelligence Bulletin” from the “Intelligence Branch” of its “Threat Management Division.”…

NSA Legislation Since the Leaks Began

NSA Legislation Since the Leaks Began

By Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:48am

Since the Guardian published the FISA Court order mandating Verizon Business Network Services hand over all its customers' phone records to the National Security Agency in early June, Congress has responded with bill after bill to rein in the NSA's…

Government Doesn’t Need Your Private Info for Cybersecurity—But Members of Congress Still Want It

Government Doesn’t Need Your Private Info for Cybersecurity—But Members of Congress Still Want It

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:33pm

Last Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee held a hearing that focused on...

A Tool in the Government's War on Privacy? Absolutely. But in Its War on Terror? Not So Much…

A Tool in the Government's War on Privacy? Absolutely. But in Its War on Terror? Not So Much…

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:20pm

A document obtained by the ACLU reveals that federal judges authorized secret "sneak-and-peek" searches 3,970 times in a one-year period.

Smashing Success: Thousands of ACLU Supporters Petition President to Veto CISPA, Get Full Page Ad in Politico

Smashing Success: Thousands of ACLU Supporters Petition President to Veto CISPA, Get Full Page Ad in Politico

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Kaitlyn Newman, Campaigner, ACLU Action at 5:14pm

You did it! In the two months since Reps. Rogers (R-Mich.) and Ruppersberger (D-Md.) reintroduced their privacy-busting bill CISPA, 49,513 (and counting) ACLU supporters signed one of our biggest petitions of all time, urging President Obama to protect…

Even Your Avatar Can't Escape NSA Surveillance

Even Your Avatar Can't Escape NSA Surveillance

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:41pm

It seems that literally no one is safe from the NSA. Even digital alter egos living in fantasy realms in the online gaming world are being caught up in the NSA's surveillance dragnet.

A newly leaked internal document reveals that the NSA and…

It's Official: NSA Wants to Suck up All Americans’ Phone Records

It's Official: NSA Wants to Suck up All Americans’ Phone Records

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:58pm

The NSA has officially stopped sugar coating the fact that it wants to spy on every American.

At yesterday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on FISA legislation, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) asked NSA director, Gen. Keith Alexander, whether…

Thank You Mr. President – In Big Win for Privacy, Administration Issues CISPA Veto Threat!

Thank You Mr. President – In Big Win for Privacy, Administration Issues CISPA Veto Threat!

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:32pm

Over the last few months, more than 50,000 ACLU supporters signed our petition to the president urging him to veto CISPA if it made it to his desk. Not only did the president hear your calls – yesterday, he answered them with a resounding win for…

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