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Puerto Rico Delegation Finds Police Abuse Against Students, Protestors

Puerto Rico Delegation Finds Police Abuse Against Students, Protestors

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:00pm

An advisory council including actor Benicio del Toro, former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, and filmmaker Kerry Kennedy, will follow up on the delegation's findings and recommendations. We'll release a final report on the findings at the end of the summer.

Under Construction: A Complete Surveillance State Online

Under Construction: A Complete Surveillance State Online

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:02pm

Richard Guthrie, a 92-year-old veteran, was bilked out of more than $100,000 by criminals who identified him from marketing lists compiled by a data collection company after he had entered a few sweepstakes. Guthrie's name appeared on a list of compiled…

Charlie Sheen Shenanigans Make Way for ACLU Billboard in Times Square

Charlie Sheen Shenanigans Make Way for ACLU Billboard in Times Square

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:22pm

Charlie Sheen's loss is our gain: after the actor's spectacular — ahem — career change in the past month, CBS halted production (then later cancelled) his show, Two and a Half Men, leaving video billboard space in Times Square available.

Enter…

Victory! North Carolina Settles ACLU/Amazon Privacy Case

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:57am

We're thrilled to announce a win for privacy! The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) has agreed to stop asking for personally identifiable customer information in combination with details about the titles of customers' purchases from Internet…

Questioned at the Border: Aun Hasan Ali

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:49am

Over the past several years, at ports, land border crossings, and international airports across the country, U.S. citizens and lawful residents who are Muslim or who are perceived to be Muslim have been targeted by CBP officers for questioning about…

TSA Pulls Aside Humorist Dave Barry for "Blurred Groin"

TSA Pulls Aside Humorist Dave Barry for "Blurred Groin"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:07pm

We have been hearing (and repeating ourselves) that you have options when you go the airport. That is, if you're pulled aside for secondary screening, you have a choice between going through the strip-search machine or being given an "enhanced…

TSA Meets "Resistance" with New Pat-Down Procedures

TSA Meets "Resistance" with New Pat-Down Procedures

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:42pm

The Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) even-more-invasive pat-down searches for people who opt-out of the strip-search machines at airports have generated some striking stories of people's encounters with TSA agents. Jeffrey Goldberg…

ACLU Material Witness Case Heads to Supreme Court

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:37pm

Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear al-Kidd v. Ashcroft, the ACLU's case against former Attorney General John Ashcroft on behalf of Abdullah al-Kidd, a Kansas-born U.S. citizen who was wrongly arrested and detained as a material witness…

Freedom of Religion: A Fundamental American Right

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:07pm

Today, we released a new video about religious freedom featuring a diverse cast of religious leaders from New York City. Imam Abdul Baqi of the Islamic Leadership Council of New York; Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper of Judson Memorial Church; Father Michael…

Pop Quiz! Just How Exposed Are You?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:28pm

Got a cell phone? Use Facebook? What about Gmail? Read books on your shiny new iPad? Did you buy that new iPad online?

Since you're reading this on some kind of electronic device, we're guessing that you can answer "yes" to at least…

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