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Guantanamo's New Purgatory

Guantanamo's New Purgatory

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:39pm

Muhammad Murdi Issa Al-Zahrani sat at the center of the conference room table, his foot shackled to the floor...

FBI Building

The FBI’s Counterterrorism Sting Operations Are Counterproductive

By Naureen Shah, ACLU Legislative Counsel at 12:12pm

This piece originally ran on Al Jazeera America.

Adel Daoud is no Ferris Bueller.

A Chicago suburban teen, he couldn’t drive himself to the Jewel Osco grocery store down the street without getting lost, let alone pull a Bueller and…

The Newburgh Sting

"The FBI's Terror Machine, Tonight on HBO"

By Naureen Shah, ACLU Legislative Counsel at 11:10am

More suspense thriller than eat-your-broccoli documentary, The Newburgh Sting follows an FBI informant’s recruitment of four African-American men in an elaborate sting that made headlines in 2009 as a terrorist plot.

After trolling…

The NSA's Other Privacy Loophole

The NSA's Other Privacy Loophole

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 4:26pm

Earlier today, a former State Department civil servant named John Tye published an important op-ed in the Washington Post, explaining that the NSA has created a giant loophole in Americans' right to privacy. While we now know a good deal about the…

Fact-checking Representative Pittenger on NSA Reform

Fact-checking Representative Pittenger on NSA Reform

By Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU Legislative Counsel at 11:13am

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.), criticizing a bipartisan amendment on NSA reform to the House Defense Appropriations bill. The amendment, which Pittenger called "a Congressional mistake," passed…

Guantanámo Judge to Prosecution: Turn Over the Torture Evidence

Guantanámo Judge to Prosecution: Turn Over the Torture Evidence

By Marcellene Hearn, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 1:16pm

Last month, a military judge dealt a significant blow to U.S. prosecutors' efforts to suppress torture evidence in the Guantanámo military commissions.

In a ruling in the U.S.S. Cole case, unsealed last week, Judge James Pohl told prosecutors…

Abusive Surveillance Is an LGBTQ Rights Issue

Abusive Surveillance Is an LGBTQ Rights Issue

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 8:00am

This piece originally ran at Slate's Outward blog.

Barred from employment with the federal government. Considered mentally ill by the psychiatric profession. Seen as criminals under state laws. Subjected to invasive surveillance and targeting…

New Court Orders Signal More Drone Documents Are on the Way

New Court Orders Signal More Drone Documents Are on the Way

By Brett Max Kaufman, Legal Fellow, ACLU National Security Project at 2:43pm

This was originally posted on Just Security.

For more than four years of Freedom of Information Act litigation concerning the government's targeted-killing program, the government managed to avoid releasing a single document in response to…

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How the NSA Got Away with Spying on American–Muslim Civil Rights Activists

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 2:20pm

An article published by The Intercept this week revealed that the government has conducted surveillance of several prominent American Muslims—including a former official in the Department of Homeland Security, a professor at Rutgers University, and…

An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took a Picture of This

An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took a Picture of This

By James Prigoff at 10:08am

This is a statement from one of the plaintiffs speaking at Thursday's press conference announcing the ACLU's lawsuit challenging the government's controversial Suspicious Activity Reporting program.

Good morning. My name is James Prigoff. I…