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The U.N. Acts to Protect the Human Right to Privacy

The U.N. Acts to Protect the Human Right to Privacy

By Steven M. Watt, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 1:18pm
The U.S. Senate failed last week to act to protect the privacy rights of Americans when the USA Freedom Act was rejected, but today, the United Nations took another step towards recognizing privacy rights for everyone.
A Rare Glimpse of Bipartisanship on Open Government

A Rare Glimpse of Bipartisanship on Open Government

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:50pm

So this “lame duck” Congress may not be so lame after all – at least when it comes to increasing government transparency. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to consider a bipartisan measure that, while modest, would be one…

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ACLU Seeks Information About Airborne Cell Phone Snooping

By Bennett Stein, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 7:59am

The ACLU is filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request today for information about a newly revealed Marshals Service program that uses aircraft to suck up location data from tens of thousands of people’s cell phones at a time.

The…

The United States Admits It Crossed a Line. That’s the Least of It.

The United States Admits It Crossed a Line. That’s the Least of It.

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 12:54pm

On Wednesday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture began its review of the United States’ record on torture—not only at the infamous Guantánamo Bay but closer to home, in our prisons, police forces, and immigration facilities.

The…

Terrorist or...Teenager?

Terrorist or...Teenager?

By Naureen Shah, ACLU Legislative Counsel at 1:58pm

This piece originally ran on Slate.com on November 12, 2014.

Growing up in Texas as a Muslim, I often felt different and apart. But I also felt the same. My parents and their friends hosted Super Bowl parties. Every Fourth of July, we picnicked…

Stalling on Surveillance Reform Could Cost the GOP

Stalling on Surveillance Reform Could Cost the GOP

By Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU Legislative Counsel at 3:07pm

NSA reform could be the thorn in the side of the Republican Party next year.

Right now, there is a viable, bipartisan bill called the USA Freedom Act that would limit government spying on Americans and has received support from members of both…

THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT Circles Liberty’s Torch

THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT Circles Liberty’s Torch

By David Birkin at 3:17pm

Today, on Veterans Day, on the 11th day of the 11th month, an aircraft began circling the Statue of Liberty trailing a banner that read “THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT.”

The phrase refers to an unattainable burden of proof. In American courts, juries…

British Spying Is Our Problem, Too

British Spying Is Our Problem, Too

By Alex Sinha, Aryeh Neier Fellow, Human Rights Watch & ACLU at 2:02pm

The chilling effect of surveillance may be spreading across the Atlantic.

We learned last week that GCHQ – the U.K. equivalent of the NSA – permits its employees to target the communications of journalists and lawyers. That revelation has…

The U.N. Puts America on the Hot Seat for Torture

The U.N. Puts America on the Hot Seat for Torture

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 1:54pm

The eyes of the international community will be focused on the United States this week. Government representatives will appear before the U.N. Committee against Torture to defend U.S. compliance with the anti-torture treaty the United States ratified…

If America Is Going to Reveal the Truth About Torture, Obama Must End Gitmo’s Cover-Up Court

If America Is Going to Reveal the Truth About Torture, Obama Must End Gitmo’s Cover-Up Court

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 11:53am

This piece originally appeared at The Guardian.

When the Senate's long delayed torture report is finally released – if the new, Republican-controlled Senate releases it at all – the international conversation will rightly focus…