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ACLU Appeals Decision Upholding NSA's Mass Surveillance

ACLU Appeals Decision Upholding NSA's Mass Surveillance

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 4:07pm
The ACLU filed an appeal on Thursday in New York challenging the dismissal of our lawsuit against the NSA's mass call-tracking program. Through the program, the government collects records on every call made and received in this country, allowing it to construct detailed maps of Americans' everyday lives.
The Most Important Surveillance Order We Know Almost Nothing About

The Most Important Surveillance Order We Know Almost Nothing About

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 4:53pm

Over the last seven months, we have learned an incredible amount about the government's post-9/11 surveillance efforts. But there is a crucial gap...

VICTORY! Military Ban on Consensual Intimacy Ends

VICTORY! Military Ban on Consensual Intimacy Ends

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:33am

In the late hours on Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 84-15, passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), sending the measure to President Obama for his signature.  Included within the sprawling annual defense authorization…

Tide Finally Turning on the Surveillance State?

Tide Finally Turning on the Surveillance State?

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 4:16pm

With 2013 coming to a close, we finally have reason to believe that the NSA surveillance state will soon follow suit. The government’s “collect-it-all” programs were dealt blow after blow this week – by a federal judge, from within the executive…

Guantánamo Dispatch: Why Military Commissions?

Guantánamo Dispatch: Why Military Commissions?

By Ashley Gorski, Nadine Strossen Fellow, National Security Project, ACLU at 4:15pm

I’m writing from Guantánamo Bay, where I’ve been observing pre-trial proceedings in the military commissions prosecution of the 9/11 defendants. Earlier this week, other NGO observers and I had the opportunity to meet for a general discussion…

Victory! Verizon Agrees to Publish Transparency Report (Updated)

Victory! Verizon Agrees to Publish Transparency Report (Updated)

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 9:59am

UPDATE: AT&T announced today that it will also release a transparency report! We are very pleased that both AT&T and Verizon are finally going to break their silence. We all deserve to know when and why our personal information is being handed…

The Nine Things You Should Know About the NSA Recommendations From the President’s Review Group

The Nine Things You Should Know About the NSA Recommendations From the President’s Review Group

By Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:00am

The President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies just issued a report that unequivocally rejected the notion that privacy and civil liberties must be sacrificed in order to achieve a balance with national security. Liberty and Security in a Changing World includes 46 recommendations for how to reform Intelligence Community programs and practices, several of which would go a long way toward protecting Americans' rights. Here are the nine most important things you need to know about those recommendations.

Game Theory and Privacy

Game Theory and Privacy

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 11:27am

Earlier this week in “The Flawed Logic of Secret Mass Surveillance” I presented some thinking about the dynamics of mass surveillance and what that suggests about how things are likely to play out in the future with regards to the NSA’s spying.…

The USA FREEDOM Act Answers Judge Leon's Constitutional Concerns

The USA FREEDOM Act Answers Judge Leon's Constitutional Concerns

By Gaurav Laroia, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:34pm

The D.C. District Court decision this week in Klayman v. Obama, holding that the NSA's bulk telephone metadata program likely violates the Fourth Amendment, dealt a major blow to those seeking to codify the program into law. (The ACLU's challenge to…

ACLU Tells Parliamentarians That EU Faces a Choice on Surveillance

ACLU Tells Parliamentarians That EU Faces a Choice on Surveillance

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 11:38am

My colleague Christopher Soghoian testified today before the European Parliament at a hearing on the “Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens,” which is a response to widespread concern in Europe about the revelations of NSA spying. His brief…