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America's Real Patriots Fought to Expose and End Torture

America's Real Patriots Fought to Expose and End Torture

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy & Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 1:39pm

This was originally published in The Los Angeles Times.

After more than a decade of denial and concealment on the part of our government, President Obama's recent acknowledgment that "we tortured some folks" felt like a milestone. Even in its…

Send the ACLU to SXSW!

Send the ACLU to SXSW!

What kind of content do YOU think should be featured at one of the biggest technology events of the year?

SXSW Interactive gives the public a substantial say in its programming. This past March, our panel with Edward Snowden was the festival's…

113th Congress - S. 2685 - USA Freedom Act

Are We Getting Fooled on Surveillance Reform?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:36pm

This piece originally appeared on the Monkey Cage blog at washingtonpost.com.

Last week, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a revamped national security surveillance reform bill called the USA Freedom Act. Most privacy and civil liberties…

Numbers Tell the Story of Our Government's Watchlisting Binge

Numbers Tell the Story of Our Government's Watchlisting Binge

By Hugh Handeyside, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 4:56pm

The government is adding people to its already bloated watchlisting system at breakneck pace, and it's still hungry for more. That's the unavoidable conclusion from documents published yesterday in The Intercept.

Those documents vindicate our…

Happy Anniversary, CIA! 12 Years of Lawlessness!

Happy Anniversary, CIA! 12 Years of Lawlessness!

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:52pm

Wow. Twelve years. The time has flown by. Seems like just yesterday that the Justice Department sent over its torture memos to then-CIA General Counsel John Rizzo, ramping up a CIA torture program that horribly abused more than a hundred men, killing…

What Crack Cocaine Teaches Us About NSA Reform

What Crack Cocaine Teaches Us About NSA Reform

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:41am

This piece originally ran at POLITICO Magazine.

This week, Patrick Leahy, the Democratic senator from Vermont, introduced a revised version of the USA Freedom Act, a bill to finally start pulling the reins on America's out-of-control surveillance…

The Senate Jumps into the Race to Rein in NSA Surveillance

The Senate Jumps into the Race to Rein in NSA Surveillance

By Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU Legislative Counsel at 11:50am

The race is on.

Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced today a new version of the USA Freedom Act to rein in NSA surveillance, and only 10 legislative days remain to get it through the Senate before the November elections.

To put this in…

How Surveillance is Changing Journalism and the Law

How Surveillance is Changing Journalism and the Law

By Alex Sinha, Aryeh Neier Fellow, Human Rights Watch & ACLU at 4:07pm

If I can't report a story without keeping a source safe, I'm not going to report a story.

– Jonathan S. Landay, Senior national security and intelligence correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers

It…