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Torture with Impunity

Torture with Impunity

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 5:33pm
Yesterday, a dark chapter in American history got that much more disgraceful. Attorney General Holder announced the closure of the last two open criminal inquiries into abusive interrogations by CIA officials. The pronouncement means that not a single CIA official will be prosecuted in federal courts for any of the abuse, torture or even death that took place at the hands of CIA officers and contractors. 
ACLU Sues As DOJ Ignores Surveillance Transparency Law

ACLU Sues As DOJ Ignores Surveillance Transparency Law

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 11:32am

Today the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to force the government to release statistics about its use of powerful electronic surveillance tools that law enforcement can use against any American simply by stating to a judge that it’s…

PREA Rule: DOJ Takes First Steps to Protect Prison Rape Victims

PREA Rule: DOJ Takes First Steps to Protect Prison Rape Victims

By Amy Fettig, ACLU National Prison Project at 12:05pm

Last Thursday’s release of the long-delayed national Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regulations by the Department of Justice reminds us of the hundreds of prison rape victims we’ve heard from over the years who could not seek justice because the prison officials who failed to protect them were essentially immunized from liability by a 1996 federal law, the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). The announced purpose of the PLRA was to curb the filing of frivolous litigation by prisoners. In reality, the law makes it

Survey Reports Alarming Levels of Sexual and Domestic Violence

By Katherine Clemente, Women's Rights Project at 12:09pm

Last week, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reported the results of its extensive survey on intimate partner and sexual violence in the United States. The findings were staggering. In the past year alone, 1.3 million women…

Shame on Alabama

Shame on Alabama

By Molly Lauterback, Immigrants' Rights Project at 5:31pm

In the six days since Alabama's extreme anti-immigrant law has been in effect, the impact on communities across the state has been chilling.

ACLU Wins Round in Battle Against Warrantless Cell Phone Location Tracking

ACLU Wins Round in Battle Against Warrantless Cell Phone Location Tracking

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 7:08pm

Today the ACLU won a significant victory in our battle to ensure that cell phones don’t become Big Brother tracking devices. Following a four-year fight, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ordered the Department of Justice…

Court Unseals ACLU and EFF's Motions on Behalf of Twitter User Birgitta Jonsdottir

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 7:32pm

Today, a court unsealed three motions filed by the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) last month on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Icelandic parliamentarian whose Twitter account records were targeted by the government in connection…

Tuesday: Federal Appeals Court Hears Important Cell Phone Tracking Case

Tuesday: Federal Appeals Court Hears Important Cell Phone Tracking Case

By Chris Soghoian, Principal Technologist and Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 3:05pm

Tomorrow, the Department of Justice will tell a federal appeals court panel in New Orleans that law enforcement agents should be permitted to obtain two month’s worth of historical cell phone location information without a warrant. Several civil…

DOJ Closes CIA Torture Investigation With No Criminal Charges

DOJ Closes CIA Torture Investigation With No Criminal Charges

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:39pm

The Justice Department has finished sweeping the crimes of the Bush administration under the rug. Senior officials developed and implemented an interrogation program that subjected prisoners to abuse that clearly violated the law by any measure. But…

DOJ Ducks Oversight On Location Tracking

DOJ Ducks Oversight On Location Tracking

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:17pm

How is the Department of Justice using location tracking? If you were looking for an answer to this simple question, this was not the week. Instead, as Congress attempts to oversee this crucial privacy question, it is getting double talk and stonewalling.

Let’s…

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