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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 relevant to an investigation. The Department of Justice is required to disclose these statistics to Congress each year, yet routinely fails to do so. Today’s suit is an effort to compel the DOJ to follow the law (here are our complaint and our FOIA request).
Supreme Court Will Hear ACLU Case Challenging Warrantless Wiretapping Law

Supreme Court Will Hear ACLU Case Challenging Warrantless Wiretapping Law

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:16am

The Supreme Court has just agreed to consider whether plaintiffs represented by the ACLU have the right to challenge the constitutionality of a controversial law that authorizes the National Security Agency to conduct dragnet surveillance of Americans’…

Government Asks for Another Delay in Targeted Killing FOIA Lawsuit

Government Asks for Another Delay in Targeted Killing FOIA Lawsuit

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:41pm

We’ve just learned that the Obama administration has asked the court for another extension for filing briefs in the ACLU’s FOIA lawsuit seeking information about the government’s targeted killing program (see the government’s…

National Security Letters: A Little Less Secret?

National Security Letters: A Little Less Secret?

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project & Hannah Mercuris at 4:37pm

The government’s surveillance of Americans in the name of national security remains overwhelmingly secret. Some of the secrecy is legitimate, but much of it is not.   The ACLU has been chipping away at secrecy and “gag order”…

Further Reflections About John Brennan's Targeted Killing Speech

Further Reflections About John Brennan's Targeted Killing Speech

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 11:48am

The president's chief counterterrorism advisor delivered a speech yesterday at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. We issued a first reaction here. Here are some further thoughts:

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White House Confirms Existence of Targeted Killing Program

White House Confirms Existence of Targeted Killing Program

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:59pm

Today, the New York Times ran an ACLU op-ed about the CIA's misuse of secrecy to withhold information from the public about the agency's targeted killing program, which has so far killed thousands of people, including several Americans.

The…

New Call for Internal DOJ Investigation of FBI’s Targeting of Religious and Ethnic Groups for Intel Gathering

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:02pm

Today we sent a letter to the Department of Justice Inspector General asking him to investigate the FBI’s improper collection of intelligence about American Muslim, Arab, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities, and compilation of records…

Calling Out the CIA for Its Secrecy Game on Targeted Killing

Calling Out the CIA for Its Secrecy Game on Targeted Killing

By Nathan Freed Wessler, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 6:21pm

Today Andrew Rosenthal of The New York Times published a thoughtful column discussing the untenable position taken by the government in response to the ACLU's two Freedom of Information Act lawsuits seeking information about the CIA's targeted…

Accountability for U.S. Torture — But in Poland

Accountability for U.S. Torture — But in Poland

By Anna Estevao, National Security Project at 1:21pm

A Polish investigation into CIA black sites has made a meaningful step towards accountability for torture. Zbigniew Siematkowski, former chief of Polish intelligence services, has reportedly been charged with "unlawful deprivation of liberty"…

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