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Dear TSA, My Football Preferences and Vacation Plans are None of your Business: A First-Hand Experience With the TSA’s “Chat-Downs”

Dear TSA, My Football Preferences and Vacation Plans are None of your Business: A First-Hand Experience With the TSA’s “Chat-Downs”

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:51pm
I was scheduled to return from my summer vacation at 6 a.m. Sunday morning flying out of Vermont’s Burlington International Airport in a state most often thought to be ahead of the civil liberties curve. If you’ve ever had a crack-of-dawn flight, you can relate to my blurry eyed exhaustion after waking up at 3:30 a.m. to make it to the airport with enough time for what we now consider to be the standard, if annoying, airport security rigmarole. I expected to have to strip off my belt and sweatshirt, take off my shoes, show my ID, and be subjected to a naked body scan or all-too-personal pat down.  What I didn’t expect was a full-on TSA interrogation about my summer vacation before I even reached the identification checkpoint.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The Gregory Brothers Team Up With the ACLU on Photographers' Rights

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The Gregory Brothers Team Up With the ACLU on Photographers' Rights

By Derek Newton, ACLU of Florida at 12:09pm

A new video explains that taking photos in public of public actions — especially police — is a protected right.

TSA Seeks to Expand the Airport Experience Into Everyday Life

TSA Seeks to Expand the Airport Experience Into Everyday Life

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 7:02pm

The Los Angeles Times today reports on the TSA’s VIPR program, in which roving teams of security agents bring the joys of the airport security experience into bus and train stations, highways, the subway, and other transportation facilities around…

Traveling for the Holidays? Don't Forget Your Rights!

Traveling for the Holidays? Don't Forget Your Rights!

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:32pm

Each year, millions of Americans travel for the holidays. But you shouldn’t have to check your rights when you check your luggage or cross the border.

The Whole World Is Watching: Your Right to Videotape Police

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 11:10am
SPECIAL FEATURE > A Guide to Photographers' Rights > Article: Law Enforcement Harrassment…

ACLU Lens: Wall Street Protest Enters Second Week

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 6:49pm

For the past 10 days, scores of demonstrators have occupied Zuccotti Park near Wall Street to protest what they believe are entrenched inequities in the nation’s financial system.

In response to the peaceful demonstration, the NYPD…

Is it Legal to Photograph or Videotape Police?

Is it Legal to Photograph or Videotape Police?

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 9:35am

Taking photographs and video of things that are plainly visible in public spaces is a constitutional right.

Wedding Planning: New York-Style

Wedding Planning: New York-Style

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 1:06pm

With New York State's new law giving lesbian and gay couples the freedom to marry set to take effect on July 24, thousands of same-sex couples are facing complex and serious questions regarding their rights — questions most wedding planners can't answer.

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