Spying

Congressional Momentum Against NSA Spying Continues to Grow

Congressional Momentum Against NSA Spying Continues to Grow

By Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:01pm
To hear some in the press tell it, Congress could not be more indifferent to the recent revelations that the NSA is collecting all of the phone records of all law-abiding Americans. This isn't entirely an unfair conclusion to draw, however rash. Congress, after all, passed the unconstitutional Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act, while the Intelligence Committees whose job it is to ensure the intelligence community doesn't violate our rights, allowed the NSA to do just that.
DOJ Tells Court It's Reconsidering Secrecy Surrounding Patriot Act's Spying Powers

DOJ Tells Court It's Reconsidering Secrecy Surrounding Patriot Act's Spying Powers

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 4:46pm

With a filing due next week in an ACLU Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the Justice Department today...

New Public Safety Broadband Network: Tool For A Domestic Secret Police?

New Public Safety Broadband Network: Tool For A Domestic Secret Police?

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 6:19pm

Police in Tampa used smartphones and tablets to spy on protesters at the Republican National Convention, according to a report today from the National Journal.

Smartphones have proven to be an excellent tool for empowering individuals faced…

More Anti-Muslim Training Materials Uncovered

More Anti-Muslim Training Materials Uncovered

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 7:16pm

This morning, Danger Room’s Spencer Ackerman continued to shock readers by exposing some of the most vehemently anti-Muslim training documents used by the U.S. government that have come to light to date. (See our past analysis of biased FBI materials.)…

A Glimpse at the World of Digital Forensics

A Glimpse at the World of Digital Forensics

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 5:33pm

A gathering of cyber-crime specialists in Massachusetts last week provided a glimpse into the tactics used by prosecutors and police to access digital data. Kade Crockford of the ACLU of Massachusetts has done a nice writeup of the conference. As she…

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…

In Advance of CISPA Vote, Congress Needs to Hear From You

In Advance of CISPA Vote, Congress Needs to Hear From You

By Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:53pm

Call your representatives today and urge them not to sacrifice the civil liberties of Internet users in any cybersecurity legislation.

All Dressed Up And Nothing to do Except Arrest Photographers

All Dressed Up And Nothing to do Except Arrest Photographers

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 5:31pm

Police around the country continue to violate individuals’ right to photography. A photographer named Carlos Miller maintains a web site in which he chronicles this problem. Now, Miller himself has obtained information about…

Holder's Defense of Warrantless Wiretapping

Holder's Defense of Warrantless Wiretapping

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 11:32am

Most of the attention on Attorney General Eric Holder's speech earlier this week has focused on his attempted justification of the government's policy on the targeted killing of U.S. citizens (you can read our reaction here). But also important…

Infographic: The NSA Unchained

Infographic: The NSA Unchained

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:20pm

Our new infographic details some of the ways the National Security Agency is spying on Americans.

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