Spying

Facebook, Twitter and DHS: Which One of These Things is Not Like the Others?

Facebook, Twitter and DHS: Which One of These Things is Not Like the Others?

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:58pm
It's tricky monitoring public information online, especially if you're the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Having the government turn a blind eye to information that anyone can read seems strange, yet the practice raises significant questions. Apparently the House Homeland Security Committee feels the same way — that's why it's holding a hearing tomorrow on the Department of Homeland Security's monitoring of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
ACLU Sues Government to Find Out Secret Interpretation of Patriot Act

ACLU Sues Government to Find Out Secret Interpretation of Patriot Act

By Anna Estevao, National Security Project at 12:44pm

We believe the public has a right to know how the government is interpreting a law that is carried out in secret and applies to all Americans.

Tell Google Not to Enter Into an Agreement With the NSA

Tell Google Not to Enter Into an Agreement With the NSA

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:57pm

Yesterday, The Washington Post reported that Google — the world’s largest Internet search company — is negotiating an information-sharing agreement with the National Security Agency (NSA) — the world’s largest network for routine, mass communications surveillance.

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,…

Members of Congress Urge Investigation of FBI Muslim Surveillance

Members of Congress Urge Investigation of FBI Muslim Surveillance

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:37am

Yesterday 22 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Inspector General of the Department of Justice urging him to launch an investigation into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's improper recording and dissemination of information about the First…

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…

CISPA: It Ain't Cyber-Pretty

CISPA: It Ain't Cyber-Pretty

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:38pm

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is scheduled to begin debating the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, authored by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.). In the name of cybersecurity, the legislation threatens…

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…

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.

Unmasking "Secret Law": New Demand for Answers About the Government's Hidden Take on the Patriot Act

Unmasking "Secret Law": New Demand for Answers About the Government's Hidden Take on the Patriot Act

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 11:28am

Today the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request demanding that the Justice Department release information about the government's use and interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

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