Warrantless Wiretapping

House Reauthorizes Warrantless Wiretapping Program

House Reauthorizes Warrantless Wiretapping Program

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:53pm
Today, the House of Representatives passed a reauthorization of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, an unconstitutional domestic spying law that gives vast, unchecked surveillance authority to the government. The law, passed in July of 2008, authorizes the National Security Agency to conduct dragnet surveillance of Americans’ international emails and phone calls.
ACLU at DEFCON 20!

ACLU at DEFCON 20!

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:04pm

The ACLU will be out in force at DEFCON – one of the largest annual hacker conventions in the country – later this week and weekend! 

We will have a table at the vendor area all weekend (with super awesome ACLU t-shirts for…

Senate Committee Releases Report On FISA Reauthorization

Senate Committee Releases Report On FISA Reauthorization

By Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:44pm

This past Friday, the Senate Intelligence Committee publicly released its report on S. 3276, a five year extension of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). The Committee voted 13-2 to extend the FAA-the law that legalized President Bush’s…

FISA Amendments Act is Back

FISA Amendments Act is Back

By Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:28am

Remember the George W. Bush warrantless wiretapping program? The one that was so illegal that Congress had to pass a special law to ensure that no one was prosecuted for it or sued by their customers for facilitating it? And was found by independent…

Don't Let Phone Companies Off the Hook: Demanding Accountability for Warrantless Wiretapping

Don't Let Phone Companies Off the Hook: Demanding Accountability for Warrantless Wiretapping

By Barbara Flynn Currie, Illinois House of Representatives, Majority Leader at 2:08pm

As we near the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we can expect to see a number of retrospective pieces in print and broadcast offering commentary on changes to America in the decade since that shocking day.

Broad Range of Organizations Support ACLU Challenge to Warrantless Wiretapping at Supreme Court

Broad Range of Organizations Support ACLU Challenge to Warrantless Wiretapping at Supreme Court

By Sameera Rahman, ACLU National Security Project at 12:44pm

This week, a wide range of organizations filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of the ACLU’s clients in our warrantless wiretapping challenge.

House to Vote on FISA Amendments Act Wednesday

House to Vote on FISA Amendments Act Wednesday

By Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:39pm

It’s back. On Wednesday the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a five-year reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), the 2008 law that legalized the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program and more. It…

Does the Government Think It Can Read Our Mail Without a Warrant Just Because It’s Electronic?

Does the Government Think It Can Read Our Mail Without a Warrant Just Because It’s Electronic?

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 4:39pm

Today the ACLU filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to force the government to disclose information about the circumstances in which it accesses the contents of Americans’ private electronic communications without obtaining a…

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…

VIDEO: Surveillance, Secrecy, and Government Accountability

VIDEO: Surveillance, Secrecy, and Government Accountability

By Amanda Corlett, ACLU at 5:31pm
Last month, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer participated in a panel convened by Open Society Foundations in New York City entitled National Security Secrecy and Surveillance: Defending the Public’s Right to Know.    The conversation,…
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