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Government’s “Anti-leak” Measures Attack Privacy and the Press

Government’s “Anti-leak” Measures Attack Privacy and the Press

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:16pm
Although the conflict between government classification rules and practices and the First Amendment rights necessary to promote a free and open society is nothing new, recent developments may indicate an alarming shift away from basic First Amendment principles.
Selective Leaks Worst of All Worlds for Free Speech

Selective Leaks Worst of All Worlds for Free Speech

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:21pm

As the election summer heats up, Republicans in Congress are making hay with what they claim are selective leaks by the Obama administration, designed to bolster the president’s national security cred. At a Senate Judiciary hearing yesterday,…

The First Amendment Applies to Foreign Service Officers, Too

The First Amendment Applies to Foreign Service Officers, Too

By Kate Wood, Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 1:12pm

Today, the ACLU told the State Department that public employees don't give up their First Amendment rights in exchange for a job with the government. We sent a letter to the State Department on behalf of Peter Van Buren, a State Department employee…

Military May Be Engaged in Illegal Psychological Operations and Propaganda Against U.S. Citizens

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:19am

On February 23, Rolling Stone reported that Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, commanded his Information Operations (IO) cell to target congressional delegations visiting his base as part of a…

Secrets

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 6:11pm

Which secrets should be kept, and which should be exposed? Those questions are at the heart of Doug Liman's new film, Fair Game, which tells the story of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame. Joe Wilson, remember, was the former U.S. diplomat who exposed one…

Whistleblowing Can't Wait

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:49pm

We ask a lot of whistleblowers. We ask them to stand up for what's right, and to sacrifice much along the way. They risk losing their jobs, alienating their friends, family, and coworkers, face lawsuits and threats to their personal safety.

Wednesday…

The Informants! Need Protections

By Claire O'Brien, Washington Legislative Office at 10:50am

Matt Damon is funny. No, really, it's true. For all his serious emoting in Good Will Hunting and action-hero pyrotechnics in the Jason Bourne movies, the man knows how to generate a giggle. In The Informant! Mr. Damon is a mild-mannered corporate…

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