Our legislative advocates are a constant presence on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures working on civil liberties issues.
Here in Pennsylvania, we have a full-time legislature, so as the lobbyist for the Pennsylvania affiliate of the ACLU, I have plenty of opportunities for face time with state legislators and staff. Since June, I've been hearing a similar refrain repeatedly: NSA surveillance is a major problem. We deal with a lot of state-level surveillance legislation, and I've joked with legislators and staff that Edward Snowden has made my job a lot easier.
"Too many Americans go to too many prisons for too long for no good law enforcement reason."
That's what Attorney General Eric Holder said in an historic speech before the American Bar Association earlier this year. He was talking about people…