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We Need to Move Beyond the Frame of the “Bad Apple Cop”

I and others have argued that video has “killed trust in police officers.” Police have been able to get away with a lot of abuse because judges, juries, and the public have usually deemed police officers more credible than abuse victims. Show More Summary

How Did a Lifelong Prison Sentence for an Iraq Vet Turn Into an Imminent Death Sentence?

Courtney Lockhart is an Iraqi war veteran now on Alabama's death row, but he shouldn't be. The jury that heard the prosecutor's request for his execution voted unanimously against it, opting instead for life imprisonment after hearing evidence of Lockhart's brutal tour of duty in Iraq. Show More Summary

Big Government v. Traumatized Defenseless Children = Justice?

Imagine a child alone in immigration court – defenseless – representing herself against a government prosecutor, standing before an immigration judge, and trying, in a language she does not speak, to make a case for her life. Unfortunately,...Show More Summary

Politics Swirling Around Clinton Email Scandal Obscure Real Problems

Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server while secretary of state has inevitably become a fully inflated political football in these early days of the 2016 presidential race—with the right somehow linking the emails to the late...Show More Summary

America's Mass Incarceration Habit Needs a Serious Fix

When I was growing up in East Flatbush, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, one of my very best friends was something else. He, let's call him MZ, could have had Hollywood on a string. He was actually my inspiration for becoming an actor. MZ, however, suffered from bipolar disorder. Show More Summary

Native American Women Still Getting Short Shrift on Emergency Contraception

Nearly two years ago a federal court ordered the FDA to make Plan B emergency contraception an over-the-counter drug. That means it is now available in pharmacies across the country to women of any age without a prescription, just like...Show More Summary

Obama Promised Transparency on Drones, But We're Still in the Dark

Targeted killings have been a central part of U.S. national security strategy for more than a decade, but the American public still knows scandalously little about who the government kills, and why. Today we're filing a new lawsuit in...Show More Summary

Judge to Government: 'National Security' Isn't a 'Magic Word' That Allows Constitutional Rights Violations

For the past seven months, the Department of Homeland Security has been detaining and refusing to release immigrant mothers and children – even newborns – who have fled extreme violence and persecution in Central America to seek refuge in the United States. Show More Summary

Can You Think of a Better Way to Spend $7.2 Billion Than Unnecessarily Locking Up Nonviolent Offenders and Undocumented Immigrants?

The Department of Justice spends $7.2 billion a year to incarcerate over 209,000 people in the federal Bureau of Prisons at a cost of over $30,000 per year per person. This is unsustainable, both morally and economically. The majority of these individuals are African-American and Latino. Show More Summary

'Tech Can Be a Champion of Privacy,' Edward Snowden Tells Tech Leaders at SXSW

Edward Snowden had a message for some two dozen technology leaders at the SXSW Interactive festival today: “Tech can be a champion of privacy.” In an hour-long meeting conducted through Google Hangout, the whistleblower and tech leaders...Show More Summary

CISA Isn't About Cybersecurity, It's About Surveillance

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. But sometimes that's the easy part. When it comes to cybersecurity, it seems everyone in Washington admits we have a problem. It's in the solutions phase where things really start...Show More Summary

Discovering Hope in Selma

Even with a ticket, I was unable to get close enough to hear President Obama or see any of the other notable people speaking at the Pettus Bridge in Selma last Saturday. And I was not among those fortunate enough to find space in the...Show More Summary

Fairness for Workers Laboring in the Shadows

Leopolda Zumaya was working as an apple picker in Pennsylvania when he fell from a tree, breaking his leg and leaving him with permanent nerve damage and a chronic pain disorder. A treating physician said Mr. Zumaya's injuries were among the worst he'd seen, but when his boss learned Mr. Show More Summary

U.S. Looks Overseas for Human Rights Abuses and Ignores U.N. Report Criticizes Its Youth Detention Practices at Home

Recently I visited a youth detention center in South Carolina. As I entered the facility, I saw a line of boys in jumpsuits march past with their arms behind their backs. The guard explained to me that they make the boys march to "help...Show More Summary

Remembering the Sacrifices of Selma by Fulfilling its Promise

On March 7 and 8, ACLU joined more than 80,000 Americans in Selma, Ala., to commemorate those who marched and risked their lives in Selma 50 years ago. Their bravery led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Being in this crowd commemorating this historic event left ACLU leaders reenergized for continuing the fight ahead. Show More Summary

Q&A: Why is the Wikimedia Foundation suing the NSA?

This post was originally published on Wikimedia's blog. Today the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that supports Wikipedia and its sister projects, is filing suit against the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice of the United States with representation from the American Civil Liberties Union. Show More Summary

Reflections From the Bridge: Where the Stain of Slavery and Segregation Met a Young Man's Courage and a Preacher's Dream

On March 7 and 8, ACLU joined more than 80,000 Americans in Selma, Ala. to commemorate those who marched and risked their lives in Selma 50 years ago. Their bravery led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Being in this crowd commemorating this historic event left ACLU leaders reenergized for continuing the fight ahead. Show More Summary

Cell Phone Records Can Show Where You Sleep and Where You Pray

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has become the latest federal appeals court to consider the question of whether law enforcement needs a warrant before it obtains cell phone location data. We have (with allies) filed an amicus brief in this case, as we did in cases now pending in the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. Show More Summary

The NSA Has Taken Over the Internet Backbone. We're Suing to Get it Back.

Every time you email someone overseas, the NSA copies and searches your message. It makes no difference if you or the person you're communicating with has done anything wrong. If the NSA believes your message could contain information...Show More Summary

Privacy Might Be Getting an International Champion

The U.N. Human Rights Council could take a big step this month toward protecting privacy rights around the world. At its current session, the HRC plans to vote on whether to appoint an independent expert on the right to privacy, called...Show More Summary

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