There has been a lot of press coverage in the past couple of weeks about the Department of Homeland Security posting a solicitation for contract proposals regarding access to a national license plate reader database—and DHS’s decision, once mainstream news outlets began covering the story, to withdraw the solicitation. Show More Summary
This is the first in a series on MADRE’s trip to Nicaragua. Last October, over 900 women, men and youth participated in the fifth annual “Forum of Indigenous of the Wangki” in Waspam, a community on the North Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Each of the 115 communities along the Nicaragua border of the Wangki River sent a [...]
How many Japanese Americans were relocated to American concentration camps seventy one years ago? A transparency report released by what major telecommunications provider reveals that the government requests large volumes of customer...Show More Summary
I get paid to defend unpopular speech. And, I’m the first to jump at the slightest hint of government censorship or coercion in the free market of ideas, as our recent comments critical of the IRS’s plans to regulate non-partisan political...Show More Summary
In the next 7 days, we have an opportunity to win a major, historic victory against torture. Help ensure that the U.S. Government does not use torture ever again. Call your Senator now.
One of the opposition leaders was injured with a rubber bullet, while speaking on the main stage. Whoever was shooting, was aiming at his face.
2013 was considered by some to be a " banner year " for films featuring African-American actors and stories, due in part to the release of Lee Daniels' The Butler. Despite notable performances by Forest Whittaker and Oprah Winfrey, the film failed to garner a single Oscar nomination. Show More Summary
"Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world", as Percy Bysshe Shelley put it. I was reminded of this power that poetry has to illuminate social and political realities while reading Jamaal May's " There are Birds Here." May...Show More Summary
I watched a man yesterday plead guilty to war crimes in a military commission, and it troubled me. It troubled me because just the day before, I watched the defense counsel in another commission proceeding taking place at GuantánamoShow More Summary
Everyone who has worked in politics for more than 10 minutes knows that you can't do campaign work from your official office, on the taxpayer's clock. And what happens if you do? Well, you can actually go to jail. And the secret email...Show More Summary
I'll admit that I know next to nothing about Ukrainian politics. And when it comes to the current crisis there, I don't have any brilliant ideas about how the United States could solve this problem, but that's partly because the United States probably can't solve this problem. Show More Summary
The Abbott government in Australia has suffered the ignominy of having its asylum seeker policy publicly criticized by another foreign government – this time China, a country with its own checkered human rights record. In a sign of lingering bilateral tension between Australia and its largest trading partner, China’s vice-minister of foreign affairs, Li Baodong, […]
Our crack communications staff here at the ACLU have taken the graphical blog post I did on location tracking, and what it might look like in the future, and turned it into a snappy new video. All of our materials on the various facets of the location-tracking issue can be found on our location tracking page. See video Privacy statement. Show More Summary
As many as 20,000 migrants are kidnapped every year. Abducted women and girls are vulnerable to trafficking and as many as six in ten migrant women and girls are raped on their journey to the U.S.
Way back in 2007, we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking information about how and when the government obtains cell phone location data without a warrant. Since then, we have learned that the practice of using cell...Show More Summary
Annie Kim is a Global Citizenship Fellow at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in Los Angeles, CA. It’s been a little over three months since Typhoon Haiyan first struck the Philippines. Though the destructive super typhoon left immense devastation in its wake, the outpouring of international support showed the people of the Philippines that they […]
Well here we go. A few days ago, Ars Technica spotted a listing on a federal government website, explaining that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is looking for a vendor who can assemble for them a database that brings...Show More Summary
KIEV (CNN) - Just before midnight Wednesday, Ukraine’s president declared a “truce” in his nation, as well as the start of negotiations aimed at not only preventing further bloodshed but forging a lasting peace. The statement — agreed upon with leaders of Ukraine’s three top opposition parties — offered a welcome respite from the violence and […]
The Federal Communications Commission has taken the first step in rebooting the net neutrality rules. Today's announcement by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler follows a major D.C. Circuit decision this year, which struck down the existing rules...Show More Summary