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ACLU condemns Washington town’s anti-homeless ban on ‘bad body odor’

1 hour agoNews : The Raw Story

A town in Washington state has been accused of discriminating against homeless people with its ban on “bad body odor.” KIRO reported that the city of Burien passed the so-called “trespassing ordinance” last month. The new rules prohibit obscene language, not enough clothing covering...

Documents Suggest Maker of Controversial Surveillance Tool Misled the FCC

New documents obtained by the ACLU of Northern California appear to show the Florida-based Harris Corporation misleading the Federal Communications Commission while seeking authorization to sell its line of Stingray cell phone surveillance gear to state and local police. Show More Summary

NSA Reform – Real or Imaginary?

The ACLU noted in November that approximately 30 bills had been proposed in Congress to reform National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) processes that authorize such programs. Few provide for the complete restoration of freedoms guaranteed under the U.S. Show More Summary

Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy

4 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speechShow More Summary

Standing Strong for Free Speech: A Response to Geoffrey Stone

In a recent post, Geoffrey Stone, a law professor from Chicago, claims that there is a rift between the current ACLU and the ACLU of several decades ago over whether campaign finance restrictions abridge free speech. He says there is...Show More Summary

ACLU To Congress: Don’t Leave Without Voting On ISIS Plan

ACLU: "waiting until after the election... would mark an abdication by Congress of the war powers reserved for it under Article I of the Constitution. " The post ACLU To Congress: Don’t Leave Without Voting On ISIS Plan appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Nearly 80 percent of Americans want it, but their chance of getting it just took another hit

When you find Democrats close to Goldwater’s position on campaign finance and Republicans on the side of the ACLU, you have to wonder if something other than principle is driving the debate.

The ACLU Supports Campaign Finance Reform and Free Speech

This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post. For an organization that works on issues as diverse as drones, women's rights, racial justice, war powers, immigration and flag burning, internal debates are inevitable and healthy. Show More Summary

ACLU, others ask Pennsylvania to name makers of death penalty drugs

The American Civil Liberties Union and four newspapers have asked a federal judge to unseal court records in an attempt to learn where Pennsylvania corrections officials purchased the drugs that will be used to execute a death row inmate later this month, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

The ACLU Supports Campaign Finance Reform and Free Speech

For an organization that works on issues as diverse as drones, women's rights, racial justice, war powers, immigration and flag burning, internal debates are inevitable and healthy. We welcome them. One of those long-standing debates...Show More Summary

ACLU, The Guardian and Pennsylvania papers file motion to unseal lethal injection records

ACLU | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Guardian, Philadelphia City Paper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Philadelphia Inquirer have joined with the ACLU of Pennsylvania in a motion filed Thursday requesting court records about the source...Show More Summary

Privacy advocates, tech companies nudge Congress to protect ‘abandoned’ e-mails

Ranging from Adobe to the ACLU, from Facebook to FreedomWorks, and from Twitter to the Taxpayers Protection, a coalition of more than 80 civil liberties groups and tech companies has sent a pair of letters to Congress meant to nudge the House and Senate into moving ahead with a vote on legislation that would require […]

Privacy advocates, tech companies nudge Congress to protect ‘abandoned’ e-mails

6 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Ranging from Adobe to the ACLU, from Facebook to FreedomWorks, and from Twitter to the Taxpayers Protection, a coalition of more than 80 civil liberties groups and tech companies has sent a pair of letters to Congress meant to nudge the House and Senate into moving ahead with a vote on legislation that would require […]

Campaign-Finance Amendment Drives Wedge Between ACLU, Public Citizen

Liberal rights advocates ACLU and Public Citizen part ways on a proposed amendment to overturn Citizens United.

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ObamaCare challenge: D.C. Circuit vacates Halbig decision for en banc rehearing [Roger Pilon, earlier] ACLU and SEIU California affiliates oppose trial lawyers’ higher-damages-plus-drug-testing Proposition 46 [No On 46, earlier] As does...Show More Summary

Don’t Make the Internet Angry...

...You wouldn't like it when it's angry. And it's kinda angry. On September 10, the ACLU will join an array of internet companies and advocates in an "Internet Slowdown." Organizers plan to pepper sites with the " spinning wheel of death...Show More Summary

Mentally ill inmates brutally tortured in Michigan women’s prison

A report by Michigan's ACLU indicates that prisoners were deprived of food and water and were "hog tied"

ON THE ONE HAND, THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE FOR FREE SPEECH. ON THE OTHER, THEY’RE PART OF THE DEMOCRAT…

ON THE ONE HAND, THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE FOR FREE SPEECH. ON THE OTHER, THEY’RE PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY APPARAT. Constitutional Amendment Debate Roils ACLU.

The Rift in the ACLU Over Free Speech

In the context of ongoing deliberations over a proposed amendment to the Constitution to authorize the government to enact laws regulating campaign expenditures and contributions, a sharp, even bitter, rift has emerged between different generations of the ACLU's leadership over the ACLU's understanding of the First Amendment. Show More Summary

AFP: Bush-era memos: president can wiretap Americans at all times

The AFP reports that the ACLU got a FOIA on White House documents related to the legal opinions of the Bush Administration staff in regards to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). For some reason, the author(s) of that piece thinks that the Bush Administration thought they could spy on all of us all of […]

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