American Civil Liberties Union

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  • ** FILE ** A Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency. (AP Photo/The Guardian, File)

    ACLU: Unprecedented U.S. spying has chilling effect on reporters and sources, weakens accountability

    U.S. spying programs are making government sources too skittish to divulge sensitive information to reporters, especially on computer-based technology, making it difficult for journalists to hold powerful entities to account, according to a 120-page report released Monday.


  • Illustration on the lawyering of military operations by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

    WIDLANSKI: When lawyers are at war with common sense in wartime

    When fighting war, especially against terrorists, one should listen to Shakespeare, Lincoln and Truman, and not the American Civil Liberties Union.


  • District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray

    ACLU slams Gray on issues of transparency

    Vincent C. Gray criticized his predecessor for running "one of the most opaque administrations" he had ever seen and singled out its failure to process requests for public records as he promised more transparency during his 2010 campaign for D.C. mayor.


  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, joined by several legislators including Speaker of The House Jim Tucker, R-Terrytown, second from right, and Rep. Jane Smith, R-Bossier City, far right, exits a news conference at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. Jindal is among a handful of Republican governors are considering turning down some money from the federal stimulus package, a move opponents say puts conservative ideology ahead of the needs of constituents struggling with record foreclosures and soaring unemployment. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Richard Alan Hannon)

    Louisiana sheriff says ACLU won't stop public prayer event

    A sheriff in Louisiana said he couldn't care less what the American Civil Liberties Union says about his planned public prayer event — it's going forward, lawsuit or no lawsuit.


  • **FILE** In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group on Nov. 8, 2010, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites. (Associated Press)

    Drone killing memo released after N.Y. court fight

    A federal appeals court on Monday released a previously secret memo that provided legal justification for using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas.


  • In the decade after 9/11, Americans started rebuilding what was torn from our nation's foundations. Now we need to reclaim something else that was taken: our right to unwarranted search and seizures. (Associated Press)

    PRIVACY: The debate we needed

    Since 9/11, privacy has been an endangered species in the United States. But now there's political will to conserve our privacy and roll back a surveillance state that sought to make privacy extinct.


  • Left to Right: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Chairman David Medine, moderator and Washington Times Opinion Editor David Keene, Former NSA and CIA Director Gen. Mike Hayden, and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Washington Legislative Office Director Laura W. Murphy, speak on a panel called "Privacy in America: the NSA, the Constitution and the USA Freedom Act" at the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center, Washington, D.C., Thursday, June 12, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Former NSA director backs House bill to rein in spy agency

    The head of the government's civil liberties protection board said Thursday that its classified review of the NSA's collection of Americans telephone records didn't turn up any evidence of abuses — but both he and the man who lead the National Security Agency's program said it's still time to end bulk collection.


  • PRIVACY: Verizon case won't be closed for long time to come

    When The Guardian newspaper disclosed last year that the United States government had obtained an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court demanding that Verizon Business Network Services produce the phone records of all its customers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, it opened the door to a year's worth of startling revelations about the National Security Agency's vast, global surveillance apparatus.


  • National Republican Senatorial Committee has launched a "Grab a Bite With Mitt" contest for those who would relish a meal with Mitt Romney in Boston. (National Republican Senatorial Committee)

    Inside the Beltway: On the radar

    An interesting strategic alliance yields a noteworthy policy event next week. The Washington Times, the American Civil Liberties Union and Microsoft Corp. have combined forces to produce "Privacy in America: The NSA, the Constitution and the USA Freedom Act," which has drawn some heavyweight thinkers with institutional knowledge, wisdom and streets smarts.


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