President Barack Obama makes a phone call in a darkened Oval Office on Oct. 16, 2015. (Flickr / The White House)
09 Feb 2016

Obama Builds On Record Of Transparent Secrecy, Won’t Disclose Thousands Of Torture Photos

Under pressure from the ACLU & the courts, the Pentagon released 200 carefully selected torture photos, but the new photos obscure more than they reveal.

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Chicago Police Officer
01 Feb 2016

‘The ACLU Effect’: Chicago Cops Blame Changes To Stop And Frisk Policies For Spike In Violence

Chicago cops blame the ACLU for a spike in violence, even though there is no evidence the change to stop and frisk policies is responsible for shootings.

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US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (General Frank Grass on Flickr)
23 Dec 2015

The Pentagon’s Latest Scheme to Keep Nearly 2,000 Detainee Abuse Photos Secret

After a federal court order, the Pentagon has “re-certified” thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan detainee abuse photos to keep them secret.

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Suleiman Abdullah Salim | Photo from ACLU
13 Oct 2015

CIA Torture Architects Sued by Former Detainees for Water Dousing & Other Methods

The ACLU sued two psychologists contracted by the CIA to develop, implement, and personally administer an experimental torture program in the War on Terror.

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Graphic showing a redacted document with a CENSORED stamp across it.
02 Oct 2015

Blacked Out Pages: U.S. Government Snubs ACLU Over Targeted Killing FOIA

The US government gave the ACLU the equivalent of the middle finger in response to a FOIA request for records on the “targeted killing program.”

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Judge's Gavel and Sound Block created and folded by Glenn Sapaden out of two dollar bills (Glenn Sapaden on Flickr)
25 Sep 2015

More Reports Of Debtors Prisons Surface In Louisiana And New Hampshire

A federal lawsuit in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a report by the ACLU of New Hampshire, document the practice of jailing people unable to pay their court debts, violating the due process rights of the poor by failing to provide them with legal counsel and ability-to-pay hearings.

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is being threatened with indefinite solitary confinement (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
18 Sep 2015

Chelsea Manning To Sue Military For Prohibiting Her From Growing Hair

Chelsea Manning announced the United States Army has once again denied her ongoing request to grow her hair out. She indicated she will file a lawsuit against the prohibition.

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File: Razor wire outside a prison in Maryland. (Flickr / Fred Dunn)
31 Aug 2015

Tennessee Department of Corrections Struggles To Keep The Lid On Prison Crisis

The Tennessee Department of Corrections is threatening and intimidating corrections officers speaking out against dangerous work conditions, according to a letter [PDF] published on August 27 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. The organization asked the DOC to clearly state it will not seek to silence or retaliate against employees for their speech.

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File: A gavel rests atop a printed document. (Flickr / Brian Turner)
28 Aug 2015

Key Constitutional Issues Avoided as Lawsuit Against NSA Surveillance Heads Back to Lower Court

Today, a federal appeals court vacated a preliminary injunction against the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance program, and the lawsuit was sent back to the lower court for further proceedings if appropriate. But the U.S. Court of Appeals did not rule on whether the program, exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was lawful or not.

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File: A redacted email. (Flickr / opensource.com)
26 Aug 2015

Ruling Makes It Harder For U.S. To Charge High FOIA Fees To Media, Nonprofits

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision which could make a huge difference for alternative media and nonprofit organizations seeking to have fees waived when making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. More and more agencies—at all levels of government—charge high fees for public documents.

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