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It's Time for Congressman Issa to Come Down From the Roof and Support the First Amendment

Rep. Darrell Issa has stood idly by as the city of Vista attacks his constituents' right to protest outside of his office. On May 30, Rep. Darrell Issa's San Diego County constituents saw a different side of the nine-term member of Congress. Angry at peaceful protesters outside his district office ...

In the Blink of an Eye, Police Officers Turned This Traffic Stop Into an Unnecessarily Violent Encounter

Disturbing police dash cam video from Minnesota shows an officer beating a motorist. In a heartbeat, Anthony Promvongsa's sunny summer day in Worthington, Minnesota, turned from ordinary to a nightmare.  Shortly after encountering an agitated motorist driving in front of him on July 28, 2016, ...

If the Government Spied on You, How Would You Know?

We're suing the Justice Department to disclose when the government tells people it electronically spied on them. How would you know if the federal government had been electronically spying on you? Short answer: You probably wouldn't.Today, the ACLU sued the Justice Department to find out more about ...

Video: CIA Officials Forced to Testify About Torture Program

As the torture psychologists head to trial, ex-CIA officials speak frankly — and under oath — about the brutal program. A lawsuit against the two psychologists who devised a CIA torture program reached another new milestone last month, as three victims asked a U.S. court to rule in their favor ...

What Is DACA and Has It Changed Under Trump?

Here are some answers to basic questions about DACA. You asked, we answered. Last week was the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that provides work permits and a temporary reprieve from deportation for almost 800,000 young people who came to the United States as ...

What Is DACA and Has it Changed under Trump?

Here are answers to basic questions about DACA. You asked, we answered. Last week was the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that provides work permits and a temporary reprieve from deportation for almost 800,000 young people who came to the United States as ...

Victory! The Slants Are Officially Rock Stars of the First Amendment

The Chinatown dance-rock band The Slants are the new poster children for the First Amendment. The Supreme Court today struck down portions of the Lanham Act, a 1946 federal trademark law that allowed the government to deny offensive' trademarks as a violation of trademark holders' free speech ...

My Father's Gun Charge Almost Ruined My Family. Fair Sentencing Saved It.

A son reflects on his father's incarceration, gun violence, poverty, and reforming the criminal justice system. I was raised by a single dad. Before he went to jail, I celebrated both Father's Day and Mother's Day with just my father.My dad was such a goofball. Our relationship was like Disney's The ...

In Rhode Island, Some Schools Think They Have the Right to Spy on Students With School Laptops

School officials can secretly access school-issued laptops at a student's home without any suspicion of wrongdoing. Students today have a lot to worry about: passing that pesky biology class, getting into college, and mastering the perfect Snapchat filter, to name just a few examples. However, there ...

Five Years After DACA Was Created, My Life Is Transformed

DACA was created right when I graduated high school, and it allowed me to come out of the shadows and live my life. Five years ago today, I was having a pretty good day. I was still riding the high of getting into Harvard. I had a date for prom, and I had just gotten my dream prom dress. I was on my ...

I Want to Be My Child's Primary Caregiver, but My Employer J.P. Morgan Chase Treats That as a Woman's Job

I've filed a sex discrimination claim against J.P. Morgan Chase because fathers can be primary caregivers, too. Last week, my wife and I were overjoyed to welcome our second child into this world. Our older son is 2, and our baby son is just nine days old. Being a dad is my crowning achievement in ...

This Secret Court Opinion Reveals Mystery Tech Firm Challenged NSA Surveillance Order

It's the first known challenge by an internet company to spying under section 702 of FISA. A previously secret document we released today shows that in 2014, an internet company challenged government surveillance demands issued under a controversial spying law — the first time we've ever learned ...

The U.S. Intelligence Community Can Share Your Personal Information With Other Governments, and We're Demanding Answers

Eight civil liberty groups worldwide demand information on their governments' international intelligence sharing. While the ACLU's focus on foreign intelligence surveillance typically centers on the U.S. government's National Security Agency, intelligence collection actually operates on a global ...

The Supreme Court Strikes Down a Nationality Law That Treated Fathers Differently Than Mothers Based on Outdated Stereotypes

Under the law, mothers could more easily transfer citizenship to their children born abroad than could their fathers. In a step forward for gender equality, the Supreme Court struck down yesterday a nationality law that treated U.S. citizen fathers and mothers differently. The law — first enacted ...

One Year After the Orlando Nightclub Shooting, Solidarity Continues Its Struggle Against the Forces of Division

The anniversary is a reminder that those who try to sow fear and hatred fail more than they succeed. On the morning of June 12, 2016, I awoke to the horrifying, devastating news that there had been a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The scope of the tragedy was not yet clear ...

Jessica Colotl's Story Reveals President Trump's Broken Promise to Protect Dreamers From Deportation

The government's actions send a frightening message to all Dreamers living in fear and uncertainty under Trump. Let's say you're a high school or college student or recent graduate who came to the United States from somewhere else as a child. You realized at some point that you aren't like your ...

'If We Are Deported, Who Benefits?'

What happened to me could happen to any one of the 750,000 young people whose lives depend on the endangered DACA program. This piece originally appeared on Politico. Until a few weeks ago, I was working as a paralegal at an immigration law firm in a suburb of Atlanta. I was saving money for law ...

Jessica Lenahan Lived Through a Domestic Violence Nightmare and Emerged as a Heroic Advocate for Police Reform

After her girls were kidnapped by her husband and killed, Jessica has worked to ensure police accountability ever since. On June 22, 1999, Jessica Lenahan's estranged husband, Simon Gonzales, kidnapped their three daughters from the front yard in Castle Rock, Colorado, in violation of a domestic ...

Jessica Colotl's Story Reveals President Trump's Broken Promise to Protect Dreamers from Deportation

The government's actions send a frightening message to all Dreamers living in fear and uncertainty under Trump. Let's say you're a high school or college student or recent graduate who came to the United States from somewhere else as a child. You realized at some point that you aren't like your ...

Is the State of Missouri Deliberately Trying to Suppress the Vote as Elections Loom?

Without a real public education campaign and sufficient funding, the new voter ID law is just another barrier to the ballot. Last November, Missourians approved a ballot measure which cleared the way for legislators to pass a bill to make a photo ID a requirement for voting. The law had been on the ...

After James Comey's Testimony, Here's Where We Are, and Here's Where We're Going

Comey gave us a lot to think about today, but he also gave senators a lot to investigate. They should begin immediately. Not since the Watergate hearings more than 40 years ago has the entire country tuned into a Senate hearing to hear firsthand about wrongdoing by the president of the United ...

Trump, Hypocritically, Moves to Make Temporary Surveillance Powers Permanent

Trump makes an about face on surveillance and thumbs his nose at congressional oversight in the process. President Trump thinks surveillance is just terrible.' You look at the extent of surveillance,' he laments. Me and so many other people, it's terrible.'  Given these statements, and Vice ...

We Spoke With One of the Only Abortion Providers Left in the State of Alabama. Here's What She Had to Say.

Dr. Yashica Robinson has faced protestors, threats, and laws designed to close her clinic, but she won't back down. Last week, the ACLU caught up with physician Yashica Robinson, an abortion provider from Alabama and recipient of the 2017 George Tiller, M.D. Award from Physicians for Reproductive ...

The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Police Need a Warrant for Sensitive Cell Phone Data

In most states, police do not need a warrant to access a person's phone location records. We think they should. The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a landmark case that will determine how the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects cell phone data that tracks the detailed ...