Even More Military Equipment Being Sent To Local Police Forces

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:11 am

Despite crime being on a steady decline for the past decade and the threat of international terrorism being wildly overstated, local police departments are stockpiling military grade weaponry. The militarization of police forces has become such a prominent phenomenon that the ACLU now dedicates a portion of its resources to studying the trend. Community policing [...]

FDL Exclusive: DOJ Says Smarter Sentencing Act Would Save Taxpayers $24 Billion

By: Friday July 25, 2014 8:48 am

The Department of Justice has responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from FDL News for documents estimating the costs that the federal government will not have to incur if the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014 is passed. The 12 page draft memo provided to FDL indicates that the DOJ estimates the cost avoidance [...]

Hobby Lobby Aftermath: Employment Non-discrimination Act Losing Major Support Due To Religious Exemption

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 8:33 am

The Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) has been losing major supporters who are concerned that the law contains an overly broad exemption for religious discrimination against the LGBT community. The ACLU,  the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, and other civil rights organizations have already withdrawn support for the current version of ENDA. The [...]

FBI ‘Accidentally’ Investigated Anti-War Site For Six Years

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 6:57 am

When Eric Garris, the managing editor of antiwar.com, sent an email to the FBI requesting help in dealing with threats to hack his website he probably didn’t realize he was going to become the subject of the investigation. But that is exactly what happened as the FBI mistakenly identified Garris’ email about his own site [...]

ACLU: Government Tracking All Cars

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 9:18 am

According to the ACLU, instead of investigating crimes local and state police departments have created a tracking program for every car in the country. An automated system using scanners has been mindlessly collecting data on the driving habits of everyone. The data is then uploaded to police databases for greater access. Chances are, your local [...]

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against NSA Phone Spying Program

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 1:08 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the NSA Phone Spying Program. The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a constitutional challenge to a surveillance program under which the National Security Agency vacuums up information about every phone call placed within, [...]

NSA Collecting Phone Records Of Millions Of Americans Daily

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 5:33 am

The Obama Administration has, according to a report in the Guardian, been collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily. Obviously the likelihood that this activity is restricted to Verizon is low. More likely is that all telecom companies are providing the government with unrestricted total information awareness. The National Security Agency is currently [...]

Banks Trying to Grow Releases on Fraud-Related Settlements After the Fact

By: Monday October 15, 2012 3:30 pm

The ACLU’s calss action lawsuit against Morgan Stanley over racial discrimination in lending is out. Five African-American homeowners from Detroit form the core of the plaintiffs, who allege that Morgan Stanley pushed the now-defunct New Century Financial into providing them with a “steady stream of irresponsible, high-risk loans issued in communities of color that were [...]

ACLU Sues Morgan Stanley Over Housing Discrimination Claims, Targeting the Securitizer Over the Originator

By: Monday October 15, 2012 7:45 am

The ACLU plans to sue Morgan Stanley on behalf of five named plaintiffs (they will seek class action status), for the investment bank’s role in fueling what they view as a discriminatory subprime bubble. In doing so, the ACLU will try to pioneer a new legal strategy, by going after the securitizer of the loans [...]

Judge Temporarily Blocks Contraceptive Mandate in Health Care Law

By: Saturday July 28, 2012 8:28 am

A federal court has temporarily blocked the Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate for one Colorado air conditioning company, in the first of what promises to be several legal fights over the regulation, ultimately winding up at the Supreme Court. The ruling comes in a case brought by Hercules Industries, which argued that they should not have [...]

ACLU, CCR Sue Administration Over Targeted Killings of US Citizens

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 11:03 am

While Kevin’s at the Bradley Manning trial, I’ll pick up on something on his beat. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center on Constitutional Rights have sued the Obama Administration over the deaths of three US citizens as part of the still-classified Predator drone program. Anwar al-Awlaki, Samir Khan and al-Awlkai’s son Abdulrahman were [...]

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