Showing posts with label ACLU. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ACLU. Show all posts

Is The ACLU Going Soft On The First Amendment?

by Damon Root.    That's the troubling question raised by University of Washington law professor Ronald Collins, who notes that the ACLU just began its annual fundraising campaign and released an accompanying "National ACLU Workplan," which, in the organization's own words, "lays out [the ACLU's] plans for the year ahead [and] always addresses  ... MORE

Local Gov'ts Are Increasingly Poking Through Your Garbage

by Jenna McLaughlin.     "Nothing is safe, not even our trash."     Civil libertarians are worried about an increasingly common form of domestic surveillance that has nothing to do with listening to your phone calls or reading your emails; it has to do with looking through your garbage. Municipalities across the United States are implementing    ... MORE

Robby Soave: The ACLU Now Opposes Religious Freedom

Because Christians need it.     The American Civil Liberties Union has formally reversed its support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signaling that the organization is no longer interested in mounting an ideologically consistent defense of all people of faith. It’s a disappointing retreat on principles for the ACLU, and the organization’s   ... MORE

Cop Pulls Car Over for Nonexistent Traffic Violation, Then Tows It To Search For Evidence Of Nonexistent Crime

by Jacob Sullum.   Drug war incentives strike Vermont. Last March, according to a lawsuit filed this month by the ACLU of Vermont, a state trooper pulled Gregory Zullo over for a nonexistent traffic infraction, then towed his car away so it could be searched for evidence of a nonexistent crime. Trooper Lewis Hatch stopped Zullo, a 21-year-old resident ... MORE

2/3 Of US population Lives In “Constitution-free” Zone

by John Stokes.     "Your papers, please." In 2003, the Seattle Times reported on random "spot checks" of cars and luggage that border patrol agents were performing on US citizens who were taking the ferry between Washington State and the San Juan islands. Because most of the passengers on these ferries had not actually crossed an        ... MORE

U.S. Marshals Seize Local Cops’ Cell Phone Tracking Files in Extraordinary Attempt to Keep Information From Public

by Nathan Freed Wessler.      A run-of-the-mill public records request about cell phone surveillance submitted to a local police department in Florida has unearthed blatant violations of open government laws, including an incredible seizure of state records by the U.S. Marshals Service, which is part of the Justice Department.   ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: Real Rights Vs. Fake Rights

Free birth control and unfree photographers.      According to The New York Times, a case the Supreme Court heard on Tuesday, involving a challenge to Obamacare's requirement that businesses pay for their employees' contraceptives, "pits religious liberty against women's rights." Similarly, last month's controversy over an Arizona bill    ... MORE

Is Flashing Your Headlights Protected Free Expression?

by Robert Patrick.         But what if it inconveniences the state? The American Civil Liberties Union is hoping that a federal judge’s ruling Monday that temporarily barred Ellisville from punishing drivers for using their headlights to warn others of speed traps will itself serve as a warning to other cities who try to do the same. ACLU Legal Director      ... MORE

FBI Spooks: Infiltrating and Informing

by J.D. Tuccille.     The National Security Agency isn't the only arm of the government in the surveillance business. According to a September report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), "every 90 days for the past seven years the FBI has obtained secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders compelling telecommunications        ... MORE

A. Barton Hinkle: More Contraception, Less Conscription

Birth control should be over-the-counter.      In a rational world, women in the U.S. would be able to buy birth control over the counter — something that is perfectly safe to do, and that women in other countries do as a matter of routine. But because American women cannot, the country is now embroiled in an unnecessary debate — one that,   ... MORE

Cops Sued For Illegally Ticketing Alerting Drivers

There is no law against warning others of speed traps.   The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Ellisville Police Department Wednesday morning. The lawsuit claims the Ellisville police have been illegally ticketing drivers that flash their high beams to other drivers to warn them about speed traps. ACLU legal Director Tony   ... MORE

ACLU Says Reid Gun Bill Could Threaten Civil Liberties

by Vince Coglianese. As Senate Democrats struggle to build support for new gun control legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union now says it’s among those who have “serious concerns” about the bill. Those concerns have the capacity to prove a major setback to Sen. Harry Reid’s current gun bill, which includes language from earlier bills introduced by  ... MORE

DEA Seeks Prescription Records Without A Warrant

Eric W. Dolan on the efforts of the ACLU to block them.    The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to block the Drug Enforcement Administration from obtaining prescription records without a warrant in Oregon. The state of Oregon filed suit against the DEA last year after the agency sought to access the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring   ... MORE

Ronald Bailey: Your Cellphone Is Spying On You

Big Brother has been outsourced.   The police can find out where you are, where you’ve been, even where you’re going. All thanks to that handy little human tracking device in your pocket: your cellphone. There are 331 million cellphone subscriptions—about 20 million more than there are residents—in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of adult  ... MORE

A. B. Hinkle: Warrantless Spying Skyrockets Under Obama

Is it fascism yet?    That was the snarky question glued to the bumper of every self-respecting progressive’s gas/electric hybrid back during the Bush-Cheney administration. It now must be asked again. Back then, liberals were raising the alarm about impending fascism because of post-9/11 policies such as warrantless wiretapping, wars of choice, military        ... MORE