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U.S. gov't surveillance undermining journalists, lawyers

Though its official mission is to thwart terrorist threats, the massive U.S. surveillance program is having a chilling effect on journalists and their sources, and lawyers and their clients, according to a report issued Monday.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

Tennessee woman charged with taking illegal drugs while pregnant

Madisonville - A 26-year-old woman is the first person to be charged under a new Tennessee law that makes a woman who takes drugs while pregnant guilty of misdemeanor assault.
In the Media by Arthur Weinreb

ACLU ask local police why they have grenade launchers

Springfield - Representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are questioning why local police in a nearby small town have grenade launchers. It is actually due to a government program that allows the share of heavy arms within the government.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

'War on Drugs' search warrants and disturbing SWAT trends

SWAT teams are kicking in doors in the early morning to serve search warrants typically related to the War on Drugs and according to a new American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), report, it’s happening in 124 homes every single day.

Utah ordered to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages

Salt Lake City - A federal judge on Monday ordered Utah officials to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages performed in the staunchly Mormon state late last year and early this year before the U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency stay halting such unions.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 1 comment

US police departments conduct warrantless spying on citizens Special

Tallahassee - As the battle over the notion of warrantless spying rages on Capitol Hill, it was revealed that local police departments are engaging in similar dragnets and refusing to disclose that the technology was used, even to judges during court proceedings.
Digital Journal Report by Justin King - 6 comments

U.S. is the only nation that sentences children to die in prison

The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 44 comments

Lawyers clash over electronic documents in NC voter ID lawsuit Special

Winston Salem - Lawyers representing the state of North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory and other defendants were accused of holding back crucial electronic documents in a hearing last Friday as lawsuits seeking to overturn North Carolina's new voting law move forward.
Digital Journal Report by Kelly Fetty

Judge rules invasive North Carolina abortion law unconstitutional

Greensboro - A North Carolina law forcing doctors to "show" and "describe" ultrasound images to every woman who seeks an abortion-- regardless of the patient's wishes --is unconstitutional, a judge on Friday ruled.
In the Media by Yukio Strachan

Op-Ed: America — a Constitution Free Zone

Seizures, strip searches, forced detentions based on simple "reasonable suspicion". The 4th Amendment has officially been neutralized for Americans, and the scary part is most of us don't even realize it.
In the Media by Donald Quinn

Judge rules: Most of U.S. has no protection from search by DHS

A federal court Judge ruled that the so-called “constitution exemption zone” is legal. The zone extends 100 miles from any U.S. border, which covers roughly two-thirds of citizens.
In the Media by Justin King - 3 comments

Op-Ed: NSA has Santa's naughty and nice list (Satire)

Colorado Springs - The government will not have to spend millions of dollars this year to track Santa. They already know his route, right down to street addresses, thanks to NSA spying.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 2 comments

Judge: War memorial cross violates Constitution, must be removed

San Diego - A 43-foot cross erected in 1954 to honor Korean War veterans must be removed because it violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge in San Diego ordered Thursday.
In the Media by Yukio Strachan - 6 comments

ACLU: Catholic hospital risked woman's life by refusing abortion

Muskegon - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Michigan have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant woman who suffered a painful, prolonged, and life-threatening miscarriage because the only hospital in her county refused her an abortion.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

US lawyers claim Americans cannot challenge NSA spying legality

Washington - The American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU) brought a lawsuit against the National Security Agency's (NSA) program of phone records surveillance last June shortly after Edward Snowden the NSA whistle blower revealed its existence.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

Op-Ed: ACLU cries for Alfredo Prieto

Fairfax - The ACLU is weeping buckets for a convicted murderer on death row. Here is what these champions of liberty didn't tell you about Alfredo Prieto.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 6 comments

ACLU campaigns against putting children in solitary confinement

The American Civil Liberties Union has launched an online campaign to end solitary confinement for children. The petition addresses Attorney General Eric Holder.
In the Media by Justin King - 2 comments

Sikh truck driver harassed, told by judge to remove rag (turban)

Mccomb - In the Pike County Justice Court in Mississippi, Judge Aubrey Rimes expelled Sikh Jageer Singh from the courtroom after telling his attorney that Mr. Singh should remove "that rag" from his head or go to jail.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 10 comments

New York police label mosques 'terrorism organizations'

New York - In a move angering countless Muslims and civil rights activists, the New York Police Department has labeled mosques as "terrorism organizations," allowing informants to spy on imams and anyone attending prayer services.
In the Media by John Sevigny - 3 comments

Former death row inmate gives look inside solitary confinement

After spending three-and-a-half years on death row in Alabama for a murder he did not commit, a former death row inmate writes an eye-opening letter about solitary confinement and the death penalty. "It is a completely broken system!" he said.
In the Media by Yukio Strachan - 1 comment

Federal judge halts prayers at North Carolina county meetings

Greensboro - A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction ordering a North Carolina county government to cease conducting Christian prayers at the beginning of its meetings.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Outrage over Zimmerman trial drowns more meaningful discussion

While social media is saturated with misguided consternation over the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, a more sinister trial with more important implications is proceeding under an umbrella of media silence.
In the Media by David Delmar - 12 comments

St. Louis blacks 18x more likely to be arrested for marijuana

Saint Louis - In St. Louis, black people are 18 times more likely to be arrested than whites for the crime of marijuana possession, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 13 comments

Op-Ed: 86 groups send letter to Congress demanding surveillance change

Washington - A coalition of 86 civil liberties organizations and Internet companies is demanding immediate action from Congress including a committee to investigate the issue and legislation to legally reign in the scope of the surveillance,
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Suit filed against Mississippi over private jail conditions

Meridian - The American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU) and the Southern Poverty Law Center have filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Mississippi over conditions at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

ACLU complains Detroit police dump homeless people outside city

Detroit - After a year-long investigation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has accused Detroit police officers of "kidnapping" homeless people and stranding them in other areas, often outside the city limits.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Op-Ed: ACLU study shows Ohio bringing back debtor's prisons

Columbus - Debtor's prisons were abolished in the US in the 1830's but they are making a comeback even though jailing people who are unable to pay debts is against the US Constitution.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

North Carolina lawmakers propose bill to declare state religion

North Carolina state legislators have proposed a bill that will allow the state declare an official religion in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and nullify any federal ruling against Christian prayer by state bodies
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 8 comments

Arkansas residents protest legislature's war on women Special

Little Rock - Hundreds gathered at a grassroots "Protest at the Arkansas Capitol" to denounce "extreme reproductive laws in Arkansas," and raised their voices and signs in protest of the war on women being waged by the conservative majority in the state legislature.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 5 comments

Extreme, racialized discipline pervades Mississippi schools

A newly-released report by a group of civil rights organizations has revealed that severe, often racialized school disciplinary policies are common throughout Mississippi.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 17 comments
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The ACLU generated this map of areas governed by the border exemption.
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The ACLU generated this map of areas governed by the border exemption.
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Graph showing people affected by pen register and trap and trace surveillance
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Graph showing email and internet authorizations
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The ACLU has lodged a complaint about the Detroit Police dumping the homeless outside the city limit...
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The ACLU has lodged a complaint about the Detroit Police dumping the homeless outside the city limits.
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Graph showing original orders
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Mike German is one of the many ACLU spokesmen who have contributed to their current stance on police intervention and government control.
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Montana State Hospital, Warm Springs, Montana. October 17, 2012.
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