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'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.

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.

Judge rules NSA phone surveillance lawful, denies ACLU challenge

A U.S. federal judge ruled on Friday the NSA surveillance program is lawful and called it the government's "counter-punch" to the technology used by terrorists. A challenge to the program was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Iowa City OKs proposed ban on red-light cameras and drones

Iowa City - A precedent setting ordinance banning red-light cameras and drones got the green light in Iowa City at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

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 Georgia, judge blocks controversial abortion law

Atlanta - In what pro-choice groups are calling a win for women's reproductive rights, a state Superior Court judge suspended a Georgia law banning abortions that was set to take effect Jan. 1.

Atheists can be jailed in Kentucky for not acknowledging God

American Atheists have submitted a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court in a bid to overturn a Kentucky homeland security law which can send atheists to jail for up to 12 months for refusing to acknowledge "Almighty God."

U.S. House passes controversial CISPA Internet security bill

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the CISPA cybersecurity bill today, despite protests by civil liberties groups who point out that it puts Americans' online privacy at risk.

Alaska sued for denying transgender woman driver's license

Juneau - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Alaska on behalf of a transgender woman who has been denied the right to change the sex on her driver's license without providing proof that she has underwent gender reassignment surgery.

Op-Ed: S. Dakota gov. stuck on control of women, signs abortion-wait law

Sioux Falls - South Dakota’s governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law on Tuesday a measure that will require women seeking an abortion to meet with their doctor, in person, and wait three days after that consultation before an abortion is performed.

Court rules that prison may continue force-feeding hunger striker

A Superior Court judge in Connecticut has ruled that prison officials in the U.S. state may continuing force-feeding a British man on hunger strike over what he claims is a wrongful conviction for rape.
 

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