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Millions of U.S. license plates tracked and stored – and it’s not just government agencies

Alarming number of databases across US are storing details of Americans’ locations – not just government agencies Millions of Americans are having their movements tracked through automated scanning of their car license plates, with the records held often indefinitely in vast government and private databases. A new report from the…

Same sex couples sue Pennsylvania for right to marry

A group of Pennsylvanians and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit Tuesday in federal court to have same sex marriage declared legal in the state or to have their out-of-state same sex marriages recognized in Pennsylvania. According to a press release from the ACLU, Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage…

America’s private prison system is a national disgrace

An ACLU lawsuit against a prison in Mississippi is the latest to detail flagrant abuses at a private correctional facility The privatization of traditional government functions – and big government payments to private contractors – isn’t limited to international intelligence operations like the National Security Agency. It’s happening with little…

ACLU challenges constitutionality of NSA phone surveillance program

By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union sued senior U.S. government officials on Tuesday to challenge the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s telephone surveillance program, saying it violates rights to free speech and privacy. The suit asked the court to immediately halt the NSA’s…

ACLU takes on the DEA for seeking prescription records without a warrant

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 Program (PDMP), a database of prescription…

ACLU: Many local police tracking cell phones without warrants

Local police departments across the country are tracking cell phones without warrants, according to documents released by the American Cvil Liberties Union (ACLU) Monday. Information from almost 200 state and local law departments revealed that only ten agencies do not track cell phones. Just six other departments require police to…

ACLU blasts Baltimore police for handcuffing schoolchildren

The ACLU of Maryland on Friday said it was “appalling” that Baltimore police officers arrested and handcuffed three 9-year-old girls and an 8-year-old boy at an elementary school. The officers arrested the children Thursday afternoon inside Morrell Park Elementary School on aggravated-assault charges. The charges were based on a schoolyard…

ACLU files lawsuit over Oklahoma ‘fetal personhood’ ballot measure

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Thursday filed a lawsuit against an anti-abortion “personhood” ballot measure on behalf of six Oklahoma voters. “By their own admission, the proponents of this initiative aim to strip women and families of their established right to decide whether…

Recording of Boston police nets man $170,000 settlement

The City of Boston settled a lawsuit recently filed by Simon Glik, an attorney who was arrested in 2007 as he recorded police using force to subdue another man. The settlement total came to $170,000, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts, which represented Glik in the case.…

Bill would create partnership between NSA and U.S. corporations

Speaking at a policy debate Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation, a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warned that a bill currently being considered by the House Select Committee on Intelligence would intertwine the National Security Agency (NSA) with corporate America, exposing vast amounts of private civilian data…

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