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Judge denies Ron Paul’s request to unmask anonymous YouTube user

A judge has rejected the motion of presidential candidate Ron Paul to unmask an anonymous YouTube user who made a video trashing his former rival Jon Huntsman. The Public Citizen Litigation Group, American Civil Liberties Union, Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Digital Media Law Project had urged the court to…

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…

Tennessee principal resigns after saying LGBT students ‘going to hell’

A principle in West Tennessee has resigned after allegedly threatening to expel LGBT students. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday said it sent a letter to the Haywood County school district superintendent because several students complained that Haywood High School Principal Dorothy Bond had threatened to expel them…

ACLU of Minnesota offers $1000 to anyone who proves a case of voter fraud

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is offering $1,000 to any resident of the state that can find a case of voter fraud that would have been prevented by a voter ID law. “There is no voter impersonation fraud in Minnesota,” said ACLU-MN Executive Director Charles Samuelson, “and we…

ACLU warns Congress pushing ‘willy-nilly toward an era of aerial surveillance’

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday warned that legislation approved by Congress could severely undermine Americans’ privacy. On Monday, the Senate passed H.R. 658, a bill that would make it easier for law enforcement agencies to obtain and use unmanned aerial vehicles. The bill was passed by the House…

ACLU urges Senate to support ban on racial profiling

The American Civil Liberties Union has called on the U.S. Senate to pass legislation that would prohibit local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from racially profiling suspected criminals. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the End Racial Profiling Act in 2011, but the bill has not yet been taken up…

ACLU files lawsuit over drone strikes targeting U.S. citizens overseas

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, Department of Defense and CIA in hopes of disclosing government information related to the killing of three U.S. citizens by drone attacks last year. “Our government’s deliberate and premeditated killing of American terrorism suspects raises…

ACLU warns bill would gut video privacy law

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday expressed its concern with proposed changes to the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), which would allow companies to gain perpetual consent to sharing their customers’ video rental records. At a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law hearing on Tuesday lawmakers…

Gary Johnson calls for repeal of the Patriot Act

Former New Mexico governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson called for the Patriot Act to be repealed Sunday night during a national American Civil Liberties Union conference. The controversial counter-terrorism legislation was approved by Congress following the September 11 terrorist attacks. “Ten years ago, we learned that the fastest…

ACLU: Anti-abortion bills assume women can’t make sound judgements

In a video released on Monday, Maria Kayanan of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida decried legislation in the state’s legislature that would restrict women’s access to abortion. “The House Subcommittee is hearing three separate abortion bills, all of which seek to intrude into a very difficult personal private…

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