A supporter holds a sign at a small rally in support of National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Government Letter Defends Phone-Tracking Program

The U.S. government has defended its use of a phone-tracking program that collects the telephone records of millions of Americans in a letter to a federal judge, saying it is a program monitored by all three branches of government that is necessary to learn the contacts of known or suspected terrorists and thwart terrorism.


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D.C. to Consider Decriminalizing Pot Possession

The D.C. Council will consider decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.


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ACLU to Challenge Va. Gay Marriage Ban in Court

The ACLU of Virginia says it will file a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban.


The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit charging that the NSA’s mass surveillance of U.S. citizens’ data violates constitutional rights of free speech and privacy. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

ACLU Files Suit Against NSA, Patriot Act Phone Surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit charging that the NSA’s mass surveillance of U.S. citizens’ data violates constitutional rights of free speech and privacy.


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Lawyer, School Officials to Meet Following Student’s Pledge of Allegience Complaint

A Maryland student who says she was harassed by teachers and her assistant principal for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance just might get her wish for reform in the Montgomery County school district.


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Drone Industry Worries About Privacy Backlash

It’s a good bet that in the not-so-distant future aerial drones will be part of Americans’ everyday lives, performing countless useful functions.


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Md. Case Could Unravel the Country’s Criminal DNA Collection Practices

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will try to balance the rights of Americans who have not been convicted of a major crime to keep their DNA out of the government’s hands against the government’s interest in closing cold cases and the rights of crime victims to finally see justice done.


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Md. ACLU Officials Oppose Cell Phone Tracking Bill

Officials from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland are urging lawmakers to oppose legislation that will allow police to obtain cell phone tracking information without a search warrant.


A federal judge has ordered New Orleans to scale back its area banning banners and team memorabilia after an ACLU lawsuit argued it infringes upon free speech. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)

Fed Judge Rules Super Bowl ‘Clean Zone’ Infringes First Amendment, ACLU Files Suit

The city of New Orleans must scale back its plans for a “clean zone” where the use of banners, signs and flags would be restricted during Super Bowl week, a federal judge said Thursday.


President Barack Obama delivers a statement late Jan. 1, 2013 at the White House in Washington DC. (credit: CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)

ACLU Says Obama Has ‘Failed The First Test Of His Second Term’

The American Civil Liberties Union says President Obama has already failed in his second term.





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