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Oct 31, 2019

ACLU sues FBI, DOJ over facial-recognition technology, criticizing ‘unprecedented’ surveillance and secrecy

The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday sued the Justice Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI for records detailing their use of facial-recognition software, arguing that the agencies have secretly implemented a nationwide surveillance technology that threatens Americans’ privacy and civil rights. ACLU attorneys asked a federal court in Massachusetts to order the [&[...]

Feb 22, 2019

ACLU asks for full count of separated children

The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Thursday to order the Trump administration to account for all migrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, after a government watchdog reported that officials might have split “thousands” more children from their families than they had previously disclosed. The report, […]

Aug 3, 2018

Trump administration puts burden on ACLU to find deported parents separated from children

The U.S. government has deported hundreds of migrant parents without their children in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s now-defunct family separation policy. But now administration officials are arguing that it’s the responsibility of the American Civil Liberties Union, not the federal government, to find those deported mothers and fathers. Justice Department lawyers wrote in [...]

Jul 26, 2018

ACLU claims migrant parents were mislead into waiving rights to family reunification

When immigration officials asked a Guatemalan father to sign a sheet of paper in English several weeks ago, he had no idea what it said. The man, a migrant who primarily speaks the Mayan language Akatek, knows no English, barely understands Spanish and is completely illiterate, according to his lawyer. But he is clear about […]

Jun 7, 2018

ACLU sues over plans for citizenship question on 2020 census

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights lawyers sued the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday to try to stop plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, calling it an unconstitutional attempt to discriminate against immigrants. The Manhattan federal court lawsuit on behalf of immigrants’ rights groups blames racial animus for the recent announcement […]

Apr 6, 2018

ACLU asks judge to stop indefinite detention of immigrants

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and an organization whose lawyers represent immigrants are asking a New York judge to stop the indefinite detention of some immigrants awaiting deportation. The ACLU and the Brooklyn Defender Services want to bring class-action status to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court recently on behalf […]

Aug 28, 2017

ACLU sues Trump over transgender military ban

Transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen and other members of the military, along with others who want to enlist, sued President Donald Trump on Monday, hoping the federal courts will stop him from preventing their service. One federal lawsuit was filed in Baltimore by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland on behalf of six transgender individuals […]

Aug 17, 2017

Settlement reached in ACLU lawsuit against CIA interrogation

SPOKANE, Wash. — A settlement was announced Thursday in a landmark lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against two psychologists involved in designing the CIA’s harsh interrogation program used in the war on terror. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Trial had been scheduled for Sept. 5 in federal court in Spokane, […]

Jul 31, 2017

ACLU challenges Kentucky governor’s social media blocking

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky has filed a federal lawsuit over Gov. Matt Bevin’s blocking of Facebook and Twitter users. The lawsuit asks a judge to declare Bevin’s action a violation of the First Amendment and to prohibit the governor from further blocking. Bevin often posts videos on Facebook […]

Jul 19, 2017

Prosecutor will appeal order to ID ‘false subpoena’ lawyers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ criminal prosecutor says he’ll appeal an order to turn over names of lawyers who used what the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana calls “false subpoenas.” A judge has given Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro 80 days to turn over names of all lawyers who have sent out […]

Jul 11, 2017

ACLU, others sue Trump voting commission in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and civil rights leaders have filed a lawsuit in Miami federal court challenging President Trump’s commission on election fraud. The lawsuit filed Monday is the latest legal challenge to the commission over its request that all 50 states submit information about voters. The Florida lawsuit asks a […]

Apr 24, 2017

High court won’t hear appeal over CIA torture report

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal seeking to force the CIA to release the full 2014 Senate report about the agency’s use of harsh interrogation tactics. The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the 6,900-page report prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee was not subject to […]

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