American Civil Liberties Union

David House poses with his laptop computer at his Somerville, Mass. home on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New details in how the feds take laptops at border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly disclosed U.S. government files provide an inside look at the Homeland Security Department’s practice of seizing and searching electronic devices at the border without showing reasonable suspicion of a crime or […]

09/09/2013

In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Bradley Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

Manning’s gender transition sets up legal showdown

Bradley Manning is the first transgender military inmate to ask for hormone treatments, officials say, a request that could lead to a legal showdown over how — and if — the soldier convicted in the […]

08/23/2013

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Bill outlaws growing problem of ‘revenge porn’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill outlawing so-called “revenge porn,” which lawmakers say is an increasing problem on the Internet. People who post identifiable nude pictures of someone else online […]

08/15/2013

Deputy Attorney General James Cole, left, Robert S. Litt, general counsel in the Office of Director of National Intelligence, NSA Deputy Director John C. Inglis, and Stephanie Douglas, executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch are sworn in as witnesses at the start of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

NSA spying under fire: ‘You’ve got a problem’

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a heated confrontation over domestic spying, members of Congress said Wednesday that they never intended to allow the National Security Agency to sweep up millions of Americans’ phone records. And they […]

07/17/2013

Officer Dennis Vafier of the Alexandria Police Dept., uses a laptop in his squad car to scan vehicle license plates during his patrols, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Driving somewhere? There’s a gov’t record of that

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong. […]

07/17/2013

Tentative settlement on Ohio Jesus portrait suit

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — A tentative settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit challenging the display of a portrait of Jesus that had been in a southern Ohio school for decades. The Columbus Dispatch […]

07/12/2013

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The price of surveillance: Gov’t pays to snoop

WASHINGTON (AP) — How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, […]

07/10/2013

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Immigrant advocates sue gov’t over detainers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates have filed a lawsuit alleging that immigration agents are filing paperwork to keep arrestees in custody longer without investigating whether they’re in the country illegally. The American Civil Liberties […]

06/19/2013

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ACLU study: Pot arrests more likely for blacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black people are arrested for possessing marijuana at a higher rate than white people, even though marijuana use by both races is about the same, the American Civil Liberties Union reports in […]

06/04/2013

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Groups want details on license plate readers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two privacy rights groups have filed a legal action against the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department asking a judge to order them to provide more […]

05/06/2013

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