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The national American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 by a group of men and women working to protect the rights of conscientious objectors. Today the ACLU helps citizens by investigating, evaluating, and if necessary, litigating claims that their civil liberties have been infringed... [ ACLU ]


ACLU challenges Michigan ID policy on behalf of transgender individuals
May 22, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Michigan on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of six Michigan transgender individuals against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson challenging a state policy that they claim makes it nearly impossible for transgender individuals to change the....... [more]

New Hampshire Supreme Court strikes down voter resident law
May 17, 2015
The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2012 law requiring voters to be state residents, not just domiciled in the state. In its decision to uphold the lower court ruling, the court stated that the law that essentially required voters to acquire a driver's license in New Hampshire wa....... [more]

Obama calls for elimination of phone data collection
May 13, 2015
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a rewrite of the Patriot Act, including elimination of the National Security Agency (NSA) phone data collection program. Obama's call follows a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which found that the Act does not authorize th....... [more]

Federal appeals court finds NSA mass surveillance not authorized under Patriot Act
May 7, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the Patriot Act does not authorize the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect millions of Americans' phone records. The court found that section 215 of the act did not preclude judicial review and remanded the case for further con....... [more]

ACLU reaches settlement with Ohio over early voting
April 17, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced a settlement agreement Friday over early voting in Ohio. The now settled lawsuit was filed last year by the ACLU challenging the decreased availability of early voting opportunities in the state as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 238. The b....... [more]

DOD ordered to release detainee abuse photos
March 21, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Friday that the Department of Defense (DOD) must release photographs requested by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for images depicting the abuse of prisoners in Ir....... [more]

ACLU sues TSA over controversial passenger screening program
March 19, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday in an effort to obtain documents from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding their behavior detection program used in airports across the country to spot....... [more]

ACLU challenges Alabama law allowing fetuses legal representation
March 19, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday requested, as part of their ongoing suit against the bill, that a federal judge block an Alabama law allowing fetuses legal representation in cases when minors seek abortions. The law, HB 494, requires parent or judicial permission for a minor....... [more]

NGOs call for establishment of UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy
March 13, 2015
Ninety-two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world on Friday issued an oral statement calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to institute a Special Rapporteur on Privacy, citing a pressing need for the provision of continuous and authoritative guidance on the scope an....... [more]

Rights groups challenge NSA mass surveillance program
March 12, 2015
Rights groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Maryland against the National Security Agency (NSA) alleging that one of the NSA's mass surveillance programs violates privacy rights and threatens free communication. The plaintiffs, including the American Civil L....... [more]

US appeals court blocks same-sex marriage in Nebraska
March 6, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Thursday stayed a ruling of the US District Court for the District of Nebraska, which would have allowed same-sex couples in Nebraska to marry beginning on March 9. The case arose out of a challenge to Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage brought by....... [more]




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