Tag Archives: ACLU

ACLU does the job of the media

This is why I gave money to the ACLU: In the spring of 2003, long before Abu Ghraib or secret prisons became part of the American vocabulary, a pair of recently hired lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union noticed a handful of news reports about allegations of abuse of prisoners in American custody. The […]

Killing the Fourth Amendment

Updated Below From page 5 of the The FISA Amendment Act of 2008: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a civil action may not lie or be maintained in a Federal or State court against any person for providing assistance to an element of the intelligence community, and shall be promptly dismissed, if the Attorney […]

Governing and torturing in secret

Check out this CIA Office of the Inspector General review of the CIA’s interrogation and detention program (PDF). It doesn’t get much more redacted than that. Democracy cannot function if the public is kept in the dark about the government’s workings. There are legitimate reasons for secrecy when it comes to national defense. For instance, […]