Paul Harris reports in The Guardian that FBI tactics are raising disturbing questions of 'entrapment':
Civil liberties groups are also concerned, seeing some FBI tactics as using terrorism to justify more power. "We are still seeing an expansion of these tools. It is a terrible prospect," said Mike German, an expert at the American Civil Liberties Union and a former FBI agent who has worked in counter-terrorism.
Last week, the ACLU wrote to the CEOs of the nation’s major cell phone providers asking that they stop routinely collecting and storing data on their customers’ daily movements.
Our cell phone companies know more about where we are throughout the day than our closest friends. One of the byproducts of the way cell phones work – staying in constant touch with the nearest cell tower – is that our carriers can tell roughly where we are.
Our Membership and Education Organizer, Jon Gaither, has been organizing Bill of Rights conferences for high school students across the state. In addition to learning about civil liberties and the amendments to the Constitution, students receive a Know Your Rights lesson that explains what to do if stopped by Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI.
Facing questioning by police can be intimidating so it's always a worth a reminder on what rights we have when dealing with law enforcement.
Two American citizens were targeted and killed this weekend by CIA drone strikes in Yemen. They were Anwar Awlaki and Samir Khan. They were never charged with a crime and they were both on a secret government "kill list" that the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights challenged in court (and lost) last year. The lack of due process contradicts the tradition of rule of law and constitutional checks and balance
The ACLU is urging the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the "Super Committee'") to cut funding for three immigration programs that are rife with civil rights abuses and lacking in meaningful oversight.