National Security Related Privacy Threats Still Very Real

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A few weeks ago, the Washington Post reported newly uncovered privacy violations against US citizens. See below:

The federal government has repeatedly violated legal limits governing the surveillance of U.S. citizens, according to previously secret internal documents obtained through a court battle by the American Civil Liberties Union.

In releasing 900 pages of documents, U.S. government agencies refused to say how many Americans' telephone, e-mail or other communications have been intercepted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - or FISA - Amendments Act of 2008, or to discuss any specific abuses, the ACLU said. Most of the documents were heavily redacted.

With the USA PATRIOT Act still in law, privacy violations conducted in the name of national security are still a significant threat as evidenced above. We continue to religiously profile at our nation's borders and airports. Unanswered questions remain about indefinite detention, torture done in our names, and extaordinary rendition.

New information continues to surface. As we learn more about violations committed under the Bush Administration and the violations that still occur under Obama's Administration, the ACLU will continue to defend civil liberties and work towards accountability.

To stay informed about new national security developments, read the ACLU's national security blog here.

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