Trump’s Pentagon Clamps Down on Secrecy Around US Air Wars

Under the guise of operational security, the Pentagon is being increasingly illusive on reporting the number and nature of US airstrikes in Afghanistan and Yemen.

Photo of Hellfire missiles being loaded onto a US military Reaper drone in Afghanistan by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/U.S. Air Force

The US has quietly stepped up secrecy over its air wars in Afghanistan and Yemen since President Donald Trump entered office. The American Civil Liberties Union called the new practices – discovered by the Bureau through interviews with past and present US military officials – "deeply disturbing”. Towards the end of the Obama administration,

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ACLU Sues over Arizona Law Banning Boycotts Against Israel

“The government has no business telling people what causes they can or can’t support … The bottom line is that political boycotts are a legitimate form of non-violent protest, and they are protected by the First Amendment.”

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The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Thursday for an attorney challenging an Arizona law prohibiting state contractors from supporting boycotts against Israel, saying it violates his right to free expression. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Sedona attorney Mikkel Jordahl, who provides legal advice to Coconino County

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Indiana Accused Of Using Flawed Data To Purge Voters

The ACLU of Indiana is representing Common Cause Indiana in its fight to prevent state officials from removing voters from registration rolls.

Voters use electronic voting machines at the Schiller Recreation Center polling station on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio.

A voting rights group claims Indiana unlawfully purges voters from the rolls by using a controversial anti-voter fraud program some say targets minority voters and violates federal law by not confirming residents moved out of state before they are removed. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is representing Common Cause Indiana in its

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ACLU Sues Over Kansas Law Barring Boycotts Against Israel

“The government does not get to use its leverage to silence one side of the debate.”

Protesters demonstrate against a state-sanctioned backlash against the movement for Palestinian human rights after Gov. Cuomo signed a McCarthyite executive order requiring state agencies to divest from organizations that support the Palestinian call to boycott companies profiting from, or cultural or academic institutions complicit in, Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/ Sipa via AP)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of a teacher challenging Kansas’ new law barring state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel, saying it’s a clear violation of her free speech rights. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Esther Koontz, a math and science

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Chicago Police Sued Over Abuse Of Disabled Citizens

In the United States, one-third to one-half of fatal police incidents involve someone with disabilities and a quarter of victims of police violence are people with a mental illness.

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2015, file photo, Chicago police officers line up outside the District 1 central headquarters in Chicago, during a protest for the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Special prosecutor Patricia Brown-Holmes announced Tuesday, June 27, 2017, that three Chicago police officers were indicted on felony charges that they conspired to cover up the actions of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of McDonald. The indictment, approved by a Cook County grand jury, alleges that one current and two former officers lied about the events of Oct. 20, 2014 when Van Dyke shot the black teenager 16 times. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty File)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on Wednesday continued the push for reforms in the Chicago Police Department by filing a lawsuit claiming it mistreats people with disabilities in black and Latino communities. In August, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued the police department for alleged discrimination of black and Latino

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EFF, ACLU Bring Class-Action Suit Over Warrantless Searches At Border

“Such warrantless searches of travelers’ electronic devices unconstitutionally chill the exercise of speech and associational rights protected by the First Amendment,” the complaint states.

An Apple employee instructs a journalist on the use of the fingerprint scanner technology built into the company's iPhone 5S during a media event in Beijing. Watchdog groups are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. (AP/Ng Han Guan)

Homeland Security officers improperly searched laptops and smartphones without warrants from people entering the country, 10 U.S. citizens and one green card holder claim in a federal class action Wednesday. A group representing several Muslims and people of color, the plaintiffs include a military veteran, journalists, students, an artist, a

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