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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Listen to the Freedom Songs Recorded 50 Years Ago During the March From Selma to Montgomery

Roger Catlin – When MLK called for people to come to Selma, Detroit’s Carl Benkert arrived with his tape recorder, making the indelible album “Freedom Songs” “Carl Benkert was a successful architectural interior designer from Detroit who had come down South in 1965 with a group of local clergy to take part and bear witnessContinue Reading

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

“The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women supports innovative, effective initiatives designed to transform the ways in which people think and act.  This video highlights the work of the UN Trust Fund, the only multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting efforts to end violence against women and girls. The UN Trust FundContinue Reading

National Academy of Sciences Releases Report – Bulk Collection of Signals Intelligence

James R. Clapper – Director of National Intelligence” “On January 17, 2014, the President, through Presidential Policy Directive 28, directed my office to assess “the feasibility of creating software that would allow the Intelligence Community more easily to conduct targeted information acquisition rather than bulk collection.” In order to fulfill this direction, I asked the National AcademyContinue Reading

Review of the FBI’s Activities Under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008

A Review of the FBI’s Activities Under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, September 2012 (January 9, 2015 version) — Executive Summary | Full Report/Redacted

DOJ IG Report on FBI Access to NSA Surveillance Data

“U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation access to overseas surveillance collected by sister organization the National Security Agency has expanded in recent years, with the law enforcement agency gaining access to collected but unprocessed data in 2009, according to a report released by the government. The FBI’s access to email and other data collected from overseas targetsContinue Reading

The Growth of Incarceration in the United States

Jeremy Travis, Bruce Western, and Steve Redburn, Editors; Committee on Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration; Committee on Law and Justice; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Research Council. 2014. “After decades of stability from the 1920s to the early 1970s, the rate of imprisonment in the United States moreContinue Reading

Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers

PEN America – “Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers is a new report demonstrating the damaging impact of surveillance by the United States and other governments on free expression and creative freedom around the world. The report’s revelations, based on a survey of nearly 800 writers worldwide, are alarming. Concern aboutContinue Reading

DHS IG Report – Border Patrol Use of Drones Ineffective

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations, December 24, 2014 OIG-15-17. “Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years, CBP cannot prove that the program is effective because it has not developed performance measures. The program has also not achieved the expected results. Specifically, the unmanned aircraftContinue Reading

Freedom on the Net 2014

Freedom on the Net 2014 – the fifth annual comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe, covering developments in 65 countries that occurred between May 2013 and May 2014 –finds internet freedom around the world in decline for the fourth consecutive year, with 36 out of 65 countries assessed in the report experiencing a negativeContinue Reading

Foreign Intelligence Gathering Laws

Library of Congress – “This report contains information on laws regulating the collection of intelligence in the European Union, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, and Sweden. The report details how EU Members States control activities of their intelligence agencies and what restrictions are imposed on information collection.  All EU Member States follow EU legislationContinue Reading

A Field Experiment Exploring How Pay and Representation Differentially Shape Bias on the Pathway into Organizations

Milkman, Katherine L. and Akinola, Modupe and Chugh, Dolly, What Happens Before? A Field Experiment Exploring How Pay and Representation Differentially Shape Bias on the Pathway into Organizations (December 13, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2063742 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2063742 “Little is known about how discrimination manifests before individuals formally apply to organizations or how it varies withinContinue Reading

Mortgage Securitization Discrimination

Beverly Adkins et al. v Morgan Stanley “The National Consumer Law Center is co-counsel for African American plaintiffs in a prospective class action lawsuit brought against Morgan Stanley. The lawsuit claims that the Defendant violated federal civil rights laws, the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act as well as state laws byContinue Reading