Safe & Free

The ACLU wholeheartedly believes that we can be safe and free. There has never been a more urgent need to preserve fundamental privacy protections and our system of checks and balances than the need we face today, as illegal government spying and government-sponsored torture programs transcend the bounds of law and our most treasured values in the name of national security.

ACLU Questions Michigan State Police Involvement in Data Surveillance Program

ACLU Questions Michigan State Police Involvement in Data Surveillance Program

2004-02-17 00:00:00

DETROIT— Following a news report released yesterday in which the Michigan State Police admit that it has released information to a multistate police database, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today submitted a third “Freedom of Information Act” request about Michigan’s participation in the new “MATRIX” surveillance system. This admission comes on the heels of the state denying involvement in the program in response to two previous FOIA requests.

Court Will Hear Arguments on December 3 in Challenge to PATRIOT Act

Court Will Hear Arguments on December 3 in Challenge to PATRIOT Act

2003-11-26 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union will present arguments in the first case to review the constitutionality of a controversial section of the PATRIOT Act. The December 3rd hearing in federal district court will mark the first time the Justice Department has been called upon to defend the law in court.

The ACLU lawsuit, filed on July 30, challenges Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, which vastly expands the power of FBI agents to secretly obtain records and personal belongings of innocent people in the United States, including citizens and permanent residents. 

PATRIOT Act Fears Are Stifling Free Speech, ACLU Says in Challenge to Law

PATRIOT Act Fears Are Stifling Free Speech, ACLU Says in Challenge to Law

2003-11-03 00:00:00

NEW YORK – Fear of the PATRIOT Act has caused a dramatic decline in memberships and donations at mosques and forced a church-sponsored group that aids refugees to change its record-keeping practices, the American Civil Liberties Union said in legal papers filed today in Detroit.

What Is The Matrix? ACLU Seeks Answers on New State-Run Surveillance Program

What Is The Matrix? ACLU Seeks Answers on New State-Run Surveillance Program

2003-10-30 00:00:00

NEW YORK—The American Civil Liberties Union today filed simultaneous state “Freedom of Information Act” requests in Michigan, Connecticut, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania about those states’ participation in the new “MATRIX” database surveillance system. It also released an Issue Brief explaining the problems with the program, which also operates in Florida and Utah.

ACLU Files First Challenge to USA PATRIOT Act

ACLU Files First Challenge to USA PATRIOT Act

2003-07-30 00:00:00

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union today filed the first legal challenge to the USA PATRIOT Act, taking aim at a section of the controversial law that vastly expands the power of FBI agents to secretly obtain records and personal belongings of innocent people in the United States, including citizens and permanent residents.

Ann Arbor City Council Passes Civil Liberties Resolution

Ann Arbor City Council Passes Civil Liberties Resolution

2003-07-08 00:00:00

Ann Arbor -- Last night the Ann Arbor City Council passed, by a 9-2 vote, a resolution to safeguard the civil liberties of Ann Arbor residents in the wake of post-9/11 anti-terrorism legislation and executive orders.  Passage of the resolution makes Ann Arbor the 137th city in the U.S. to pass such a measure. The states of Alaska, Vermont and Hawaii have also enacted statewide resolutions.  The City of Detroit passed a similar measure in January of 2003.

Summarized Highlights of Patriot II

Summarized Highlights of Patriot II

In passing the USA PATRIOT Act (PATRIOT Act I), Congress expanded the powers of the government to spy on individuals, reduce the oversight of such activities, and ultimately increase the secrecy with which the Justice Department operates. The Domestic Security Enhancement Act (PATRIOT Act II) threatens to fundamentally alter the constitutional protections that allow us as Americans to be both safe and free.

There are many egregious provisions in the bill that will affect every one of us. Among them are:

DOJ Exempts FBI Database from Privacy Act

DOJ Exempts FBI Database from Privacy Act

On March 24, 2003, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a final rule without public comment that exempts the FBI's National Crime Information Center database from the Privacy Act.  This means that the FBI no longer needs to ensure the accuracy and timeliness before loading incriminating information about a particular individual into the nation's most comprehensive law enforcement database.

ACLU Adds Staff Attorney to Coordinate Post 9/11 Activities

ACLU Adds Staff Attorney to Coordinate Post 9/11 Activities

2003-01-06 00:00:00

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is pleased to announce that Noel Saleh, a prominent and longtime immigration attorney in the Detroit area, joined the staff in January 2003 to expand outreach to the Arab community and coordinate legal work developed in response to new government efforts to control terrorism at the expense of civil liberties.

ACLU Files Lawsuit to Protect Firefighters' Speech Rights

ACLU Files Lawsuit to Protect Firefighters' Speech Rights

2002-07-10 00:00:00

DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit today in federal district court on behalf of a Frenchtown Charter Township firefighters’ union challenging the constitutionality of the township ordinance that prohibits firefighters from speaking to the news media about any “fire department matters” -- including matters of public concern.

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June 14, 2013 Weekly Rights Review
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August 28, 2012 Government Surveillance
LANSING, Mich. – In a comprehensive report released today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asks the City of Lansing to remove all government...
September 07, 2011 Privacy, surveillance, 9/11, CIA
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July 21, 2011
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan today sued the FBI and Department of Justice for records related to the FBI's use of race...
May 16, 2011
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April 07, 2011 Safe & Free
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December 15, 2010 Bill of Rights
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August 17, 2010
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July 29, 2010
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July 27, 2010
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March 15, 2010
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October 14, 2009
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October 14, 2009
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September 24, 2009
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June 16, 2009 Detroit
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January 09, 2009 Safe & Free
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September 14, 2008
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September 04, 2008
DETROIT—In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Arenac County Sherriff to publicly declare that he has no intention of...
July 03, 2008
DETROIT As the Senate debates a major overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan called on...
December 12, 2007
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October 30, 2007
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today applauded the State House of Representatives for passing a resolution that rejects participation...
October 03, 2007
Washington - The American Civil Liberties Union along with the ACLU of Michigan urged the U.S. Supreme Court today to review a legal challenge to the Bush...
September 05, 2007 Privacy
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August 10, 2007
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August 02, 2007
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July 24, 2007
The supporters of Real ID are making a last ditch effort to save the embattled program. As part of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, to...
July 06, 2007
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May 17, 2007
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January 31, 2007
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June 09, 2006
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June 06, 2006
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May 24, 2006
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January 17, 2006
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November 17, 2005
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February 04, 2005
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February 03, 2005
DETROIT – A hearing will be held this week to determine if an American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan lawsuit against the Michigan State Police (MSP) will...
October 12, 2004
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June 10, 2004 Privacy
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May 26, 2004
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May 20, 2004
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May 20, 2004
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April 30, 2004
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February 20, 2004
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February 17, 2004
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November 03, 2003
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October 30, 2003
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July 08, 2003
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January 06, 2003 Privacy & Technology
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July 10, 2002
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January 24, 2002
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