National Security

NACDL recognizes that under the banner of the “war on terrorism,” America’s fundamental constitutional protections have been under unprecedented attack.  Since the tragedy of 9/11, the government has engaged in unparalleled assaults on a range of constitutional rights, including the right to due process and the right to privacy. NACDL seeks to resist this trend on both on a systemic and case-by-case basis to expose and combat the ongoing incursions into our civil rights in the name of national security.

Surveillance Self Defense - A Series of NACDL Primers

The Fourth Amendment is being redefined in the digital age. Surveillance programs and technologies that were ostensibly created and implemented to combat terrorism are being used in every aspect of the criminal justice system. NACDL is producing a series of primers to introduce different surveillance programs and techniques to defense lawyers and provide strategies and resources to combat them in cases. This is an ongoing project and will be updated periodically.

News Of Interest

"Police surveillance: The US city that beat Big Brother," by Brian Wheeler, BBC, September 29, 2016.

"Opinion: Librarians Stand Again Against FBI Overreach," by Peter Chase, Barbara Bailey, Jan Nocek, and George Christian, Hartford Courant, September 28, 2016.

"This judge just released 200 secret government surveillance requests," by Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post, September 23, 2016.

"‘In-Betweeners’ Are Part of a Rich Recruiting Pool for Jihadists," by Scott Shane, Richard Perez-Pena, and Aurelien Breeden, The New York Times, September 22, 2016.

"The Latest Bad Idea for Guantánamo," by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, September 19, 2016.

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