The War on Terror
Civil Liberties and the War on Terror: The First Decade
The 9/11 attacks killed thousands, horrified a nation, weakened an economy, and provoked a response from the Bush administration that threatened every American's civil liberties.
After 9/11, the Bush administration responded with a strategy that included two elective wars, illegal surveillance, indefinite detention without trial of both citizens and non-citizens, torture, secret prisons, e…
The Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility
A short timeline of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, with emphasis on post-9/11 use.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
Big Brother is Watching
Watch the skies! This illustrated guide walks you through the most unnerving government surveillance programs in U.S. history.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
An illustrated history of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), from its origins to the Bush wiretapping controversy.
Civil Liberties in the War on Terror
An illustrated overview of civil liberties in the War on Terror.
The Military Commissions Act of 2006
Understand the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which deals with the treatment of alleged detainees and enemy combatants.
ACLU v. NSA - What Happens Next in the ACLU v. NSA Wiretapping Case?
What will happen next in the ACLU v. NSA wiretapping case? Chart the case's progress all the way to the Supreme Court.
President Clinton's Legacy and the Unitary Executive Theory
President Clinton set the precedents for President Bush's abuses of executive power. Once someone wins the 2008 presidential election, does that mean we'll stop worrying about civil liberties and the unitary executive theory? Let's hope not.
War on Terror 101 - Information About Civil Liberties and National Security
Following the attacks of September 11th, 2001, the Bush administration initiated a collection of foreign domestic policies collectively referred to as the "War on Terror." Do these policies protect national security and, if so, do they do so at the expense of civil liberties?
Big Brother 101 - Information About Government Surveillance Programs
Information on government surveillance programs, including COINTELPRO, Project Echelon, Spygate (aka the Bush surveillance program or Terrorist Surveillance Program), Total Information Awareness (TIA), and more.
Full Text of Dick Cheney's Response to Arlen Specter on Bush Wiretapping Scandal
The full text of Vice President Dick Cheney's response to Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)'s letter regarding the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program, which used the National Security Agency (NSA) to subvert the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and the related NSA telephone database program.
Full Text of Arlen Specter's Letter to Dick Cheney on Bush Wiretapping Scandal
The full text of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)'s letter to Vice President Dick Cheney regarding the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program, which used the National Security Agency (NSA) to subvert the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and the related NSA telephone database program.
NSA Surveillance No Scandal
Amy Hess argues that the NSA's warrantless surveillance program is very much warranted by the dangers Americans face at the hands of potential terrorists.
The American Civil Liberties Union - Safe and Free
The ACLU's advocacy page on the War on Terror, with up-to-the-minute news, links, and special reports.
The American Civil Liberties Union - National Security
The ACLU's advocacy page for national security issues, with up-to-the-minute news, links, and special reports.
Guantanamo: Guilt by Association?
Over 500 detainees are currently imprisoned at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Why are they there? The answer may surprise you.
Domestic Terrorism Remains a Threat
The Southern Poverty Law Center documents almost 60 instances of attempted domestic terrorism since the Oklahoma City bombings of 1995.
September 11, 2001: Timeline of Events
A minute-by-minute description of the 9/11 attacks and government response, provided by Atheism and Agnosticism Guide Austin Cline.
No Public Senate Hearings for Spygate Scandal
In March 2006, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) successfully deep-sixed all plans for public hearings into the Bush administration's controversial domestic spying program, despite bipartisan support for a public investigation. How did he do it? By threatening to hit the Senate Select Intelligence Committee where it hurts.
It's Always Prime Time in Dillingham, Alaska
The city of Dillingham, Alaska (pop. 2,400) is too small for traffic lights, but apparently not too small for 80 security cameras--installed courtesy of a $202,000 Homeland Security grant.
The American Civil Liberties Union - Prisoner Rights
The ACLU's advocacy page for prison and prisoner rights issues, with up-to-the-minute news, links, and special reports.