Alex Abdo

Alex Abdo (@AlexanderAbdo) is a staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Apple v. FBI: What Just Happened?
Monday night, on the eve of its courtroom showdown with Apple over a locked iPhone, the FBI surprised everyone. In a motion filed with the court, it asked for more time to explore a new possible method it claimed it had come across to unlock the iPhone at issue — the work phone of one of the San...
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Monday, September 29, 2014
New Documents Shed Light on One of the NSA's Most Powerful Tools
Today, we're releasing several key documents about Executive Order 12333 that we obtained from the government in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that the ACLU filed (along with the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School) just before the first revelations of...
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Challenge to NSA’s Mass Surveillance Inches Way Up Court System
This morning, we're heading back to court to challenge the NSA's phone-records program, this time in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. Several district courts have already ruled on the program, with one calling it " almost Orwellian ." And, of course, the secretive Foreign...
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Friday, July 11, 2014
How the NSA Got Away with Spying on American–Muslim Civil Rights Activists
An article published by The Intercept this week revealed that the government has conducted surveillance of several prominent American Muslims—including a former official in the Department of Homeland Security, a professor at Rutgers University, and the executive director of the largest Muslim civil...
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Thursday, July 03, 2014
The Privacy Oversight Board Should Have Listened to Senator Obama
In 2008, Barack Obama, then a U.S. senator, realized that if an important surveillance law were to pass, Americans’ right to privacy in their international communications would be (in the later words of the Department of Justice) “significantly diminished, if not completely eliminated.” That law...
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The Most Important Surveillance Order We Know Almost Nothing About
Over the last seven months, we have learned an incredible amount about the government's post-9/11 surveillance efforts. But there is a crucial gap in our basic understanding.
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