Nathan Freed Wessler

Nathan Freed Wessler is a fellow in the National Security Project at the ACLU

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Friday, August 05, 2016
FBI Releases Secret Spy Plane Footage from Freddie Gray Protests
In response to an ACLU Freedom of Information Act request , the FBI has released more than 18 hours of video from surveillance cameras installed on FBI aircraft that flew over Baltimore in the days after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in 2015. The videos, which were released to the...
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Stingrays “emulate a cellphone tower” and “force” cell phones to register their location and identifying information with the stingray instead of with real cell towers in the area. Views
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Victory: Judge Releases Information about Police Use of Stingray Cell Phone Trackers
A Florida judge has sided with the ACLU to order release of information about police use of “stingrays,” which are invasive surveillance devices that send out powerful signals to trick cell phones into transmitting their locations and identifying information. The Tallahassee judge’s pro-...
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Friday, February 28, 2014
What Does a Soviet Submarine Have to Do With US Government Secrecy?
It is the height of the Cold War. A nuclear-missile-equipped Soviet submarine sinks in the Pacific Ocean, in suspicious circumstances. The CIA commissions reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes to secretly build a massive ship capable of lifting the submarine off the ocean floor using a colossal extendable claw.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
How Private is Your Online Search History?
The ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Justice to find out whether federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors think they need a warrant to obtain people’s search queries from online search engine operators, or whether they think they can ob
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
New Documents Suggest IRS Reads Emails Without a Warrant
Everyone knows the IRS is our nation’s tax collector, but it is also a law enforcement organization tasked with investigating criminal violations of the tax laws.
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Thursday, June 07, 2012
'Targeted Propaganda' Campaign Follows 'Targeted Killing' Campaign
A story in last week's New York Times painted a remarkably detailed picture of the US government's so-called "targeted killing" campaign, a campaign that involves the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to kill suspected insurgents and terrorists and, it turns out, many, many others, as well.
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Monday, April 30, 2012
The CIA’s Misuse of Secrecy
In Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere the C.I.A. has used drones to kill thousands of people — including several Americans. Officials have aggressively defended the controversial program, telling journalists that it is effective, lawful and closely supervised.
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