Rachel Levinson-Waldman

Rachel Levinson-Waldman serves as Senior Counsel to the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to advance effective national security policies that respect constitutional values and the rule of law.

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ICE operates under a decade-old policy allowing its agents to “search, detain, seize, retain, and share” electronic devices and any information on them—including social media—without individualized suspicion. (Photo: ICE/Reuters) Views
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
How ICE and Other DHS Agencies Mine Social Media in the Name of National Security
In June 2018, more than 400,000 people protested the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the border. The following month saw a host of demonstrations in New York City on issues including racism and xenophobia, the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the...
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"Now some elected officials — all Democrats — are also calling for elimination or reform of ICE." (Photo: Ken Wolter/Shutterstock.com) Views
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
The Abolish ICE Movement Explained
As the debate over family separation and reunification at the border continues, some are calling for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Here’s what you need to know about the movement. What is ICE, and what does it do? Following the September 11 terrorist attacks,...
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 "Facebook’s process for deleting posts and accounts based on its community standards has long been opaque, leading to charges from people across the political spectrum that Facebook is effectively shutting down their speech while allowing others to operate unfettered." (Photo: Legal Loop) Views
Friday, May 25, 2018
Facebook and Free Speech
In the weeks since Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress, Facebook has made two important policy announcements. The company released a document explaining what posts and accounts it removes on the basis of its internal rules, known as “ community standards ,” and it engaged outside consultants to...
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"Much like the equivalent tools used by law enforcement agencies — they will incorporate biases." (Photo: AP) Views
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Monitoring Kids' Social Media Accounts Won't Prevent the Next School Shooting
The Parkland, Fla., school shooting has reignited the national conversation on what can be done to prevent such tragedies, which seem to occur with frightening regularity. One option, which already is used by many schools and probably will be adopted by more, is to employ companies that monitor...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Holding Sessions Accountable on Civil Liberties
On January 10 and 11, the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to consider whether Senator Jeff Sessions is fit to be appointed as this country’s next Attorney General. Mr. Sessions will assuredly be asked probing questions about his voting rights record , past allegations of racism , whether he...
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Friday, December 16, 2016
Will Police in the Trump Era Embrace Accountability?
Six weeks before Donald Trump takes office, there are growing fears about what he is likely to do with America’s powerful law enforcement apparatus. He has proposed banning all Muslim travel to the U.S. , elevated a national security advisor who peddles in untruths about the spread of Sharia law ,...
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Friday, August 21, 2015
The Dystopian Danger of Police Body Cameras
Police-worn body cameras are the newest darling of criminal justice reform. They are touted as a way to collect evidence for criminal investigations, oversee and expose abusive police practices, and exonerate officers from fabricated charges. While the nation continues to debate how effective these...
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