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Get angry, then get even

In a late night session with a hand scribbled bill, Congress gave a big wet kiss to the 1% while shafting the rest of us. Congress continues its work to expand Section 702 to give the NSA (and the FBI via parallel construction) more power to spy on us. The FCC is trying to take away net neutrality t... Read more

Wiretapping Amendments are finally dead

Late last night the Massachusetts House voted down or had withdrawn the three amendments that would have expanded our wiretapping laws dramatically. Against pressure from the Governor, the AG, all the DAs' offices, and the police unions, we, the ACLU of Massachusetts, Restore the Fourth Massachuset... Read more

Thanks to the Boston Anarchist Bookfair 2017

Thanks to the folks who made the Boston Anarchist Bookfair possible this year whether the organizers, speakers, vendors or participants.  We look forward to the 2018 bookfair. A big thanks to the Steve, Ben, Matt and Andrew for answering questions at our table and for the great cryptoparty talk S... Read more

We killed the wiretapping expansion

Early this morning, the Massachusetts Senate voted 22 to 14 to kill amendment 87 that would have expanded our wiretapping laws dramatically. Thankfully, a related amendment (#24) was withdrawn. Against pressure from the Governor, the AG, all the DAs' offices, and the police unions, we, the ACLU o... Read more

Today: tell Mass. Senators to oppose giving prosecutors new surveillance powers

The Massachusetts Senate is working on an omnibus criminal justice reform package.  Two amendments (#24 and #87) would give prosecutors unprecedented new powers to wiretap phone calls, emails, instant messaging services, and potentially even internet connected devices like personal assistants (think... Read more

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