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ACLU Sues Jeppesen Dataplan in San Jose for Participation in Seventy CIA Kidnapping and Torture Flights

May 30, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO – The national American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Northern California today filed a federal lawsuit against San Jose-based Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Company, on behalf of three victims of the United States government’s unlawful “extraordinary rendition” program. The suit charges that Jeppesen knowingly provided direct flight services to the... Read More

ACLU Seeks Records on Immigration Enforcement Actions in Northern California

Mar 06, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO – The ACLU of Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request today seeking records relating to recent enforcement actions conducted by U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE). The ACLU-NC has requested expedited processing because of the urgency of this... Read More

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Homeless Residents in Fresno

Nov 22, 2006
A federal judge announced today his intention to issue a preliminary injunction stopping the City of Fresno from unlawfully destroying the personal property of thousands of homeless residents. The lawsuit, Kincaid v. City of Fresno, was filed in October and claims that the City has been violating the constitutional rights of homeless people by seizing and immediately destroying their personal pro... Read More

Divided California Court of Appeal Rejects Challenge to Discriminatory Marriage Law

Oct 05, 2006
In a decision that will be appealed to the California Supreme Court, a divided panel of the California Court of Appeal ruled today that California may continue to bar same-sex couples from marriage. In a strong dissent, Justice Anthony Kline wrote, “the inescapable effect of the analysis the majority adopts is to diminish the humanity of the lesbians and gay men whose rights are defeated. The righ... Read More

Government and Verizon Ask Court to Dismiss Spy Suits Against Verizon Citing State Secrets Privilege, First Amendment

Aug 29, 2006
Verizon Communications Inc. and the Bush administration are asking the Court to dismiss the lawsuits filed against the telecommunications giant in a set of motions being argued on Thursday, August 30. Following revelations in an article in USA Today in May of last year, the three California affiliates of the ACLU sued Verizon to stop the company from continuing to provide the National Security Age... Read More

ACLU Files Suit in State Court Demanding End to Privacy Violations by AT&T and Verizon

May 26, 2006
San Francisco - The ACLU California affiliates filed two lawsuits today in state court requesting injunctions against telecommunications giants AT&T and Verizon to prevent them from illegally providing the National Security Agency (NSA) with the personal phone records of millions of California customers.The phone records were provided without the consent of their customers and without a warran... Read More