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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
In February 2008, without notice and despite a city council budget restriction to the contrary, former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels pulled a political end-around to have police surveillance cameras installed in Cal Anderson Park. At the time, the action was defended with the explanation that this was just a pilot program that would allow the the city to evaluate the effectiveness of the cameras. The forced pilot project ended in late January of this year, but as of April, the cameras were still recording 24 hours a day, unbeknown to the police or city council.
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Friday, May 7, 2010

The ACLU passed out informational flyers as Camerahead agents took their performance art to Seattle's Cal Anderson Park.

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Friday, January 22, 2010
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Letter from Kathleen Taylor re: An effort by some police officials to repeal or significantly modify Seattle’s Police Intelligence Ordinance.
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata on Surveillance Cameras in Parks

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Friday, November 20, 2009

People have been free to express their opinions using pseudonyms since the early days of our nation.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington announced today that it is offering free legal representation to anyone in the state who is approached by the FBI during its latest round of "dragnet" interviews of Arabs and Muslims.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

As the nation approaches the one-year anniversary of the USA PATRIOT Act, the American Civil Liberties Union today announced a new nationwide effort to recover the freedoms that Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Bush Administration have rolled back since last year's terrorist attacks. "Keep America Safe and Free: The Campaign to Defend the Constitution" is a national effort involving litigation, grassroots organizing, and community education in all 50 states.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Statement by ACLU-WA Executive Director Kathleen Taylor on government surveillance of local activists.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The ACLU of Washington has filed Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of itself and 11 peace organizations.

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