Throughout U.S. history, “national security” has often been used as a pretext for massive violations of individual rights. In the past decade, the fight against terrorism has served as the pretext for serious attacks on civil liberties in New York State and nationwide. In response, the NYCLU has mounted challenges – both in New York and, in partnership with the ACLU, nationally – to abuses of power including the USA Patriot Act, domestic wiretapping, invasive and unconstitutional border stops, and other abuses. Please explore this page to learn more about the NYCLU’s work to keep New Yorkers both safe and free.
Liberty and Security
- July 1, 2013
Reisner v. Catone (Challenging Office of Professional Discipline's failure to investigate and sanction Gitmo psychologist)December 20, 2010
Cunningham v. New York State Department of Labor (Challenging warrantless GPS tracking of state employee's personal car)December 20, 2010
Abidor v. Napolitano (Challenging DHS policy authorizing suspicionless search and siezure of travelers' electronic devices)September 8, 2010
NYCLU v. City of Saratoga Springs (Seeking access to information on the police department's use of Tasers)October 21, 2009
NYCLU v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Seeking access to information about Lower Manhattan Security Initiative)June 11, 2009