PCJF Legal Director responds to endorsement by Congress of NSA surveillance

The vote crossed party lines, demonstrating that this is not an issue of Republicans versus Democrats. This is an epoch-defining battle in our history about the relationship between government and the people.

PCJF Files FOIA request with National Security Agency related to surveillance programs

The FOIA request reads in part: "The people of the United States have an urgent need for disclosure of the requested information regarding what appears to be the largest covert surveillance program directed against them in U.S. history. The U.S. government and its agencies that are carrying out these unprecedented surveillance programs are not entitled to hide these programs from the public."

Class-action settlement of lawsuit stemming from 2010 mass arrests in Oakland receives preliminary approval

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted preliminary approval for a class action settlement agreement resulting from the mass arrests of anti-police brutality protesters on Nov. 5, 2010 in Oakland, Calif.

How Martial Law Quietly Became Legal

As law enforcement agencies take advan­tage of advanced technologies, the opportuni­ties for using data from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to help with investigations increases greatly.

A watershed moment in the fight for women's reproductive rights

In response to a battle for over a decade to eliminate all restrictions on access to the Morning-After Pill, the Obama administration announced June 10 that it will comply with a federal court ruling that orders the administration to make emergency contraception available without restrictions, and plans to drop its appeal of that ruling.

Court Cautions Feds on Morning-After Pill Exclusivity Deals

The Court has told the government in its Memorandum that undue delay will not be countenanced in compliance with the Court's Order and that if the Obama administration enters into an exclusivity deal with the pharmaceutical company that it will "only burden poor women."

Obama Administration Announces it is Dropping Legal Fight to Keep Morning-After Pill from Women in U.S.

In response to a battle for over a decade to eliminate all restrictions on access to the Morning-After Pill, the Obama administration has just announced that it will comply with a federal court ruling ordering the administration to make the drug available without restrictions, and plans to drop its appeal.

Vote 'No!' to the Surveillance State

People are outraged that the Obama administration used its most powerful spy agencies to create a secret national surveillance grid that completely profiles the communications and movements of every person in the country.

Court Orders Morning-After Pill Must Immediately Go Over-the-Counter Without Restrictions

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered the Obama administration’s Food and Drug Administration to comply with U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman’s Order to make to make two-pill versions of emergency contraception available over-the-counter without a prescription, age requirements or other restrictions on how it is sold. The government had sought a stay of Judge Korman’s Order from the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Major lawsuit filed against State Dept related to corruption of justice in Cuban Five case

The U.S. State Department has illegally refused to release documents from 1998 to 2002 related to the covert propaganda operation run by the U.S. government that secretly paid Miami-based journalists who conducted a media campaign against the Cuban Five.