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 Ann Beeson - “This is obviously guilt by association and not interceptions based on probable cause.”
 Ann Beeson - “We are thrilled the jury understood the importance of the First Amendment, ... We believe the material support statute is overbroad, and we are very glad the government's attempt to extend the bad statute has been thwarted.”
 Ann Beeson - “We are thrilled the jury understood the importance of the First Amendment. We believe the material support statute is overbroad, and we are very glad the government's attempt to extend the bad statute has been thwarted.”
 Ann Beeson - “This type of investigation is really a form of intimidation and a message to activists that they will pay a price for speaking out, ... The posting of publicly available information about people who are in the news should not trigger an investigation.”
 Ann Beeson - “The FBI should use its resources to investigate credible threats to national security instead of spending time tracking Americans who criticize government policy, or monitoring groups that have not broken the law.”
 Ann Beeson - “It's fabulous, ... Clearly the judge recognized it was profoundly undemocratic to gag a librarian from participating in the Patriot Act debate.”
 Ann Beeson - “This calls into question every time the government has relied on national security to impose secrecy. The only reason to gag our clients was to stifle their free speech rights in the debate over the Patriot Act. The government flip-flop confirms our suspicions.”
 Ann Beeson - “To avoid the giant ear of the NSA, journalists and lawyers now have to make expensive trips overseas to speak with their sources and clients. We are asking the court to halt the illegal spying program now to prevent even more harm to the free speech and privacy rights of Americans.”
 Ann Beeson - “Requiring a judge to approve a wiretap is not a nicety that can be avoided by presidential decree - it is a fundamental rule of American democracy. The government ignored the system authorized by Congress in favor of limitless power to spy on Americans.”
 Ann Beeson - “Requiring a judge to approve a wiretap is not a nicety that can be avoided by presidential decree -- it is a fundamental rule of American democracy. The government ignored the system authorized by Congress in favor of limitless power to spy on Americans.”
 Ann Beeson - “The most immediate concern we have is that if Congress passes the House version, our client could actually go to jail for participating in the Patriot Act debate.”
 Ann Beeson - “Although the government claims the censorship law is necessary to protect minors, it has not even used all of the tools currently available to protect them from sexually explicit content.”
 Ann Beeson - “It would be naive for our clients ... to assume that their calls and e-mails are not being intercepted.”
 Ann Beeson - “should be used a shield for sensitive evidence, not a sword the government can use at will to cut off argument in a case before the evidence can be presented. We are urging the Supreme Court, which has not directly addressed this issue in 50 years, to rein in the government's misuse of this privilege.”
 Ann Beeson - “Our client wants to tell the American public about the dangers of allowing the FBI to demand library records without court approval.”
 Ann Beeson - “From the FBI to the Pentagon to the National Security Agency, this administration has embarked on an unprecedented campaign to spy on innocent Americans.”
 Ann Beeson - “It's clear that this administration has engaged every possible agency, from the Pentagon to NSA to the FBI, to engage in spying on Americans.”
 Ann Beeson - “In the name of national security, the Bush administration has eroded the rule of law and the system of checks and balances in the United States, both fundamental principles in any democracy. In our America, we will not tolerate illegal spying or torture. The ACLU calls on the Human Rights committee to join us in our effort to hold the U.S. government accountable.”
 Ann Beeson - “It is crucial that we recognize the important separation of powers principles that our democracy was founded on, ... There should always be a check on the executive branch's power, the president's power, to take away that most fundamental of liberty interests and that is the government's ability to detain a person, possibly indefinitely.”
 Ann Beeson - “Edmonds' case is not an isolated incident, ... The federal government is routinely retaliating against government employees who uncover weaknesses in our ability to prevent terrorist attacks or protect public safety.”