En Banc Surveillance Court Holds ACLU, Yale Have Standing to Seek Data Collection Rulings

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled Thursday that two organizations have standing to seek access to heretofore secret opinions and rulings on the government’s bulk collection of the private data of U.S citizens.

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Seventh Circuit Hears Dispute Over High School’s Live Nativity

A venerable Seventh Circuit judge asked an ACLU lawyer Tuesday if a high school performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion” would violate the U.S. Constitution. Reacting to the lawyer’s unfamiliarity with the piece, Judge Frank Easterbrook said, “Oh dear, that is a problem,” before lecturing the lawyer on the sacred oratorio’s importance as one of the greatest pieces “in the history of music.”

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ACLU Fights Collegiate Ban on Women Wrestling Men

The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday in a sharply worded letter that the governing body for college club wrestling programs is discriminating against a female national wrestling champion by barring her from competing against male student-athletes, effectively benching her for the entire season.

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