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Rauner Signs Broadly Supported Civil Forfeiture Protections Into Law

 Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law (HB303) restricting civil forfeiture practices of law enforcement agencies in the state. The newly enacted regulations, which CCDBR profiled previously, raise the evidentiary threshold for seizing citizens’ property from “probable … Read more »

US House Passes Measure Blocking Justice Department’s Resumption of Civil Forfeiture Loophole

A new piece from The Intercept reports that the US House of Representatives by a 211-198 vote has adopted language which would nullify the Department of Justice policy resuming federal civil forfeiture practices under the Equitable Sharing Program. The appropriations bill’s … Read more »

Activists Prepare to Stage Massive Push for Net Neutrality in Washington DC

A new piece from The Guardian reports that a coalition of internet freedom and digital rights activists have planned a massive two-day demonstration to compel the federal government to enshrine net neutrality principles in the regulation of the internet. The … Read more »

Announcement: CCDBR Website is Now Encrypted!

Beginning today, the website for the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, ccdbr.org, is now secured with SSL/TLS encryption. Connections to the website from all modern desktop and mobile web browsers will now automatically enable an encrypted connection … Read more »

Trump Resumes Program to Arm Police with Military Weapons [UPDATED]

UPDATE (9/5/17): In a speech at a conference of the National Fraternal Order of Police held last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions emphatically defended the Justice Department’s move to reinstate the 1033 program. Among the many arguments he offered, one … Read more »

Opinion: Consistent, and Meaningful, Defense of First Amendment Fee Expression Must Include Even White Supremacists

In the wake of the horrific and senseless attack on peaceful anti-white supremacist protesters by a white supremacist supporter in Charlottesville, Virginia, the progressive movement, and Americans across the political spectrum, are understandably in shock. But while tragedies such as … Read more »

US Justice Department Compels Anti-Trump Protest Site to Turn Over Data on Over A Million Visitors [UPDATED]

UPDATE (8/25/17): New reports on DreamHost’s challenge to the federal search warrant targeting disruptj20.org, this time reported by The Intercept, reveal that while the Department of Justice stands by its decision to drop its order for DreamHost to submit … Read more »