The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal. American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU & US Constitution. Preamble We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Article I Section 1. All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. ACLU & civil liberties timeline. In the years following World War I, America was gripped by the fear that the Communist Revolution that had taken place in Russia would spread to the United States.
As is often the case when fear outweighs rational debate, civil liberties paid the price. In November 1919 and January 1920, in what notoriously became known as the “Palmer Raids,” Attorney General Mitchell Palmer began rounding up and deporting so-called radicals. Thousands of people were arrested without warrants and without regard to constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure. NYC Protest for World Revolution. The Statement Released By The Wall Street Protesters - 2011-10-05. OccupyTV's Channel. Freedom of Information Act Gallery 2010. In recognition of Sunshine Week March 15-19, 2010 Introduction The Freedom of Information Act establishes a legal right for individuals to obtain records in the possession of government agencies.
The FOIA is critical for the functioning of democratic government because it helps ensure that the public is fully informed about matters of public concern.