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Civil Liberties and Constitutional Rights

Document: Court Dismisses President Trump as Party in Transgender Service Member Ban Case

On Aug. 25 2017, President Trump ordered the U.S. government to not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military. Two plaintiffs, Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, subsequently filed a lawsuit seeking to block the memorandum and sought a preliminary injunction. The court granted the preliminary injunction in Oct. 2017.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia issued two rulings on Aug. 6 in the case of Doe v. Trump.

Israel

Israel's Proposed ‘Facebook Bill’

From 2015 to 2016, Israel experienced a wave of terror, dubbed the “knife intifada,” in which 47 Israelis were murdered. According to Israeli security sources, a majority of the attacks were carried out by individual terrorists without organizational guidance or affiliation. These individuals were exposed to incitement to terrorism on social network.

Civil Liberties and Constitutional Rights

How White House Threats to Revoke Security Clearances Violate the First Amendment

The White House’s threat Monday to revoke the security clearances of former intelligence community officials who have criticized the president over his response to Russian interference in the 2016 election (and Tuesday’s apparent escalation) is the latest move in the Trump administration’s ongoing campaign to punish those who voice disagreement with the president.

Russia and Eastern Europe

Censorship in the Age of Large Cloud Providers

Internet censors have a new strategy in their bid to block applications and websites: pressuring the large cloud providers that host them. These providers have concerns that are much broader than the targets of censorship efforts, so they have the choice of either standing up to the censors or capitulating in order to maximize their business. Today’s internet largely reflects the dominance of a handful of companies behind the cloud services, search engines and mobile platforms that underpin the technology landscape.

Transgender Servicemembers

Document: District Court Upholds Preliminary Injunction on Transgender Military Ban

On Friday, April 13, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that its preliminary injunction on the president’s ban on military service by openly transgender individuals will remain in effect. The court also ruled to make transgender people a protected class, citing the systemic oppression transgender individuals have long faced. The court’s ruling is below:

Civil Liberties and Constitutional Rights

Documents: New Trump Administration Policy on Transgender Servicemembers

On March 23, President Trump announced a new policy limiting the ability of transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, based on a recommendation prepared by Defense Secretary James Mattis. Trump's memo, Mattis's memo and the Defense Department study on which Mattis's memo is based are all included below.

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

The White House PCLOB Nominations: A Pleasant Surprise

There is that classic joke about the difference between an optimist and a pessimist—an experiment in which two children are put in a room to play. The pessimist enters a room full of toys and sits there wailing disconsolately, saying, “Something is going to break.” The optimist enters a room piled high with horse manure and begins rummaging through it enthusiastically, because, “With all this shit, I know there’s got to be a pony somewhere!”

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