On January 27, 1975, Senator Frank Church led a new Senate committee formed to investigate allegations of U.S. government spying on its own citizens. The committee’s report laid the groundwork for today’s controversy over NSA surveillance programs.
On December 18, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled in Katz v. United States, expanding the Fourth Amendment protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures” to cover electronic wiretaps.
On May 2, 1972, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover died of heart disease at a Washington hospital, ending his 48-year total control over the federal agency he managed and created. Hoover, a power unto himself, actually started his professional career as a librarian and used those skills to shape the FBI.
In conjunction with his new book on William Howard Taft, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen examines how Taft would approach some of today’s biggest problems. In this post, Rosen looks at Taftian aspects of the Facebook controversy.
One of the most-significant cases of the Supreme Court’s current term is on shaky ground after a new law may have settled the controversy before a judicial ruling could be issued.
It was on this day in 1965 that the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case about contraception use by married couples that laid the groundwork for a constitutional “right to privacy” in the United States.
Following a keynote address by National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, leading experts consider the future of the Fourth Amendment in the digital age.
A rapidly changing nation has given new voice and urgency to critiques of strong free speech protections.
Alexandra Brodksy of the National Women's Law Center and Gary McCaleb of the Alliance Defending Freedom discuss whether Title IX or the Constitution bans discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
Both sides in a major Supreme Court case urged the Justices to move ahead with full review and a prompt final decision on the meaning of a key federal anti-discrimination law.