The ACLU of Illinois believes that our constitutional system demands that government be accountable to the public. The government must be open and transparent so that the public is aware of what is happening with our tax dollars and in our names. The ACLU of Illinois knows that transparency and accountability ensures that government cannot operate in secret, or infringe on the rights of residents. The ACLU of Illinois also vigilantly opposes the use of emerging technologies by government to intrude in the lives of people, and rejects the invocation of national security as an excuse for broad, intrusive surveillance.