“Concerns about civil liberties, concerns about government transparency, are opportunities for the left and the right to find common ground and improve our civic dialogue in this country,” said Ehling, who considers himself a “civil libertarian-leaning independent”.
Ehling made the documentary “Urban Warrior”, which examines the militarization of domestic law enforcement. (Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman — who was wrongfully arrested by police during the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul — was the keynote speaker at the Freedom of Information Award ceremony. Watch the entire award ceremony here, and watch The UpTake’s interview with Goodman here.)
Ehling recently filed a Freedom of Information Access (FOIA) request with the Justice Department to learn the Obama administration’s legal basis for killing an American citizen in Yemen. One reason that Ehling filed the request was to learn whether the government would maintain a similar basis for targeting U.S. citizens here on American soil. Predictably, the request was denied. Ehling is also trying to gain access to FBI files on late Twin Cities activist Marv Davidov. (Watch The UpTake’s coverage of a celebration of Davidov’s life here.)