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The U.S. Constitution authorizes only Congress to make laws that bind Americans. Nonetheless, bureaucrats in administrative agencies now make more law than Congress.

The Constitution authorizes only judges and juries sitting in courts to bind Americans with judicial decisions. Yet Americans are now 10 times more likely to be tried by a bureaucrat than by a federal judge. And this means they are 10 times less likely to receive a court’s procedural protections.

Although the Bill of Rights guarantees the freedom of speech and of the press, right to trial by jury, right to due process, and right to privacy, administrative agencies increasingly threaten these rights.

It is therefore no exaggeration to conclude that the Administrative State is the greatest threat to civil liberties of our time.

  • NCLA defends the right of Americans to live under state and federal laws made by their elected legislators.
  • NCLA challenges one-sided agency adjudication to assure defendants timely access to impartial and independent judges, juries, and the due process of law.
  • NCLA demands that judges exercise independent and unbiased judgment, without deference to self-interested administrative agencies.
  • NCLA invites Americans of all perspectives and walks of life to join in a movement to protect their shared rights of speech, privacy, property, juries, and due process.

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NCLA Stands up for Bitcoin Investors in Suit Against IRS


On July 15, 2020 (Tax Day this year), NCLA filed a lawsuit on behalf of James Harper against the IRS, challenging the agency’s unlawful collection of private cryptocurrency information. Mr. Harper bought his first bitcoin in 2013. He has paid all applicable taxes and reported his trades related to his bitcoin holdings ever since. He relied on three cryptocurrency providers to facilitate his transactions, all of which contractually promised to protect Mr. Harper’s private information. So, he was genuinely surprised when on August 9, 2019, he received a letter from IRS informing him that the agency had obtained his financial records related to ownership of bitcoin without any particularized suspicion of wrongdoing. Not only did the IRS demand and seize Mr. Harper’s information unlawfully, but it is still holding on to that data without any reasonable suspicion or judicial process. NCLA’s lawsuit will right this wrong.

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NCLA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group founded by prominent legal scholar Philip Hamburger to protect constitutional freedoms from violations by the Administrative State. NCLA’s public-interest litigation and other pro bono advocacy strive to tame the unlawful power of state and federal agencies and to foster a new civil liberties movement that will help restore Americans’ fundamental rights.


The New Civil Liberties Alliance is a nonprofit civil rights organization founded by prominent legal scholar Philip Hamburger to defend constitutional freedoms—primarily against the Administrative State. NCLA’s public-interest litigation and other pro bono advocacy strive to tame the administrative power. We need a new civil liberties movement to fight against the erosion of Americans’ basic constitutional rights.

NCLA views the Administrative State as an especially serious threat to constitutional freedoms. No other development in contemporary American law denies more rights to more Americans. Although Americans still enjoy the shell of their Republic, there has developed within it a very different sort of government—a type, in fact, that the Constitution was designed to prevent. This unconstitutional administrative state within our U.S. government is the focus of NCLA’s concern. NCLA urges Americans to recognize the administrative threat and join our civil liberties movement against it.

In the administrative vision,
rights give way to unlawful power.

Because of these and other administrative threats, the New Civil Liberties Alliance believes it is time for a broad reestablishment of basic constitutional freedoms.