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Anthony D.
Romero

Anthony D. Romero is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. He took the helm just four days before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Shortly afterward, the ACLU launched its national Safe and Free campaign to protect basic freedoms during a time of crisis. Romero has led the ACLU in its fight to restore civil liberties, including pushing for accountability for torture committed under the Bush administration and fighting the practice of indefinite detention. Romero is the ACLU's sixth executive director, and the first Latino and openly gay man to serve in that capacity. (Photo by Richard Corman)

 

The Shame of Guantánamo: A Close-Up View of Injustice

The Shame of Guantánamo: A Close-Up View of Injustice

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 4:21pm

As I watched the arraignment Saturday of five accused conspirators in the 9/11 attacks, I was reminded of Yogi Berra. Sadly, it was a case of déjà vu all over again.

Working to End Racial Profiling: ACLU to Testify Before Senate Judiciary

Working to End Racial Profiling: ACLU to Testify Before Senate Judiciary

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 2:24pm

Racial profiling is based on crass stereotypes and assumptions, instead of facts, evidence and good solid police work.

The Stories We Tell

The Stories We Tell

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 1:30pm

I recently had the opportunity to visit Florida, seeing my mother and other family members; we kicked back and talked as we hadn't had a chance to do for years.

One evening I got to thinking about one family member whom I wasn't able to…

Ten Years Later

Ten Years Later

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 2:44pm

On September 4, 2001, my first official day on the job at the ACLU, our agenda was already full as we embarked on a new decade of defending civil liberties. Just one week later, our nation’s future—and the ACLU’s — was fundamentally…

Congress Has Failed, but the ACLU Will Keep Fighting

Congress Has Failed, but the ACLU Will Keep Fighting

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 7:39pm

Congress' failure to repeal the shameful "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is a devastating loss to the gay and lesbian service members who put their lives on the line for this country every day — and for Americans everywhere who believe in fairness and equality.

Rest assured that the ACLU will not give up on this fight. We are 100 percent committed to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and will do everything we can to bring about its demise.

Watch this video of my colleague James Esseks, head of the ACLU's LGBT Project, as he speaks about the ACLU's commitment to fighting DADT:

Closing Guantánamo: A Deadline Missed

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 1:09pm

Today an important deadline was missed. One of the most shameful chapters of American history was to have been brought to a close with the shuttering of the prison at Guantánamo Bay. President Obama's executive order to close the prison within…

Close it Right: Guantánamo Must Be Shut Down Quickly And Properly

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 6:05pm

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

On January 22, 2009, his second full day in office, President Obama issued an executive order mandating that the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay be closed within a year. Well, the clock’s…

Law & Order Tackles Accountability for Torture. Will We Have It in Real Life?

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 12:53pm

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

"Jack, you want to prosecute a member of the Bush administration for assaulting suspected terrorists?"

"The word is 'torturing.' And yes — it's about time somebody did."

If…

Tortured Logic

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 12:52pm

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

Recent reports that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is considering appointing a prosecutor to investigate illegal torture carried out during the Bush administration is a positive sign, especially given…

The Best of Days, The Worst of Days

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 11:19am

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

It was a day of personal schizophrenia for me.

I woke up on the west coast with news of President Obama's selection of Sonia Sotomayor as the next associate justice of the U.S. Supreme court.…

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