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Anthony D.

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)


Turkey Day Talking Points on Prop 8

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 3:11pm

This Thanksgiving we are reflecting on what family means to us. For those of us at the ACLU and many people across the country, that will bring to mind what happened to families in California as a result of Prop 8.

So — in what is becoming an ACLU tradition — I’m writing to share some pointers for talking turkey this Thanksgiving about issues that really matter.

Here’s my biggest piece of advice for when Prop 8 and gay marriage come up over the Thanksgiving dinner table: Don’t shy away from the conversation. Do what I’m hoping thousands of ACLU supporters will do over the holidays. Talk to someone you’ve never talked to about same sex marriage and explain that it’s just not right to deny someone their freedom because of who they are or who they love.

On January 20, With the Stroke of a Pen, President Obama Can Undo Some of the Damage of the Past Eight Years

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 3:26pm

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

President-elect Barack Obama will become chief executive of a nation that has been greatly weakened — in particular, our freedoms, our values, and our international reputation have been significantly…

ACLU Fights for Justice At Guantánamo Military Commissions

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 4:40pm

On Thursday, I will be at Guantánamo Bay watching five men appear before a military commission as they hear the charges read against them. The charges are dire: the men are accused of participating in one of the worst and most tragic crimes…

Welcome to the ACLU Blog of Rights

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 8:48am

We can be pretty sure that each new day will bring two things: new threats to our civil liberties, and new stories of people standing up for their rights and winning. From the chilling to the triumphant, there is always something to talk about.


Insult to Injury

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 2:41pm
President Bush is lying to the American people. Those are words that I have never uttered before in public. To make such a serious allegation against my country’s leader is not something I do lightly. Consider the President’s words in Panama:…

August 29, 2004

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 10:02pm
This is my final dispatch about the Guantánamo trip. I just got back today; spent the last day trying to absorb much of what I witnessed over the last week and to figure out next steps for our work. We have the challenge of finding concrete recommendations…

August 27, 2004

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 9:30pm
Everyone in the media and NGO group looked beat today; it's been a long week. [Ed.: As Mr. Romero was dictating this, the afternoon bugle call just played in the background.] But think about it from the vantage point of the members of the military commission.…

August 26, 2004

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 11:08pm
Well, today was certainly exciting. The courtroom drama due to incompetence and systematic problems with the rules is nothing to enjoy even with a front-row seat. We knew from the beginning that Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al-Bahlul's hearing was going…

August 25, 2004

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 10:45pm
Today was the opening of the military commission against David Matthew Hicks, the 29-year-old Australian who has been held in Gitmo for over two years. Today Mr. Hicks saw his mom and dad for the first time in all those years in what was described as…

August 24, 2004

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 1:05am
Today I witnessed history in the making. I was one of 49 people inside the military commission courtroom allowed to observe the first military commission in the 60 years since World War II. America's system of justice was on the world stage. We…
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