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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)

 

Colbert on Torture, "Compromise," and Opposition

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 3:20pm
Someone sent me this Colbert clip yesterday and I think it's spot-on about the so-called "compromise" that the Bush administration and a few Republicans crafted on detainee treatment. That deal resulted in last week's horrible vote, which effectively…

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:…

Engage the Issues, or Democracy Loses

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 4:09pm
This afternoon, I attended the confirmation hearings on Judge John Roberts, President Bush’s nominee for chief justice of the Supreme Court.  Also in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room were the leaders of most of the nation’s civil rights…

Good Timing, But Time Is Still Short

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 5:13pm
Our new Patriot Act case, opposing the government's demands for information from a Connecticut institution with library and Internet records, is among the best-timed and most Orwellian that I have seen during my four years as head of the ACLU. Best-timed…

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…

August 23, 2004

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 12:30am
Today's activities at Gitmo were full of tension. We boarded the bus at 7:40 A.M., with the 50-plus members of the media, to travel to the other side of the base by boat. However, before we could do so, the representatives from Amnesty and Human Rights…
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