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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)

 

Protecting Your Right To Vote

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 1:42pm
(Originally posted on HuffingtonPost.)

Happy Fourth of July from the ACLU!

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

On this day 232 years ago, our founders brought forth a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal. With their minds set on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, they proceeded to lay the…

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.

With…

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.…
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