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Tell Everyone: Dissent Is Patriotic

Tell Everyone: Dissent Is Patriotic

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:16pm
The First Amendment guarantees what some might consider the most fundamental freedoms that define our nation.
Robert Redford Joins ACLU at Sundance for “Reckoning With Torture”

Robert Redford Joins ACLU at Sundance for “Reckoning With Torture”

By Ateqah Khaki at 7:27pm

Our January 29 staging of “Reckoning with Torture” at the Sundance Film Festival got a little more exciting when we learned that the Sundance Kid himself, Robert Redford, would be taking the stage.

Redford joined actors America…

NYT Calls for End to “Ideological Exclusion”

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:49pm

Yesterday, The New York Times opined about “ideological exclusion” — the practice of denying foreign citizens entry into the U.S. based on their political views and associations, rather than any suspicious activity — writing:

"The…

ACLU Sues TSA for Unlawful Detention of Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty Treasurer

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:25pm

Today, we filed a new lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over unlawful TSA search and detention practices. The case was filed on behalf of a traveler who was illegally detained and harassed by TSA Agents at the airport for…

Victory in Patriot Act Case!

By Ateqah Khaki at 6:56pm

In a major free-speech victory yesterday, a federal appeals court sided with the ACLU and struck down parts of the Patriot Act that allow the FBI to prevent national security letter (NSL) recipients from speaking out about secret record demands that…

ACLU and CCR File Lawsuit Challenging Targeted Killing of Three U.S. Citizens

ACLU and CCR File Lawsuit Challenging Targeted Killing of Three U.S. Citizens

By Ateqah Khaki at 11:39am

Today, the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit challenging the government’s targeted killing of three U.S. citizens in drone strikes far from any armed conflict zone. 

In Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta (Al-Awlaki…

Internet Freedom is Worth Fighting For

Internet Freedom is Worth Fighting For

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:02pm

The ACLU and dozens of other organizations – including Free Press and the Electronic Frontier Foundation – have teamed up to create the Declaration of Internet Freedom, which sets for a set of principles providing a positive vision…

ACLU Releases New Report on Widespread Police Brutality in Puerto Rico

ACLU Releases New Report on Widespread Police Brutality in Puerto Rico

By Ateqah Khaki at 10:18am

The ACLU today released a report that finds the Puerto Rico Police Department -- the second-largest police department in the U.S. -- is plagued by a culture of unrestrained abuse and brutality. The use of excessive or lethal force is routine among…

Supreme Court: No Life Sentences for Juveniles Who Haven't Killed

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:36pm

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote that children may not be given a life sentence if they haven't killed anyone. The court's ruling says the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, requires that juveniles serving…

Public Kept in the Dark About Drone Strikes

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:51pm

Yesterday, we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information about the U.S. government's use of armed drones to target and kill individuals in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Today, in an article entitled "We…

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