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Help Us Stop Congress From Passing Indefinite Detention Bill!

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:24pm
Earlier this week we told you about Congress trying to rush a bill to the President’s desk that would authorize the military to go literally anywhere in the world to imprison civilians — even American citizens in the United States itself — without charge or trial. Prison based on suspicion alone.
Yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street Evacuation: Protecting Public Health or Endangering It?

Yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street Evacuation: Protecting Public Health or Endangering It?

By Ateqah Khaki at 11:05am

Early yesterday morning, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s order, the New York Police Department expelled hundreds of Occupy Wall St. protestors from Zuccotti Park. Mayor Bloomberg asserted public health and safety reasons, but the New York…

ACLU Lens: Court Rules Challenge to Warrantless Wiretapping Law Can Proceed

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:21pm

In a very significant development, yesterday a federal appeals court ruled that our lawsuit challenging warrantless wiretapping can proceed. The law that we’re challenging, the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) of 2008, is the most far-reaching…

Court Sanctions CIA to Pay Fees Over Torture Tapes

By Ateqah Khaki at 9:32pm

Earlier today, we appeared in court for a hearing on our motion to hold the CIA in contempt of the court for destroying 92 videotapes depicting torture of two prisoners, Abu Zubaydah and Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri. (Coincidentally, the argument came on…

ACLU to Obama: Honor Those Who Said 'No' to Torture

ACLU to Obama: Honor Those Who Said 'No' to Torture

By Ateqah Khaki at 12:49pm

Today, we sent a letter to the White House asking President Obama to formally honor the soldiers and public servants who opposed torture under the Bush administration.

Although senior Bush administration officials approved the torture of…

State Department Should Grant Visa to the "Bravest Woman in Afghanistan"

State Department Should Grant Visa to the "Bravest Woman in Afghanistan"

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:30pm

Late last week, the government denied a travel visa to Malalai Joya, an Afghan politician, writer, and human rights activist. Today, the ACLU sent a letter to Secretaries Clinton and Napolitano asking them to reconsider this decision.

The…

Kevin Keith Clemency Request Rejected by Ohio Parole Board

By Ateqah Khaki at 10:11am

Last month, we told you about Kevin Keith: a 46-year-old man currently on death row in the state of Ohio who is scheduled to be put to death on September 15, in spite of overwhelming evidence that he is innocent. Thanks to activists like you, Keith's…

New ACLU Video on Targeted Killings

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:26pm

Last week in an interview with The Washington Times, the top U.S. national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, John Brennan, suggested that the government is tracking "dozens" of U.S. citizens, who could potentially…

Where's That Change We Can Believe In?

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:33pm

Last night on The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart called President Obama out on his flip-flopped positions on national security policies that Candidate Obama rejected during his presidential campaign.

Revisiting moments from the campaign trail,…

Congress Must Rein in Anti-Terrorism Financing Laws

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:39pm

Yesterday, ACLU Policy Counsel and former FBI agent Mike German testified before a House Financial Services subcommittee about anti-terrorism financing laws and their impact on legitimate and lawful charities. Mike spoke about the need for greater…

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