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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.
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.


Who's Spying on You?

Who's Spying on You?

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:12pm

Yesterday, the Washington Post published the latest installment in its “Top Secret America” series, an ongoing investigation into the costly and expansive security buildup in the United States following the September 11, 2001 attacks.…

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…

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…

Irish Rendition Activist to Attend Accountability Conference in North Carolina

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:05pm

This week, as the ACLU welcomes our clients Professors Adam Habib and Tariq Ramadan to the United States — scholars who, until recently, were barred from entering the country because of their criticism of U.S. policy and who will be speaking…

State Secrets, Take 3

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:36pm

Next week, a panel of 11 judges from the 9th Circuit federal appeals court will hear the government’s appeal of an earlier ruling that allowed our lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc. to proceed. In 2007, we sued Jeppesen…

ACLU in Court Tomorrow to Challenge Unconstitutional Spying Law

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:10pm

Tomorrow, we'll be in court presenting oral arguments in our challenge to the unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act (FAA) — the law passed by Congress last year that gave the government virtually unchecked power to intercept Americans' international…

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…

Obama Can’t Fix the Military Commissions

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:46pm

As news reports continue to suggest that the Obama administration is preparing to revive the military commissions system established at Guantánamo, the ACLU’s John Adams Project's Director Denny LeBeouf explains why President Obama can’t…

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