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One Small Step for the U.S., One Giant Step for LBGT Rights

By Ateqah Khaki at 8:56pm
Earlier today, we told you about a historic commitment by the United States to the cause of LGBT international human rights. We hope that this is just a first step toward a greater global recognition that LGBT rights are really core human rights, and we hope that the government will “walk the talk” when it comes to gay rights at home.
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…

Salon's Glenn Greenwald and ACLU's Ben Wizner Discuss Post-9/11 Rule of Law

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:13pm

Tomorrow, the ACLU’s Ben Wizner will participate in an event with Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald in Washington D.C. to discuss the state of American justice and the rule of law in the decade since 9/11.

The event will also feature…

Surveillance in Post-9/11 America

Surveillance in Post-9/11 America

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:40pm

Our new timeline charts shifts in unchecked government surveillance since 9/11, and paints an unsettling picture.

Police Abuse in Puerto Rico: The Urgent Need for Real Change

Police Abuse in Puerto Rico: The Urgent Need for Real Change

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:46pm

Today, The New York Times ran letters from Luis Fortuño, Governor of Puerto Rico, and Rosie Pérez, actress and activist who was a part of an ACLU fact-finding mission on police abuses in Puerto Rico.

They were responding to…

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…

A Decade Later

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:29pm

As the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the ACLU joins all Americans in remembering the unspeakable losses suffered on that tragic day.

This solemn occasion provides opportunity to reflect on the turbulent decade behind us, and to…

DOJ to Investigate Deaths of Two Detainees in CIA Custody

DOJ to Investigate Deaths of Two Detainees in CIA Custody

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:42pm

Earlier today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department is launching a "full criminal investigation" into the deaths of two detainees in CIA custody during the Bush administration.

In August 2009, Holder…

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…

iPhone? More Like iSpy!

iPhone? More Like iSpy!

By Ateqah Khaki at 9:36pm

Today, security researchers revealed Apple’s iPhone keeps track of users’ locations and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device and onto users’ computers when the two are synced. Unfortunately, we still don't know…

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