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Rachel Myers is a senior communications strategist at the ACLU focusing on criminal justice issues. She worked previously at the ACLU of Maine and the Portland (ME) Education Partnership, where she trained teachers, students and community organizations to use service learning in the public schools. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Government Asks For Delay in Guantánamo Military Commission Cases of 9/11 Defendants

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 5:28pm
The government indicated today it would ask for a further delay in the Guantánamo military commissions cases of the defendants charged in the 9/11 attacks. The proceedings are currently scheduled to resume on Monday, September 21, and it will be up to the military judge whether or not to grant a requested delay. The government’s request would come on the heels of a petition filed by military defense lawyers on September 10 asking a federal court to halt the unconstitutional military commissions system.

Government Asks Supreme Court to Hear Torture Photos Case

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 6:13pm

Today the Obama Justice Department petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a federal court ruling that they must turn over photos depicting the abuse of prisoners in U.S. custody overseas.

An appeals court had soundly…

Bob Herbert on Mohammed Jawad: "How Long Is Enough?"

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 3:12pm

Bob Herbert has an excellent piece in The New York Times today about our habeas corpus case on behalf of Mohammed Jawad.

The Afghan government recently sent a letter to the U.S. government demanding Jawad’s return and suggesting he…

ACLU Releases Report On Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 3:26pm

The ACLU today released a report summarizing the civil liberties and civil rights record of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated by President Obama to replace retiring Justice David Souter as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.…

Victory Over Unfair Web Censoring In Tennessee

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 6:50pm

We're very excited about a victory for free speech and equality in Tennessee. Two weeks after we sued two Tennessee school districts for blocking student access to online information about LGBT issues, the Knox Country school district — and possibly…

EVENT: How Terrorism Impacts Women

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 2:41pm

ACLU President Susan Herman will give the keynote address at a symposium on the impact of terrorism on the lives of women on March 6 at the Rutgers Center for Law and Criminal Justice.

One such issue Herman will address is the backlash against…

A Victim of Extraordinary Rendition, In His Own Words

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 5:47pm

Mohamed et al. v. Jeppesen was brought on behalf of five men who were kidnapped, flown to CIA black sites and other overseas locations, and tortured. The Bush administration intervened in the case, inappropriately asserting the "state secrets"…

The Unfriendly Skies: JetBlue/TSA Officials Pay $240,000 for Grounding Arabic T-Shirt

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:34pm

When it rains, it pours… stories about discrimination at the airport. As AirTran Airways scrambled to make good after excluding a Muslim family from one of their flights last week, a discrimination case from 2006 was settled when two Transportation…

9/11 Family Members Challenge Legitimacy Of Guantánamo Military Commissions

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 9:57pm

Several press reports this week quoted people who lost loved ones on 9/11 and who were selected by the Pentagon to travel to Gitmo and attend legal proceedings for detainees accused of planning the terrorist attacks. The articles included statements…

Talking Rule of Law, Actions And Consequences, And Gitmo With Hina Shamsi

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:52pm

Hina Shamsi, an attorney with the ACLU National Security Project and a frequent observer at the Guantánamo military commissions proceedings, was featured in a live chat on Firedoglake today in which she fielded questions about Guantánamo and the…

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