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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.

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 attributed to those family members that the tribunals provided a fair hearing for these prosecutions and that family members "were struck by the extensive rights accorded the accused men."

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…

The Hotly-Anticipated and Exceedingly Handy ACLU Supreme Court Overview is Here!

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 1:19pm

Today, the Supreme Court returns for business and John Roberts begins his fourth term as Chief Justice.

According to the latest edition of ACLU Legal Director Steven R. Shapiro’s annual overview, there is no doubt that Roberts presides…

ACLU of Minnesota Representing DemocracyNow! Team

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 7:07pm

We *heart* the ACLU of Minnesota. Our affiliate office in St. Paul has been fighting tirelessly for free speech in the midst of what appears to be a huge government crackdown on civil liberties at the RNC, including coordinating legal defense for tons…

More from the RNC

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 9:20pm

As you can imagine, the ACLU affiliate in Minnesota has been kept extremely busy during the Republican National Convention there. In addition to coordinating five lawsuits to protect free speech, our affiliate there has assembled a team of attorneys…

ACLU Reacts to Arrest of Journalist at DNC

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:23pm

Following news reports and a video showing Denver law enforcement agents ordering a reporter off a public sidewalk and pushing him into the street and later arresting him, the ACLU and the ACLU of Colorado called for renewed protection of the First…

Indecency? More like Inconsistency.

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 10:26pm

What do the ACLU and Nicole Richie have in common? We both have problems with the FCC’s new practice of imposing major fines on networks that air even “fleeting expletives.”

And we’re not alone! Today the ACLU was joined…

Make Every Day an International Day Against Torture

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 2:57pm

On June 26, 1987, the Convention Against Torture (CAT) was entered into force by the United Nations. The CAT forbids governments from deliberately inflicting severe physical or mental pain or suffering upon those under their control, prohibits…

Gag Lifted, Brewster Speaks!

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 10:27am
The FBI has withdrawn an unconstitutional national security letter issued to the Internet Archive after a legal challenge from the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. As the result of a settlement agreement, the FBI withdrew the NSL, agreed to…

Patently Unconstitutional?

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 12:35pm
Last week the ACLU took its first foray into the world of patent law. Introducing a rare argument applying the First Amendment to patent law, Chris Hansen filed an amicus brief urging a federal court to uphold the denial of a patent that would, if awarded,…
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