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The Women of the ACLU

The Women of the ACLU

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 11:10am
(Editor's note: We know it's no longer Women's History Month, but we still have a lot more to say! We'll be featuring a few more posts in April.)
Ordinary Americans and the War on Terror

Ordinary Americans and the War on Terror

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 3:00pm

Any declaration of war has unforeseen consequences. Our government's decision to react to the events of 9/11 by declaring "war" on terrorism has posed an enormous threat to our fundamental rights and even to the structures of our democracy,…

The Limits of Advocacy: Lawyers for Terrorists/Lawyers for Torturers

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 10:30am

When Liz Cheney released an ad charging that attorneys who had defended terrorism suspects were not fit to work in the Department of Justice, individual lawyers and the organized bar reacted with across-the-board outrage. Some, like former Attorney…

Constitution Day, Brought To You By The ACLU

Constitution Day, Brought To You By The ACLU

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 1:31pm

Exactly one year ago, on Constitution Day, I challenged readers of this blog to test their knowledge of the Constitution with some very basic questions that distressingly few Americans were able to answer correctly. (They included questions like, "Name…

Anthony Lewis's Trumpet

Anthony Lewis's Trumpet

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 12:25pm

When I was invited to give a speech in Florida this month as part of a fiftieth anniversary commemoration of the decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, the first thing I did, of course, was to pull out my tattered copy of Gideon's Trumpet, Anthony Lewis's…

The ACLU and the Military: A Natural Alliance

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 5:15pm

I recently had the fascinating experience of speaking at the U.S. Army War College about civil liberties and national security, as part of a weeklong seminar the college was conducting on national security issues. Many thought that it was surprising…

New ACLU President On Elections

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 3:45pm

I had a busy weekend being elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union.

My first thought after the election was that the ACLU could certainly teach the country a lot about how to run a presidential election. All efforts were…

Happy Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day!

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 11:11am

September 17 is Constitution Day, and here’s a suggestion for how you might celebrate. 

Gather some patriots -- cakes and ale and three-cornered hats optional -- and as a party game, see if your guests can answer some basic questions…

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