Blog of Rights


The State Department is Denying U.S. Citizens Passports

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:40pm
For most of us, getting a passport is a pretty straightforward process. Go to the post office for an application, fill it out, get a picture taken, make a copy of your birth certificate, write a check for $100 and mail it in. A few weeks later, voila! Passport!

Taser Bracelets? Really?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:07pm

Earlier in the month, the Washington Times published a story about the EMD bracelet that the TSA supposedly expressed interest in deploying for every air traveler to wear. The pros to wearing this bracelet: speeding through security, as the bracelet…

Want a Passport? Remember the Addresses of Everywhere You've Ever Lived?

Want a Passport? Remember the Addresses of Everywhere You've Ever Lived?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 9:55am

Do you remember the names of all the bosses you've ever had? What about the addresses of everywhere you've ever lived since birth?

Or better yet: the name and address of your mother's employer at the time of your birth? And who/where provided…

When Free Speech Isn't Really Free

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:25pm

When is free speech not really free? (This isn't a riddle, unfortunately.)

It's when your First Amendment-protected rights are subject to unlawful government surveillance. Since 9/11, law enforcement agencies across America have continued…

Louisiana Jail Holds Suicidal Prisoners in "Squirrel Cages"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:06pm

Mentally ill prisoners deserve more care and consideration while incarcerated, but time and again, the ACLU often finds the exact opposite: they're treated even worse than the general population. Today, the ACLU of Louisiana sent a letter to the…

DNA for Pay: House Feeds Already-Bloated Genetic Databases

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:23pm

In this country, you're innocent until proven guilty. But apparently, the House of Representatives disagrees. Last week, it passed H.R. 4614, the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010. This bill would pay states to collect DNA samples…

Death Penalty Unconstitutional, Says Justice Stevens

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:21pm

On Wednesday, retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens gave an interview at the annual conference of the 5th Judicial Circuit in Chicago, and explained his changed view on the death penalty.

In 1976, Justice Stevens was among the…

Bush-Era Torture Memos Released to ACLU

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:03pm

This afternoon, the Justice Department released four secret memos used by the Bush administration to justify torture. Authored by then-Office of Legal Counsel attorneys Steven Bradbury and Jay Bybee, the memos provided the legal framework for the…

President Obama Orders 120-Day Stay of All Gitmo Proceedings

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:35am
At approximately 9 p.m. last night, John Adams attorneys received word that President Obama had ordered military prosecutors to file a motion seeking a 120-day stay of all military commission proceedings at Guantánamo. Two ACLU attorneys, Jamil Dakwar…

Tell Us: What's the Most Pressing Civil Liberties Issue Now?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 9:33am

The Action Center at the ACLU Membership Conference is, well, buzzing with action. We're asking ACLU members at the conference — and you — what is the first civil liberties issue the new president should address on the first hour of his…

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