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A Death "Almost Too Horrible to Believe"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:34pm
We're going to tell you the story of Patrick Cavanaugh, a 60-year old inmate at the Ely State Prison in Ely, Nev. Patrick was an insulin-dependent diabetic who was imprisoned at Ely for two years. During his time at Ely, Patrick was denied regular insulin injections, which, as many people know, is essential for diabetics to lead a healthy life. As a result of this deprivation of insulin, he developed gangrene. This didn't go unnoticed by prison staff: the smell of putrefying flesh was hard to miss. The medical staff could have opted to have the decayed, gangrenous limbs amputated, which would have saved Patrick's life. Instead, they did nothing, and Patrick essentially rotted to death. Patrick's story is just one of hundreds - 1,000 men are incarcerated at Ely State Prison, and many of them are suffering tremendously. Their pain was clear to Dr. William Noel, a local doctor of osteopathic medicine whom the ACLU's National Prison Project (NPP) retained to examine the medical records of 35 inmates at Ely. In his report, Dr. Noel writes:
ACLU Lens: American Citizen Anwar Al-Aulaqi Killed Without Judicial Process

ACLU Lens: American Citizen Anwar Al-Aulaqi Killed Without Judicial Process

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:43am

Today in Yemen, U.S. air strikes killed American citizen Anwar Al-Aulaqi. Al-Aulaqi has never been charged with a crime. Last year, the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights represented Al-Aulaqi's father in a lawsuit challenging the government's…

"If the Law Does Not Protect Jose Padilla . . . It Protects No One"

"If the Law Does Not Protect Jose Padilla . . . It Protects No One"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:27pm

In February, a federal district court in South Carolina dismissed our lawsuit on behalf of American citizen Jose Padilla against Donald Rumsfeld and other current and former officials, saying the former Secretary of Defense was entitled to "qualified…

TSA Has No Time to Train its Screeners

TSA Has No Time to Train its Screeners

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:19pm

Today, the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a new report (PDF), and really, the title says it all. Called "Transportation Security Administration's Management of Its Screening Workforce Training Program…

TSA Meets "Resistance" with New Pat-Down Procedures

TSA Meets "Resistance" with New Pat-Down Procedures

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:42pm

The Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) even-more-invasive pat-down searches for people who opt-out of the strip-search machines at airports have generated some striking stories of people's encounters with TSA agents. Jeffrey Goldberg…

Biometric IDs: Your Fingerprints, Please

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:45pm

Today, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security held a hearing called "Ensuring a Legal Workforce: What Changes Should be Made to Our Current Employment Verification System?" The subcommittee considered…

Questioned at the Border: Aun Hasan Ali

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:49am

Over the past several years, at ports, land border crossings, and international airports across the country, U.S. citizens and lawful residents who are Muslim or who are perceived to be Muslim have been targeted by CBP officers for questioning about…

On World AIDS Day, Fight Ongoing Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Prisoners

On World AIDS Day, Fight Ongoing Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Prisoners

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:41pm

Today is World AIDS Day. At the beginning of this year, three states — Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina — continued to segregate its prisoners with HIV from the rest of the prison population.

Willingham Court of Inquiry Hung Up in Appellate Court: Briefs Due Tomorrow

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:07pm

Last Thursday, a Court of Inquiry hearing began to determine whether the state of Texas executed an innocent man, Cameron Todd Willingham. But shortly after the conclusion of evidence in the hearing, the 3rd Court of Appeals of Texas in Austin…

Shouting From the Rooftops

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:17pm

As Chris wrote last week, an investigation into the 1991 fire that killed the three children of Cameron Willingham found that it was not intentionally set, and that Willingham, who was charged with arson and subsequently executed in 2004 for the…

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