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Traveling for the Holidays? Or Just Celebrating? Know Your Rights!

Traveling for the Holidays? Or Just Celebrating? Know Your Rights!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:39pm
Heading to the airport for the holidays? By now, you know there's a possibility you could be pulled aside for a secondary screening and asked to submit to naked body scanners . If you'd rather not give TSA screeners a holiday peep show, you can opt for a full-body pat-down, but just be sure to read our fact sheet that describes what that'll entail .

New Study Shows Death Penalty in Decline Nationwide

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:32pm

Earlier this week, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) released its annual year-end report finding a 12 percent decrease in executions in 2010 compared to last year: 46 people were executed this year, compared to 52 in 2009. Most of the…

Sen. Sessions is Concerned About "ACLU DNA" in Judicial Nominees

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:08pm

You might've heard that yesterday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) expressed his concern to members of Congress that some of President Obama's judicial nominees have ACLU affiliations and exhibit an "ACLU chromosome."

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…

It's Your Move, Congress: Stand Up for Net Neutrality

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:12pm

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt a new open internet rule. We were critical of this rule when FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski first announced it at the beginning of the month, and we remain skeptical.

First,…

Questioned at the Border: Lawrence Ho

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:32am

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…

Questioned at the Border: Hassan Shibly

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:09pm

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…

ACLU LENS: WikiLeaks Hearing: ACLU Says First Amendment Protects Third Party Publishers

ACLU LENS: WikiLeaks Hearing: ACLU Says First Amendment Protects Third Party Publishers

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:52pm

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider the constitutional issues surrounding the proposed prosecution of WikiLeaks for its publication of government documents and a proposal to expand the Espionage Act. The ACLU submitted…

End Invasive Religious Questioning at the Border

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:41pm

Do you prefer Fox News or Al-Jazeera? Do you attend mosque? Why? How often? What mosque? Are you Shi'a or Sunni? How do you feel about the U.S. occupation in Iraq?

These questions — and many others similar to it — are the …

New Net Neutrality Rule: Better, Not Great

New Net Neutrality Rule: Better, Not Great

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:23pm

Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed a new rule that clarifies the FCC's legal authority to enforce net neutrality principles. This new authority would prohibit network owners — usually telecom…

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