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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.

WSJ Advocates Making DREAM a Reality

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:09pm

Saturday's Wall Street Journal featured an editorial endorsing the DREAM Act, legislation pending before the Senate that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented students who complete two years of college or military service. The WSJ…

Maj. Margaret Witt to Rejoin Air Force While Government Appeals Decision

Maj. Margaret Witt to Rejoin Air Force While Government Appeals Decision

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:04pm

Last night, the government appealed the decision of a federal district court judge finding that Air Force flight nurse Maj. Margaret Witt's sexual orientation does not negatively impact unit morale or cohesion.

Notably, the government did…

Handy Tips for Transgender Travelers

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:14am

The hubbub over the TSA naked machines and "enhanced pat-downs" impact everyone who travels. But if you're a transgender individual, you might be especially wary of what you'll confront in the security line. So be sure to check…

TSA Pulls Aside Humorist Dave Barry for "Blurred Groin"

TSA Pulls Aside Humorist Dave Barry for "Blurred Groin"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:07pm

We have been hearing (and repeating ourselves) that you have options when you go the airport. That is, if you're pulled aside for secondary screening, you have a choice between going through the strip-search machine or being given an "enhanced…

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…

Catch Our Net Neutrality Facebook Chat?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:39pm

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Facebook chat on Net Neutrality with Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst with our Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. If you missed the chat, you can see it here, and be sure to swing by our new Net…

Now's the Time to Hold President Bush Accountable for Torture

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:56pm

You might've heard that former President George W. Bush has a memoir out. And you might've heard that he vigorously defended his authorization to waterboard Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

President Bush wrote, in Decision Points,…

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…

"Reckoning with Torture" Tonight in New York

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:58am

Tonight, as part of a campus-wide "Torture Awareness Campaign," the John Jay College of Criminal Justice will host an adaptation of the ACLU/PEN American Center's "Reckoning with Torture" which is a public education program designed…

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