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On the Agenda: January 9 - 13, 2012

On the Agenda: January 9 - 13, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:50am

This week, we reflect on the 10 years that have passed since the first prisoners arrived at the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay.

On the Agenda: January 3–6, 2012

On the Agenda: January 3–6, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:34am

While you might've been prepping for New Year's Eve parties, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law.

On the Agenda: December 12–16, 2011

On the Agenda: December 12–16, 2011

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:02pm

Today we’re debuting a new feature on the blog that tells you what’s coming up in civil liberties this week. We’ll include legislative action our Washington Legislative Office (WLO) is keeping an eye on, activity in our litigation…

ACLU Lens: Alabama in Chaos as Residents Flee After Immigration Law Takes Effect

ACLU Lens: Alabama in Chaos as Residents Flee After Immigration Law Takes Effect

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:26am

Alabama has been in a state of utter chaos following a Sept. 28 court ruling upholding some of the worst provisions of the state's harsh anti-immigrant law.

After Al-Aulaqi's Killing, Why Due Process Matters

After Al-Aulaqi's Killing, Why Due Process Matters

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:04pm

In "Crime or War: Execution or Assassination?" David Shipler of The Shipler Report writes about why due process — even for terrorism suspects who have admitted to plotting against the U.S. — is important:

So, why bother…
State Department Says that Kerim Yildiz to Get a Visa!

State Department Says that Kerim Yildiz to Get a Visa!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:26pm

Great news! This morning, the State Department notified U.K. national Kerim Yildiz, the executive director of the Kurdish Human Rights Project, that it would issue him a visa to travel to the U.S. We’re hoping that the visa will be issued…

Why Deny Kerim Yildiz a Visa?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:10pm

Today's New York Times story put a spotlight on that question. In "Advocate’s Visa Delay Stirs Questions," Kirk Semple writes of the case of Kerim Yildiz, who we blogged about earlier this month.

Semple writes:

Kerim…
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…

Banned Books Week Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Banned Books Week Kicks Off Tomorrow!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:56pm

Earlier this week, Reuters reported that a school district in Missouri agreed to lift its ban on Slaughterhouse-Five and Twenty Boy Summer, two books the district had completely banned from its libraries. Thanks to a coalition of censorship opponents,…

Supreme Court Stays Duane Buck Execution

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:24pm

Great news! Last night, the Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay to Duane Buck, who was hours away from his scheduled execution in Texas. We now await a decision from the court as to whether it will review his case, and the claims that race…

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