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"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 immunity" for his role in the arbitrary detention and torture of Padilla. Today we appealed that dismissal to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Seriously Mr. President, Pat-Downs Are No Joke

Seriously Mr. President, Pat-Downs Are No Joke

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:35pm

While promoting his high-speed rail plan during last night's State of the Union speech, President Obama quipped: "For some trips, it will be faster than flying — without the pat-down."

Ha!

We, of course, had something…

ACLU Sues Wal-Mart for Firing Employee for Medical Marijuana Use

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:27am

Today, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart for wrongfully firing employee Joseph Casias for using medical marijuana after work during off-duty hours in the privacy of his home.

Joseph is 30 years old, married, and the father of two…

Surveillance Cameras in Chicago: Extensive, Pervasive and Unregulated

Surveillance Cameras in Chicago: Extensive, Pervasive and Unregulated

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:14pm

Yesterday, the ACLU of Illinois released a new report detailing the threats to privacy Chicagoans face under the watchful eyes of that city's growing surveillance camera system. The report is the first large-scale, independent study of the city's…

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…

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…

Conference to Address Public Health and Safety Approaches to Drug Policy

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:23pm

Tomorrow in Los Angeles, the ACLU is cosponsoring a conference that will gather public health and treatment professionals, academics, policy-makers and advocates to discuss a public health and safety approach to drug policy.

Allen Hopper,…

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…

Human Trafficking Is Modern-Day Slavery

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:09pm

Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement today:

The scourge of modern slavery, including human trafficking,…

Drones, Targeted Killings and the Fifth Amendment

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:38pm

When an American citizen leaves the U.S., they don't give up their constitutional rights. Which is why it's so downright scary that at a hearing yesterday, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair admitted that the Obama administration reserves…

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