Blog of Rights


Demand Justice for Jene Newsome!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:06pm
Earlier this week, ACLU of South Dakota Executive Director Robert Doody blogged about the case of Jene Newsome, an aircraft armament system craftswoman for the Air Force who was outed by Rapid City police officers. She was discharged from the Air Force under the Defense Department's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy.

ACLU's Anthony Romero on Obama's First Year

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:05pm

ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero spoke with Glenn Greenwald for Salon Radio about the release of our report evaluating President Obama's first year in office. Speaking specifically about the president's failure to meet his own deadline to…

Time to Retire Ideological Exclusion

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:28pm

Good news for the First Amendment! Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed orders earlier this week that effectively end the ideological exclusion of Professors Adam Habib and Tariq Ramadan, two prominent scholars who were denied visas to…

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…

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…

Torture: Immoral and Useless

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:57pm

Tell us something we don't know.

We know torture is immoral, of course. And we know, from testimony by former interrogators like Matthew Alexander (who contributed to our Accountability for Torture Blog Forum earlier this week) and FBI agents…

New Jersey Repeals Death Penalty

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:37pm
After a vote by the New Jersey General Assembly yesterday, all it will take is a stroke of Governor Jon Corzine's pen to make it official: The Garden State will have abolished the death penalty. The New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission, formed…
On the Agenda: March 26-30, 2012

On the Agenda: March 26-30, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:20am

All eyes will be on the Supreme Court this week, as the justices hear a case that challenges President Obama's health care law. As we explain below, the Court will devote three days to the case.

As we've pointed out repeatedly, more oversight…

On the Agenda: February 20 - 24, 2012

On the Agenda: February 20 - 24, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:56pm

This week, we'll mark the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Tinker v. Des Moines, the landmark student speech case.

Your Privacy Rights, Before Congress Now and the Supreme Court in November

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:39pm

In June, we told you the Supreme Court agreed to hear United States v. Jones, a case that will determine if the government may plant GPS devices on vehicles to track people without a warrant. The government has appealed the D.C. appellate court's…

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