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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."
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…

How Much Sodium Thiopental Does Texas Have?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:56pm

That's what the Associated Press, Austin-American Statesman and the Death Penalty Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, want to know. Earlier this year, they filed public information act requests to the state of Texas seeking this and…

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,…

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…

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…

A Cross is a Cross, Especially on Government Land

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:46am

Today, the ACLU and ACLU of San Diego will argue before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that the Mt. Soledad cross, a Latin cross that sits atop federal land in Southern California, violates the First Amendment prohibition against government-endorsed…

On the Agenda: February 27 – March 2, 2012

On the Agenda: February 27 – March 2, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:14pm

As Michiganders and Arizonans turn out for tomorrow's primaries, we're reminded that the right to vote is under attack.

ACLU Lens: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's Employer Sanctions Law

ACLU Lens: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's Employer Sanctions Law

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:13pm

A Supreme Court decision released this morning upheld Arizona's employer sanctions law. The law, which was enacted in 2007, imposes state licensing penalties for employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers, and requires all Arizona businesses…

Listen to Sen. McCain: Torture Doesn't Work

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:18pm

Lots of people-including us-talk about torture. But few only people who have actually been tortured can speak authoritatively and publicly about exactly how it dehumanizes both victim and torturer — and why it doesn't work. Sen. John McCain,…

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