Blog of Rights


New York Times Covers Kevin Keith Case

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:06pm
Yesterday, the New York Times wrote about the Kevin Keith case, commenting on the unlikely allies who have come together to fight Keith's pending execution.

Canadian Torture and Rendition Victim Denied Supreme Court Review

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:36pm

It's déjà vu for another victim of the Bush administration's extraordinary rendition program.

This morning, the Supreme Court announced that it would not hear the case of extraordinary rendition victim Maher Arar. Arar, a Canadian…

Legislating Racial Profiling, Eroding Public Trust

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:06pm

In 2008, the Utah state legislature passed S.B. 81, a law that gives local law enforcement the authority to enforce federal immigration law. Opposition to the law was diverse: everyone from the ACLU of Utah to the conservative Sutherland Institute…

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,…

Key Evidence Found in Reggie Clemons Case

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:39pm

Last year, Chris Hill, formerly of our Capital Punishment Project, blogged about the case of Reggie Clemons. Chris called the case a horrifying confluence of "police brutality, prosecutorial misconduct, witnesses with motivations to give false…

Congress Drops the Ball on Upgrading Patriot Protections

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:07pm

We're sorry to say, but is anyone surprised that Congress has capitulated to post-underpants bomber fear-mongering and passed the three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act without so much as a debate?

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7 Years and 7 Paragraphs Underscore Need for Accountability for Torture

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:19pm

Today, the English Court of Appeals ordered the publication of previously secret information pertaining to the abuse of Binyam Mohamed, a former British detainee who was held in U.S. custody. Today's decision affirmed an earlier High Court ruling…

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…

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…

The Unitary Executive…Is…What Again?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:27pm

One aspect of the Bush administration that's been especially pernicious is its — or shall we say Dick Cheney and David Addington's — belief in the unitary executive. Remember in June when Addington was testifying before the House Judiciary…

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