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Gov. Bentley: Veto Racial Profiling Law, or We'll Sue

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:47pm
Last night, the Alabama legislature passed a racial profiling law inspired by—you have one guess—Arizona's S.B. 1070. We just filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia's S.B. 1070 copycat yesterday. We've also challenged similar bills in Utah and Indiana.

San Francisco Giants Tell LGBT Youth: "It Gets Better"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:27pm

Yesterday, World Series champions the San Francisco Giants became the first professional sports team to contribute to the "It Gets Better" video project.

This Torture Awareness Month, Honor Those Who Opposed Rendition and Torture

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:36pm

Last month, the Supreme Court announced it would not hear the case we brought against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan on behalf of five victims of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. Our lawsuit charged that the company knowingly provided…

ACLU Lens: Supreme Court Finds Ashcroft Cannot Be Held Responsible for Illegal Detention of U.S. Citizen

ACLU Lens: Supreme Court Finds Ashcroft Cannot Be Held Responsible for Illegal Detention of U.S. Citizen

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:46pm

Today the Supreme Court ruled in Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd that former Attorney General John Ashcroft cannot be held responsible for the wrongful arrest and detention of U.S. citizen Abdullah al-Kidd under the material witness law. The ACLU represented…

This Week in Civil Liberties

This Week in Civil Liberties

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 9:00pm

TGIF, because it's been a busy week! We fought an authorization for war without end, advocated for an end to the ridiculous prohibition of abortion care for women in the military who have been raped, testified against a bill that proposes to lock…

ACLU Lens: Arizona Governor Challenges Her Own State's Medical Marijuana Law

ACLU Lens: Arizona Governor Challenges Her Own State's Medical Marijuana Law

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 8:56pm

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer can't decide if she likes federal laws, or doesn't.

When it comes to immigration, she doesn't. Finding federal immigration enforcement lacking, she signed into law last year S.B. 1070, legislation that requires police…

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…

Join Lili Taylor, Dahlia Lithwick and Jack Rice for "Reckoning with Torture" Tomorrow!

Join Lili Taylor, Dahlia Lithwick and Jack Rice for "Reckoning with Torture" Tomorrow!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:34pm

Over the last few weeks, some apologists for torture have argued that Navy Seals were able to locate Osama bin Laden only because of evidence obtained through torture. We think Sen. John McCain and CIA Director Leon Panetta effectively quashed…

Software Company Removes "Booby Trap" from Internet Filtering Program

Software Company Removes "Booby Trap" from Internet Filtering Program

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:01pm

Earlier this week, we were thrilled to announce that California-based software company Lightspeed Systems agreed to remove a web filter that had been blocking public school students' access to LGBT information websites (like It Gets Better and…

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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