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"No" To Loyalty Oaths in California

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:46pm
Californians are familiar with the story of Wendy Gonaver, a lecturer at California State University at Fullerton who was fired after she refused to take the state's "loyalty oath," a holdover law from the 1950s intended to weed Communists from the state's payroll. The oath currently excludes some religious folk, such as Quakers and Jehovah's Witnesses, whose faiths forbid them from swearing such oaths.

President Bush, in the Rose Garden, with the Constitution and Some White-Out, at 1:15

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:27am

President Bush will sign into law the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, at 1:15 this afternoon in the Rose Garden.

Immediately after he signs, we're suing. Our argument is simple: This bill is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. You know,…

Christopher Hitchens Admits Waterboarding is Torture

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:33pm

You have to hand it to him: journalist Christopher Hitchens, who previously discounted that waterboarding was indeed torture, admits in the August issue of Vanity Fair that it is, indeed, torture. In the article, called "Believe Me, It's Torture,"…

A Death "Almost Too Horrible to Believe"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:34pm
We're going to tell you the story of Patrick Cavanaugh, a 60-year old inmate at the Ely State Prison in Ely, Nev. Patrick was an insulin-dependent diabetic who was imprisoned at Ely for two years. During his time at Ely, Patrick was denied regular…

Kuwaiti Diplomat Flees in Face of Lawsuit

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 8:03pm
Today NPR reported that the State Department has barred a Kuwaiti diplomat and his wife from ever returning to this country. In January, the ACLU sued the country of Kuwait and a Kuwaiti diplomat and his wife for trafficking three Indian women to McLean,…
On the Agenda: Week of May 14–18, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of May 14–18, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:39pm

This week the House will debate the NDAA for fiscal year 2013. We'll be monitoring the debate and pulling for an amendment that fixes the terrible detention provisions in last year's bill.

On the Agenda: Week of April 30 – May 5, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of April 30 – May 5, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:00pm

Congress is out this week, but May will be a busy month with cybersecurity in the Senate, the 2013 NDAA and the arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

On the Agenda: Week of April 23 – 27, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of April 23 – 27, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:04pm

This week, Wednesday is a big day for immigrants' rights advocates: The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Arizona v. United States, the Justice Department's challenge to S.B. 1070, Arizona's racial profiling law. The ACLU will be participating…

On the Agenda: Week of April 9-13, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of April 9-13, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:02pm

Congress is still in recess this week, but we're looking ahead and planning on some big events later in the month.

Equal Pay Day will fall on April 17 this year, marking how far women, on average, have to work into 2012 to be paid the same…

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…

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