Blog of Rights


DNA for Pay: House Feeds Already-Bloated Genetic Databases

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:23pm
In this country, you're innocent until proven guilty. But apparently, the House of Representatives disagrees. Last week, it passed H.R. 4614, the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010. This bill would pay states to collect DNA samples of anyone arrested for certain crimes.
Fight the Texas Textbook Takeover!

Fight the Texas Textbook Takeover!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:14pm

The Texas State Board of Education plans to amend the state's social studies curriculum so it comports with the personal ideological and religious beliefs of some board members. The 30-day comment period is open, and all Americans are invited to give their input!

"America's Tiniest Terrorist"?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:39pm

Sometimes, it feels like we at the ACLU are fighting an uphill battle when we try to draw attention to just how bloated and ineffective the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) airline watchlist is. We've pointed out that dead people,…

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…

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…

Bradbury Memos: Not Quite Yet

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:45pm

Today was the fourth deadline for the release of the "Bradbury Memos": three memos authored by Steven Bradbury, acting head of the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) from 2005 to 2009. The memos reportedly provided …

APA Just Says "No" to Torture

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:10pm

Good news! Yesterday, the American Psychological Association (APA) announced that its membership has voted to approve a referendum that prohibits APA members from working in detention facilities— like Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and Bagram —…

Defense Attorney David Nevin Speaks About the Military Commissions

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 8:59pm
David Nevin is a criminal defense attorney who was in Guantánamo Bay last week for the arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Nevin is the first civilian attorney to speak to Mohammed. (The first attorney to ever speak with Mohammed is Prescott Prince,…

When the "Worst of the Worst" Refers to the Attorney, Not the Criminal

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:38pm
It's safe to say that most Americans have some assumptions about the way the criminal justice system works. They might assume that a defendants' court-appointed attorneys would stay awake during trial. They might also assume that the attorney would be…
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.

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