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Questioned at the Border: Aun Hasan Ali

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:49am
Over the past several years, at ports, land border crossings, and international airports across the country, U.S. citizens and lawful residents who are Muslim or who are perceived to be Muslim have been targeted by CBP officers for questioning about deeply personal beliefs, associations and religious practices protected by the First Amendment.

Questioned at the Border: Hassan Shibly

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:09pm

Over the past several years, at ports, land border crossings, and international airports across the country, U.S. citizens and lawful residents who are Muslim or who are perceived to be Muslim have been targeted by CBP officers for questioning about…

Maj. Margaret Witt to Rejoin Air Force While Government Appeals Decision

Maj. Margaret Witt to Rejoin Air Force While Government Appeals Decision

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:04pm

Last night, the government appealed the decision of a federal district court judge finding that Air Force flight nurse Maj. Margaret Witt's sexual orientation does not negatively impact unit morale or cohesion.

Notably, the government did…

Now's the Time to Hold President Bush Accountable for Torture

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:56pm

You might've heard that former President George W. Bush has a memoir out. And you might've heard that he vigorously defended his authorization to waterboard Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

President Bush wrote, in Decision Points,…

ACLU Defends Amazon Customers' Rights in Court Today

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:01pm

Today, the ACLU will be in a federal court in Seattle arguing that the North Carolina Department of Revenue's (NCDOR) demands for detailed purchase information made by Amazon.com customers is an unconstitutional violation of those customers' rights…

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…

ACLU Demands North Carolina Stop Requesting Amazon Purchase Info

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:12pm

Last month, we told you about Amazon.com's lawsuit against the State of North Carolina's Department of Revenue (DOR) for demanding the private records of its customers. The Revenue Department has demanded that Amazon hand over individually identifiable…

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…

Little Monsters Unite! Lady Gay Gay Shirt Wins the Day!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:53pm

If you're like my colleague Mandy, and you follow Lady Gaga's Twitter feed, you might've seen this tweet on April 7:

Been in the studio for days and hours of record after record, and when I hear that a little monster was discriminated against*…

Pork…or Parents?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:24pm

Call us crazy, but given the choice between having parents and having bacon, we think a foster kid would choose the former.

Unfortunately, Contemporary Family Services (CFS), a private company authorized by the state of Maryland to place…

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