Blog of Rights


More OLC Memos Released

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:17pm

Today the Department of Justice released nine memos and opinions written by Office of Legal Counsel (OC) lawyers. Among them: a memo written by OLC lawyer John Yoo that argued the Fourth Amendment does not apply to military activities inside the…

NJ Senator Delivers Prize-Winning Speech Against Death Penalty

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:56pm

In a speech delivered before the Memorial de Caen International Human Rights Competition in Caen, France, yesterday, New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak said:The death penalty is a random act of brutality. Its application throughout the United…

President Obama Orders 120-Day Stay of All Gitmo Proceedings

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:35am
At approximately 9 p.m. last night, John Adams attorneys received word that President Obama had ordered military prosecutors to file a motion seeking a 120-day stay of all military commission proceedings at Guantánamo. Two ACLU attorneys, Jamil Dakwar…

A Cross to Bear

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:24pm

Last week, the ACLU filed a brief in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of our clients, the Jewish War Veterans of America, against the City of San Diego in our Soledad Cross case. We lost the first go-round with this case in district court,…

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 —…

Vote Constitution!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:36am

Civil libertarians run the gamut of political affiliations. We're Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Greens, and every other party under the sun. But there is one thing that unites all of us: the Constitution. And the Constitution is not partisan.…

Surveillance State Blues

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:53pm

Today our Technology and Liberty Program featured some horrifying new photos—courtesy of the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)—that show what the TSA's new "see-through" body scanners will show airport security.

At Guantánamo, Iguanas Have Rights. Detainees, Not So Much.

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:17pm
Upon returning from his last trip to Guantánamo, Jamil Dakwar told us that iguanas are a protected species there. We were incredulous, but it turns out, it's no joke; as the AP reported back in December: U.S. law protects endangered iguanas on the…
On the Agenda: Week of April 16 – 20, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of April 16 – 20, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:29am

Congress is back in session, so we've got a busy week ahead.

Today, the ACLU, along with several other groups, is launching a weeklong campaign called "Stop Cyber Spying Week" to draw attention to the massive civil liberties problems in H.R.…

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