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TSA Pulls Aside Humorist Dave Barry for "Blurred Groin"

TSA Pulls Aside Humorist Dave Barry for "Blurred Groin"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:07pm
We have been hearing (and repeating ourselves) that you have options when you go the airport. That is, if you're pulled aside for secondary screening, you have a choice between going through the strip-search machine or being given an "enhanced pat-down." (Incidentally, this isn't the first time "enhanced" has been used as a euphemism for something abusive.)
TSA Meets "Resistance" with New Pat-Down Procedures

TSA Meets "Resistance" with New Pat-Down Procedures

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:42pm

The Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) even-more-invasive pat-down searches for people who opt-out of the strip-search machines at airports have generated some striking stories of people's encounters with TSA agents. Jeffrey Goldberg…

Action in Florida Gay Adoption Ban Case Tomorrow

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:48pm

Tomorrow is the deadline for the state of Florida to appeal the 3rd District Court of Appeal's decision in In re: Gill, the case challenging the Florida law that prohibits gay people from adopting. Late last month, the 3rd District upheld the…

Willingham Court of Inquiry Hung Up in Appellate Court: Briefs Due Tomorrow

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:07pm

Last Thursday, a Court of Inquiry hearing began to determine whether the state of Texas executed an innocent man, Cameron Todd Willingham. But shortly after the conclusion of evidence in the hearing, the 3rd Court of Appeals of Texas in Austin…

ACLU Material Witness Case Heads to Supreme Court

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:37pm

Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear al-Kidd v. Ashcroft, the ACLU's case against former Attorney General John Ashcroft on behalf of Abdullah al-Kidd, a Kansas-born U.S. citizen who was wrongly arrested and detained as a material witness…

European Court to Review Macedonia's Role in El-Masri's Rendition

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:50pm

Last Friday, in yet another example of other countries pursuing justice for the victims of the U.S. rendition and torture program, the European Court of Human Rights announced that it will review Macedonia's role in the CIA's kidnapping and subsequent…

ACLU Argues President Does Not Have Unchecked Authority to Kill You

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:30pm

A few weeks ago, the Obama administration filed a brief in response to our lawsuit challenging the president's targeted killing program. In that brief, the Justice Department asserted, among other things, that the president’s targeted killing…

DADT on Trial: VICTORY! Judge Orders Air  Force to Reinstate Maj. Margaret Witt

DADT on Trial: VICTORY! Judge Orders Air Force to Reinstate Maj. Margaret Witt

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:18pm

Great news! U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton has ordered the Air Force to reinstate flight nurse Maj. Margaret Witt. Maj. Witt was discharged from the Air Force in 2006 under the military's unconstitutional Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

State Appeals Court Finds Florida's Law Banning Adoptions by Gays and Lesbians Unconstitutional

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:37pm

Today, Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeals struck down that state's law barring gay people from adopting. In this unanimous decision (PDF), the judges agreed with a November 2008 family court ruling that the law violated the Florida state …

Freedom of Religion: A Fundamental American Right

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:07pm

Today, we released a new video about religious freedom featuring a diverse cast of religious leaders from New York City. Imam Abdul Baqi of the Islamic Leadership Council of New York; Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper of Judson Memorial Church; Father Michael…

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