Blog of Rights


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.
Sorry, Stephen Colbert: Gene Patents Are Unlawful

Sorry, Stephen Colbert: Gene Patents Are Unlawful

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:32pm

Last night, Stephen Colbert railed against the ACLU's lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which control patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 human genes, which are associated with breast and ovarian cancer. Last month, a federal district court judge ruled…

Tariq Ramadan Panel — What'd You Think?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:45pm
From left to right: George Packer, Dalia Mogahed, Tariq Ramadan, Joan Wallach Scott, and Jacob Weisberg

Last night's panel discussion at…

Human Trafficking Is Modern-Day Slavery

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:09pm

Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement today:

The scourge of modern slavery, including human trafficking,…

The Cell Phone Network: Law Enforcement's Surveillance Dream

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:41pm

Yesterday, WNYC's On the Media (OTM) profiled our cell phone tracking case. In this case, the ACLU, Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked the court to require that the government at least show probable…

Suicidal, in Solitary, and 17

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:18pm

Imagine being so desperate to kill yourself that you bite through your wrist in an attempt to puncture a vein. Now imagine trying to do this twice.

That was the state of "Robert Doe," a mentally ill teen who was 15 when he was…

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…

DOJ Seeks Rehearing of ACLU Rendition Case

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:02pm

Today was the deadline for the Obama Justice Department to request a full panel hearing of Mohamed v. Jeppesen, the extraordinary rendition case that we won before a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit in April. And sure enough, they asked.


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 …

Binyam Mohamed Released from Gitmo

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:45pm

At 1:11 p.m. GMT, a plane carrying Binyam Mohamed touched down in West London. Mohamed, an Ethiopian citizen and resident of the U.K., is a victim of extraordinary rendition. He'd been at Guantánamo for four years, but his ordeal began in…

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