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Censoring Military Personnel Is Un-American

Censoring Military Personnel Is Un-American

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:27pm
Today, the ACLU filed a brief in a case on behalf of Col. Morris Davis, who was fired from his job at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for publicly criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to try some Guantánamo detainees in federal courts and some in the military commissions system.

Your Choice: Wrong Gender on Driver's License, or Surgery

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:42am

In Alaska, if you're a transgender person, the state requires you to have surgery to change the gender marker on your driver's license. Today, the ACLU filed a brief challenging this state surgery requirement on behalf of a transgender woman, K.L.

K.L.…

ACLU Files Lawsuit for Info on Alleged Bush-Era Operation to Discredit Blogger & Professor Juan Cole

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:39pm

Today we filed a lawsuit to enforce a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking any information pertaining to University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole.

Last month, The New York Times reported that Bush administration officials…

The Good and the Bad of the Warsame Case

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:57pm

First, the good: with today's news of charges being brought against terrorism suspect Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame in federal criminal court in New York, the Obama administration is acting on its Attorney General’s stated belief that our criminal…

Supreme Court Term Is Pro-Business and Pro-Free Speech

Supreme Court Term Is Pro-Business and Pro-Free Speech

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:22pm

The Supreme Court ended the 2010 term today, delivering the much-anticipated decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, a case that challenged California's ban of the sale of violent video games to minors. In a 7-2 decision, the …

"If the Law Does Not Protect Jose Padilla . . . It Protects No One"

"If the Law Does Not Protect Jose Padilla . . . It Protects No One"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:27pm

In February, a federal district court in South Carolina dismissed our lawsuit on behalf of American citizen Jose Padilla against Donald Rumsfeld and other current and former officials, saying the former Secretary of Defense was entitled to "qualified…

Gov. Bentley: Veto Racial Profiling Law, or We'll Sue

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:47pm

Last night, the Alabama legislature passed a racial profiling law inspired by—you have one guess—Arizona's S.B. 1070. We just filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia's S.B. 1070 copycat yesterday. We've also challenged similar bills in Utah…

San Francisco Giants Tell LGBT Youth: "It Gets Better"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:27pm

Yesterday, World Series champions the San Francisco Giants became the first professional sports team to contribute to the "It Gets Better" video project.

This Torture Awareness Month, Honor Those Who Opposed Rendition and Torture

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:36pm

Last month, the Supreme Court announced it would not hear the case we brought against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan on behalf of five victims of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. Our lawsuit charged that the company knowingly provided…

ACLU Lens: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's Employer Sanctions Law

ACLU Lens: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's Employer Sanctions Law

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:13pm

A Supreme Court decision released this morning upheld Arizona's employer sanctions law. The law, which was enacted in 2007, imposes state licensing penalties for employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers, and requires all Arizona businesses…

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