Blog of Rights


ACLU Challenges Arkansas Adoption Ban

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:01pm
Today the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the state of Arkansas' newly passed Act 1. Slated to take effect January 1, Act 1 bans any unmarried person who lives with a partner from serving as an adoptive or foster parent in the state. In our lawsuit, we argue that Act 1 violates the federal and state constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. Read the release.

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 —…

The Hamdan Decision: A Black Eye to the Rule of Law

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:24pm

This morning's decision in the Hamdan trial came as no surprise. Ben Wizner, the ACLU staff attorney who's been observing the trials in Guantánamo since the week they began, has said as much, repeatedly. But there are a few things that are worth…

Happy One Million Names on the Watchlist!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:27pm

Today in Washington, D.C., the ACLU's Technology and Liberty Program (TLP) marked the addition of the 1,000,000th name to the FBI-run Terrorist Screening Center's terrorist watch list. One...million…names. OMG.

Highly suspicious characters…

President Bush, in the Rose Garden, with the Constitution and Some White-Out, at 1:15

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:27am

President Bush will sign into law the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, at 1:15 this afternoon in the Rose Garden.

Immediately after he signs, we're suing. Our argument is simple: This bill is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. You know,…

Boumediene Decision: Gitmo Detainees Have Habeas Rights

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 9:47am

This morning the Supreme Court announced its decision in Boumediene v. Bush, and it's a good one! SCOTUSBlog writes:

In a stunning blow to the Bush Administration in its war-on-terrorism policies, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that…


By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:34pm
We're pretty disappointed by yesterday's events in San Francisco. The ACLU of Northern California worked tirelessly to make sure that everyone at yesterday's Olympic torch relay - pro-Tibet protestors, pro-China protestors, fans of the Olympic Games,…

When the "Worst of the Worst" Refers to the Attorney, Not the Criminal

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:38pm
It's safe to say that most Americans have some assumptions about the way the criminal justice system works. They might assume that a defendants' court-appointed attorneys would stay awake during trial. They might also assume that the attorney would be…
On the Agenda: Week of May 14–18, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of May 14–18, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:39pm

This week the House will debate the NDAA for fiscal year 2013. We'll be monitoring the debate and pulling for an amendment that fixes the terrible detention provisions in last year's bill.

On the Agenda: Week of April 23 – 27, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of April 23 – 27, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:04pm

This week, Wednesday is a big day for immigrants' rights advocates: The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Arizona v. United States, the Justice Department's challenge to S.B. 1070, Arizona's racial profiling law. The ACLU will be participating…

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