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Join Lili Taylor, Dahlia Lithwick and Jack Rice for "Reckoning with Torture" Tomorrow!

Join Lili Taylor, Dahlia Lithwick and Jack Rice for "Reckoning with Torture" Tomorrow!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:34pm
Over the last few weeks, some apologists for torture have argued that Navy Seals were able to locate Osama bin Laden only because of evidence obtained through torture. We think Sen. John McCain and CIA Director Leon Panetta effectively quashed that argument. There's no evidence that torture worked, and there's lots of evidence it didn't.
Software Company Removes "Booby Trap" from Internet Filtering Program

Software Company Removes "Booby Trap" from Internet Filtering Program

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:01pm

Earlier this week, we were thrilled to announce that California-based software company Lightspeed Systems agreed to remove a web filter that had been blocking public school students' access to LGBT information websites (like It Gets Better and…

Confederate Flag at Louisiana Courthouse Taints Death Penalty System With Racial Bias

Confederate Flag at Louisiana Courthouse Taints Death Penalty System With Racial Bias

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:59pm

Yesterday, Anna Arceneaux of the ACLU's Capital Punishment Project argued before the Louisiana Supreme Court that the confederate flag outside the Caddo County Courthouse in Shreveport injects inherent racial bias into all court proceedings and…

Stranger Danger: TSA Frisks Another Little Kid

Stranger Danger: TSA Frisks Another Little Kid

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:05pm

I think most people would agree that little kids shouldn't be subjected to pat-downs at the airport, like little Mikey Hicks was last year. Well, it's happened again.

The TSA's latest victim? Six-year-old Anna Drexel, who was selected for…

VICTORY! Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Striking Down Law Prohibiting Adoption by Unmarried Couples

VICTORY! Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Striking Down Law Prohibiting Adoption by Unmarried Couples

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:49am

"This law was an assault on Arkansas' most vulnerable children and arbitrarily denied them the opportunity to be placed into good and loving homes," said Christine P. Sun, senior counsel with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project.

ACLU Urges Justice Department to Investigate Human Rights Abuses in Puerto Rico

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:44pm

Those C-Span (or YouTube) nerds among you might've caught Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) rail against the reported human rights abuses going on in Puerto Rico last week from the House floor. At the end of his remarks, he submitted the ACLU's report,…

Supreme Court Clears Hurdle to DNA Test for Condemned Inmate

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:03pm

Yesterday, the Supreme Court found that Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner has the right to pursue testing of DNA evidence that could prove his innocence. Among the outstanding items that still have not been DNA tested: at least three possible…

ACLU Lens: New Executive Order Institutionalizes Indefinite Detention at Guantánamo

ACLU Lens: New Executive Order Institutionalizes Indefinite Detention at Guantánamo

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:17pm

Yesterday, President Obama issued an executive order that institutionalizes the ongoing indefinite detention of detainees in U.S. custody at Guantánamo Bay. As ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero told the Washington Post, "It…

Obama DOJ Announces It Will Not Defend DOMA Cases in Court

Obama DOJ Announces It Will Not Defend DOMA Cases in Court

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:41pm

This afternoon, the Department of Justice announced that it would not defend the constitutionality of Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.

"Donald Rumsfeld Is Above the Law and Jose Padilla Is Beneath It"

"Donald Rumsfeld Is Above the Law and Jose Padilla Is Beneath It"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:06pm

In the case of Jose Padilla, nothing moves swiftly. He was arrested in March 2002, held without charge for two years in a South Carolina military brig without access to a lawyer, and was tortured to the point that brig authorities described his behavior…

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