Blog of Rights


Court Unseals ACLU and EFF's Motions on Behalf of Twitter User Birgitta Jonsdottir

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 7:32pm
Today, a court unsealed three motions filed by the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) last month on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Icelandic parliamentarian whose Twitter account records were targeted by the government in connection with its investigation related to WikiLeaks.

Brutal Beating Reveals Ongoing Reign of Terror in L.A. County Jails

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:59pm

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department today launched an internal investigation after Esther Lim, a jail monitor for the ACLU of Southern California, submitted a sworn statement in federal court yesterday recounting the details of a brutal…

Join Us: A Roundtable Discussion on Deportations to Torture

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:48pm

On Thursday, Steven Watt from the ACLU's Human Rights Program will participate in a roundtable discussion on diplomatic assurances against torture at Columbia Law School in New York City. Join us! The discussion is open to the public:


Death Row Inmates Sue FDA Over Execution Drug from Overseas

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:38pm

Yesterday, six inmates from death rows in California, Arizona and Tennessee sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health and Human Services for allowing those states to import non-FDA-approved sodium thiopental from foreign…

Seriously Mr. President, Pat-Downs Are No Joke

Seriously Mr. President, Pat-Downs Are No Joke

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:35pm

While promoting his high-speed rail plan during last night's State of the Union speech, President Obama quipped: "For some trips, it will be faster than flying — without the pat-down."


We, of course, had something…

Jameel Jaffer and ACLU Client Nick Merrill on National Security Letters

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:09pm

Over the weekend, WNYC's On the Media (OTM) featured an interview with ACLU client Nick Merrill, who challenged the National Security Letter he received six years ago in 2004. (See Nick's NSL here.) The ACLU represented Nick in his successful challenge…

Are We Safer? Good Question.

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:37pm

On Tuesday, PBS aired a new episode of Frontline featuring an investigative segment by the Washington Post's Dana Priest, one of the chief reporters behind that paper's superb Top Secret America investigative series. In her segment called "Are…

When Free Speech Isn't Really Free

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:25pm

When is free speech not really free? (This isn't a riddle, unfortunately.)

It's when your First Amendment-protected rights are subject to unlawful government surveillance. Since 9/11, law enforcement agencies across America have continued…

Nine Years of Guantánamo

Nine Years of Guantánamo

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:31pm

Nine years ago today, a Department of Defense C-141 transport plane carrying 20 prisoners arrived in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. On that day, January 11, 2002, the naval base began operating as a detention center for men captured in President Bush's…

Illinois State Senate Passes Death Penalty Repeal!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:17pm

The Illinois state senate voted 32-25 to repeal the death penalty! The Illinois house passed the death penalty ban last Thursday. Gov. Pat Quinn must sign the bill for it to become law.

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