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Protecting Outrageous, Offensive Speech

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:15pm
Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a crucial First Amendment case.

New Report Shows 95% of Campus Rapes Go Unreported

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:10pm

Yesterday, Vanessa at Feministing blogged on a study by the Center for Public Integrity about sexual assault on campus. The figure of campus rapes that go unreported is 95 percent—a sad and shocking state of affairs. And for those that are…

ACLU Sues Missouri School District for Illegally Censoring LGBT Websites

ACLU Sues Missouri School District for Illegally Censoring LGBT Websites

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:32pm

Can't say we didn't warn them. Back in May, as part of our Don't Filter Me project, the ACLU sent a letter to the Camdenton School District informing them that the web filters they use on school computers were unconstitutionally blocking access…

Your Baby's DNA and Informed Consent

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:15am

(Originally posted on MomsRising.org.)

Imagine this scenario: You just had a baby. You might be a tad tired; in a bit of a stupor, perhaps. A hospital employee —maybe your doctor or nurse — hands you a 32-page pamphlet explaining…

Black Sites? What's That? Torture? Us?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:58pm

Last week, the Department of State (DOS) released a huge tranche of documents on its website in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights and NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.…

Taser Bracelets? Really?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:07pm

Earlier in the month, the Washington Times published a story about the EMD bracelet that the TSA supposedly expressed interest in deploying for every air traveler to wear. The pros to wearing this bracelet: speeding through security, as the bracelet…

No Security in "Secure Communities"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:54pm

Yesterday, a New York Times op-ed blasted President Obama's ramp-up of the "Secure Communities" program, an information-sharing program between federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement agencies. Under…

Assessing Racial Discrimination in America

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 7:03pm
This week, the 72nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Geneva. Readers of this blog will have noticed blogging from the ACLU's 10-person delegation at the meeting, addressing issues such a voting…
ACLU Lens: American Citizen Anwar Al-Aulaqi Killed Without Judicial Process

ACLU Lens: American Citizen Anwar Al-Aulaqi Killed Without Judicial Process

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:43am

Today in Yemen, U.S. air strikes killed American citizen Anwar Al-Aulaqi. Al-Aulaqi has never been charged with a crime. Last year, the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights represented Al-Aulaqi's father in a lawsuit challenging the government's…

Banned Books Week Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Banned Books Week Kicks Off Tomorrow!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:56pm

Earlier this week, Reuters reported that a school district in Missouri agreed to lift its ban on Slaughterhouse-Five and Twenty Boy Summer, two books the district had completely banned from its libraries. Thanks to a coalition of censorship opponents,…

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