Due Process

Due process is what separates a democracy from a police state. As the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution states, the government shall not "deprive any person of life, liberty, or property" without first having a fair chance to defend themselves.

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ACLU Sues U.S. for Information on Targeted Killing Program

ACLU Sues U.S. for Information on Targeted Killing Program

By Nathan Freed Wessler, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 12:28pm

Today we filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to demand the government release basic, accurate information about its targeted killing program.

Report from Guantánamo Hearings: When Due Process is a Matter of Life and Death

Report from Guantánamo Hearings: When Due Process is a Matter of Life and Death

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:39pm

After two lengthy days of arguments, the al-Nashiri case seems hardly closer to coming to trial. Defense counsel suggested the trial wouldn't even begin until 2015.

After Al-Aulaqi's Killing, Why Due Process Matters

After Al-Aulaqi's Killing, Why Due Process Matters

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:04pm

In "Crime or War: Execution or Assassination?" David Shipler of The Shipler Report writes about why due process — even for terrorism suspects who have admitted to plotting against the U.S. — is important:

So, why bother…

Targeted Killing: Death Without Due Process

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:06pm

We are all familiar with how the death penalty works. A crime (usually murder) is committed. It's investigated by law enforcement. A suspect is arrested, charged with the crime, and goes to trial. The government shows the judge or jury the evidence…

Immigrants with Mental Disabilities Deserve Due Process

By Jennifer Stark, ACLU of Southern California at 10:40am

Ever Francisco Martinez-Rivas, 31, suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinations, and exhibits unexpected patterns of behavior. After getting into an argument with his stepfather that turned violent, he was taken into police custody.

Though…

Megalawsuit Against BitTorrent Users Threatens Due Process

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:56pm

Time Warner Cable recently asked a federal court to quash subpoenas it received seeking the identities of thousands of its customers. The subpoenas came as part of several lawsuits filed by members of the movie industry who allege the individuals…

Death Without Due Process

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:54pm

Today, the National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing called "The Rise Of The Drones II: Examining The Legality Of Unmanned Targeting."* The hearing addressed…

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