Freedom of Association

ACLU Asks State Department to Issue Visa to Palestinian Poet

By Farbod Faraji, National Security Project at 6:09pm
Today the ACLU and PEN American Center asked the State Department to speed the issuance of a visa to Ghassan Zaqtan, a widely-published and internationally respected poet and writer who had intended to begin a two-week book tour for his new collection, Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, yesterday.
Judge Rules in Favor of Bradley Manning Supporter and Allows Lawsuit Challenging Laptop Search

Judge Rules in Favor of Bradley Manning Supporter and Allows Lawsuit Challenging Laptop Search

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 12:43pm

The ACLU charges David House's laptop, camera and a USB drive were confiscated at O'Hare airport in 2010 because of his association with the Bradley Manning Support Network.

Ideological Exclusion Again?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:02pm

Today, the ACLU sent letters to the Departments of State and Homeland Security asking them to grant a visa to Kerim Yildiz, a British citizen living in London. Yildiz, the executive director of the U.K.-based Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP),…

Suspicionless Searches and Seizures at the Airport: We're Suing

Suspicionless Searches and Seizures at the Airport: We're Suing

By Carol Rose, Executive Director, ACLU of Massachusetts at 11:00am

Whether you’re a member of the ACLU, the Tea Party, or the Beer Lovers Party, one of the things that distinguishes you from people living in more authoritarian regimes — Iran, China, Libya, to name a few — is your right to form political…

State Department Should Grant Visa to the "Bravest Woman in Afghanistan"

State Department Should Grant Visa to the "Bravest Woman in Afghanistan"

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:30pm

Late last week, the government denied a travel visa to Malalai Joya, an Afghan politician, writer, and human rights activist. Today, the ACLU sent a letter to Secretaries Clinton and Napolitano asking them to reconsider this decision.

The…

Another Victim of Ideological Exclusion?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:58pm

Over the weekend, it was reported that renowned Columbian journalist Hollman Morris — one of 12 international journalists selected to participate in the prestigious Nieman fellowship program at Harvard University during the 2010–11 academic…

Irish Rendition Activist to Attend Accountability Conference in North Carolina

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:05pm

This week, as the ACLU welcomes our clients Professors Adam Habib and Tariq Ramadan to the United States — scholars who, until recently, were barred from entering the country because of their criticism of U.S. policy and who will be speaking…

Excluded Scholars Visit NYC

Excluded Scholars Visit NYC

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:37pm

The ideological exclusion provision is a law enacted as part of the Patriot Act that allows the U.S. government to deny entry to noncitizens who have "endorsed or espoused terrorism."

Today, The New Yorker's George Packer wrote:…

Time to Retire Ideological Exclusion

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:28pm

Good news for the First Amendment! Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed orders earlier this week that effectively end the ideological exclusion of Professors Adam Habib and Tariq Ramadan, two prominent scholars who were denied visas to…

NYT Calls for End to “Ideological Exclusion”

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:49pm

Yesterday, The New York Times opined about “ideological exclusion” — the practice of denying foreign citizens entry into the U.S. based on their political views and associations, rather than any suspicious activity — writing:

"The…
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