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Government Attempt to Speed Up Guantánamo Trials (Rightfully) Backfires

Government Attempt to Speed Up Guantánamo Trials (Rightfully) Backfires

By Alex Sinha, Aryeh Neier Fellow, Human Rights Watch & ACLU at 4:15pm
Government meddling has long been a problem at the Guantánamo Bay military commissions, with the hearings of the last few days offering another crystal-clear example. The government's latest incursion into the commissions' proceedings further tarnishes the discredited military commissions system. It will also cost everyone more time and waste more taxpayer money.
Will Nelson Mandela's Solitary Confinement Inspire Positive Change?

Will Nelson Mandela's Solitary Confinement Inspire Positive Change?

By David Fathi, National Prison Project at 3:55pm

It's a short walk from my hotel here in Cape Town to the waterfront. From there you can see Robben Island, the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters were incarcerated during the darkest days of apartheid.

During his…

We Must Honor the Legacy of Selma Foot Soldiers by Repairing What They Fought For

We Must Honor the Legacy of Selma Foot Soldiers by Repairing What They Fought For

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:53pm

In an important moment of bipartisanship, Congress unanimously passed a bill this month that honors the thousands of people who marched for voting rights 50 years ago in Selma, Alabama, with the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian…

‘Perfect Surveillance,’ Says Edward Snowden, Could Have Snuffed Out the LGBT Movement. He’s Right.

‘Perfect Surveillance,’ Says Edward Snowden, Could Have Snuffed Out the LGBT Movement. He’s Right.

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:35pm

Edward Snowden recently pointed out how the victories of the LGBT movement in this country might never have happened if the government had the ability to conduct “perfect surveillance.” For decades, LGBT people had to fight official government…

From Edie to Jim – Love at the Supreme Court

From Edie to Jim – Love at the Supreme Court

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 1:37pm

“You did it, honey.”

That is what Edie Windsor imagined her late spouse, Thea Spyer, would have said after their love story brought down the core of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor. Edie and Thea did do it.…

The ‘Family-Friendly’ Myths of Family Detention Facilities

The ‘Family-Friendly’ Myths of Family Detention Facilities

By Lindsay Nash, Skadden Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:52pm

Updated 3/3/2015

Inside the family detention facilities in Karnes County and Dilley, Texas, hundreds of women wait, wondering what the English-only documents say, whether anyone will help them present their asylum cases, and how to care for…

After a Decade's Fight for Net Neutrality, Huge Win for Free Speech Online

After a Decade's Fight for Net Neutrality, Huge Win for Free Speech Online

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:55pm

The people have spoken. And, today, the Federal Communications Commission listened. A majority of FCC commissioners voted in favor of historically strong open Internet rules.

It appears they have done what the ACLU and other free speech groups…

New Mom Who Needed to Pump During Bar Exam Would Not Take 'No' for an Answer

New Mom Who Needed to Pump During Bar Exam Would Not Take 'No' for an Answer

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:21am

Late last year, Shahzeen Karim, an Illinois attorney and applicant to the Texas bar, tweeted: "Real time: Told TX #barexam will not accommodate me nursing/pumping my baby, due Feb 7th. Option? Pump in bathroom during break for 3 days."

Needless…

This Secret Domestic Surveillance Program Is About to Get Pulled Out of the Shadows

This Secret Domestic Surveillance Program Is About to Get Pulled Out of the Shadows

By Julia Harumi Mass, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California & Hugh Handeyside, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 4:32pm

The federal government will have to produce information on a vast and secret domestic surveillance program and defend the program's legality in open court. That's the result of a decision issued Friday by the federal judge presiding over our lawsuit…

A Most Unsurprising Riot

A Most Unsurprising Riot

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 4:22pm

Originally posted on The Marshall Project.

Life inside the infamous Willacy immigration prison.

No one who has been to Willacy County Correctional Center or the other dozen private, for-profit "criminal alien requirement" prisons around…