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American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU Sues Indiana Governor Over Syrian Refugee Ban

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), challenging his efforts to block Syrian ref...

The CIA's Torture Experiment

Robert Jay Lifton | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Robert Jay Lifton

As physicians concerned with maintaining humane medical standards, we know that it is critically important to learn all we can about the psychological and historical conditions conducive to medical evil.

Debtors Prisons: How Counties Use Poor People to Fund Criminal Justice

ACLU of Washington | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
ACLU of Washington

After struggling with addiction and mental illness, Jayne Fuentes served her time, found a job and got her life back on track. She's been sober and crime-free for three years, but one thing still dogs her: fear of being jailed or forced to do physical labor because she can't afford to pay the government.

The Mall Is for All

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 07.22.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Simple discomfort is not a justification for violating human rights, calling in the police, or keeping the public out of public spaces.

Ryan J. Reilly

Lawyers Go After 'Dank And Dangerous' Conditions At Aging Baltimore Jail | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights lawyers filed a motion on Tuesday to reopen an old federal lawsuit on the treatment of Baltimore city jail inmates, saying ...

Oh, Boy

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.29.2015 | Fifty
Marcia Liss


The Sun Must Go Down on the Patriot Act

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

The current sunset debate is our first opportunity as a society to grapple with the mass-surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden, and we can't afford to let this opportunity pass us by.

Arthur Delaney

Rick Scott's Drug Testing Dreams Are Pisstory | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has apparently reached the end of his quest to make state workers and welfare recipients provide urine to pr...

Stun Guns Eyed In Officer-Involved Killings

AP | COREY WILLIAMS and JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 06.14.2015 | Crime

The officer had an immediate explanation after shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in South Carolina: He said he fired in self-defense...

Protesters Rally In Chicago Demanding Police Reform In 'Stop And Frisk' Searches

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Three people were arrested on Tuesday at a protest at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office while demanding reforms to the nation's second l...

Have You Any Decency? What Every American Needs to Know About High Stakes Testing and the Latest Threat to Civil Liberties

Yohuru Williams | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

While supporters of the corporate education reform agenda are denigrating parents, belittling students and targeting organize labor, one wonders who is keeping an eye out for protecting civil liberties and preserving American democracy.

Michigan Public School District Backs Down From Christianity Requirement

The Associated Press | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion

McBAIN, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan public school district says it's no longer asking that its next superintendent be a Christian after getting...

Texas Lawmaker Proposes Giving Lawyers To Some Fetuses

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Tani | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

A Texas state lawmaker proposes giving fetuses legal representation when the mother is brain-dead. State Rep. Matt Krause (R) introduced a measure...

10 Ways Colorado Made History in 2014

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 03.02.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

The year was marked by historic changes on issues from marriage equality to solitary confinement reform, and it ended with Colorado students taking to the streets, forcing a dialogue about race and police practices.

Arthur Delaney

Federal Court Rules Against Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal court has ruled once again that Florida's short-lived effort to drug test all welfare applicants violated their constitutional...

Do Wars Really Defend America's Freedom?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America's wars have defended America's freedom. But the historical record doesn't bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

Ali Watkins

The CIA And NSA Should Be Happy That Mark Udall Is Gone | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- He wasn't vocal about promoting his work on civil liberties and intelligence. But over time, astute national security wonks learned to w...

Chinese, GOP Agree Non-Rich Shouldn't Vote

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Speaking just like an American Republican, the Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, said last week that if the state granted democratic rights to its poor and working class, they could dominate elections and choose leaders who would meet their needs.

Ryan J. Reilly

The Civil Rights Chief DOJ Thinks Liberals Will Love, Conservatives Can Work With | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The new acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is a liberal activist lawyer who has spoken out on the “disas...

Look Inside Oklahoma's New Death Chamber

Associated Press | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 10.10.2014 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed c...

GOP Defrauds Voters

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The GOP is working desperately to deny the right to vote to citizens it doesn't like. You know, poor people, black people, Hispanic people, old people, female people, especially people it believes are inclined to vote for Democrats.

32 Prison Guards Fired Amid Outrage Over Inmate Abuse

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2014 | Crime

Sept 20 (Reuters) - The secretary of Florida's prison system has fired nearly three dozen guards in the wake of the recent scrutiny given to inmate ...

State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

Steve Horn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge ...

Elise Foley

Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Treatment Of Mothers In Deportation Proceedings | Elise Foley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and civil rights groups filed a suit Friday against the federal government, alleging it is trampling on due process by makin...

Ryan J. Reilly

86-Year-Old Photographer Sues Feds Over Massive 'Suspicious Activity' Database | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An 86-year-old photographer and four other Americans who were entered into a massive "suspicious activity" database for innocent activit...