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Drilling Opponents Spied on Like Terrorists

Jay Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Stanley

Once again, police "intelligence" functions created to supposedly help prevent terrorism are being used to violate the rights of peaceful ...

Jerry Brown Battles ACLU Over DNA Samples

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — A swab of saliva was at the center of a legal battle Tuesday over DNA collection of felony suspects and privacy rights. A three...

Evil in America? U.S. Fundamentalist Group to Burn Koran on 9/11

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

One need not journey to the mountains of Afghanistan or Pakistan to discover evil. We have our own home-grown variety of dangerous extremism here in ...

ACLU, CCR Sue Obama To Block 'Targeted Killings'

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — Two civil liberties groups sued the federal government on Monday to try to block its targeted killing overseas of a U.S.-born cleric ...

Boulder's Homeless Camping Ban: ACLU

Westword | Melanie Asmar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The ACLU is challenging a Boulder ordinance that penalizes homeless people for sleeping outside under the cover of blankets -- even when the city's ho...

Waiting for Equality

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

As the 19th Amendment gave women equality at the polls, the Paycheck Fairness Act will give women equality in the workplace. It is the next milestone in the fight for equal rights, and the Senate must act now.

Full Body Scanners: From Airports to the Streets?

Jay Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Stanley

Andy Greenberg at Forbes.com reported yesterday that company representatives told him that backscatter X-rays mounted in vans that can be driven arou...

Denver Women's Correctional Facility Abuse: ACLU Alleges Degrading, Unnecessary Body Searches

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The ACLU has penned a letter to the head of the Colorado Department of Corrections alleging "degrading," "gratuitous" and unconstitutional cavity sear...

Police Reform Can Save Newark Money and Lives

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

To uncover the true costs of police misconduct, the ACLU of New Jersey has combed court databases, meeting minutes and a battery of public records.

'God Hates Fags': Q&A with Pastor Fred Phelps

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Pastor Fred Phelps led the congregation that gained notoriety in recent years for picketing the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spoke with me about hell, homosexuality, and the Supreme Court.

Out In The Silence is a Powerful Documentary

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joan E. Dowlin

Out in the Silence chronicles the journey of Joe Wilson to his boyhood home of Oil City, a small town in western Pennsylvania, after declaring his wedding to Dean Hamer in his hometown paper.

Lucia Graves

Watchdog Groups Sue Over FBI's Ethnically Targeted Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Watchdog groups filed suit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation Tuesday for failing to make public the details of a domestic surveillance progr...

Cracks in the System Remain Despite Landmark Cocaine Sentencing Reform

Hamedah Hasan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hamedah Hasan

The president can exercise his executive clemency power to right historical wrongs by commuting the remaining sentences of those of us who have fallen through the cracks. I hope he does.

Illinois Town Wants 10 Commandments Monument

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A southern Illinois town is pushing to have a Ten Commandments monument erected in the city's square--and the town's mayor says he will do anything he...

From Incredible to Inevitable: How the Politics of Criminal Justice Reform May Be Shifting

Vanita Gupta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

We must take an unflinching look at the extent to which the previous policies have failed to promote public safety and health, and have instead diverted taxpayer money from schools to prisons.

FBI's Latest Power Grab Is a Bold and Unnecessary Move

Michelle Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michelle Richardson

The administration is asking Congress to give the FBI more of your private information without even going to a judge. We're asking Congress to reject this power grab and side with the Constitution -- just as their oath of office demands.

ACLU Sues Government For Info On 'Spying' Efforts

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

NEW YORK — Civil rights groups sued the U.S. government Thursday to try to force it to reveal more about the surveillance of Americans' internat...

Civil Liberties Groups Seek To Cut Red Tape To Defend Alleged Terrorist

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Two civil liberties groups went to court Tuesday to challenge a requirement that they get a government license before mounting a le...

Take Action on IVAWA Now to End Violence Against Women

Ramona Ripston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ramona Ripston

The ACLU of Southern California is joining hundreds of women's NGOs around the world in calling for the enactment of this bill, known as International Violence Against Women Act.

On The Cusp of History

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Anyone who works on reforming the criminal justice system can attest to the fact that such efforts often take years of commitment and dedication befor...

U.S. House Votes to Crack Down on Animal Crush Videos

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Animal cruelty is a vice, and more people than ever realize that it is a form of social pathology. The people who commit these acts are a danger not only to animals, but also to our communities.

Shirley Sherrod and All Workers Deserve To Have Their Voices Protected

Arlene Holt Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene Holt Baker

All across the nation, people are watching the case of Shirley Sherrod, who was asked to resign as Georgia state director for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of an edited video clip.

No More Intimidation Tactics: A Wake-Up Call for Utah

Karen McCreary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen McCreary

The anonymous compiling of secret lists and the watchful, spying eyes of vigilante groups is cowardly and antithetical to long-established American ideals of liberty and individual sovereignty.

Supermax Prisons: Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading

David C. Fathi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David C. Fathi

The ACLU has been bringing challenges to supermax prisons for over a decade, and what we've found is troubling. The official line is that these prisons are reserved for the "worst of the worst" but most states have only a few such prisoners.

ACLU Demands Religiously Owned Hospitals Provide Emergency Reproductive Health Care

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

In a dramatic and much needed move, the America Civil Liberties Union has demanded that the federal government step in and require religiously sponsored hospitals to stop endangering women's lives by denying them emergency reproductive health care.