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ACLU Criticizes Obama Torture-Prosecution Policy | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On the same day that President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, the nation's foremost civil liberties group criticized his administration's refus...

Supreme Court Rules Against ACLU In Case Of Detainee Abuse Photos

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown out an appeals court ruling ordering the disclosure of photographs of detainees being abused by their ...

Robert Gates Bars Release Of Torture Photos

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has used powers granted to him by a controversial new law to block the court-ordered release of numerous photos of deta...

Human Rights Watch Should Not Be Criticized for Doing Its Job

Aryeh Neier | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aryeh Neier

Human Rights Watch has an immense amount of experience in all parts of the world in fact-gathering and getting the story right. That is why its reporting matters.

Justice Scalia's Cross

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Justice Scalia takes umbrage at the suggestion that an eight-foot-high Christian cross, erected as a memorial to soldiers killed in military service, violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.

A Decision Whose Time Has Come: Constitution Protects Women in Prison From Unsafe Shackling During Labor And Delivery

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

Last week, in a historic ruling, a federal Court of Appeals held that the U.S. Constitution protects pregnant women in prison from the inhumane practice of shackling during labor.

Cynthia Nixon Fights for Florida Families

Charles Perez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Perez

"This is about all the families that never were and all the families that still can be," said actress Cynthia Nixon, along with the ACLU, launched a three year campaign to reverse Florida's ban on gay adoption.

Police Taser Rules: Federal Appeals Court Issues Ruling On Use Of Tasers

McClatchy | Hudson Sangree and Kim Minugh | Sacramento Bee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A federal appeals court on Monday issued one of the most comprehensive rulings yet limiting police use of Tasers against low-level offenders who seem ...

Morris Davis, Top Congressional Researcher On Afghanistan Fired | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The top congressional official who oversees research on foreign policy and defense issues, including the war in Afghanistan, has been fired from his j...

ACLU Attorney Who Fought For Miranda Rights Rules Against the Poor

Auburn McCanta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Auburn McCanta

The attorney who introduced the concept of Miranda rights into U.S. legal doctrine ruled this month that poor church members can't eat pancakes before a worship service.

The Mustache Movement

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jerry Zezima

I may not be British, but for the past three decades, I have kept a stiff upper lip. Now, after all these years of hair-raising adventure, I am celebrating the 30th anniversary of my mustache.

Death Toll Increases to Over 5,000 and Counting

Mary Ann West | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mary Ann West

The deaths of unauthorized migrants have been a predictable and inhumane outcome of border security policies on the U.S.-Mexico border over the last fifteen years.

Law & Order Tackles Accountability for Torture. Will We Have It in Real Life?

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

Jack McCoy isn't afraid to hold members of the Bush administration accountable for torture. Now the question is, in real life, will Attorney General Holder rise to the occasion?

The Torture Report

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

Five years after Abu Ghraib, the Defense Department is still withholding photographs showing prisoners being abused at other facilities, as well as interrogation directives used by special forces.

Court Rules That Pizza Shop Must Pay For 340-Pound Employee's Weight Loss Surgery

AP | CHARLES WILSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana court has ruled that a pizza shop must pay for a 340-pound employee's weight-loss surgery to ensure the success of ano...

White Rivers, Brown Skin, and Black Deeds: Into the Rabbit Hole of Border Detentions and Racial Profiling

Hamdan Azhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hamdan Azhar

The evil of profiling is that it dehumanizes its victims, stripping them of their individuality. The border officials didn't see me as a writer or as a wide-eyed student in the grip of wanderlust.

Remembering a Fighter for Freedom

Michelle Pilecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Pilecki

Larry Frankel spent his professional life as a legislative lobbyist for the ACLU. That means that Larry worked behind the scenes with both "left" and "right" legislators to protect the civil rights.

Four Years Later, Let's End the Human Rights Crisis in KatrinaRitaVille

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

The federal government still has a long fight ahead to make good on promises to rebuild a stronger, safer and more equitable Gulf Coast.

New CIA Docs Detail Brutal "Extraordinary Rendition" Process

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Scott Horton Special to the Huffington Post Deep among the documents released to the ACLU on Monday afternoon was a curious memo dated 30 Decembe...

Why the Florida Gay Adoption Ban Is Immoral

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

The ACLU is back in court in Florida challenging the constitutionality of that state's thirty-year old law which prohibits lesbians and gay men from adopting.

Torture Report From 2004 Released by CIA (Help Read Through It)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the CIA has been forced by the ACLU to release its report on Bush-era interrogation operations written by former...

The Olson/Boies Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit: Too Much, Too Soon?

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

The question no longer is whether the lawsuit should be brought, but whether it will succeed.

Bagram Isn't The New Guantanamo, It's The Old Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

From what I have been able to gather about the workings of Bagram, I have no reason to conclude that the prison is now being run according to the Geneva Conventions.

Stop Beating Students with Disabilities in Schools

Alice Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alice Farmer

Corporal punishment causes pain, humiliation, and in some cases deep bruising or other serious injury; it also can have long-lasting psychological consequences.

Tortured Logic

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

2009-08-06-aclupull.jpgIn "Tortured Logic," a video released by the ACLU today, you'll hear well-known people like Oliver Stone, Rosie Perez and Philip Glass, read from those chilling Justice Department torture memos.