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Scott Walker Signs Strict Abortion Bill

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed a contentious Republican bill Friday that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultras...

Obama: Like Nixon, But Worse

Timothy Karr | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

While Nixon broke the law to attack dissenting voices, Obama has distorted it to the same effect. And he's taken his powers much, much further -- misinterpreting outdated or poorly written laws to claim his administration's authority to spy on almost anyone who uses modern technology to communicate.

Mom Who Had Baby Taken Thanks To Poppy Seed Bagel Settles Suit

AP | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics

PITTSBURGH — A woman who had her newborn taken away because she failed a hospital drug test after she ate a poppy seed bagel has settled a lawsu...

From Disappointment to Triumph, in Two Short Days

Hector Villagra | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Hector Villagra

This week is a reminder that, while our country has made incredible progress since 1996 -- when Congress passed DOMA, we must also safeguard those gains we have made since 1965 -- when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act.

Carolina Moreno

Mobile App Allows Users To Report Racial Profiling

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.19.2013 | Latino Voices

Critics of Arizona’s SB 1070 have found a new way of fighting the controversial law -- technology. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Unio...

Trust Me: Political Spying + Computers = Big Brother

Jeff Cohen | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

If Bradley Manning can be charged with "aiding the enemy" for leaking evidence of war crimes to the public, is it a big jump for the spies to electronically monitor the 70,000 of us who've signed a petition saying that Manning is a hero?

Freedom to Work and the New LGBT Advocacy Paradigm

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

National organizations that are structured more like campaigns, or that serve one particular community or cause, along with the legal organizations and the research organizations, have been increasingly effective relative to the multi-issue organizations. The question is why.

NYPD Sued Over Muslim Surveillance Program

AP | ADAM GOLDMAN and EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 08.18.2013 | New York

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights lawyers say they plan to ask a federal judge to declare the New York Police Department's spying programs directed at Muslim...

Gitmo Diary: Now On Trial, Spiral Notebooks

ProPublica | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
ProPublica

On October 12, 2000, a skiff pulled up alongside the U.S.S. Cole, docked in Aden, Yemen, and blew up. Nearly 13 years on, prosecutors and defense lawyers are still in pre-trial hearings, arguing over spiral notebooks, whether a dead man can testify, and dozens of other legal questions.

The Lighter Side of Government Surveillance

Scott Blakeman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Scott Blakeman

As a progressive, anti-Patriot Act, ACLU supporter, I still find myself among the majority of Americans who are not outraged by the latest revelations of NSA surveillance. It's not for lack of trying.

Danielle Schlanger

Congressman's Criticisms Of Patriot Act Misuse May Be Unfounded

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the congressman who helped author The Patriot Act in 2001, has been largely critical of the Obama administration for ...

The Death Penalty Is Premeditated, Unconstitutional Murder

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.13.2013 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The Supreme Court got it right in 1972. The death penalty does violate the Constitution, because it is cruel and unusual punishment. And here's why.

Gitmo Diary: Visiting the U.S.'s Most Infamous Courtroom

ProPublica | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
ProPublica

Compliant detainees, we're told, are not shackled. The wires of computers and microphones run through the furniture so that, our guide says, they cannot be used as a weapon.

The War Within: Time for Action

Lorraine Roe | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Lorraine Roe

Here's one American picking up the phone. I realize that when I call on my Verizon cell-phone, someone may be listening in on the conversation without my consent. That's exactly why it's time for action.

New Law Could Allow Cops To Seize Cell Phones

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

A New Jersey lawmaker wants to enable police to search a driver’s cell phone immediately after a crash to see if the phone contributed to the accide...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama's Justice Department Slammed For Claiming Courts Have No Role In Drones Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two civil liberties organizations suing the U.S. government for killing three Americans in drone strikes slammed the Obama administratio...

Contentious Abortion Measure Faces Legal Challenges

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 11 (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit...

ACLU Sues Obama

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration, challenging the co...

Nude 'Pope' Case May Be Drawing To A Close

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.10.2013 | College

PITTSBURGH — A Carnegie Mellon University student who dressed as a half-nude pope in a parade can have an indecent exposure charge dropped again...

Let the Debates Begin

Hector Villagra | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics
Hector Villagra

The debate we are now having about government surveillance has become possible only because of "unauthorized disclosures" to the press. It is scandalous that the president didn't see the need for the debate earlier, and bring it to the public's attention himself.

America's Take On the Fourth Amendment and the NSA

Michel Floyd | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Michel Floyd

The original revelations about spying on the AP have been overshadowed by the recent confirmations of the NSA's long suspected and extensive domestic spying activities. The opinion of the public appears to be strongly in favor of improved privacy protections.

New Yorkers Unite in Support of Colorado Gay Couple Refused a Wedding Cake

Denise Oliveira | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Denise Oliveira

New Yorkers are coming together to support the ACLU, which will be representing a gay couple whose request for a wedding cake was turned down by a Colorado bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop. I spoke with ACLU Colorado lawyer Sara Rich to get more details about the legal action.

The Startling Cost Of Enforcing Marijuana Laws

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business

States together spent somewhere around $3.6 billion enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010, according to a new study by the American Civil Liber...

Elise Foley

Border Patrol Sued Over Deportations

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the federal government Tuesday over its voluntary departures program, through whic...

ACLU Report: Racist Marijuana Laws Target Blacks

Tom Angell | Posted 08.04.2013 | Crime
Tom Angell

While marijuana use rates between blacks and whites are comparable, blacks are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.