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Historic Ruling Puts Justice Within Reach for CIA Torture Victims

More and more, it looks like CIA torture survivors will have their day in court. CIA torture victims are a big step closer to accountability. A federal judge has ruled against two CIA contract psychologists, James Mitchell and John Bruce...Show More Summary

Denying a Cadet Her Right to Wear Hijab Will Not ‘Make America Great’

Officials at the Citadel should respect religious freedom and allow a Muslim student to wear hijab. Should a Muslim woman who enrolls as a cadet at the Citadel, a public military college in South Carolina, be permitted to wear hijab with her uniform?   One student cadet at the Citadel doesn’t think so. Show More Summary

What’s Driving Religious Discrimination at the Alabama DMV?

I am a Christian woman who follows the Biblical instruction on headscarves, and the state of Alabama should respect that. I have always been a spiritual being. Even as a young child I would spend countless hours delving into the tattered pages of my Bible. Show More Summary

Texas Courts Rely on “Of Mice and Men” to Define Intellectual Disability and Sentence People to Death

Bobby James Moore has an intellectual disability, yet he sits on death row because of deeply unscientific evidence. This piece originally appeared at Salon. Bobby James Moore has a lifelong intellectual disability, yet he sits on Texas’s...Show More Summary

The Government Breaks Its Streak of Cutting Off CIA Torture Lawsuits

It’s a first in the fight for accountability. This was first published in The Boston Globe. W hile President Obama  acted quickly to dismantle the CIA’s torture program when he took office, his administration has consistently shut the courthouse doors to the victims. Show More Summary

Federal Court: Trans Kids Can’t Be Kicked Out of the Restroom

A federal appeals court ruled squarely in favor of transgender people and equality. A federal appeals court weighed in yesterday in the nation’s ongoing conversation about restrooms and transgender people, ruling squarely in favor of transgender people and equality.  Gavin Grimm is a junior in high school in Gloucester, Virginia. Show More Summary

4 Ways Border Patrol Union’s Trump Endorsement Is Filled With Lies and Misinformation

The National Border Patrol Council claims it gets no support from Washington despite bigger budgets and more agents. Last month, the National Border Patrol Council — the union representing 16,500 of the Border Patrol’s 21,000 agentsShow More Summary

Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills Have Nothing to Do With Privacy and Everything To Do With Fear and Hatred

Using the state to force trans people to use the wrong bathroom is the very opposite of limited government. This piece originally appeared at The Huffington Post.    If social conservatives in Tennessee  get their way, the state will...Show More Summary

The Oregon Department of Justice Trains Agents on How to Break the Law

A training slide reveals that the DOJ instructs agents to 'use creativity' and 'articulate reasonable suspicion in some way.' This blog originally appeared on the ACLU of Oregon website. After about five months of waiting, the Oregon...Show More Summary

The Oregon Department of Justice’s Illegal Surveillance Shows It Lives Inside a Bubble of Bias

Because tweeting the logo of hip-hop legends Public Enemy doesn't remotely constitute a threat to police. This blog originally appeared on the ACLU of Oregon website. The state of Oregon last week finally released the long awaited report on its Department of Justice’s surveillance of people using the Black Lives Matter hashtag among others. Show More Summary

An Internal Report on Oregon’s Illegal Surveillance of Black Lives Matter on Twitter Leaves Us With More Questions Than Answers

The investigative report concludes an agent was out of compliance when he spied on the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag. This blog originally appeared on the ACLU of Oregon's website.  Last week a report on the surveillance of Black Lives Matter...Show More Summary

How the Clarence Thomas Confirmation Hearings Changed How America Talks About Sexual Harassment

The ACLU's Gillian Thomas talks with Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the cultural resonance of Anita Hill. This conversation originally appeared at Slate.  On Saturday, HBO will premiere the film "Confirmation"  starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill and Wendell Pierce as then-judge, now–Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Show More Summary

The Government’s Unprecedented Position in CIA Torture Lawsuit Is Very Good News

In a first, the government isn’t trying to block justice for CIA torture victims. Those responsible for the CIA torture program have never had to face their victims’ claims in a U.S. court because the government has always shielded the perpetrators. Show More Summary

Pulling the Trigger: An Interview With the 'Eye in the Sky' Filmmaker Gavin Hood

The director of the drone thriller discusses the moral ambiguity of America’s targeted killing program. I had the opportunity recently to see Gavin Hood’s new film, “Eye in the Sky,” at a screening hosted by Reprieve.  The film weaves...Show More Summary

Immigrants Shouldn’t Be Locked Up for Being Poor

A new class-action lawsuit challenges locking up immigrants too poor to pay bond. In the federal criminal bail system, judges are required to consider someone’s financial ability to pay a bond and determine if alternative conditionsShow More Summary

Another Privacy Canary in the Coal Mines?

When Sen. Ron Wyden calls out the government for its dubious legal interpretations, we should all listen very carefully. Far too often, when the ACLU fights for the disclosure of a government record under the Freedom of Information Act, we have a strong feeling that the government isn’t giving us or the court the whole truth. Show More Summary

A Voting Precedent Every State Should Follow

RI is the first state to enact a law requiring online voter registration to be fully accessible to people with disabilities. Rhode Island’s lawmakers are celebrating the signing of a new online voter registration law. But Rhode Island...Show More Summary

When Hatred Is Just Around the Corner

Anti-Muslim discrimination can happen in the strangest of places. At a time of rising anti-Muslim rhetoric and discrimination, communities nationwide are coming together to push back. This is the sixth in a blog series titled "FaithShow More Summary

The Darkest Hour Is Just Before the Dawn

A few cruel weeks of anti-trans discrimination shouldn’t make the LGBT community lose sight of the obvious: We’ll win. “What if it was your daughter who was the target of this bill?” For a moment a few weeks ago, it seemed like lawmakers...Show More Summary

How Constitutional Change Happens: Q&A With David Cole

The author of “Engines of Liberty” talks with the ACLU about the power of citizen activists to change the law. The following is a Q&A with David Cole, civil liberties litigator, law professor, recipient of the ACLU’s inaugural Norman...Show More Summary

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