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Blog Profile / Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the ACLU

Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Human Rights
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Archived Since:July 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

British Spying Is Our Problem, Too

The chilling effect of surveillance may be spreading across the Atlantic. We learned last week that GCHQ – the U.K. equivalent of the NSA – permits its employees to target the communications of journalists and lawyers. That revelation...Show More Summary

The U.N. Puts America on the Hot Seat for Torture

The eyes of the international community will be focused on the United States this week. Government representatives will appear before the U.N. Committee against Torture to defend U.S. compliance with the anti-torture treaty the United States ratified 20 years ago. This marks the first U.N. Show More Summary

I Was Arrested for Voting

On Election Day in 2013, I took my four children with me to watch me register to vote and cast my ballot in a city election in my small town in Iowa. Earlier that day, my daughter's class learned about the meaning of democracy and the...Show More Summary

If America Is Going to Reveal the Truth About Torture, Obama Must End Gitmo’s Cover-Up Court

This piece originally appeared at The Guardian. When the Senate's long delayed torture report is finally released – if the new, Republican-controlled Senate releases it at all – the international conversation will rightly focus on the CIA torture program's stunning strategic and moral failures, and the impunity granted so far to its architects. Show More Summary

Red State Myth Busting: North Dakota Voters Resoundingly Reject Restrictions on Abortion and Other Health Care

If you stand up for the health and dignity of women and families, you may see little to celebrate in Tuesday's election, but there are still bright spots. One of the brightest is North Dakota, where voters roundly rejected an extreme...Show More Summary

Uncle Sam's Databases of Suspicion

This piece originally ran at It began with an unexpected rapping on the front door. When Wiley Gill opened up, no one was there. Suddenly, two police officers appeared, their guns drawn, yelling, "Chico Police Department." "I...Show More Summary

The Fight to Take Back Our Genes Moves to Canada

The fight against gene patents has migrated north. In the first challenge to gene patents in Canada, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario earlier this week brought suit against the University of Utah for trying to claim monopoly...Show More Summary

Voters Tell Politicians, "Just Let Us Vote"

We've seen a wave of voter suppression laws across the country in recent years, which many have rightly characterized as a cynical attempt by politicians to manipulate the rules of the game. Yesterday, however, we heard directly from...Show More Summary

Keep it Simple With Net Neutrality

Chairman Tom Wheeler at the Federal Communications Commission is moving in the right direction toward true net neutrality. He deserves some plaudits for abandoning the deeply flawed proposal put forward last May, which would have allowed...Show More Summary

Legislating Catcalling Comes With Real Risks

The piece below was first published as part of the New York Times Room for Debate feature "Do We Need a Law Against Catcalling?" The debate used this conversation starter: Hollaback!, an anti-street harassment organization, releasedShow More Summary

Yep, Uncle Sam Still Wants to Log Your Calls

Today, in a hushed courtroom in Washington, D.C., not far from the now-empty halls of Congress, a federal appeals court heard arguments in Klayman v. Obama, a challenge to the NSA's bulk collection of telephone metadata first revealed by Edward Snowden. Show More Summary

Ferguson's No-Media Zone Extended to the Skies

It appears the Federal Aviation Authority may have fallen into the " constitutional sinkhole " that is Ferguson, Missouri. Earlier this week, the Associated Press released an alarming set of documents revealing the FAA's decision toShow More Summary

The Government is in Pursuit of a Less Secure Internet

A government proposal to change the rules for obtaining search warrants risks making all of us more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The FBI wants to be able to infect computers with malware when it doesn't know where exactly they're located. Show More Summary

Blacking Out the Vote

This was originally posted on The Huffington Post. Voters are facing an ugly surprise on their way to the voting booth on Tuesday. What most people don't realize is that since 2006, some 34 state legislatures have worked diligently to...Show More Summary

Victims of Crime No Longer Have to Fear Calling 911 in Pennsylvania

No one should be afraid to call 911 when facing danger in their home. Yet, across the country, towns and cities have passed local laws – often called nuisance or crime free ordinances – that punish property owners and push for eviction of their tenants when residents seek police and emergency aid. Show More Summary

This Election Season, the ACLU Won Three of Five Against the Vote Suppressors

When voters in three states go to the polls tomorrow, they won’t have to deal with unnecessary burdens and restrictions before stepping into the voting booth and pulling the curtain behind them. That’s because, in the run up to tomorrow’s election the ACLU challenged five voter suppression laws in various parts of the country. Show More Summary

Louisiana Blocks Ebola Scientists From Meeting in New Orleans in Latest Counterproductive Over-Reaction

The state of Louisiana has informed the organizers of a scientific conference that Ebola researchers who have recently returned from West Africa would not be permitted to travel to New Orleans for the conference—and would be quarantined if they showed up (official letter here). Show More Summary

Victory! New Legal Representation for Those Lost in Detention

Mario had a long history of mental illness prior to landing in immigration custody. He struggled with schizophrenia and had attempted suicide in the past. Despite this, none of the various immigration officials who came into contactShow More Summary

Why is the Government Trying to Kill This Iran Defamation Suit?

Q: Why is the government trying to shut down a Greek billionaire's defamation suit against an influential anti-Iran advocacy group? A: It's a secret. United Against Nuclear Iran is a prominent nongovernmental organization that seeks to influence U.S. Show More Summary

"CITIZENFOUR": The Evolution of Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Filmmaker Laura Poitras, director of CITIZENFOUR, sits down with Anthony Romero, ACLU executive director, to discuss her film, the surveillance state, and Edward Snowden. Anthony Romero: Your film offers an understanding of Ed Snowden and the NSA revelations in a way that we can't fully do in paper and writing. Show More Summary

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