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The Reign of Terror Ends at LA County Jails

For many years there's been an entrenched culture of savage deputy-on-inmate violence Los Angeles County Jails – violence as extreme as anything we've seen in decades of investigating some of the most notorious jails and prisons in the nation. Beatings that left inmates with shattered bones, eye sockets, and teeth were commonplace. Show More Summary

Detained for the Holidays

This fall, Zadia and her son Jose came to the United States to escape years of physical abuse by her common-law husband. With the help of members of their church, Zadia and Jose fled Honduras. But rather than find refuge, they have been...Show More Summary

After Torture Report, Lawsuit Tests U.S. Commitment to Accountability

A week after the release of the executive summary of Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report, the world's attention is rightly focused on the flagrant abuses committed by CIA officials in the name of national security. But itShow More Summary

Those Who Approved Torture Shouldn't Be Above the Law

This piece originally appeared at MSNBC.com. The Senate report released earlier this week makes clear that the CIA tortured more men, and far more brutally, than anyone outside the intelligence community previously understood. GivenShow More Summary

The Great Budget Sellout of 2014: Do We Even Have a Second Party?

  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) For in the great budget sellout of December 2014, fully 57 House Democrats voted with the Republicans to narrowly pass this deal. Key Senate Democrats close to Wall Street, such as Chuck Schumer of New...Show More Summary

Will D.C.'s Pot Legalization Fall Prey to Meddling Congress?

It’s not like Representative Andy Harris didn’t warn us. When District of Columbia voters last month overwhelmingly passed Initiative 71, the ballot measure to legalize marijuana in the District, the Maryland Republican threatened to use “all resources available to a member of Congress to stop this action.” And when it comes to preventing D.C. Show More Summary

Racial Profiling: The Devil is in the Details…or the Footnotes.

On December 8, 2014, the Department of Justice released its revised “Guidance on the Use of Race” by law enforcement officials.  Just in time for Human Rights Day (and you thought the feds only cared about the Constitution). The revised … Please continue reading.

What’s behind the arrests in Turkey?

A wave of arrests Sunday morning shook Turkey and made headline news throughout the world.  The arrests, which are part of a broad campaign against the Gülen Movement, were hardly a surprise.  A twitter user had leaked information about it some … Please continue reading.

Now Can Torture Survivor Khaled El-Masri Have His Apology?

The CIA's unlawful detention and torture of Khaled El-Masri has left him "a broken man," according to a McClatchy article published yesterday. The story of El-Masri, an ACLU client, is especially poignant following the release of the Senate torture report summary – and the CIA response to it. Show More Summary

ACLU to Congress: We Need a Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill

Did you know that there are just 18 states that have explicit workplace non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, or that a mere 13 states have such protections in place for LGBT students? On Tuesday, the director of the ACLU's...Show More Summary

A Supply-Demand Curve for Privacy

I recently wrote about a some polling that Pew did on privacy, and its finding that Americans have very low confidence in the privacy and security of electronic communications channels. On further reflection, it occurs to me that when...Show More Summary

Harrowing Tales of the Wrongly Deported: How Border Patrol Officers Flout the Law and Destroy Lives

This was originally posted on The American Prospect. In 2008, Nydia, a transgender woman, fled physical and sexual attacks in Mexico and was granted asylum in the United States. She was saving money to apply for lawful permanent residence (a "green card") when, in 2010, her mother died. Show More Summary

Judge orders blood transfusion for Jehovah’s Witness child

An NHS Trust v Child B and Mr and Mrs B [2014] EWHC 3486 (Fam) – read judgment I posted earlier this year a discussion of Ian McEwan’s pellucid and moving account of the difficulties encountered by judges when steering between the rock of parental faith and the hard place of children’s best interests (The Children […]

Brinksmanship and the Return of Financial Crisis

A government shutdown once again loomed, and familiar deadlines and ultimatums flew around Washington. And Congress just used the threat to loosen the rules created in the wake of the financial crisis, a victory for Wall Street banks...Show More Summary

Shakedown: Border Patrol’s “Confiscation” of Migrants’ Money, IDs, Cellphones Exposes Them to Danger After Deportation

One of the cornerstones of American law is the right to property. That protection, however, doesn't seem to apply if you're a migrant. A report released this week by the Tucson-based humanitarian organization No More Deaths details the...Show More Summary

The Continuing Story of Congressional Meddling: The Obstruction of DC's Pot Legalization

It’s not like Representative Andy Harris didn’t warn us. When District of Columbia voters last month overwhelmingly passed Initiative 71, the ballot measure to legalize marijuana in the District, the Maryland Republican threatened to use “all resources available to a member of Congress to stop this action.” And when it comes to preventing D.C. Show More Summary

What Did the CIA’s Torture Program Have to Do With Intelligence Gathering? Not Much.

One of the most important takeaways from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report summary is that senior CIA personnel – which the report refers to as CIA headquarters – knew from the very beginning that torture was unlawful...Show More Summary

Report: Bob Jones University Responded to Rape Claims with Woeful Ignorance of the Law, Often Blaming Victims

W ith multiple publications still gleefully dissecting the failures of a recent Rolling Stone exposé on campus rape, granting rape skeptics an unusually warm national spotlight, a new report from an unlikely corner of American culture...Show More Summary

CIA Agents Said "No" to Torture

The Senate report released earlier this week is mainly about the CIA personnel who authorized and used torture. But the report also includes references to CIA personnel who raised concerns about the torture policies. CIA personnel raised concerns with the agency’s inspector general. Show More Summary

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