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The Week That Was

This has been quite a week for the ACLU and for civil liberties. On Monday, the federal government released a previously secret memo setting forth the Justice Department's legal rationale for the drone killing of Anwar al-Aulaqi, an American citizen living in Yemen. Show More Summary

What Americans Think of the Poor

The Pew Research Center has released one of their periodic Political Typology studies, and as usual it contains a wealth of fascinating data on what people think about a whole range of issues. One of the most useful things about it is...Show More Summary

WTF Friday, 6/27/2014

Guys, it’s official. Leggings are NOT pants. The Iranian parliament says so. And in other news of things that are not other things, Zambian president Michael Sata is NOT Chuck Norris. Carry on with your weekend. (H/T: Ben in Lusaka … Continue reading ?

Un-American Justice: Chilling Scenes from a Southwest Courtroom

Imagine a courtroom where the accused face a judge 50 at a time. They are handcuffed, and their feet are chained together. The judge calls them before the bench in groups of eight to face the charges. His message to the group: either plead guilty to a misdemeanor, or face felony charges and a certain federal prison sentence of up to 20 years. Show More Summary

How Egypt’s New Regime is Silencing Civil Society

Somewhere in Egypt, Hosni Mubarak must be smiling, knowing that three years after his downfall, he has won after all.

The Drone Program Could Be Putting the Whole World at Risk

The Obama's administration's lethal drone program threatens to set a "dangerous precedent" for other nations to follow and to put the United States on a "slippery slope" toward perpetual war, according to a bipartisan panel that includes...Show More Summary


A Sudanese woman whose death sentence for marrying a Christian was overturned has been released from detention again, after she was held at Khartoum airport on Tuesday.

The Science of Torture

"I never thought I was going to see anything like that in a living human being."

Why China Has Strikes Without Unions

Protesters from labor organizations hold banners and placards during a protest to support workers on strike at Yue Yuen Industrial ( Holdings ) Ltd, at an Adidas office at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Workers...Show More Summary


Detroit is trying to work itself out of bankruptcy. One way is to try to collect past water bills. Those who don’t pay up are being cut off in record numbers. Some 50,000 customers losing water. Prompting protests. Water, the demonstrators say, is a human right. Fox 2 News Headlines

How We Can Stop Gun Violence and Save Lives

Horrific events that have rocked our nation have yet to bring about the changes needed to make our public spaces safer.

Another Day, Another 124 Violent SWAT Raids

It's 3:00 a.m. Your children are screaming and your dog is lying dead in a pool of blood. Scorch marks and shattered glass cover the floor. You're being held at gunpoint by towering figures wearing black and holding AK-47s. This isn't a Hollywood movie set. Show More Summary

The Implications of the Supreme Court's Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ruling

Today, in McCullen v. Coakley, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts statute that created a "buffer zone" enabling women to access reproductive health clinics without interference.  As with the ruling on the EPA and Greenhouse gases from earlier in the week, however, the decision could have been much worse. Show More Summary

Why #BringBackOurGirls Isn't Enough

When Boko Haram kidnapped girls in Nigeria, the Obama administration was quick to voice its strong opposition. Social media sprang into action, with millions—including the First Lady and many members of Congress—participating in theShow More Summary

How the Supreme Court Could Have Ruled in Riley

Privacy advocates are celebrating the Supreme Court’s recognition in yesterday’s Riley v. California ruling that, as some have succinctly put it, “digital is different.” Chief Justice Roberts’s 9-0 opinion in the case is straightforward and persuasive. Show More Summary

Can the U.S. Stop Drones From Creating a More Dangerous World?

In an op-ed in today's Washington Post, retired Army general John Abizaid and Rosa Brooks, a former Defense Department official, warn that "[t]he United States' drone policies damage its credibility, undermine the rule of law and create...Show More Summary

Start Now: 6 Ways You Can Help #StopTorture

Torture happens here - so the fight to #StopTorture has to start here. Here are 6 ways you can join us in that fight.

3 Ways You Can Help End Torture in the Philippines

Torture is illegal in the Philippines. Yet Philippine police and military continue to use torture to extract information.

5 Torture Myths Debunked

Real life doesn’t look like "24" or "Zero Dark Thirty" - even in the U.S., torture is mostly practiced as a means of dehumanizing enemies.

One Year After DOMA: A Conversation with Edie Windsor

Edie Windsor, with the ACLU's help, fought to have her marriage to her partner of 44 years respected by the federal government. And she won! It's hard to believe it's been a year since the Supreme Court struck down the discriminatory...Show More Summary

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