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NSA releases decade’s worth of damaging intelligence reports in Christmas Eve document dump

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

At approximately 1:30 p.m. EST on Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from the American Civil Liberties Union by releasing more than a decade’s worth of incriminating quarterly and annual reports, David Lerman at Bloomberg News...

Hell Of A Christmas News Dump, Fellas

Merry Christmas from the NSA.  It seems the Puzzle Palace has 12 years’ worth of presents to give to Americans. The NSA, responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, released a series of...Show More Summary

Seattle Police Union President Vows to Fight for Discredited Disciplinary Process

5 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Anna Minard Ron Smith says appeals of disciplinary decisions on police misconduct shouldn't go through the Public Safety Civil Service Commission, which he calls a "kangaroo court." Concerned about whether cops get held accountable for...Show More Summary

Indiana school says students can’t form gay-straight alliance — now they’re fighting the ACLU

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is stepping in to help a trio of Indiana high school students establish a gay-straight alliance (GSA) group at their school. According to the Greencastle, Indiana Banner-Graphic, the administration at North Putnam High School in Roachdale has denied the...

De Blasio & Bratton Say Police Unions Will Shut Up (For Now)

In an effort to prevent New York City from devolving into an even more bitterly polarized screamopolis, Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton have asked the same thing of the police unions as they have of the civil rights protesters: hold off for awhile. Show More Summary

ACLU, Human Rights Watch call on Eric Holder to appoint special prosecutor to investigate CIA torture

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

U.S. civil rights groups on Monday called on the U.S. Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA’s use of torture and other extreme measures during interrogations. The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Attorney General...

DC Journo Sues St. Louis County Over Ferguson Arrest

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Gerald Yingst, a Washington-based reporter for News2Share, against St. Louis County and St. Louis Police Lieutenant James Vollmer for allegedly violating his rights by arresting him while covering the protests in Ferguson, The St. Show More Summary

Poland Rejects Civil Unions

last weekLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

By a vote of 235-185, Polish lawmakers have rejected placing a civil unions bill on the agenda for the coming legislative session. This is the third consecutive year that such an action was rejected. The 2013 attempt to pass a civil partnerships bill failed to advance by 17 votes.

FLORIDA: ACLU Files SCOTUS Response To Bondi's Stay Demand

last weekLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

From the ACLU Of Florida: The American Civil Liberties Union filed a response at the United States Supreme Court today stating that the Court should reject Florida’s request for further extension of the stay placed on a federal court’s decision that struck down Florida’s ban on allowing and recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples. Show More Summary

Ferguson-area school district strips power from black voters, ACLU says

The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against a school district that serves Ferguson, Mo., alleging that the district disenfranchises black voters.

Florida judge grants petition for state’s first same-sex divorce

last weekNews : The Raw Story

A south Florida judge on Wednesday granted what is believed to be the state’s first official same-sex divorce to a woman who entered into a civil union in Vermont, her attorney said. The divorce was approved by Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen during a court hearing in Broward County, after he...

ACLU Appeals Decision Which Created Immunity for FBI Agents Involved in Torturing US Citizens Abroad

The American Civil Liberties Union has appealed a federal district court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an American citizen who alleges he was detained and tortured by FBI agents in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in violation of his constitutional rights. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, ruled in [...]

Court-appointed panel to monitor Los Angeles county jails

last weekNews : The Newsroom

(Reuters) - A court-appointed panel will begin to oversee the Los Angeles County jail system, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Tuesday, as part of a settlement to a 2012 class-action lawsuit that alleged sheriff's deputies beat inmates. Show More Summary

What Union Meant Abroad

I arrived home today to find a review copy of Don H. Doyle’s new book, The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War, waiting for me. As I was perusing the introduction I came across this passage, which I thought was appropriate for sharing given the last post and the […]

150 years ago today: A union victory in the Battle of Nashville.

"The Battle of Nashville was a two-day battle in the Franklin-Nashville Campaign that represented the end of large-scale fighting in the Western Theater of the American Civil War."Federal casualties in the battle were 387 killed, 2,562 wounded, and 112 missing. Show More Summary

What Union Meant

I’ve said it before that I often find it difficult to teach my students the concept of Union as it was understood during the Civil War era by the vast majority of Americans. We have some sense of why white Southerners took up arms for the Confederacy. It’s a tangible explanation that each of us […]

WATCH: Arkansas Governor Seeks Flimsy Marriage Compromise

Outgoing Governor Mike Beebe says he's willing to consider civil unions, but it's too little, too late. read more

Gay Marriage News Watch: SC, AR, Hillary Clinton - VIDEO

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

AFER's Matt Baume reports on South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson's continued efforts to stop same-sex marriages in his state, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe hinting at supporting civil unions, Hillary Clinton winning Grindr's "Straight Ally of the Year" Award and...

Civil Liberties

Here's an extract from the diary I kept during the months leading up to my departure from Unison as the union's chief negotiator and Head of Local Government in Scotland. The background is that I had resigned my membership of the Labour...Show More Summary

Protestors march on Apple campus over labor dispute for contract workers

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson and union leaders led a group of 100 demonstrators onto Apple's Cupertino, California campus in an effort to urge the Mac-maker to implement better conditions for contract workers. In addition to...Show More Summary

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