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  • ACLU sues MI over transgender driver’s licenses

    05/21/2015 2:48:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    WOODTV - NBC Local ^ | May 21, 2015 | By ED WHITE
    DETROIT — The state of Michigan is being sued over its refusal to change gender identities on driver’s licenses without a new birth certificate. The ACLU says an amended birth certificate in Michigan requires proof of transgender surgery, although most transgender people don’t want surgery. Secretary of State spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau says the agency is following state law.
  • I’m a florist, but I refused to do flowers for my gay friend’s wedding

    05/12/2015 1:05:51 PM PDT · by NRx · 31 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-12-2015 | Barronelle Stutzman
    I’ve been a florist in Richmond, Wash., for more than 30 years. In that time, I’ve developed close relationships with many of my clients. One of my favorites was Rob Ingersoll. Ingersoll came in often and we’d talk. Like me, he had an artistic eye. I’d try to create really special arrangements for him. I knew he was gay, but it didn’t matter — I enjoyed his company and his creativity. Then he asked me to create the floral arrangements for his wedding. I love Rob, and I’d always been happy to design for his special days. But there’s something...
  • ACLU of Idaho Warns Schools of Discriminatory Dress Codes

    05/12/2015 2:47:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 12, 2015
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho is warning that a south-central Idaho school district's dress code is unconstitutional and must be changed. The Cassia County School District is requiring all female students participating in the high school graduation to wear white or pastel dresses. Male graduating students must wear pants and a tie. ACLU Legal Director Richard Eppink says schools that make a distinction between boy and girl dress codes are enforcing gender-stereotyping policies, which violate the state and U.S. Constitution.
  • After riot, school advocates want more money from Hogan, Rawlings-Blake

    05/11/2015 2:35:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 11, 2015 | By Luke Broadwater and Erin Cox
    Education advocates on Monday called on Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to increase funding for the city's schools, arguing the recent rioting in Baltimore shows the money is desperately needed. Without the funds, city schools will be forced to cut teachers, critical programs and student services, the advocates said. "Baltimore is not getting sufficient education funding to provide for all of our children's needs," said Bebe Verdery, education reform director at the ACLU of Maryland. The coalition includes the city's parent-teacher association and the city's charter schools organization, among other groups.
  • Black Spring: The ACLU Joins the Lynch Mob

    05/07/2015 6:38:38 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Matthew Vadum
    The Marxist-founded pressure group gears up to bring the Arab Spring to Baltimore — and the rest of America Cooling down the churning cauldron of mob violence that Baltimore has become is not on the agenda of the ACLU which is now preparing to turn up the heat in cities across America. Following the suspicious death in police custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man with a long rap sheet, angry mobs and radical agitators have turned Maryland’s largest city into a Hobbesian jungle. They were already angry at the endlessly sensationalized deaths in recent years of black males...
  • ACLU Launches "Mobile Justice" Recording App to Film Police

    04/30/2015 9:18:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC ^ | 4/30 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The Mobile Justice app is unique in the sense that it will allow videos captured by the app to be preserved in the case police seize or destroy the device.The ACLU of Northern California launched a free cell phone recording app Thursday which would allow people to record and send videos to their local ACLU affiliates when they feel their rights are being violated by police. The app comes as protests decrying police violence are taking over the country, most recently for the controversial death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died after suffering a spinal cord injury...
  • ACLU Insists Catholic Groups Should Fund Illegals' Abortions

    04/23/2015 4:15:10 PM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 April 2015 | Raven Clabough
    The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the federal government in an effort to force religious organizations to provide abortions and contraception to illegal immigrants. Fox News reports that the lawsuit seeks to obtain government records regarding the reproductive healthcare policies for illegal immigrant children that are currently in the care of federally funded Catholic groups. Depending on the content of those documents, the ACLU said it could take further legal action. “We have heard reports that Catholic bishops are prohibiting Catholic charities from allowing teens in their care to access critical services like contraception and abortion — even if...
  • Congress Just Launched Its First Strike Against Women and LGBT People Under the Guise of Defending

    04/22/2015 5:00:47 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies
    aclu.org ^ | April 22, 2015 | Georgeanne M. Usova
    The U.S. House of Representatives is working hard to legitimize discrimination against gay and transgender people and women. And it's using religious liberty as its smokescreen. That's why leaders in movements for LGBT equality, reproductive freedom, and freedom of religion and belief are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a new effort to oppose any move, at the state or federal level, to use religion to discriminate, including a measure approved by a House committee last night. A committee of the US House of Representatives decided that employees in the District of Columbia could be fired for using in vitro fertilization to start...
  • Woman strip-searched after Frontier Airlines flight settles lawsuit [LOL - Backwards title!!]

    04/21/2015 4:24:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 21, 2015
    A woman of Arab and Jewish descent who was strip-searched at a Detroit-area airport has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed on her behalf, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday The federal government will give Shoshana Hebshi $40,000 as compensation for being humiliated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks after armed agents forced her from a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, made her undress during a search and held her for hours. American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
  • ACLU to Catholics: Give Abortions to Immigrant Children

    04/14/2015 2:49:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Robert Knight
    In its latest attack on religious liberty, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants to force Roman Catholic organizations to provide contraception and abortions to unaccompanied immigrant children pouring over America’s southern border. The ACLU is suing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to obtain documents that it claims show that Catholic relief agencies are not providing abortions or referrals for abortion. It’s part of a national strategy to force faith-based facilities to perform abortions or face ruinous litigation and the loss of government contracts, and it comes despite the Supreme Court’s ruling last June against the ham-handed...
  • Battering religious freedom with abortion - ACLU mounts another attack on Catholic pro-life stance

    04/12/2015 8:05:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2015-04-12 | Robert Knight
    In its latest attack on religious liberty, the American Civil Liberties Union, wants to force Roman Catholic organizations to provide contraception and abortions to unaccompanied immigrant children pouring over America’s southern border.The ACLU is suing the Department of Health and Human Services to obtain documents that it claims show that Catholic relief agencies are not providing abortions or referrals for abortion.
  • ACLU Targets Religious Charities Over Refusing Abortions, Contraception for Immigrant Children

    04/11/2015 9:20:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 10, 2015 - 4:31 PM | Lauretta Brown
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on Apr. 6 against the federal government to obtain “documents related to how groups that are awarded government funding contracts are restricting refugee and undocumented immigrant teenagers’ access to reproductive health services, including contraception and abortion.” The lawsuit is seeking the release of documents from the Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families about contracts awarded to religious groups that are helping unaccompanied minors, many of whom have crossed into the United States from Mexico. Brigitte Amiri, an ACLU senior staff attorney, said that...
  • ACLU Demands Catholic Bishops Provide Abortions for Illegal Minors

    04/10/2015 9:18:05 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2015-04-10 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Religious groups such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are the target of an imminent ACLU lawsuit that hopes to order the federal government to release information about how the groups are awarded government funding contracts to assist illegal unaccompanied minors, yet refuse to allow the minors access to contraception and abortion. According to a press release, the ACLU states, “The U.S. government has committed to providing services to meet the basic needs of these teens. Reports indicate that between 60 and 80 percent of women and girls who cross the border are sexually active.”“Some of these organizations...
  • ACLU Sues to Force Catholic Bishops to Push Abortions on Children of Illegal Immigrants

    04/09/2015 3:10:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | April 9, 2015 | SARAH ZAGORSKI
    The pro-abortion American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the Obama administration for documents it says will show that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is restricting access to abortions for unaccompanied immigrant children.In February 2014, the USCCB objected to a new regulation proposed by the Obama administration that would require contractors to provide access to contraception and abortion for unaccompanied immigrant children who have been raped.  In an official letter, the USCCB as well as World Relief, the National Association of Evangelicals and Catholic Relief Services, explained that the new regulation violates religious liberty, specifically the federal...
  • US Catholic charities forced to disclose whether they provide immigrants with abortions

    04/08/2015 10:17:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 8, 2015
    One of the numerous hostels provided by the Catholic Church for illegal immigrants. This one is in Los Angeles (CNS) Charities providing help to immigrant children must provide contraception to youngsters, according to government regulationsThe American Civil Liberties Union is taking the US federal government to court to find out whether Catholic Charities are providing abortions to illegal immigrants.According to Vox, the ACLU is filing the unusual lawsuit to find out whether illegal unaccompanied migrants have access to contraception and abortion while being cared for by Catholic charities.The Catholic Church works as a federal contractor in its work housing...
  • ACLU sues over abortion rights for illegal immigrants

    04/07/2015 2:18:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    BizPacReview ^ | April 7, 2015
    The American Civil Liberties Union wants religious organizations to provide abortions to illegal immigrant children. The ACLU is petitioning for a court order that would force the U.S. government to release documents related to their dealings with religious organizations that assist illegals. “Many unaccompanied teenagers come into the U.S. fleeing abuse and torture in their home countries. Many have been sexually abused or assaulted or forced into prostitution,” Brigitte Amiri, an attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, said. “We believe deeply in religious freedom. But religious freedom does not include the right to take a government contract that requires...
  • ACLU laying off 7 percent of its lawyers

    04/04/2015 7:56:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/4/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The American Civil Liberties Union, theoretically a non-ideological defender of the Constitution but in practice increasingly hard left, is running into financial difficulties and just announced (memo to staffers here) layoffs for 7 percent of its lawyers. Why the difficulties? It’s a little unclear, but Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit writes, “What I hear is that they’ve moved too far left, too fast, and it’s hurt their donations.”
  • ACLU lays off 7 percent of national staff

    04/04/2015 3:27:58 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/2/15 | Catherine Ho
    The American Civil Liberties Union this week laid off 23 employees, about 7 percent of the organization’s national staff. The cuts affected employees in New York, D.C., California and Wyoming. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero announced the impending reductions internally in a March 26 email to employees, and the affected staffers were notified Monday. In the email, which was obtained by The Washington Post, Romero cited the need for the ACLU to cut costs. In addition to the layoffs, the organization during the fiscal year ending March 31, eliminated ten national staff positions, postponed its nationwide staff conference to 2016...
  • Airport pat-downs of black women's hairstyles discriminatory: ACLU

    03/29/2015 6:59:47 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 26, 2015 | Sharon Bernstein
    Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had agreed to stop singling out women for screening based solely on their "sisterlocks." Malaika Singleton, a neuroscientist based in Sacramento, said she was on her way to London last year for an academic conference on dementia when a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport began pulling and squeezing her hair. "I was going through the screening procedures like we all do, and after I stepped out of the full body scanner, the agent said, 'OK, now...
  • Justice Department Proposal Mocks Fourth Amendment

    03/25/2015 10:49:58 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/25/2015 | Crissy Brown
    The Justice Department is seeking an amendment proposal that will give the federal government express power to locate and hack into the computers of anyone suspected of criminal activity. However, many organizations, including Google and the American Civil Liberties Union, are concerned that the broad language of the proposal leaves potential for Fourth Amendment violations.Federal Prosecutors claim that this revision to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure  has become necessary now that crime can be committed and concealed on the internet under a veil of anonymity and masked location. But in a memo responding to the concerns civil libertarians have...
  • ACLU: Chicago police had higher stop-and-frisk rate than NYC

    03/23/2015 4:56:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 23, 2015 6:56 PM EDT | Don Babwin
    Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City counterparts ever did, and just like with New York’s heavily criticized program, Chicago blacks and other racial minorities were disproportionately targeted, according to a civil liberties group. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois released a report Monday saying it identified more than 250,000 Chicago stop-and-frisk encounters in which there were no arrests from May through August 2014. African-Americans accounted for nearly three-quarters of those stopped, even though they make up about a third of the city’s population. On...
  • US must release photos of Abu Ghraib detainees, federal judge rules

    03/21/2015 11:14:36 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 3/21/15 | theguardian.com
    The US must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners. US district judge Alvin Hellerstein’s ruling Friday gives the government, which has fought the case for over a decade, two months to decide whether to appeal before the photos could be released. The American Civil Liberties Union has been seeking to make them public in the name of holding government accountable.
  • ACLU Now Admits OU's SAE Expulsions Are Likely Unconstitutional

    03/13/2015 12:32:29 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 37 replies
    Reason ^ | 03/13/2015 | Robby Soave
    Earlier today I noted that the American Civil Liberties Union—ostensibly a pro-First Amendment organiztion—had articulated a baffling position on the University of Oklahoma's expulsion of two students for racist behavior: namely, that said actions were the right ones. But the ACLU has walked back its earlier comments, and now recognizes that OU can't abridge its students' free speech rights, offensive though their conduct may be. "It is difficult to imagine a situation in which a court would side with the university on this matter," writes the ACLU: As a state-run institution of higher education, the University of Oklahoma must also...
  • Secret Pentagon Documents Classify Central Coast Group as a "Threat"

    11/24/2006 5:59:33 PM PST · by TexKat · 25 replies · 1,700+ views
    KSBY ^ | 11/24/06 | Matt Cota
    New details tonight about a secret Pentagon database used to monitor anti-war protests and activists. Recently-disclosed documents reveal that some of the surveillance targets include an organization with ties to the Central Coast. Secret Pentagon documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union provide details of how the organization called "Veterans for Peace" was considered a threat. Every Sunday for the past three years, members of the Santa Barbara Chapter of Veterans for Peace place a cross in the sand near Stearns Wharf for every American soldier killed in Iraq. First started in Santa Barbara, the "Arlington West" display has...
  • Missouri Court Rules Worship Act Violates First Amendment

    03/10/2015 8:18:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Crux ^ | 3/10/15 | AP
    ST. LOUIS — The US Court of Appeals has ruled that the House of Worship Protection Act, which bans anyone from intentionally disturbing the order or solemnity of a house of worship through profane discourse, rude, or indecent behavior, is a violation of the First Amendment. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis-based court ruled against the state law Monday after the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a lawsuit challenging the law in 2012. The lawsuit was on behalf of various groups, including the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The groups argued that the...
  • ACLU sides with Redskins, says trademark should be permitted

    03/09/2015 8:18:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 8:26 PM EDT
    The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the Washington Redskins in a court battle over the team’s name. The ACLU filed papers last week supporting the team’s position that canceling the Redskins trademark violates the team’s free-speech rights. […] On Monday, lawyers for the Native Americans who challenged the trademark said the ACLU should not be allowed to intervene in the case. …
  • The Redskins Have An Incredible New Ally In The Fight Over Their Trademark (ACLU)

    03/07/2015 4:10:34 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/07/2015 | Blake Neff
    The Washington Redskins’ have gained a new ally in their fight to defend their trademark against offended liberal activists: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).Last year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) ruled that the Redskins name is disparaging towards Native Americans, and as a result weakened the team’s trademark protections that allow it to keep individuals from selling unlicensed team gear. The Redskins have appealed the ruling, and in January also filed a new lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of such bans on disparaging trademarks. (RELATED: 12 Trademarks Less Offensive Than Redskins According To The PTO) The ACLU filed a...
  • Judge approves settlement allowing return of some Mexicans expelled from California

    03/01/2015 9:31:34 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    Rueters ^ | 2-28-15 | Marty Graham
    A court ruling clears the way for hundreds and perhaps thousands of immigrants improperly expelled to Mexico from Southern California to be allowed to return to seek legal U.S. residency, an official with a civil rights group said on Saturday
  • Obama Judge Invites Repatriated Illegals To Return, Seek US Jobs

    03/01/2015 7:53:33 AM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | february 27, 2015 | neil munro
    President Barack Obama’s government is inviting many repatriated illegal immigrants back to work in the United States under a deal approved approved this week by a federal judge. The deal was finalized by Obama’s deputies and their ideological allies in the American Civil Liberties Union, via a courtroom negotiation under the supervision of an Obama-app0inted judge. The deal also provided $700,000 to the ACLU for the lawyers’ fees. The lawyers had claimed that illegals were unfairly and unlawfully pressured to sign so-called “voluntary return” documents as they were being deported. The illegals should have been invited to fight repatriation via the courts, said...
  • Judge Rules Against Grandma Florist For Refusing To Service Gay Wedding

    02/19/2015 6:48:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 18, 2015 | Casey Harper
    A Washington grandmother and florist of 40 years who refused to service gay weddings because of her faith will now be forced to arrange flowers for gay ceremonies, a judge ruled Wednesday. On top of that, the woman, Barronelle Stutzman, will have to pay the legal penalties imposed by the judge as well as attorney’s fees. Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom ruled in a summary judgement that Stutzman violated anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. Ekstrom ruled that the gay couple could collect penalties not just from her business, but also from her personally, according to Alliance Defending Freedom,...
  • Are wealthy US foundations paying to suppress religious freedom?

    02/16/2015 8:50:06 AM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/13/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    New York City, N.Y., Feb 13, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Questions are being raised over two U.S. foundations that have poured more than three million dollars into abortion rights, LGBT activist, and legal groups to push the message that exemptions based on religious beliefs are “un-American” and an abuse of liberty. The Arcus Foundation and the Ford Foundation have spent over $3 million in combined spending against religious liberty exemptions since 2013, according to a CNA review of tax forms and grant listings. John Lomperis of the Institute for Religion and Democracy – a D.C.-based ecumenical Christian think tank...
  • Non-Profit Groups Sue DOD To Disclose Why There Aren’t More Women [ACLU]

    02/03/2015 12:07:50 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/3/15 | Jonah Bennett
    On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Department of Defense for failing to disclose the admissions policies which result in an underrepresentation of women in military academies. Joined by the Service Women’s Action Network, the ACLU is looking to determine exactly why the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point admit women at a much lower rate than men, but the DOD has so far been uncooperative. The lawsuit states that the DOD has violated Freedom of Information Act deadlines by not releasing admission policy information.
  • Va. House bill targets asset forfeitures that fund police

    01/26/2015 5:06:07 AM PST · by csvset · 25 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | January 26, 2015 | Gary A. Harki
    NORFOLK A bill moving through the General Assembly could eliminate a legal process that brings in millions of dollars for law enforcement agencies, but which critics say allows the government to confiscate property unfairly. HB1287, sponsored by Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, would end civil asset forfeitures - state legal proceedings that allow police to keep property seized from criminal suspects. The process rankles civil liberties advocates because such seizures can occur without a criminal conviction. The proposal mirrors an order from Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this month that drastically curtails the federal asset-forfeiture process. If Cole's bill passes, the...
  • Great news: Former Taliban leader released from Gitmo now recruiting for ISIS

    01/22/2015 12:44:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    On Tuesday, Barack Obama adamantly defended his policy of emptying the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, demanding that Congress get on board with it as well. As Jim Hoft noted at the time, the military leadership present at the State of the Union address didn’t appear too enthusiastic about it:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Perhaps the New York Times has an explanation for that stone-faced reaction. At the same time that Obama bragged about “turning the page” on war and the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, one of the men transferred from Gitmo worked to establish a...
  • Lobby for Terror

    04/28/2004 11:02:58 AM PDT · by Disgo · 4 replies · 895+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 4/28/04 | Thomas Ryan
    Does America need a terrorist financier to secure its “freedom”? Sami al-Arian thinks so. His National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom poses as a watchdog for the Constitution, but he has focused his lobbying efforts on repealing anti-terrorist legislation. While Sami al-Arian himself has been arrested for being a prime financier for Palestinian Islamic Jihad (and likely one of its three founders), his political movement continues to threaten homeland security. Al-Arian founded the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom (NCPPF) in 1997 as a reaction to the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1996. The coalition’s stated goal “is to help change the...
  • Obama Releases Convicted Terrorist al-Marri

    01/21/2015 7:33:06 AM PST · by PROCON · 23 replies
    nationalreview ^ | Jan. 20, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Long War Journal reports that the Obama administration has released Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri from a U.S. prison – not from Gitmo, but from a civilian jail after a federal terrorism conviction. Al-Marri is an al-Qaeda operative who was planted as a “sleeper” in the United States by Khalid Sheikh Mohamed to await instructions on carrying out a second wave of attacks after the 9/11 atrocities – against water reservoirs, the New York Stock Exchange, U.S. military academies, and other targets. The Justice Department quietly sprung him on Friday so he could return to his native Qatar, a country the...
  • Freed Gitmo Captive Opens ISIS Base in Afghanistan

    01/15/2015 11:09:41 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 15JAN2015 | Staff Writer
    As President Obama frees droves of terrorists—including five Yemenis this week—from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo news reports confirm that a Gitmo alum who once led a Taliban unit has established the first Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) base in Afghanistan. His name is Mullah Abdul Rauf and international and domestic media reports say he’s operating in Helmand province, actively recruiting fighters for ISIS. Citing local sources, a British newspaper writes that Rauf set up a base and is offering good wages to anyone willing to fight for the Islamic State. Rauf was a corps commander during...
  • Grand Juror Sues McCulloch, Says He Mischaracterized The Wilson Case

    01/05/2015 2:38:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    90.7 FM KWMU, St. Louis Public Radio ^ | 8:49 AM Monday January 5, 2015 | Chris McDaniel
    A grand juror is suing St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch in an effort to speak out on what happened in the Darren Wilson case. Under typical circumstances, grand jurors are prohibited by law from discussing cases they were involved in. The grand juror, referred to only as “Grand Juror Doe” in the lawsuit, takes issue with how McCulloch characterized the case. McCulloch released evidence presented to the grand jury and publicly discussed the case after the grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, then a Ferguson police officer, in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American. […]...
  • Ferguson grand juror sues over gag order

    01/05/2015 9:48:17 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 31 replies
    KMOV ^ | 01/05/2015 | AP
    A member of the grand jury that declined to indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown asked a federal court Monday to remove a lifetime gag order preventing jurors from discussing the case. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of an unnamed juror who wants to speak about the investigation but would be in violation of Missouri law by doing so. The lawsuit also questions St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s characterization that “all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges.” The suit was filed against McCulloch, who...
  • ACLU sues to allow gay club in Indiana school

    12/26/2014 9:36:14 PM PST · by rey · 27 replies
    South Bend Tribune ^ | 26 Dec, 2014
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a western Indiana school district seeking to force it to recognize a club for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and those who support them. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Terre Haute contends the North Putnam Community School Corp. in Bainbridge, 35 miles west of Indianapolis, is violating the First Amendment rights of the Gay-Straight Alliance and the three students who are now members. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of those students at North Putnam High School — a senior,...
  • ACLU Lawsuit Says Ferguson School District Discriminates Against African-Americans

    12/20/2014 9:28:06 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    huffington post ^ | december 18, 2014 | rebecca klein
    The ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Missouri NAACP and the district's black residents, according to an ACLU press release. The complaint charges that the at-large voting system violates the Voting Rights Act, as it “impermissibly denies African-American voters an equal opportunity to participate in the political process and to elect representatives of their choice.” While more than three-fourths of the district's students are black, the area's voting-age population is majority-white. The ACLU suit contends that the district's at-large system results in the black vote getting drowned out. It calls for a new system where the district is broken...
  • The ACLU vs. America

    12/15/2014 12:20:44 PM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-15-14 | Wordsmith
    Nope. Not their war against Christmas; but their war against our military: The Obama administration is withholding hundreds, perhaps even thousands of photographs showing the U.S. government’s brutal treatment of detainees, meaning that revelations about detainee abuse could well continue, possibly compounding the outrage generated by the Senate “torture report” now in the public eye. Some photos show American troops posing with corpses; others depict U.S. forces holding guns to people’s heads or simulating forced sodomization. All of them could be released to the public, depending on how a federal judge in New York rules—and how hard the government fights...
  • Obama Flooding U.S. Streets With “Weapons of War” for Local Police

    12/13/2014 7:58:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New American ^ | December 2, 2014 | Alex Newman
    The federal government and the Obama administration are under fire for a variety of unconstitutional programs aimed at both militarizing and controlling local police and law enforcement, including supplying a vast array of sophisticated U.S. Defense Department “weapons of war” to city and county governments. Billions of dollars in military equipment has already been handed to municipal police departments and county sheriffs’ offices nationwide under the rapidly expanding federal schemes, but concerns from across the political spectrum are growing quickly as well. This year alone, over 150 so-called “mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles,” or MRAPs, used by U.S. forces in Iraq, were...
  • ACLU: Army to recognize legal names of transgender veterans

    12/02/2014 11:53:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2014 1:45 PM EST | Bruce Shipkowski
    The U.S. Army has agreed to “fully recognize” the new legal names of two transgender military veterans, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. The group’s New Jersey chapter announced that the Army Board for Correction of Military Records recently notified the two veterans about its decision. The board initially recommended that the request be rejected, but the Army Review Boards’ deputy assistant secretary overrode the decision. …
  • Safeguards in Place to Protect Identity of Jurors in Ferguson Case

    11/22/2014 7:04:35 AM PST · by rktman · 41 replies
    stlouis.cbslocal.com ^ | 11/21/2014 | Brett Blume
    Once the grand jury makes its decision on whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, members will go back to their everyday lives. KMOX News wanted to know about the safety of those jurors given the high-profile case and the strong emotions surrounding it. Washington University law professor Peter Joy says despite safeguards, no system is 100 percent fool-proof.
  • The NRA and ACLU Came Together to Endorse NSA Reform in an Op-Ed. Then the Piece Disappeared.

    11/19/2014 3:08:43 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    National Journal Group ^ | November 18, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    The story vanished from the Washington Times website just hours after going online. For a few hours, it was big news. And then it vanished. On Monday morning, the American Civil Liberties Union and National Rifle Association published a joint op-ed in the Washington Times urging the Senate to pass legislation that would limit the government's domestic spying powers. It was a meaningful push from two powerful groups that—as the groups themselves noted—rarely agree on anything. And the support came just a day before the Senate is scheduled to take a key (and hotly contested) vote Tuesday on the measure,...
  • St. Louis police buy $100,000 in riot gear, citizens buy guns ahead of Ferguson decision (+video)

    11/12/2014 5:53:06 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 38 replies
    St. Louis — St. Louis County police said they have spent around $100,000 stocking up on riot gear and other items they may need if protests turn violent after prosecutors announce whether a Ferguson officer will face criminal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown. And CNN reports that citizens are also preparing for the grand jury ruling: gun sales are up in St. Louis. A state grand jury has been meeting since shortly after Brown, who was 18 and black, was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, on Aug. 9. Brown was unarmed and...
  • Inside the Head of a Bank CEO (Down The Rabbit Hole-Must Read)

    02/15/2009 5:01:46 PM PST · by khnyny · 33 replies · 2,600+ views
    Fox Business ^ | February 13, 2009 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    In covering the hearing of the nine bank chief executives on Capitol Hill, it didn’t take long for me to see that Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was having a hard time of it, valiant effort though he did make to defend his bank’s lending practices. Because to look inside Wells Fargo, you will find the worst of the mortgage lenders housed in this bank, Wachovia, which Wells Fargo bought last fall for $15.4 bn, and housed within Wachovia is Golden West Financial, which Wachovia bought for a stupefying $25 bn, Golden West, the purveyor of some of the worst...
  • ACLU lawsuit challenges Iowa’s felon voting rules

    11/08/2014 6:12:03 AM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 7, 2014 | Ryan J. Foley
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Friday challenging Iowa’s tough policies that bar felons from voting, seeking to restore the right to thousands of former offenders before the 2016 presidential election. The case aims to end confusion over rules that followed a 2011 policy change by Gov. Terry Branstad and a criminal investigation into people who improperly voted. Iowa is among three states where felons cannot vote after completing their sentences unless their rights are restored by the governor. “The widespread denial of voting rights on the basis of a felony conviction is the single biggest denial of...
  • Released Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox Works For CDC…Her Lawyer Is A White House Visitor

    10/28/2014 7:06:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 27, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Ebola health care worker Kaci Hickox, who was released from quarantine with the support of the White House, is a Centers For Disease Control and Prevention employee, records reveal. The lawyer who helped earn her release is a recent White House state dinner guest.Hickox was released from Ebola quarantine in Newark, N.J., Monday afternoon after the White House pressured New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to release the nurse that was working in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders. Hickox’s case for release was also bolstered by New York civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, who took on Hickox’s case.“I feel like...